Boy from Brazil Vitor Saba unfazed by controversy

Michael Chammas 5:14 PM   His time in Sydney has been marred by controversy but going into Saturday night's Sydney derby, Wanderers midfielder Vitor Saba insists he does not care what people think of him.

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UEFA Champions League live blog: Manchester City v Bayern Munich

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Matt Bungard 8:23 AM   Manchester City take on Bayern Munich in the headlining fixture of the first half of Matchday 5.

Fatigue the reason not the excuse: Popovic

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Sebastian Hassett 2:50 PM   While Wanderers coach Tony Popovic is adamant his squad are still recovering from their exhaustive schedule, he knows the public thinks his explanation for the winless start "sounds like excuses".

FFA guarantee ''independent assessments''

Central Coast take on Wellington last year at North Sydney Oval.

Michael Lynch 6:24 PM   The A-League boss has guaranteed Melbourne Victory that the FFA will commission an independent assessment of the North Sydney Oval pitch before the match against the Mariners.

Rattenbury blasts women's sport cuts

Shane Rattenbury says the ABC funding cuts is a 'betrayal to women's sport.'

Jon Tuxworth 4:58 PM   Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf doesn't expect a "knee jerk reaction" where sponsors walk away from women's sport after the ABC axed its WNBL and W-League coverage.

Sydney derby eyes ANZ Stadium fixture

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Michael Chammas   Western Sydney and Sydney FC are in talks to hold a derby match at ANZ Stadium next season.

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Milligan wants A-League pitches reviewed

'i'm very aware of the pitch they have': Mark Milligan.

2:45 PM   Melbourne Victory captain Mark Milligan has blasted the state of some A-League pitches, saying player welfare must come first.

Roar to investigate bungling of Mulvey sacking

Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey shows his frustration during the game against Perth Glory on Sunday.

Phil Lutton   Brisbane Roar managing director Sean Dobson said the club would begin investigations into Mike Mulvey's sacking after he was told of his axing by media instead of the club.

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Winning wasn't enough for Brisbane Roar

Mike Mulvey hugs Besart Berisha of the Melbourne Victory after his final match in charge of the Brisbane Roar.

Phil Lutton   Winning can cover a multitude of sins in sport but even that wasn't enough for Mike Mulvey to be given a wake-up call by Brisbane Roar management.

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Five things we learnt from the A-League

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Dominic Bossi   It was another big week in the A-League, with the first coach losing his job.

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Zelic piles pressure on Japan

Ned Zelic returned to Erindale College on Monday for the sport stars of the year awards. Isaac Dean, Georgia Bass and the college's rugby league team took out the top gongs.

David Polkinghorne   Says underdog status helps Socceroos' Asian Cup chances.

Cuts spell end for W-League broadcasts

ABC cuts have sounded the death knell for women's sport TV coverage.

Dominic Bossi   The $254 million cut from the ABC budget has taken a toll on the public broadcaster's involvement with football after ending their coverage of the W-League from next season. 

Dimitrijevic cops one-match ban

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Dominic Bossi   Sydney FC midfielder Milos Dimitrijevic will miss Saturday's derby against Western Sydney Wanderers after the club was denied an appeal of his red card despite an alleged case of mistaken idenitity. 

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Messi sets Champions League record of 72 goals

Messi celebrates goal with Jordi Alba.

8:13 AM   Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a Champions League scoring record of 72 goals when he struck in the 38th minute of Group F match at APOEL Nicosia.

New Sharks boss canvasses privatisation

"The world has shown a logical connection between private and public equity makes sense": Sharks chief executive Lyall Gorman.

Adrian Proszenko 10:00 PM   Lyall Gorman has flagged the prospect of privatising the Sharks after being unveiled as the embattled club’s new group chief executive.

Reigning W League champions Melbourne Victory set to take on some of the top women's teams in the world

Michael Lynch 5:28 PM   Reigning W League champions Melbourne Victory set to take on some of the top women's teams in the world.

Merrick mystified by Mulvey sacking

Stepped down: former Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey before Friday's loss to Melbourne Victory.

1:39 PM   Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick feels some sympathy for sacked Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey.

Gunners must give Wenger the bullet

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Henry Winter 3:04 PM   In ignoring the obvious causes of team's decline, The Arsenal manager is making a powerful case for his departure in the summer.

Clyne rescues point for Saints

PANTOMIME VILLAIN: Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne celebrates his late equaliser at Aston Villa.

11:41 AM   Nathaniel Clyne’s late equaliser earned high-flying Southampton a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.

Genoa spurn chance for third in Serie A

9:51 AM   High-flying Genoa spurned the chance to move up to third place in Italian football's Serie A after being held to a 1-1 draw by visitors Palermo.

Granada held by Almeria in Spanish soccer

9:25 AM   Granada squandered an excellent chance to break their winless streak in the Spanish league when they were held 0-0 by 10-man Almeria at home.

Man Utd not complaining over spilt wine

Man United boss Louis van Gaal.

8:33 AM   Manchester United won't make an official complaint after an Arsenal fan allegedly threw red wine at the visitors' bench during their 2-1 win at the Emirates stadium.

Cagliari, Napoli draw as Obi saves Inter. Mancini

He's back: Roberto Mancini directs his Inter side.

Cool-headed Cagliari fought back from a two-goal deficit to claim a precious 3-3 draw away to Napoli on Sunday, which left Rafael Benitez's men six points behind second-placed Roma.

MCG set for soccer showdown

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid are coming to Melbourne as part of a feast of international soccer next July.

Valencia lose Levante Spanish soccer derby

Levante's players celebrate their victory over Valencia.

Valencia's hopes of returning to soccer's Champions League next season suffered a blow as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat on Sunday at local rivals Levante.

Hamburg out of German soccer drop zone

Hamburg's Artjoms Rudnevs celebrates with teammates.

Hamburg escaped the Bundesliga's bottom three on Sunday with a 2-0 win at home to 10-man Werder Bremen, which pushed Borussia Dortmund back into the relegation places.

Mile Jedinak seals win for Crystal Palace over Liverpool at Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak celebrates scoring his team's third goal against Liverpool at Selhurst Park.

Tom Williams   Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak sealed a 3-1 victory for Crystal Palace over Liverpool at a rain-soaked Selhurst Park on Sunday.

Roar deal: Mike Mulvey deserved better from Brisbane

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Phil Lutton   Mike Mulvey never liked talking about himself, even when the Roar were slaying everything in their path (all the way back in May). Success was a result of the players, the system and the constant strive for excellence that had made Brisbane the A-League’s benchmark club.

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European soccer may challenge Blatter with FIFA candidate

FIFA President Joseph Blatter.

The member countries of European soccer's governing body UEFA could still find a candidate to run against Joseph Blatter as FIFA president next year, a leading official says.

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