Sydney clubs start planting seeds at grassroots

Dominic Bossi 7:40 PM   Far from the floodlights of Pirtek Stadium is a long-term battle that is about to begin across the city's suburbs.

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Popovic and Arnold in it for the long haul

Exhausted: Tony Popovic has cut a dishevelled figure of late, with the Wanderers' gruelling travel demands having taken their toll.

Sebastian Hassett 8:51 PM   The season has barely started, it seems, but the second Sydney derby and all it entails is already upon us.

Victory down Reds in five-goal thriller

Victory's Leigh Broxham heads home against Adelaide United at AAMI Park on Friday.

Michael Lynch 10:19 PM   The tragic death of Australian Test cricketer Phillip Hughes has had a profound effect on the whole nation.

Victory coach praises players for intensity 

Referee Kris Griffiths-Jones has a word with Victory coach Kevin Muscat during Friday's match.

Michael Lynch 10:43 PM   Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat saluted the resilience and intensity of his side after it went to the top of the A-League table after downing a spirited Adelaide United 3-2 in a thrilling clash at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Why Mariners must steer clear of Sydney

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Michael Cockerill 1:28 AM   Central Coast Mariners have as future. The question is whether that future is with Mike Charlesworth. 

Sydney derby: All you need to know

Looking to atone: Vitor Saba was sent off in his first Sydney derby and owes the Wanderers fans more on Saturday.

Sebastian Hassett 9:00 PM   All the info you need ahead of Saturday night's Sydney derby .

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 record low in the latest FIFA rankings having fallen out of the top 100 nations in the world for the first time in history.

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

Iacopo La Rocca.

Iacopo La Rocca   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   Sydney FC are expecting a desperate Wanderers outfit on Saturday, but are confident of getting a result

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Popovic defends choice of venue for Sydney derby

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic says the team has had to do it tough.

Sebastian Hassett 1:22 AM   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.

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

John van't Schip.

7:58 PM   Melbourne City boss John van't Schip knows how quickly the A-League's wheel of fortune spins.

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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. 

Soccer premiership 'sack race' put on hold

In doubt: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is one of the bookies’ favourites to face sacking.

Jason Burt 11:59 PM   This is a time of stability for English Premier League managers.

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   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.

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.

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

This weekend's A-League games

Michael Lynch   MELBOURNE VICTORY v ADELAIDE UNITED

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 when they travel to Melbourne for Friday night's milestone clash with Victory in what is, rightly, being labelled an A-League blockbuster.

Wanderers chairman says club needs new stadium, not move to ANZ

"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" but says it does nothing to address the long term issue of the Wanderers home ground. 

Magic moments as 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 in the Sydney derby

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 - on the very same stage that saw him spend a year on the sidelines.

Parramatta Stadium too small for derbies: Arnold

Graham Arnold believes Parramatta Stadium is too small for Sydney derbies.

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.

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.

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.

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