Ronaldo, Messi compete for Ballon d'Or

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will resume their perennial battle to be crowned the world's best soccer player after they headed the shortlist of 30 players for the 2016 Ballon d'Or announced on Monday.

The problem with the FFA's expansion plan

Once in a lifetime: The Wanderers are an example of how cross-town rivalries can be successful for expansion.

Apparently, expansion of the A-League is back on the agenda. No, really. That being the case, the fault lines of a debate which excites the football public like no other are about to reach a sharper focus. Derbies, or regions? New markets, or existing ones? Ultimately, that's the conversation which matters most.

Victory snatch last-gasp 2-1 win

Victory's Besart Berisha competes Iacopo La Rocca.

An injury-time winner from Marco Rojas has given Melbourne Victory a last-gasp 2-1 A-League victory over Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.

Mourinho 'never friends' with Abramovich

Happier times: Jose Mourinho with Chelsea owner Roman Arbramovich in 2004.

Jose Mourinho has claimed that he was "never friends and never close" with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich but insisted he has no intention of "washing his dirty linen" in public by divulging the details behind his sacking by the club.

City ''back to earth'', says van 't Schip

Tim Cahill reacts after a contest against Perth Glory.

Melbourne City's early-season bubble burst somewhat with a 3-2 home loss to Perth Glory on Friday night - a defeat that, said coach John van 't Schip, is a stark reminder for his players of how hard they have to work and how intensely they have to compete if they want to dominate the competition.

Changes likely for bruised Victory

Victory coach Kevin Muscat knows his side can "perform well".

There's no crisis at Melbourne Victory in the wake of their 4-1 destruction by Melbourne City but coach Kevin Muscat has suggested changes are likely ahead of Saturday night's A-League meeting with Adelaide United.

What the A-League can learn from rugby league

Tim City: Cahill celebrates after scoring the opening goal.

A stroke of genius? A cry for help? An insult to English teachers? Whatever else it is, the A-League's new marketing slogan, 'You've gotta have a team', is as well-struck and accurate as Tim Cahill's first goal for Melbourne City.