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FFA to crack down on Victory supporters over flares

Michael Lynch 5:54 PM   Melbourne Victory face a crack down from the FFA after fans ripped flares and caused disturbances both inside and outside AAMI Park on Saturday night before the derby match against Melbourne City.

Wanderers' woes deepen as Powell delivers for Phoenix

Blake Powell scored five goals for the Phoenix.

Dominic Bossi 8:50 PM   Blake Powell was playing state league football this team last year. On Sunday he scored four goals to stun the title favourites.

Fornaroli crucial to City's title hopes

Star strikes: City striker Bruno Fornaroli celebrates his second goal during the derby match against Melbourne Victory ...

Michael Lynch 3:24 PM   Melbourne City must move to do all within their power to keep Bruno Fornaroli if they hope not just to win this year's A-League championship but build a team that can also challenge for the next few seasons.

Muscat fumes over 'ghost goal'

Protest: Gui Finkler of the Victory argues with referee Chris Beath after his free-kick went over the goal line but the ...

Michael Lynch 2:44 PM   Melbourne Victory have every right to feel aggrieved they didn't reignite their championship defence with a win in the final Melbourne derby of the season after a blunder by the referee and his match officials.

Case for the defence

Michael Cockerill

Michael Cockerill 1:38 PM   Observe the Perth Glory renaissance, and something becomes abundantly clear. At the heart of a committed back four are two centre-halves, Shane Lowry and Alex Grant, who keep it simple.

A-League: Victory fans rip flares as derby night ends in arrests

Flares set off during the A-League derby.

Steve Lillebuen 10:12 AM   Police have revealed the night of the A-League's Melbourne derby ended in violence with arrests, evictions and nine flares ripped - two during the game.

Top four 'very difficult now': Van Gaal

Uphill struggle: Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal.

Jim White 9:49 AM   After his Manchester United side drifted to their seventh defeat of a dispiriting Premier League campaign, Louis van Gaal conceded that the chances of a top-four finish were now close to extinct.

Gloom returns for Man Utd, Norwich

Under pressure: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

9:33 AM   Manchester United's top-four hopes suffered another setback as goalkeeper David De Gea's own goal cost them a 2-1 defeat at Premier League strugglers Sunderland on Saturday.

Wenger's philosophy at stake against Leicester

Remaining philosophical: Arsene Wenger.

Jonathan Liew 9:19 AM   If Leicester can be champions two seasons after promotion, then why could Arsenal never seem to finish higher than third?

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Slick Chelsea demolish Newcastle

Happy days: Pedro celebrates scoring his side's second goal.

7:44 AM   Champions Chelsea's most convincing display of the season extended their unbeaten run under Guus Hiddink to 12 games and left Newcastle United in the Premier League relegation zone

How Leicester's rise could be the greatest sporting story told

Vardy party: Jamie Vardy celebrates a goal against Chelsea in December.

Paul Hayward 2:30 AM   From facing relegation to an improbable title bid, the club has given others reason to hope.

Both coaches agree Finkler strike a goal

Victory coach Kevin Muscat gives directions to his players during the game.

Michael Lynch   Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat was seething, Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip admitted his team got lucky.

Aspro ready to solve defensive headaches

Go-to man: Jonathan Aspropotamitis in defensive mode.

Emma Kemp   When Jonathan Aspropotamitis trains, it's in full knowledge his next match for Western Sydney may not come for a while.

Teen sensation overcomes injuries to score a second chance

Former golden boy: Mitch Cooper celebrates his goal on Friday night.

Vince Rugari   He was the unknown teenager Clive Palmer once tipped would captain the Socceroos, but Mitch Cooper can still salvage something from his injury-ravaged career if he wants to, says Newcastle coach Scott Miller.

Fornaroli's magic lights up derby

Bruno Fornaroli of the City competes for the ball with Guilherme Finkler of the Victory.

Michael Lynch   Some games are so compelling, so captivating and so intense that it is physically exhausting to watch, never mind play in them.

Janjetovic howler costs Sky Blues as red hot Perth Glory snatch points

More frustration: Sydney FC's Seb Ryall reacts after a missed opportunity.

Sebastian Hassett   A lovely day at Allianz Stadium, both Alex Brosque and David Carney back in the starting line up and a bottom-four opponent. What could possibly go wrong?

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NPL clubs dream of promotion

Hume City celebrate after winning the FFA Cup quarter-final against Oakleigh Cannons.

Michael Lynch    If the FFA ever does decide to join the global football mainstream and embrace the concept of promotion and relegation by establishing a second professional tier for the A-League, then it will be the clubs in the state-based National Premier Leagues that form the basis of the division.

Victory chairman and board member invest in struggling Italian club

Top contender: The Victory’s Anthony Di Pietro has sound credentials.

Michael Lynch   Melbourne Victory major shareholders Anthony Di Pietro, the club chairman, and Mario Biasin, have thrown a 100,000 Euro lifeline to struggling Italian club Triestina.

Hell of a game, but does anybody remember what happened?

Sebastian Hassett dinkus Dinkus

Sebastian Hassett   There were so many on-field points of interest that popped up from last weekend's match - it's just a shame we never got to talk about any of them.

Alignment of the game from top to bottom is the ultimate test for new FFA board

Craig Foster dinkus Dinkus

Craig Foster   The new FFA board is about to begin work. A thousand mouths are waiting to be fed: the A-League, youth development, schools programs, grass roots, national teams. But one issue stands above all and upon which all others are ultimately dependent: the final and full alignment of the game from top to bottom, with complete integration of state and territory member federations.

Davies happy with transferring football allegiance

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Jason Dasey   Singing the national anthem of his adopted country took a while to get used to for Perth-born Matthew Davies.

Roar salvage 2-2 draw against Jets

Productive night: Mitch Cooper celebrates scoring a goal for the Jets during their 2-2 draw with Brisbane Roar.

Vince Rugari   Brisbane Roar have dodged A-League disaster, salvaging a 2-2 draw against plucky Newcastle in Friday night's clash at Suncorp Stadium.

Why Keogh returned to Glory after salary cap scandal

Second time luckier:  Andy Keogh is back at the Perth Glory.

Dominic Bossi   It wasn't easy being a Keogh in Perth last April.

FFA's high-risk play against the Wanderers

Malcolm Knox dincus

Malcolm Knox   The FFA hopes it has done a kind of ju-jitsu move: using the strongest force in the game, the unity of a club and its supporters, against that club's worst internal elements.

Canberra striker plays for love, not glory

Ashleigh Sykes will probably miss the Olympic Games.

David Polkinghorne   Japan-bound Canberra United striker will not return to the Matildas fold for Rio campaign.

Fletcher, Trewin think big for the future

Kai Trewin,14, and James Fletcher, 15, have been selected into the FFA Centre of Excellence.

Zac Lowe   They may only be starting their careers, but Canberra kids James Fletcher and Tai Trewin are thinking big when it comes to future ambitions.

Wanderers prepared to ban RBB

Not happy: Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas addresses the media in response to the FFA's sanction and $50,000 ...

Sebastian Hassett   Western Sydney Wanderers chief executive John Tsatsimas says the club is so fed up with his club's fans' behaviour that they are prepared to ban the Red and Black Bloc (RBB) if they continue making trouble in the stands.

Victory fired up for derby: Muscat

Kevin Muscat and the Victory know this is a must-win match.

Title-winning coach Kevin Muscat says he's noticed a lift in training intensity as his Victory side prepares for their Melbourne derby clash with crosstown title rivals Melbourne City.

'Bring passion, not flares'

Passion: Wanderers coach Tony Popovic.

Sebastian Hassett   Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has asked a segment of the club's supporters to bring their usual level of passion to Sunday's match against the Wellington Phoenix but has begged them to stop undertaking anti-social behaviour.

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City need to find the derby spirit: van 't Schip

Time to lift: City's Aaron Mooy knows the team has to rediscover some spirit for the derby.

Michael Lynch   John van 't Schip has called on his team to put aside lacklustre show at Newcastle last weekend.