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Garcia's impact has made Mariners re-think marquees

Sebastian Hassett   He has only played 75 minutes of A-League football but the remarkable contribution of Luis Garcia to the Mariners has led the club to realise the value of marquee players, according to coach Tony Walmsley.

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Brisbane Roar destroy lacklustre Mariners

Luis Garcia of the Mariners and James Donachie of the Roar challenge for the ball.

7:51 PM   Brisbane Roar has sent a stern message to A-League rivals by tearing a 10-man Central Coast to shreds with a ruthless 4-0 win on Saturday.

China's football revolution comes at a cost for the Socceroos

Taking the money: Trent Sainsbury signed a lucrative deal to play in China. Picture: Ryan Osland

"Australian players have won the lottery" but is there a hidden cost to signing with the new cashed-up giants of China?

Pellegrini ensuring easiest of transitions to Guardiola

Manuel Pellegrini will be replaced at the end of the season.

Jonathan Liew 6:51 PM   There is a video on YouTube of Manuel Pellegrini's arrival as Manchester City manager, back in July 2013.

City look for defensive stability

Hamming it up: Melbourne City players enjoy a light moment at training.

If ever a club needed to sign a defender it was Melbourne City, struggling with an injury-prone defence and a propensity to leak goals unmatched by any teams in the A-League other than cellar dwellers Central Coast Mariners.

Arnold caught in discussion sweeping world football

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Graham Arnold finds himself caught in a discussion sweeping world football – the nexus between beauty and efficiency, and the subjective nature of that debate. 

Sydney FC battle to 2-2 A-League draw with Adelaide United

Drought broken: Matt Simon celebrates his well-taken goal.

Lee Gagliardi 11:52 PM   Adelaide United extended their unbeaten run to 10 A-League matches following a hard-fought 2-2 draw with Sydney FC.

Wanderers marquee faces fight to return to match squad

Under-performer: Import Frederico Piovaccari is on the outer at the Wanderers.

Struggling Italian marquee Federico Piovaccari faces an uphill battle to win back a place in the Wanderers match day squad

Josip Simunic and three small words 'interpreted the worst way possible'

Josip Simunic is fighting to clear his name.

David Polkinghorne 9:15 PM   How a Canberra-born soccer star is trying to regain his reputation after three words linked him to Croatian fascists and Nazi Germany.

Women's sport pioneers leave wonderful legacy for future generations


Canberra and women's sport will be the ones shedding tears after the exits of Carrie Graf and Heather Reid.

World rankings blow to Socceroos' World Cup hopes

Ange Postecoglou looks a satisfied man as he watches the semi-final on Tuesday.

A horror draw in the next stage of qualifiers awaits the Socceroos after their slide down the FIFA world rankings.

Ranieri warns Leicester about Man City's 'magicians'

Top-scorer: Jamie Vardy (centre) and his Leicester City teammates come up against Manchester City this weekend.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has warned his players that Manchester City's "magicians" can pick up three points even if the Foxes play a perfect game, when both sides meet in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Wilkinson joins City, but won't play Jets

Latest signing: Socceroos defender Alex Wilkinson has joined Melbourne City.

Melbourne City have confirmed Socceroos defender Alex Wilkinson will be joining the title-chasing club in a deal that will take him through to the end of the current A-League season.

Muscat not looking for Valeri replacement

Club man: Leigh Broxham will play his 200th game for Melbourne Victory.

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat says he is not chasing an injury replacement for captain Carl Valeri, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a virus that has affected his balance.

A-League finals series rewards mediocrity

Michael Cockerill

The bloated finals series robs the league of a crucial ingredient - pressure.

China looks like soccer's El Dorado

Yaya Toure of Manchester City (left) is reported to have been offered staggering sums to play in China.

The impact Chinese clubs have had on the January transfer window has been staggering. 

Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney Wanderers - The Lowdown

Happy days: Mark Bridge is in sparkling form this season.

Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney Wanderers - The Lowdown

Foxes' Jamie Vardy is having a party

In the form of his life: Jamie Vardy (right).

Alan Smith   Leicester City's leading man, little more than a non-League scuffler only four years ago, is in dreamland just now.

Makeche on way back with a little help from squash queen

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After training with squash's top female player, Nicol David, former Perth Glory striker Ndumba Makeche says he is now ready to put his injury nightmare behind him at new club, Sarawak FA.

Wanderers marquee future in doubt after dropped for third successive game

Uncertain future: Federico Piovaccari could be on the move.

The Wanderers' $750,000 striker will watch Saturday's game from the couch after being cut from the squad again.

Brain condition ends Valeri's season

Set for derby: Carl Valeri.

Melbourne Victory's fears have been confirmed with the news that captain Carl Valeri will miss the remainder of the A-League season, as he recovers from an inflammatory condition affecting part of his brain.

Latest defeat heaps pressure on Victory: Santa

Confident: Western Sydney Wanderers striker Brendon Santalab.

The Western Sydney Wanderers might be on top of the table but last week's loss to Perth Glory means Melbourne Victory will go into Saturday night's game at Etihad Stadium under extra pressure, according to Wanderers' striker Brendon Santalab.

Ryan's horror as Barca rout Valencia

FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez.

Luis Suarez scored four goals and Lionel Messi grabbed a hat-trick as Barcelona all but wrapped up their King's Cup semi-final by crushing Valencia 7-0 in the first leg.

Entertainment 'a load of crap', says Arnold

"When I got brought up as a coach, it's all about winning": Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold.

The idea that style should be prioritised over winning has been admonished as "a load of crap" by Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold, who says no coach has ever been sacked for getting results.

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Wilkinson fits the bill for City

Potential signing: Alex Wilkinson.

Socceroos centre back Alex Wilkinson is set to sign for A-League title chasers Melbourne City unless an 11th hour bid from a cashed up Chinese club prises him out of City's grasp.

Everton win, Chelsea held by Watford

Ross Barkley of Everton celebates after scoring his team's third goal from the penalty spot.

There was no way through for Chelsea as Watford halted their recent resurgence in a goalless Premier League stalemate at Vicarage Road while Everton piled more woe on Newcastle.

Confident Luongo ready for Socceroos test

"It's hard to get motivated for Monday morning training when you don't play or get a brief cameo at the end of a game": ...

Socceroos star Massimo Luongo is confident he can maintain his position in the heart of QPR's midfield and head into next month's crucial World Cup qualifiers in peak condition.

Wanderers set for ANZ Stadium for A-League grand final

Western Sydney Wanderers

Michael Chammas   Football Federation Australia has moved to lock in ANZ Stadium for this year's A-League grand final should the Western Sydney Wanderers continue their impressive run to reach the decider.


Common sense for women and men fly in business class, says Basketball Australia

Federal Sports Minister Sussan Ley.

Chris Dutton   Basketball Australia boss Anthony Moore says it was a common-sense decision to fly the women's national team in business class, adamant it "doesn't stand up" to have different travel arrangements for male and female players.

Matildas to get equal travel standards as Socceroos but only for World Cup

Australia's Kyah Simon.

Dominic Bossi and Chris Barrett   The Matildas will be afforded the same high standards of travel and accommodation regularly enjoyed by the men, but only once every four years.