Mat Ryan signs new deal with Club Brugge

Daniel Lane 10:45 PM   Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan has extended his deal with Belgium's Club Brugge on the back of an outstanding debut season in Europe and his efforts for Australia in this year's World Cup.

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Keeper vows to keep helping hurt opponents

No hard feelings: Sydney FC goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic.

Michael Chammas   Sydney FC keeper Vedran Janjetovic insists he won't stop assisting injured opponents despite teammate Sasa Ognenovski pushing him for helping Wanderers defender Brendan Hamill.

City need winning mentality, says Hoffman

Jason Hoffman (left) concedes the team lacks a winning mentality.

Michael Lynch   Melbourne City fullback Jason Hoffman concedes the team lacks a winning mentality, but argues they are not playing in fear and are merely making silly errors.

Messi breaks record, Suarez breaks duck

Messi magic: Barcelona's Lionel Messi points to the sky after scoring against APOEL Nicosia.

Argentina wizard Lionel Messi broke the European Champions League scoring record and Luis Suarez broke his duck as Barcelona romped to a 4-0 win at APOEL Nicosia.

Chelsea brush past Schalke in rout

Old guard: John Terry opened the scoring.

Chelsea marched into the European Champions League's last-16 as confirmed Group G winners after their emphatic 5-0 win at Schalke.

Aguero treble keeps City in contention

Sergio Aguero

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero struck a hat-trick, including two late goals, in a 3-2 victory against 10-man Bayern Munich on Tuesday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout phase.

Derby win the perfect tonic for Wanderers

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Sebastian Hassett   They might have been crowned champions of Asia a week later, but the pain of losing the season's first Sydney derby after leading 2-0 still grates with Western Sydney Wanderers.

Haliti leads Wanderers looking to leave

Bench player: Wanderers forward Labinot Haliti.

Dominic Bossi   Western Sydney Wanderers could be in for a battle to keep several players itching for regular game time with a trio of players understood to be hoping to leave in the January transfer window.

Vitor Saba unfazed by controversy

Vitor Saba.

Michael Chammas   His time in Sydney has been marred by controversy but going into Saturday night's Sydney derby, Wanderers midfielder Vitor Saba insists he does not care what people think of him.

Fatigue the reason not the excuse: Popovic

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Sebastian Hassett   While Wanderers coach Tony Popovic is adamant his squad are still recovering from their exhaustive schedule, he knows the public thinks his explanation for the winless start "sounds like excuses".

FFA guarantee ''independent assessments''

Central Coast take on Wellington last year at North Sydney Oval.

Michael Lynch   The A-League boss has guaranteed Melbourne Victory that the FFA will commission an independent assessment of the North Sydney Oval pitch before the match against the Mariners.

Rattenbury blasts women's sport cuts

Shane Rattenbury says the ABC funding cuts is a 'betrayal to women's sport.'

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf doesn't expect a "knee jerk reaction" where sponsors walk away from women's sport after the ABC axed its WNBL and W-League coverage.

Sydney derby eyes ANZ Stadium fixture

ANZ Stadium

Michael Chammas   Western Sydney and Sydney FC are in talks to hold a derby match at ANZ Stadium next season.

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Milligan wants A-League pitches reviewed

'i'm very aware of the pitch they have': Mark Milligan.

Melbourne Victory captain Mark Milligan has blasted the state of some A-League pitches, saying player welfare must come first.

Roar to investigate bungling of Mulvey sacking

Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey shows his frustration during the game against Perth Glory on Sunday.

Phil Lutton   Brisbane Roar managing director Sean Dobson said the club would begin investigations into Mike Mulvey's sacking after he was told of his axing by media instead of the club.

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Winning wasn't enough for Brisbane Roar

Mike Mulvey hugs Besart Berisha of the Melbourne Victory after his final match in charge of the Brisbane Roar.

Phil Lutton   Winning can cover a multitude of sins in sport but even that wasn't enough for Mike Mulvey to be given a wake-up call by Brisbane Roar management.

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Five things we learnt from the A-League

Dominic Bossi dinkus Dinkus

Dominic Bossi   It was another big week in the A-League, with the first coach losing his job.

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Zelic piles pressure on Japan

Ned Zelic returned to Erindale College on Monday for the sport stars of the year awards. Isaac Dean, Georgia Bass and the college's rugby league team took out the top gongs.

David Polkinghorne   Says underdog status helps Socceroos' Asian Cup chances.

Cuts spell end for W-League broadcasts

ABC cuts have sounded the death knell for women's sport TV coverage.

Dominic Bossi   The $254 million cut from the ABC budget has taken a toll on the public broadcaster's involvement with football after ending their coverage of the W-League from next season. 

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This weekend's A-League games

Michael Lynch 6:24 PM   MELBOURNE VICTORY v ADELAIDE UNITED

Adelaide out to spoil Victory party

Michael Lynch 6:06 PM   Adelaide United will be intent _ as they so often are _ on playing the role of party poopers when they travel to Melbourne for Friday night's milestone clash with Victory in what is, rightly, being labelled an A-League blockbuster.

Wanderers chairman says club needs new stadium, not move to ANZ

Dominic Bossi 5:01 PM   Western Sydney Wanderers chairman Paul Lederer labelled a potential move of future Sydney derbies to ANZ Stadium as a "necessary evil" but says it does nothing to address the long term issue of the Wanderers home ground. 

Magic moments as Victory celebrate 10-year milestone

Michael Lynch 4:26 PM   Fairfax Soccer writer MICHAEL LYNCH has seen most of the memorable moments in Melbourne Victory's first ten seasons first hand _ from the first fixture in Sydney in August 2005 to last Friday's 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar at Etihad Stadium. Lynch will be at AAMI Park on Friday night for the visit of Adelaide United, highly appropriate visitors for a game in which Victory will celebrate its first decade of achievements.

Rhyan Grant's long wait could come to an end in the Sydney derby

Happy to be back: Rhyan Grant.

Sebastian Hassett 3:27 PM   The arduous wait for Rhyan Grant to make his first start for Sydney FC since returning from injury may be about to come to an end - on the very same stage that saw him spend a year on the sidelines.

Parramatta Stadium too small for derbies: Arnold

Graham Arnold believes Parramatta Stadium is too small for Sydney derbies.

Sebastian Hassett 2:24 PM   Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold believes there's no onus on his club to move home Sydney derbies from Allianz Stadium but says it's time Western Sydney Wanderers admitted "little" Parramatta Stadium was no longer suitable for the biggest game of the season.

Victory eye A-League history against Reds

'We can sense a big occassion coming': Victory coach Kevin Muscat.

12:49 PM   For proud Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat, there are plenty of reasons to be motivated this Friday night.

Arsenal through to Champions League last 16

Ecstatic: Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring his sides second goal in their 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in a Champions League group D match.

9:52 AM   Gunners go through to Champions League last 16 for 15th successive season after 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool stumble again as Terziev earns Ludogorets late draw

LATE EQUALISER: Ludogorets defender Georgi Terziev celebrates scoring the goal that earned his side a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in the latest round of Champions League action.

9:35 AM   A late header from defender Georgi Terziev earned Ludogorets a 2-2 Champions League draw with an unimpressive Liverpool on Wednesday that left the English side facing a winner-takes-all final match with FC Basel.

UEFA Champions League live blog: Ludogorets v Liverpool

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Matt Bungard 8:52 AM   Liverpool battle for Champions League survival against a not-so-familiar opponent.

Benfica sent packing from Champions League

Celebration time: Portuguese international winger Danny, centre, celebrates after scoring to hand Zenit St Petersburg a crucial 1-0 win against Benfica in the Champions League.

8:04 AM   A late Danny goal has given Zenit St Petersburg a crucial 1-0 win against Benfica in the Champions League.

Barbarouses wins A-League player of the month

Player of the month Kosta Barbarouses (left) with Besart Berisha.

All Whites striker Kosta Barbarouses is the A-League's first player of the month.

UEFA Champions League live blog: Manchester City v Bayern Munich

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Matt Bungard   Manchester City take on Bayern Munich in the headlining fixture of the first half of Matchday 5.

Messi sets Champions League record of 72 goals

Messi celebrates goal with Jordi Alba.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a Champions League scoring record of 72 goals when he struck in the 38th minute of Group F match at APOEL Nicosia.

New Sharks boss canvasses privatisation

"The world has shown a logical connection between private and public equity makes sense": Sharks chief executive Lyall Gorman.

Adrian Proszenko   Lyall Gorman has flagged the prospect of privatising the Sharks after being unveiled as the embattled club’s new group chief executive.

Reigning W League champions Melbourne Victory set to take on some of the top women's teams in the world

Japan awaits: Stephanie Catley of Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch   Reigning W League champions Melbourne Victory set to take on some of the top women's teams in the world.

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