Jedinak upbeat about Socceroos' future

Michael Lynch   For Mile Jedinak, the injured Socceroos skipper, 2015 has been a mixed bag, bringing the best of times and, if not quite the worst of times, then periods he might prefer to forget.

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Three ruled out of Socceroos' Cup qualifiers

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Michael Lynch   Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou has been forced to reshuffle his packs after three key players, including skipper Mile Jedinak, withdrew from matches against Bangladesh and Tajikistan.

Melbourne City move into cup quarter-finals

Robert Koren of Melbourne City celebrates with team mates after scoring.

Roy Ward   Melbourne City moved into the last eight of the FFA Cup with a 5-1 win over Wellington Phoenix on Wednesday night.

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Sydney FC knocked out of FFA Cup

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26:  Matthew Jurman of Sydney reacts to Mate Dugandic of United during the FFA Cup Round of 16 match between Adelaide United and Sydney FC at Coopers Stadium on August 26, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Pete Smith   FFA Cup holders Adelaide United have kept alive their hopes of back-to-back titles with a dramatic extra-time win over Sydney FC.

Balotelli on the move back to Milan

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Maverick striker Mario Balotelli was undergoing a medical at AC Milan on Tuesday ahead of an expected move on loan from Liverpool, the Serie A club said.

Wenger has no defence in his case for the title

Same old problems?: Arsene Wenger.

Jim White   ​On this evidence it is hard to see Arsenal living up to all the hype of being a serious threat, writes Jim White

Sydney FC signings plot FFA Cup revenge

New season, new club: Matt Simon will call Sydney FC home this season.

Angelo Risso   Sydney FC new boys Brandon O'Neill and Matt Simon admit revenge will be on their minds when the Sky Blues tackle Adelaide United in Wednesday's FFA Cup last-16 tie.

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Unsung Socceroos ready for next step

The Socceroos, especially under their home-grown coach Ange Postecoglou, have risen to the occasion several times in the past few years.

Michael Lynch 6:48 PM   A star team, it is said, will always beat a team of stars. Which is just as well for the Socceroos.

Rogic's cracking goal bodes well for Socceroos recall

Canberra product Tom Rogic scored a cracking goal for Celtic in their 3-1 win on Sunday morning (Australian time).

Lee Gaskin 4:59 PM   Canberra product Tom Rogic has continued his resurgence ahead of his Socceroos recall with a cracking individual goal for his Scottish club Celtic.

Roar membership numbers low

Brisbane Roar members are holding off on renewing over club instability.

Beth Newman 3:01 PM   Brisbane Roar fans are speaking with their wallets, holding out on renewing memberships over the club's financial state.

Rogic scores a cracker en route to returning to Socceroos fold

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Michael Lynch 2:45 PM   If anyone joining the Socceroo squad in Perth this week is in good spirits it should be the man who could become the national team's creative fulcrum, Tom Rogic.

Palace stun struggling Chelsea

Frustrated: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

6:20 AM   Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho suffered only his second Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge..

Manchester City closing in on bumper deal for Kevin De Bruyne

Wolfburg's Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne moved a step closer to completing a £55million transfer to Manchester City last night after being omitted from the Wolfsburg team for the Bundesliga clash against Schalke.

FFA satisfied with Roar progress

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Beth Newman   Brisbane Roar's under fire owners will remain in charge for now after meetings with Football Federation Australia on Friday.

Champions League takes on unpredictable look

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney has thrills awaiting him in the Champions League.

The Champions League group stages took on a less predictable look after Thursday's draw, helped by UEFA's decision to tweak the seeding system.

Some hope for Matildas as pay negotiations continue

The Matildas' 22 contracted players share a pay pool of $750,000 a year.

Larissa Nicholson   Australia's women soccer players may be edging towards a bump in pay, as negotiations with Football Federation Australia continue.

Roar debt must be addressed now: FFA

Happier times ... Kofi Danning celebrates a Roar goal in April.

Beth Newman   The owners of debt-ridden Brisbane Roar could reportedly hang on to the club a little bit longer but Football Federation Australia wants to see a resolution to the club's financial dramas in a critical meeting on Friday.

Arnold says Holosko will kick a goal

Down Under: Sydney FC's international marquee Filip Holosko at Taronga Zoo.

Daniel Lane   While introducing Sydney FC's marquee recruit Filip Holosko to the media, coach Graham Arnold said it was time for other A-League clubs to foot the bill of recruiting the likes of Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero or Dwight Yorke.

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Melbourne City star Harry Novillo injured as team makes FFA Cup quarter-finals

Injured: Harry Novillo of Melbourne City.

Roy Ward   Harry Novillo will have scans after suffering a leg injury in Melbourne City's 5-1 win over Wellington Phoenix.

Watford out of League Cup, Villa survive after extra time

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English Premier League newcomers Watford suffered a League Cup upset in a 1-0 loss at Preston North End while five-times champions Aston Villa overcame plucky Notts County 5-3 after extra time to reach the third round on Tuesday.

Five-star Spain as Valencia make Champions League history

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Spain are the first country to have five teams in the group stage of the Champions League.

Jedinak in doubt for World Cup qualifiers

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak.

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak is in doubt for Australia's World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh and Tajikistan after injuring his hamstring playing for Crystal Palace.

Redmayne hopes fourth time's a charm at Western Sydney Wanderers

Wanderers goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne celebrates with Daniel Alessi after the Wanderers' FFA Cup round-of-32 win over Brisbane Roar earlier this month.

Jon Tuxworth   Andrew Redmayne wants to prove he deserves to be the Wanderers' first-choice keeper in Canberra on Tuesday night.

AC Milan in talks with Balotelli

Italian striker Mario Balotelli.

AC Milan's vice-president says the club is in talks with Liverpool about bringing striker Mario Balotelli back to Serie A.

Record-equalling City in ominous form

Manchester City's Samir Nasri gives a thumbs up signal to supporters after his team's 2-0 win during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday Aug. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Tom Hayward   Manchester City's impressive 2-0 victory at Everton on Sunday equalled a club record of nine successive Premier League wins but more importantly sent an ominous warning to their rivals.

Pedro scores as Chelsea kickstart stuttering campaign

Debut delight: Pedro celebrates with Jose Mourinho after scoring his first goal for Chelsea.

Tom Hayward   Pedro scored a debut goal as champions Chelsea got their stuttering Premier League campaign off the ground with an entertaining 3-2 victory against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho hits the gym to help Chelsea's chances

Looking to bounce back: A dejected Jose Mourinho on the sidelines.

Matt Law   Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is not happy with his own performance as Chelsea manager and has put himself on a strict gym regime in an effort to improve.

A-League clubs tap into Canberra's football potential

Belconnen's Danai Gapare clashes with Sydney FC's Matthew Jurman in Wednesday night's pre-season friendly at McKellar Park.

Lee Gaskin   A-League clubs are discovering Canberra is an untapped football market, bringing an abundance of pre-season games to the national capital.

Watch: The 17-woman brawl that rocked NSW soccer

All in: Players from both sides join the fray.

Brad Walter   Players ran to join the melee in the middle of the pitch, which began over a challenge on the ball

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City bolster defence with Otamendi

City recruit: Nicolas Otamendi.

Manchester City have moved to bolster their defence by signing Argentina centre back Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia on a five-year contract.

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Mariners recruit on song to complete Canberra double

Central Coast Mariners striker  Roy O'Donovan heads the ball through for a goal in Thursday night's game against Gungahlin United at Gungahlin Enclosed.

Lee Gaskin   Irish recruit Roy O'Donovan bagged a brace in the first six minutes as the Central Coast Mariners beat Gungahlin United 3-1 on Thursday night.

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Women's sport needs more kick

Kimberlee Green, Laura Geitz and Renae Hallinan of the Diamonds

Samantha Lane   The federal government wants to fast track the promotion of women decision makers in sport following a string of standout performances by Australia's high achieving, but historically underpaid and underexposed, female athletes.

City sign EPL stopper: report

City-bound? Thomas Sorensen.

Melbourne City have reportedly signed veteran Danish goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen on a two-year deal.

Arsenal target proves diamonds are forever

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 15:  Karim Benzema of France celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between France and Honduras at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 15, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

He used to date Rihanna, but now Arsenal target Karim Benzema is shining bright like a diamond.

Chelsea snatch Pedro and thwart Man United

Chelsea signing Pedro Rodriguez celebrates a goal at Barcelona.

Matt Law   The dramatic Chelsea signing of Pedro from under the nose of Manchester United was masterminded by the Premier League champions manager Jose Mourinho, director Marina Granovskaia, Cesc Fabregas and even the midfielder's girlfriend, Daniella Semaan.

On the Wayne? The $640k-a-week star who can't find the net

Worrying drought: Wayne Rooney has not netted since April.

John Percy   Once England's brightest star, ​Wayne Rooney has failed to score since April - and his form suggests this barren run will continue.

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Sydney FC emerges triumphant in Canberra clash

Belconnen's Danai Gapare clashes with Sydney FC's Matthew Jurman in Wednesday night's pre-season friendly at McKellar Park.

Lee Gaskin   Three goals in the final 20 minutes has ensured Sydney FC leaves Canberra with a confidence-boosting win ahead of their FFA Cup round of 16 clash.

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