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Sydney FC marquee Holosko ready to go

Sebastian Hassett 5:08 PM   The marquee shoes at Sydney FC are arguably the most important of any player in the A-League and Filip Holosko insists he's ready to fill them ahead of Saturday night's season opening clash against Melbourne City at Allianz Stadium.

There will be no real reform of FIFA while Sepp Blatter is president

Darren Kane

Darren Kane 3:40 PM   Sepp Blatter's control of FIFA proves the saying that the fish rots from the head.

How Blatter lost his totalitarian rule at FIFA

Fall from grace:  Suspend FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Simon Evans and Mark Hosenball 11:54 PM   FIFA President Sepp Blatter's loss of control of football's world governing body had been evident to staff in its hilltop glass headquarters well before Thursday.

Ten-man Victory held goalless by Adelaide

Sergio Cirio of Adelaide United attempts to get past two Victory defenders during Friday's match.

Michael Lynch 10:32 PM   Just over two weeks ago Melbourne Victory put Adelaide United to the sword in the FFA Cup. But  an A League match against the same opponent with points at stake is a different affair.

Muscat disappointed at sharing points with Adelaide

Melbourne Victory players speak to referee Peter Green after Leigh Broxham was given a second yellow card.

Michael Lynch 10:30 PM   Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat was disappointed his 10-man team did not take all three points from its season opening match in Adelaide, having had the better of the game for long periods.

FIFA to decide by next week on crisis meeting

In the cold: Sepp Blatter has been stood down by FIFA.

9:51 PM   FIFA's executive committee is likely to decide next week whether to hold an emergency meeting following the suspension of president Sepp Blatter, a spokesperson said on Friday.

Barcelona back Messi in tax fraud case

Barcelona star Lionel Messi will have to stand trial on tax fraud charges.

8:36 PM   Barcelona have given their full backing to Lionel Messi in the Argentina forward's tax fraud case and vowed to fight "external decisions" they say are unfairly targeting the club.

Van 't Schip is not doubting Thomas

Banking on Thomas Sorensen's experience: John van 't Schip.

Michael Lynch 7:36 PM   When John van 't Schip carried out a performance review at the end of Melbourne City's 2014-15 campaign he knew an upgrade of the playing stock was necessary if they were going to improve on a 3-0 loss to eventual champions Melbourne Victory in the A-League semi-final.

Live scores: Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory

Besart Berisha

7:23 PM   It's the second match of the 2015-2016 A-League season. Traditional rivals Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory clash at the Adelaide Oval.

Luongo struggles in unusual team selection

Happier days: Luongo in action during the 2015 Asian Cup Final.

Dominic Bossi 7:23 PM   Socceroos star Massimo Luongo has questioned his effectiveness in the unusual position of right wing following the shock loss to Jordan

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What does Jordan defeat mean for Socceroos?

Bailey Write.

Dominic Bossi 7:23 PM   The Socceroos lost top spot in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group to Jordan, but what does this mean for their road to Russia?

Sepp Blatter appeals FIFA suspension - NYT

Still hanging around: FIFA President Joseph Blatter holds the Word Cup trophy.

6:23 PM   Sepp Blatter has filed an official appeal against his suspension from soccer by FIFA's ethics committee, the New York Times reported.

No Janko but we're more potent than ever: Smeltz

Hoping for more game time: With Marc Janko now gone, Sydney FC striker Shane Smeltz wants an expanded role this season.

Sebastian Hassett 5:04 PM   The departure of Golden Boot winner Marc Janko - who scored of almost a third of Sydney FC's goals last season - looms an enormous hole on paper but the man set to take his starting role, Shane Smeltz, couldn't be less worried.

Sydney FC v Melbourne City – The Lowdown

Sebastian Hassett dinkus Dinkus

Sebastian Hassett 3:43 PM   Sydney FC v Melbourne City – all you need to know about Saturday night's opening-round clash.

No legs? No problems for this budding goalkeeper

No legs, no problem.

Michael Carayannis 2:20 PM   Born without legs in the Congo and abandoned by his mother, Emmanuel Hilton has overcome the greatest obstacle to becoming a goalkeeper.

Social media delights in Blatter's suspension

Rogues gallery: A reimagining of the FIFA ethics committee.

Michael Carayannis 2:15 PM   It has taken little time for social media to react to Sepp Blatter's suspension as FIFA boss.

Is this how Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will celebrate goals in future?

FILE - In this May 31, 2015 file photo Dortmund's head coach Juergen Klopp smiles during his fare well speech as part of a reception in Berlin, Germany, after the German soccer cup final match between Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn,Pool)

Michael Carayannis 1:50 PM   New Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp appears to have shown exuberance beyond his years in an athletic display that would put today's professional footballers to shame.

Wanderers pay for defensive horrors against Roar

Moment of joy: Mitch Nichols celebrates his goal.

David Sygall 12:56 PM   A new look side, same old result for Western Sydney in their season opener.

Jordan's time-wasting highlights Australia's problems

Waiting to restart: Australian players look dejected during the World Cup qualification match between Jordan and Australia at Amman International Stadium.

Dominic Bossi 11:53 AM   The Socceroos players were frustrated with the time wasting tactics of the Jordanians during their shock 2-0 defeat but the only disappointment from their coach was that they were allowed to do it.

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Liverpool appoint charismatic Klopp as manager

Juergen Klopp

11:00 AM   Liverpool named former Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp as manager on Thursday with the club posting photos of him signing his contract on their official Twitter account.

Blatter ban: What does it mean?

The FIFA logo.

SAM BORDEN 10:44 AM   All the answers to your questions about the suspension of FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Messi to stand trial for fraud

Barcelona star Lionel Messi will have to stand trial on tax fraud charges.

10:31 AM   Lionel Messi will stand trial in Spain on three counts of tax fraud and could be sentenced to nearly two years in prison if found guilty.

He said what now? A Klopp selection

Juergen Klopp.

8:58 AM   New Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp, who joined the club on Thursday, is rarely lost for words. Emotional and witty, the German has made waves with some of his comments. Here is a selection.

Socceroos stunned by Jordan as World Cup hopes suffer a blow

A disappointed Tomi Juric.

Dominic Bossi 6:36 AM   The more things change, the more they stay the same at least that's what Australia discovered after slumping to a lacklustre defeat away to a nation emerging as their bogey team.

Wanderers destroyer a late call-up

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi

David Sygall   He took full toll of Western Sydney's defensive mistakes. But he wasn't even supposed to be playing.

Mariners use the Moneyball theory to survive the A-League

Michael Cockerill

Michael Cockerill 6:00 PM   What do the Oakland A's and Central Coast Mariners have in common?

Blatter faces 90 day suspension from FIFA

Under investigation: Sepp Blatter.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter faces an imminent 90 day suspension from football if the governing body's ethics judge backs a prosecutor's recommendation.

Scary time for A-League defenders: Berisha is back, better than ever

Better than ever: Besart Berisha of Victory at training on Thursday.

Michael Lynch   Besart Berisha is, by common consent, the A-League's top striker. 

Paartalu promises higher energy, more fluent City

Happy with club's infrastructure: Erik Paartalu of Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch   The sun shines down on Melbourne City's pristine pitches at the well-appointed City Football Academy, the new multimillion-dollar training ground into which the Manchester City-owned club moved midway through last A-League season.

Cleaning our defensive mess will spur Sydney FC's title tilt: Arnold

Graham Arnold

Sebastian Hassett   Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has no doubt his side can go one step better and claim this year's A-League title but admits they'll have to remove the "untidy" elements from their game, namely in defence.