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Socceroos are Asia's most wanted scalp

Dominic Bossi 11:32 PM   FIFA World Player of the Year nominee Massimo Luongo says Australia must be careful not to become Asia's Chelsea.

How Elrich overcame his inner critic to become a Socceroo

New attitude: Socceroo Tarek Elrich.

Dominic Bossi 12:28 AM   How one lecture from Josep Gombau freed Tarek Elrich from the pressure, unleashing the international footballer within.

Game cannot be complacent: PFA chief

Adam Vivian has emphasised the importance of this season.

Michael Lynch 6:43 PM   The soccer players union, the PFA, is still inching towards a deal with the FFA for a new collective bargaining agreement, but it believes the opening of a new A-League season is the perfect opportunity to address the areas the game needs to grow.

Get your imports right and you're on the way to A-League success

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Michael Lynch 4:02 PM   In a salary capped league with constraints on squad sizes and restrictions in other football related areas its difficult for A-League clubs to get an edge.

Armoured vehicle begins Socceroos 'hostile' reception

The sight that greeted the Socceroos as they arrived at their hotel in Jordan.

Dominic Bossi 2:38 PM   The Socceroos were warned to expect a hostile reception in Jordan, but they didn't expect to be greeted by the Jordanian military and a tank at their hotel.

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Klopp signs three-year deal: report

Jurgen Klopp was manager at Borussia Dortmund.

10:00 AM   Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has reportedly replaced sacked manager Brendan Rodgers at EPL giants Liverpool.

'Hatred' ruined Blatter's reputation: daughter

Sepp Blatter's daughter says envy and hatred of her father have ruined his reputation.

8:10 AM   Envy and hatred, rather than any illegality, is to blame for Sepp Blatter's reputation being ruined and it will take several people to do the FIFA president's job in future, his daughter says.

Liverpool sack Rodgers after derby draw

Brendan Rodgers and Dejan Lovren.

Mike Collett   Liverpool terminated the contract of manager Brendan Rodgers on Sunday, just eight games into the Premier League season with the five-times European champions languishing in 10th place.

Arsenal crush United with two goals in opening seven minutes

Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal celebrates scoring their third goal.

Arsenal scored twice in the opening seven minutes as they crushed Manchester United 3-0 to move above them into second place in the Premier League.

Four Canberra United players in Matildas squad as pay standoff cools

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Jon Tuxworth   Four Canberra United players have been chosen for Matildas training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport this week after the bitter standoff between the players and Football Federation Australia cooled when an interim deal was reached.

Mourinho to Chelsea: You'll have to sack me

Special One: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho tries to change things up against Southampton.

Clare Lovell   A grim-faced Jose Mourinho said he would not walk out of Chelsea despite his champions suffering their fourth defeat in eight Premier League matches.

Sevilla stun Spainsh champions Barcelona

Bad day: Barcelona's Gerard Pique reacts to his team's loss to Sevilla.

Champions Barcelona suffered their second defeat in three matches in La Liga on Saturday with Michael Krohn-Dehli scoring and setting up another goal in a 2-1 victory for Sevilla.

Carpi beats Torino for first Serie A win

Gabriel Silva (left) celebrates scoring the opening goal.

Carpi recorded their first-ever Serie A win with a 2-1 victory over Torino on Saturday as new coach Giuseppe Sannino had an immediate effect.

Soccer royalty Barcelona the big target for next year's ICC tournament

Drawcard: could Luis Suarez and Barcelona be bound for the MCG?

Michael Lynch    Real Madrid pulled a massive crowd of 99,382 to the MCG in July when they thumped Manchester City in the final match of the ICC tournament - more than the 98,633 that packed the venerable arena for the Hawthorn v West Coast grand final on Saturday afternoon.

Victory in the driver's seat but Sydney, City, looking to take the wheel

Backing up: Melbourne Victory are well placed to defend their A-League title.

Michael Lynch   It feels like the world's longest off-season, but for soccer-starved supporters the A-League finally kicks off next week, with Melbourne Victory the overwhelming favourite to defend its title.

Southampton crush Chelsea as Sergio Aguero hits five for Manchester City

Sergio Aguero scores his fourth goal for Manchester City against Newcastle on Saturday.

Mike Collett   Sergio Aguero scored five times in 20 minutes as Manchester City came from behind to thrash Newcastle United 6-1 and go back to the top of the Premier League table on Saturday.

The biggest issues of this A-League season

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Dominic Bossi   This may not be the A-League's next breakout season, but it will be the year the game matures into a true football competition.

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Coca-Cola, McDonald's: FIFA's Blatter must go

(FILE PHOTO)Sepp Blatter has announced that he will resign as FIFA President. ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MAY 30:  FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter talks to the press during the FIFA Post Congress Week Press Conference at the Home of FIFA on May 30, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland.  (Photo by Alessandro Della Bella/Getty Images)

Tariq Panja   Top sponsors demand FIFA president has to go "immediately" to end damage to soccer's reputation.

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Cahill donates Socceroo match fee to young man fighting cancer

Donation: Tim Cahill has urged others to join the cause.

Dominic Bossi   Tim Cahill has donated his $6000 match appearance fee to a young man fighting Hodgkins Lymphoma and urged others to help to fund his clinical trial.

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The 10 A-League imports to light up the A-League

Motivated: Milos Ninkovic hopes his time in the A-League will extend his career until his late 30s.

Dominic Bossi   You may not know much about them now but by the end of the season, their names will be on the back of jerseys throughout the country.

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Lowy jnr pledges to be consultative FFA chairman

FFA chairman-elect Steven Lowy.

Michael Lynch   The FFA chairman-elect Steven Lowy's soccer hero as a child was the brilliant Dutchman Johan Cruyff, one of the game's great individuals.

Cahill watching Hayne's NFL career in quiet awe

Disappointing day: Jarryd Hayne.

Daniel Lane   Socceroos star Tim Cahill, who encouraged Jarryd Hayne to follow his dream to break into the NFL 12 months before he left the Parramatta Eels, said it was now time for Hayne to be allowed to enjoy his achievement.

Messi unimpressed by Ronaldo movie trailer

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

David Sygall   Critics will no doubt have their say about the quality of the upcoming movie about superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo. But if there was one person on planet Earth who could legitimately question the validity of a film being made about the Real Madrid marksman, it's Argentinian whizz Lionel Messi.

FIFA ban is crippling Indonesian football, says Robbie Gaspar

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Jason Dasey   It was a reminder of Indonesia's love for football at the very highest levels, while underlying the futility of the ban that has excluded Southeast Asia's largest nation from FIFA since June.

Why the A-League can't ignore promotion and relegation

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Michael Cockerill   The FFA needs to give the second-tier teams a chance in the big show.

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Iran women's football team caught in gender scandal

In the spotlight: Iran Women's National Football team.

On Wednesday, authorities reportedly ordered gender testing of the entire national squad and leading league players.

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Sacked reporter wins first battle over Anzac tweets

Sacked over Twitter comments: Scott McIntyre.

Markus Mannheim   Industrial tribunal says Diggers died to protect "rights and freedoms" such as Scott McIntyre's access to court.

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Williams confident of Matildas European vacation

Lydia Williams is confident the Matildas will now be allowed to play in Europe instead of the W-League.

David Polkinghorne   Will there be an exodus from the W-League?

How Graham Arnold made Sydney FC his team

Good while it lasted: Marc Janko's game forced Sydney FC to change the way they play.

Dominic Bossi   Sydney FC may only just be realising it now, but it is the reason Marc Janko always had to leave.

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Terrorism fears threatening Socceroos World Cup qualifier

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14:  FFA CEO David Gallop speaks to the media during the Socceroos 2014 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Squad Announcement at Museum of Contemporary Art on May 14, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Dominic Bossi   The Socceroos could be set to withdraw from their World Cup qualifier in Bangladesh amid concerns of more terrorist attacks