Arnold warns Sydney to put aside emotions

Sebastian Hassett 1:19 AM   While the derby is now entrenched as one of the hottest events on the sporting calender, Arnold has warned his players not to get caught up in the emotion of the occasion.

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Phillips has come a long way in journey

Amazing journey: Gary Phillips.

Jason Dasey 10:30 PM   Port Moresby, Nuku’alofa, Kota Kinabalu and Da Nang are among the more exotic stamps in Australian coach Gary Phillips’ passport.

Goal shy City strikers need to hit target

Homecoming: City has added Socceroo frontman Josh Kennedy to its roster of strikers in the past few weeks.

Michael Lynch 9:36 PM   Goal shy Melbourne City need to start hitting the target - preferably on Friday night when they entertain Adelaide United - otherwise their finals tilt will flame out with barely a flicker.

Baharudin up for the challenge with City

In the mix: Safuwan Baharudin in action for Melbourne City.

Jason Dasey 10:42 PM   Turning an apparent negative into a positive is all part of what wide-eyed Safuwan Baharudin sees as the ultimate football education at Melbourne City FC.

The five who stayed home to prepare for derby

Home body: Wanderers stopper Ante Covic.

Dominic Bossi 1:20 AM   Western Sydney Wanderers' hopes of winning the A-League derby will largley rest on the shoulders of just five players who remained in Australia for the sole purpose of being fresh to face Sydney FC. 

Bridge double eases Wanderers home

Merry dance: Nick Kalmar changes direction.

10:05 AM   Western Sydney have defied all expectations to open their Asian Champions League defence with a 3-1 victory over Japanese giants Kashima Antlers.

Crowe's dalliance with buying Leeds United

Life-long fan: Russell Crowe has followed Leeds United since his school days.

Ben Rumsby   Australian actor Russell Crowe is interested in investing in a second sporting team following his success with the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National Rugby League.

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Chelsea signs massive sponsorship deal

Chelsea captain John Terry in action.

8:47 AM   Chelsea on Thursday revealed The Yokohama Rubber Company Ltd will be their shirt sponsor from next season in a five-year deal which is reported to be the second largest in Premier League history.

Greece suspends top-flight matches after riot at Athens derby

There was serious crowd unrest last weekend when Athens arch-rivals Olympiakos and Panathinaikos played.

12:56 AM   The Greek government has suspended all matches in the country's soccer Super League following violence between rival supporters.

Champions League just the tonic for hitherto woeful Wanderers

On their midweek trip to Japan to take on the Kashima Antlers, the Wanderers pulled off a 3-1 win.

Michael Lynch 9:52 PM   They can't take a trick in the A-League, where they have won only one match all season, but give Western Sydney Wanderers a sniff of international competition and it seems Tony Popovic's team grow an extra leg.

Delpierre set to return for Victory

Delpierre looked very impressive in his first couple of games for the navy blues, scoring on his A-League debut.

Michael Lynch 9:47 PM   Melbourne Victory's French centre half Matthieu Delpierre is set to return to action on Sunday _ and not a moment too soon for the championship chasing side.

Manchester's $15 million vote of confidence in their Melbourne franchise

Clash: Joshua Kennedy takes on Carl Valeri of the Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch 6:00 AM   At the corner of the administration area in Melbourne City's swish new $15 million training and office complex at Latrobe University is a small meeting space called the Turing room.

Speedway won't affect A-League games: Etihad Stadium chief

Etihad Stadium.

Ronny Lerner 2:04 PM   Etihad Stadium CEO Paul Sergeant has insisted that the stadium’s pitch will be in a suitable condition to host an A-League match just days after staging the Australian Speedway Grand Prix in October.

Young teammates keep ageing Archie energised

Still got it: Archie Thompson of Melbourne Victory.

Ronny Lerner 7:12 PM   As his body starts to slow down with age, Melbourne Victory veteran Archie Thompson maintains that the youthful exuberance of his teammates keeps him energised.

You want to get up for derby games: Janko

Leader of the pack: Marc Janko at training.

Marc Janko 4:46 PM   The Sydney derby has a passion to match the many derbies I've played in in Europe and it's always great to play in front of such a vociferous crowd.

Roar draws small crowd at home away from home

Just under 7000 fans were at CBus Super Stadium in Robina to see the Brisbane Roar play Beijing Guoan.

Beth Newman   It wasn't quite Gold Coast United but the Brisbane Roar struggled to draw a crowd for their opening Asian Champions League match.

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Juventus beat Dortmund 2-1 in Champions League tie

Juventus striker Carlos Tevez, left, celebrates his goal with Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Italian champions Juventus overcome adversity to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in Turin.

Asian Champions League live: Brisbane Roar v Beijing Guoan

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 02:  Brandon Borrello of the Roar celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal during the round 16 A-League match between the Brisbane Roar and the Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium on February 2, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Beth Newman   Brisbane Roar kick off their Asian Champions League campaign against Beijing Guoan on the Gold Coast.

Wins for Barca and Juventus in Champs League

Barcelona's Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez scored a double in his return to England for the first time since a big-money move last summer as Barcelona secured a 2-1 win over Manchester City in their Champions League last-16, first-leg clash on Tuesday.

Winter World Cup plan underlines folly of Qatar decision

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Michael Lynch   Had FFA boss Frank Lowy and his executives known what was coming less than a month after the Asian Cup final in January, they would surely have seized FIFA chief Sepp Blatter when he turned up in Sydney for the event, seized his passport and held him under house arrest.

FIFA group calls for November-December World Cup in Qatar

World Cup trophy.

David Harding   FIFA World Cup taskforce calls for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be shortened and held in November-December to avoid scorching summer temperatures.

Bresciano steps down from Socceroos

Mark Bresciano.

Socceroos legend Mark Bresciano has announced his immediate retirement from the international game.

Luongo scores double for Swindon Town

Australia's Asian Cup hero Massimo Luongo.

Socceroos' Asian Cup hero Massimo Luongo has gone close to scoring a hat-trick of goals for his English club Swindon Town.

Suarez brace puts Barca in charge as Messi misses penalty

Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez celebrates scoring his and his team's second goal as Manchester City's English goalkeeper Joe Hart (R) dives during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Manchester City and Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England, on February 24, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS

Martyn Herman   Two first-half goals by Luis Suarez gave Barcelona a 2-1 win at Manchester City as they moved within sight of the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday despite Lionel Messi missing a late penalty.

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