A-League round the Asian Cup final audition

Michael Lynch   For aspiring A-League based Socceroos, this weekend's round represents the last chance to impress Australia boss Ange Postecoglou before the Asian Cup.

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Milligan suspension to force midfield reshuffle

Net gain: Leigh Broxham even bobs up to score.

Michael Lynch 11:40 PM   Melbourne Victory's Mr Fixit, Leigh Broxham, could be asked to prove his versatility once again this season by stepping into midfield for the derby clash against Melbourne City.

Wanderers lose again at Club World Cup

Heads up: Western Sydney Wanderers' Daniel Alessi and ES Setif's Mohamed Benyettou jump for the ball.

Liam FitzGibbon   Western Sydney's frustrating Club World Cup campaign has ended with a loss on penalties to African champions ES Setif of Algeria in the playoff for fifth place.

Gallop eyes FFA Cup expansion

Adelaide United won the inaugural FFA Cup.

A Super Cup style contest pitting the FFA Cup and A-League champions is a possibility to open the 2015/16 season after the success of the first Cup competition.

Jets set to take flight against Reds: Griffith

"I think we can beat any team in the competition if we put our minds to it": Joel Griffiths.

Robert Dillon 9:36 PM   Acting skipper Joel Griffiths says the Newcastle Jets are capable of beating any team and plan to kick-start their belated bid for the A-League play-offs against Adelaide at Hunter Stadium.

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Fowler listed as flat-sharing in cap report

Questions arise: Robbie Fowler's living arrangements while with the Glory are under scrutiny.

Dominic Bossi   More payment discrepencies in Perth Glory's salary cap drama have emerged with reports listing former marquee Robbie Fowler as sharing a small city apartment with another teammate for one eason. 

FIFPro want look at Wanderers flood game

Dampener: Matthew Sprianovic and Brendan Hammill try to stop Hugo Pavone.

The international players' union wants FIFA to investigate why the Club World Cup match involving Western Sydney was played on a potentially dangerous rain-soaked field in Morocco.

Wayne Rooney: We can win the league

WAYNE ROONEY: "We have shown a great resilience this season. Some of the games haven't gone the way we would like but we are winning them and that is a great quality to have."

Captain says Man United can challenge for the title after recovering from their worst start to a Premier League season.

Documents show Glory payments outside cap

Perth Glory are alleged to have broken the FFA's strict salary cap guidelines.

Dominic Bossi and Joe Gorman   Perth Glory are alleged to have subverted the A-League salary cap for up to three consecutive seasons by failing to declare payments, gifts and service agreements.

Cirio strike earns Adelaide inaugural FFA Cup

Sergio Cirio

Ben Mckay   Adelaide United are the first club to be etched on the FFA Cup after a 1-0 win over 10-man Perth Glory in the inaugural final.

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Victory skipper Milligan out for three games

Mark Milligan has been found to be guilty of serious foul play.

Michael Lynch   Mark Milligan has been suspended for three games after the A-League's match review panel deemed him guilty of serious foul play after he elbowed Sydney midfielder Terry Antonis..

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Koren finally set for derby debut as City seek to end Victory streak

Cameo: Robert Koren will play some minutes for City against Victory.

Michael Lynch 7:14 PM   Melbourne City is finally set to unleash its overseas marquee player Robert Koren on the A-League _ and he could not have chosen a more high profile game than Saturday night's derby against Melbourne Victory to try to make an impression.

Van 't Schip, Muscat trade derby gibes

John van't Schip: "We know that Victory is a good team, but they're also having their issues."

2:16 PM   If the verbal barbs are as good as the on-field action, Saturday night's Melbourne derby on Saturday will be a ripper.

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Asian Cup organisers assure tight security in place

Asian Cup organisers says they have placed the utmost importance on security.

Jon Tuxworth 7:00 PM   Asian Cup boss Michael Brown is adamant the safety of players, fans and officials attending next month's tournament is their utmost priority, but admitted the Martin Place tragedy "makes you rethink and revisit" the security plans put in place.

Arnold looking for tough signings to combat physicality

Dominic Bossi 12:29 PM   Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold is looking to sign tougher, stronger and more physical players in the January transfer window as a result of the bruising nature of A-League football. 

Christmas truce in 1914 a story for the ages

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

Martin Flanagan 2:45 PM   It is now accepted that during the so-called Christmas truce of 1914 - when members of the British, German and French armies laid down their arms and socialised in no-man's land - games of soccer were played.

Move over Mascherano ... Broxy's at the back

Team favourite: Leigh Broxham is congratulated by teammates after a goal against Adelaide United.

Michael Lynch 12:08 PM   In the Melbourne Victory dressing room these days Leigh Broxham goes by the nickname of "Mascherano".

Javier Aguirre will coach Japan at Asian Cup despite fixing case

Javier Aguirre

11:34 AM   Javier Aguirre will remain coach of Japan at next month's Asian Cup despite being named in a match-fixing case in Spain.

Footballer fined $810k for traffic violations

In hot water: Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus has been fined $810,000 after repeatedly driving without a licence.

9:51 AM   Germany and Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus fined $855k for repeatedly driving without a licence.

Bad boy Balotelli fined and banned

Not so super: Liverpool bad boy Mario Balotelli has been fined $50,000 and banned for one match after posting an offensive message on social media.

9:48 AM   Liverpool star fined and banned for one match after posting offensive message on social media.

Liverpool and Spurs into League Cup semis

Raheem Sterling scored a brace for Liverpool in their quarter-final win over Bournemouth.

12:44 AM   Raheem Sterling eased the pressure on under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool defeated Championship leaders Bournemouth 3-1 to book a League Cup semi-final with Chelsea.

Hamstring injury forces Nichols out of Socceroos' cup campaign

Melbourne Victory's Mitch Nichols.

12:37 AM   The Asian Cup dream of Mitch Nichols is over, with the Perth Glory midfielder set to miss up to eight weeks with a torn hamstring.

Griffiths backs Jets to take off

Joel Griffiths

Robert Dillon 10:36 PM   Acting skipper Joel Griffiths says Newcastle are capable of beating any team and can kick-start their belated bid for the A-League play-offs against Adelaide at Hunter Stadium on Friday night.

City v Victory glamour clash in pre-Christmas A-League round

Michael Lynch   It has been a pretty miserable season so far for City.

Blatter Business Bureau strikes again

Illustration: Matt Golding

Leaping Larry 3:00 PM   FIFA president Sepp Blatter is once again under fire.

FIFA crisis deepens as Garcia resigns

Ben Rumsby   The credibility of FIFA's World Cup corruption inquiry is in tatters after its chief investigator quit in protest at attempts to suppress his findings.

Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque calls on team to rally against adversity

Everyone has to share the load: Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque

Matthew Elkerton    Sydney FC star Alex Brosque says that the team will need to step up together as a leadership group in the absence of some of their biggest stars.

Organisers move to allay Asian Cup security fears

AFC general-secretary Alex Soosay.

Asian Cup boss Michael Brown has reassured international visitors heading to Australia for January's tournament they'll be kept safe in the wake of Sydney's deadly cafe siege.

Cahill puts legacy before A-League pay-day

Back in town: Socceroos star Tim Cahill in Redfern on Wednesday.

Daniel Lane   Socceroos superstar Tim Cahill says when – or if – he joins the A-League, Football Federation Australia will need a plan in place to ensure his presence is more than an exercise in commercialism.

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Victory accept Milligan's A-League ban

Mark Milligan has been suspended for three games for collecting Terry Antonis with his elbow.

Victory will accept captain Mark Milligan's three-game A League suspension for his clash with Sydney FC's Terry Antonis.

Pedro scores treble as Barca crush Huesca in Copa del Rey

Pedro celebrates a goal.

Pedro hit a first-half hat-trick as Barcelona cruised into the last 16 of the Copa del Rey with a 8-1 second leg demolition of lower league Huesca at the Camp Nou.

Yeovil book Man United FA Cup clash

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