Bring on champs: Tiny Balmain steal FFA Cup show

Sebastian Hassett   Western Sydney's FFA Cup campaign will kick off exactly how their A-League season will - at home to Brisbane Roar - while Sydney FC must trek to the other side of the country to face minnows Sorrento, but the smallest club in the draw landed the biggest fish.

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Satnavs at the ready for City, Victory

Leigh Broxham celebrates scoring Melbourne Victory's final goal in their 3:0 grand final defeat of Sydney FC.

Michael Lynch 10:26 PM   A-League champions Melbourne Victory and fellow Victorian club Melbourne City will need to consult their satnavs to find the location of their FFA Cup round of 32 opponents.

Wanderers sign Messi's former teammate

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after after the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus Turin and FC Barcelona at the Olympic stadium in Berlin Saturday, June 6, 2015. Barcelona won the match 3-1. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Sebastian Hassett   Western Sydney Wanderers have moved quickly to replace Iacopo La Rocca by signing Spanish midfielder Andreu – who spent years alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

Rayo Vallecano unveil rainbow jersey

Wear it with pride: Rayo Vallecano's new away jersey.

Matt Bungard 11:06 PM   Spanish team Rayo Vallecano have introduced their jerseys for the coming season, with their away shirt sporting a rainbow stripe representing seven different social causes.

Argentina crush Paraguay to move into final

Poetry in motion: Lionel Messi.

Tariq Panja   Favourites Argentina brushed aside Paraguay 6-1 to set up a Copa America final showdown with host Chile and give Lionel Messi a chance for a first title with his national team.

US beat Germany to reach World Cup final

The US celebrate

By David Ljunggren   The US reached the final of the women's soccer World Cup for the second time in a row, taking advantage of a penalty to beat top-ranked Germany 2-0.

Matildas part ways after six-month campaign

"I haven't made a decision about my playing future for the next six months to a year": Elise Kellond-Knight.

Dominic Bossi   The Matildas part ways with mixed emotions after an evening of celebrations masked an otherwise disappointing finale to their inspiring World Cup perforamnce. 

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US seeks extradition of 7 FIFA officials

The group of mostly Latin American officials were arrested in Zurich in May

6:52 PM   The United States has made formal requests to extradite the seven FIFA officials detained on US bribery charges in Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said on Thursday.

Rogic earns praise as comeback gains momentum

Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic made a strong start to the season in Celtic's 2-0 win against Dutch side FC Den Bosch.

Lee Gaskin 4:17 PM   Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic put in an eye-catching display in Celtic's first pre-season friendly in a 2-0 win against Dutch side FC Den Bosch on Thursday morning.

England's moments of World Cup heartache

The moment before David Beckham was sent off against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup.

3:48 PM   As Brits know all too well, moments of World Cup heartache go hand-in-hand with England. From own goals to the Hand of God, here are their most heartbreaking moments.

Oh dear ... the worst own goals of all time

Peter Enckelman.

Owen Roberts 2:32 PM   Soccer can be a cruel, cruel sport. All the commitment, pain and passion in a game can all be wasted by one moment of cruel fate.

England shattered after World Cup own goal

Laura Bassett is comforted by Jo Potter after her own goal eliminated England from the World Cup.

1:42 PM   An injury time own goal from England defender Laura Bassett put Japan into the World Cup final with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday.

Players union and FFA in war of words over soccer pay deal

Marshalled by PFA: Socceroo skipper Mile Jedinak.

Michael Lynch 9:22 PM   The soccer players' union has upped the ante in the war of words following the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.

Women's soccer pay debate not a fly-by-night argument, says Matilda

For love, not money: Leena Khamis, Tameka Butt #13, Hayley Raso and Ashleigh Sykes before a training session in Edmonton.

Jon Tuxworth 8:00 PM   Canberra United and Matildas playmaker Ashleigh Sykes says the push for better conditions for women's footballers won't get anywhere until it's "a constant in people's mind", not just during big events like the World Cup. 

The most dangerous game in the world

Unforgiving: Calcio storico is not for the faint-hearted.

Sam Borden   Last Tuesday, about 24 hours before he jammed his fingers into another man's nose, dropped his elbow across another man's neck and put another man's feet where one's ears are supposed to be, Rodrigue Nana considered, just for a moment, the basic notion of fear.

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Vargas double as Chile sink Peru

Chile's Eduardo Vargas celebrates his long-range goal.

Eduardo Vargas scored twice as Chile downed fierce rivals Peru 2-1 on Monday to reach the Copa America final for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Germany, US upset at sharing hotel

German coach Silvia Neid is unimpressed with the hotel arrangements at the women's World Cup.

Germany coach Silvia Neid has slammed FIFA's decision to make rival teams share the same hotel on the eve of a match as her side prepare for Tuesday's semi-final against the US at the Women's World Cup.

Cech cops vile online abuse after joining Arsenal

Targeted: Petr Cech.

Danielle Rendina   Czech international Petr Cech has signed a four-year-deal with English Premier League Club Arsenal worth about £10m ($20 million), drawing a line under an impressive 11-year career with cross-town rivals Chelsea.

A-League fixture 2015/16

2014/15 champions: The Victory celebrate their grand final win.

A round-by-round look at the 2015/16 A-League season. All times AEST.

Victory to start title defence in Adelaide

FFA chief David Gallop.

Melbourne Victory will kick off their A-League championship defence against Adelaide United at Adelaide Oval.

Langerak on the cusp of Stuttgart deal

Bound for Stuttgart? Mitch Langerak.

Sebastian Hassett   Mitchell Langerak appears set to leave Borussia Dortmund, with a deal to join fellow Bundesliga club VFB Stuttgart reportedly on the brink of being completed.

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