Parramatta Stadium too small for derbies: Arnold

Sebastian Hassett   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.

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Sydney's not sky blue, it's red and black

Iacopo La Rocca.

Iacopo La Rocca 10:39 PM   Sydney will be red and black, not sky blue this Saturday, writes Wanderers' Iacopo La Rocca.

We'll win derby for the fans: Terry Antonis

Terry Antonis.

Terry Antonis 10:00 PM   Sydney FC are expecting a desperate Wanderers outfit on Saturday, but are confident of getting a result

Adelaide out to spoil Victory party

Adelaise coach Josep Gombau: "It's like a final, away, in front of a big crowd."

Michael Lynch   Adelaide United will be intent - as they so often are - on playing the role of party poopers.

We need new stadium, not move: Wanderers

"We owe it to our fans to have the best facilities we can": Wanderers chairman Paul Lederer.

Dominic Bossi   Western Sydney Wanderers chairman Paul Lederer labelled a potential move of future Sydney derbies to ANZ Stadium as a "necessary evil".

 Victory celebrate 10-year milestone

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Michael Lynch   Michael Lynch picks his highlights of the first 10 years for the A-League's biggest club.

Rhyan Grant's long wait could come to an end 

Happy to be back: Rhyan Grant.

Sebastian Hassett   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.

Victory eye A-League history against Reds

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

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

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Asian Cup fever gets under way with fan launch in Canberra

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Jon Tuxworth 6:06 PM   The Socceroos may have dropped out of the world's top 100 for the first time, but it didn't stop Canberra fans getting immersed in Asian Cup fever at the opening of the Fan Park tour in Canberra on Friday. 

Popovic defends choice of venue for Sydney derby

Sebastian Hassett 5:31 PM   Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic couldn't give a damn whether Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold thinks Parramatta Stadium is big enough for Saturday night's Sydney derby, insisting it suits his side perfectly.

Sydney clubs start planting seeds of derby at grassroots

Face of the future: Patrick Scibilio will be the type of player chased by the Wanderers and Sydney FC.

Dominic Bossi 5:08 PM   The immediate clash between Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC will happen on Saturday, but far from the floodlights of Pirtek Stadium is a long-term battle that is about to begin across the city's suburbs.

Lies, damned lies, and FIFA rankings

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Michael Lynch 3:17 PM   There's a first time for everything, and the Socceroos have now set a new record low in the latest FIFA rankings having fallen out of the top 100 nations in the world for the first time in history.

City's van 't Schip tempts fate with motoring analogy

3:01 PM   Melbourne City boss John van 't Schip knows how quickly the A-League's wheel of fortune spins.

Soccer player jailed for headbutt

Bastia's Brandao leaves after a hearing at the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters in Paris in a November 4, 2014, filephoto.

2:28 PM   Bastia's Brazilian striker Brandao has been jailed for a month and fined 20,000 euros ($A30,000) for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Motta.

Ryan stars for Club Brugge

Club Brugge's goalkeeper Matthew Ryan celebrates the team's win with his teammate Tom De Sutter.

1:52 PM   Club Brugge had Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan to thank for stonewalling Torino in a goalless draw that puts the Belgians on the brink of reaching the Europa League's knockout round.

Hotspurs red-faced after pitch invaders halt play against Partizan

A spectator runs onto the pitch and takes a 'selfie' of himself and Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela.

Matthew Elkerton 10:33 AM   Pitch invasion at White Hart Lane causes stoppage in play between Tottenham Hotspurs and FK Partizan.

Brazilian striker jailed for headbutt

Bad boy: French football club Bastia's player Brandao leaves after a hearing at the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters in Paris earlier this month.

8:58 AM   Bastia's Brazilian striker Brandao has been jailed for a month and heavily fined for headbutting a rival.

Everton through to Europa knockout stage

Reason to smile: Everton's Romelu Lukaku (left) celebrates with Kevin Mirallas after scoring a goal against Wolfsburg.

8:37 AM   Everton charges to impressive 2-0 victory away to Bundesliga high-flyers VfL Wolfsburg in Europa League.

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Michael Lynch   MELBOURNE VICTORY v ADELAIDE UNITED

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.

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.

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   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.

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

Mat Ryan signs new deal with Club Brugge

Outstanding first season in Belgium: Mat Ryan.

Daniel Lane   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 in Brazil.

I'll keep helping hurt opponents, says Sydney FC goalie Janjetovic

No hard feelings: Sydney FC goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic.

Michael Chammas   Sydney FC goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic insists he won't stop assisting injured opposition players despite teammate Sasa Ognenovski pushing him for helping Wanderers defender Brendan Hamill in the last Sydney derby.

Haliti leads Wanderers looking at greener playing fields

Bench player: Wanderers forward Labinot Haliti.

Dominic Bossi   Western Sydney Wanderers could be in for a battle to keep hold of several players itching for regular game time after a trio of Asian Champions League winners were understood to be hoping to leave in the coming January transfer window.

Poljak: Wanderers 'owe' Sydney FC a derby demolition

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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 the Western Sydney Wanderers.

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.

City need winning mentality, says Hoffman

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

Michael Lynch   Melbourne City players trooped into their distinctly unglamorous training rooms at La Trobe University on Tuesday morning to watch a video session before their trip to Wellington to take on a similarly out-of-form Phoenix at the weekend.

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.

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