Sydney relishing prospect of depleted Phoenix

Dominic Bossi   The timing of Sydney FC's crucial clash against league leaders Wellington Phoenix could not be any better for the harbour city club who are relishing the prospect of facing the New Zealand club.

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Pele not ready to abdicate - now or ever

Superstar: Pele is the only man to have three World Cup winners' medals.

Michael Lynch   Digeo Maradona has supporters who would claim for him the title of the world's greatest ever footballer.

Roar thumping gives Tony Popovic belief 

Doubling up:  Kerem Bulut celebrates after scoring a goal against Brisbane.

Sebastian Hassett   The Western Sydney Wanderers are finally off the bottom of the A-League table - now coach Tony Popovic wants to make sure they're never in that position again.

Caught red-handed ... or just a classic snap?

Is that a laser or a camera flash ?

Stathi Paxinos   A timely Getty Images picture of Mile Jedinak's sensational free kick to give Australia a 2-1 lead over world champions Germany shows that it could have been an even better strike than first thought.

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Ghosts of past failure driving Olyroos hopes

Road to Rio: Olyroos coach Aurelio Vidmar knows his team faces a big challenge.

Sebastian Hassett   WIth their disasterous qualifiying campaign for the 2012 London Olympics now a distant memory, Olyroos coach Aurelio Vidmar is hoping his side won't repeat the same mistakes.

Socceroos draw with world champs Germany

Shkodran Mustafi of Germany is upended as he competes for the ball with Matthew Leckie of Australia

Liam Fitzgibbon   The Socceroos have built on their historic Asian Cup triumph by holding world champions Germany to a thrilling 2-2 draw in Kaiserslautern.

Western Sydney stun Brisbane Roar

Happy days are here again: Western Sydney's Romeo Castelen celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Roar.

Vince Rugari   Brisbane's A-League finals chances were dealt a crippling blow on Wednesday night in a 4-1 defeat to lowly Western Sydney.

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Finkler magic relieves Muscat tension

Mariners goalkeeper Liam Reddy is beaten by a shot from Gui Finkler of the Victory (not in picture).

Michael Lynch 11:08 PM   Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat admitted that it wasn't pretty, but was happy to take the three points courtesy of two "magical" Gui Finkler goals that brought his side a 2-1 win over a well organised and highly competitive Central Coast Mariners.

Victory wear down stubborn Mariners

Gui Finkler of the Victory puts his team level with the Mariners on Friday.

Michael Lynch 10:48 PM   Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat insisted during the week leading up to his side's clash with Central Coast Mariners that there were many twists and turns left in the five-cornered fight for the Premiers Plate.

Finkler brace seals Victory win

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27:  Gui Finkler of the Victory celebrates his second goal with team mates during the round 23 A-League match between the Melbourne Victory and the Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park on March 27, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Jason Phelan 10:21 PM   Melbourne Victory consolidated their hold on second spot on the A-League table with a 2-1 win over Central Coast on Friday night.

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Michael Cockerill 10:00 PM   Can Australia's World Cup campaign capitalise on Asian Cup success?

Mourinho resuscitates Terry's Chelsea career

John Terry.

7:42 PM   Two years after it looked like his Stamford Bridge career was on its last legs, John Terry has been given the vote of confidence he craved.

Finals loom for City, more expected next season

City man; Big things are expected of Robert Koren at Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch 7:34 PM   Of the five foreign players on Melbourne City's books at present, only one _  marquee player Robert Koren _ is likely to be with the Manchester City owned subsidiary next season.

Wellington Phoenix's success is their best case for A-League survival

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 05:  Ernie Merrick of the Phoenix speaks to media during a press conference after the FFA Cup match between Adelaide United and Wellington Phoenix at Marden Sports Complex on August 5, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Dominic Bossi 7:13 PM   It was just four minutes into Wellington Phoenix's round five match against Perth Glory last season when Ernie Merrick thought he was on to something special. They had just scored the first goal and looked to be in cruise control in Christchurch. It put them on course for what was sure to be the new Wellington coach's firs win.

Brazil come from behind to down France

Brazil's Oscar (R) celebrates with team mates after scoring against France during their international friendly soccer match against France at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, near Paris, March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Andy Scott 6:51 PM   A fine finish from captain Neymar helped secure a come-from-behind 3-1 win for Brazil over France in a friendly in Paris on Thursday as they maintained their perfect record since the return as coach of Dunga.

Northern NSW Football committed to development, growth and promotion

Northern NSW Football chief executive officer David Eland and chairman Bill Walker.

David Eland 4:00 PM   Michael Cockerill's column "Newcastle Jets need to show they are truly united with their key communities" started as a critique of the Newcastle Jets and quickly became a broad-brush swipe at Northern NSW Football, the governing body of football in the region, of which I'm proud to be the CEO.

Schoolgirl's vision for inclusion reaches FEVER pitch

Canberra's Claire Falls, 12, has become a campaigner for inclusive sport.

David Polkinghorne 3:08 PM   She helped save the Pararoos, now Canberra schoolgirl Claire Falls wants to make soccer more inclusive.

Melbourne's blast from Antarctica? If only

Warming up: possible record temperatures recorded on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Peter Hannam 3:05 PM   To call this week’s wintry chill across southern Australia a “burst from Antarctica” would be doing a disservice to parts of the frigid continent.

Phoenix to face their biggest stress test yet, says Arnold

Injury cloud: Sydney FC striker Shane Smeltz.

Sebastian Hassett 2:06 PM   The Wellington Phoenix might be four points clear on top of the A-League and on track for their their first ever Premiers' Plate but Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold feels the final five matches will sort out whether the Phoenix are contenders or pretenders.

Roar coach cited for post-match outburst

Brisbane Roar coach Frans Thijssen has been cited by the FFA.

Beth Newman   The FFA has issued Roar coach Frans Thijssen with a "please explain'' after a post-match outburst on Sunday.

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Injury robs England of Tottenham's Rose

Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose.

Fullback Danny Rose became the fifth player to withdraw from England's squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier with Lithuania and the friendly against Italy next Tuesday due to injury.

Jedinak says draw was a missed chance to defeat champions

Mesut Oezil of Germany controls the ball as Mile Jedinak of Australia closes in.

Skipper Mile Jedinak wants his players to be dirty they didn’t beat the world champions

Muscat puts faith in youth and seasoned support

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat watches Saturday's game.

Michael Lynch   Six players missing through international call-ups or injuries might give most coaches nightmares.

Olyroos out to mirror Socceroos

Angela Habashy   Desperate to emulate the Socceroos' recent success, the Olyroos kick off their Rio 2016 qualifying campaign on Friday more driven than ever, says coach Aurelio Vidmar.

Perth Glory odd couple Danny Vukovic and Scott Jamieson kiss and make up

The Perth Glory's Scott Jamieson says the current losing run is "crap".

Perth Glory duo Danny Vukovic and Scott Jamieson are the perfect example of a football marriage - and the threat of divorce is never far away.

Australia's self belief shines through in Germany draw

Austarlia's scorer James Troisi, left, and his teammate Nathan Burns, right, celebrate their side's first goal.

Michael Lynch   Winning is contagious and there is no greater builder of confidence than success - as the Socceroos continue to show.

Live: Germany v Socceroos

The Socceroos celebrate after winning the Asian Cup in January.

Matt Bungard   Follow full, live coverage from Kaiserslauten, as the Socceroos take on the world champions in a friendly match.

Roar loss puts finals chances on edge

Steve Lustica's face says it all during the Roar's loss to the Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium.

Beth Newman   Playing their fourth match in 10 days and missing eight players due to national duties and injuries, Brisbane looked lethargic.

Perth Glory want A-League top spot again

Glory captain Michael Thwaite insists the team are fully focused on performances.

Perth have set their sights on reclaiming top spot in the A-League, but of more immediate concern is the fitness of skipper Michael Thwaite.

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