Monday, 30 November 2009

Melbourne magic?

Great to see young Aussie Robbie Kruse replacing Danny Allsopp and keeping Brazilian Ney Fabiano out of the Victory side.

And great to see Archie and Carlos combining with the young wayward former Roar star to entertain, score and win the game. Even Nicky Ward looked back to his most effective best.

However would Central Coast Mariners have gone down so easy?

Is Miron, once again, showing signs of losing the plot. What must the right winger, Jason Culina think?

Great game, but I bet Melbourne wish more away sides would play three up front!


Sydney FC: Marquee is a farce

When John Aloisi was at Coventry City he ran the forward line on his own in the old English First Division now called the EPL.

He was fast, direct and scored goals in an unfashionable team.

But the new Aloisi is a much slower version, and cannot run beyond the last player with any pace. And it was his pace that made him a star.

Robbie Fowler has similar problems, but Robbie was never as fast as Aloisi but he has greater goal awareness and can score goals, at 34 like at 19, from absolutely anywhere. Headers, shots, quick free kicks.

So it's not an age thing. But it is a pace thing for Aloisi. And it's gone.

Signing David Zdrillic, another slowing forward former Socceroo was a mistake in terms of goal return for Sydney FC although I would say Zdrillic contributed more to the team.

But Blind Freddy knew Aloisi would not add 10,000 to the crowd when he shifted from the Mariners to Sydney FC. Freddy also knew Aloisi as a crowd pleaser was pretty much gone.

And let's face it he only returned to Australia because no-one else in the whole world wanted him.

So why the hell did Sydney FC pay him a million plus when Archie Thompson, energetic, creative, inspirational and a fans favourite does so much more for less than half that.

Sydney clearly have too much bling. Always had always will.

What a waste!


Mary Whitehouse: Sydney are shit

If Branko had said Sydney FC are shit...would he have got fined $3,000 by the FFA, or would the FFA have agreed.

Maybe that was his problem. He said all teams in the league were shit...he should have just Sydney are...or are you not allowed to speak the truth anymore.

Sydney are shit, Sydney are shit, Sydney are shit, and while you are at it so is Aloisi!

And does Branko's fine $3000 reflect his recent wage announcement...$50 a week or Aurelio Vidmar's $10,000 Saudi promotion suggest Viddy is on more or is bagging the AFC members so much worse than saying all A-League teams are not very good!

???Who is Mary Whitehouse. She was the keeper of TV morals in the UK when I was growing up. Basically no-one was able to swear on telly without Mary getting stuck into everyone and everything!


Do you know more than Miron Bleiberg.

Stephen Lustica was plunged into centre midfield for Gold Coast United on Saturday against Melbourne Victory.

Stephen is 18 and playing his first start in the A-League. Away to Melbourne at the Dome.

Gold Coast lost the midfield and lost the game 4-0.

No-one could blame a young aspiring player, but one could wonder at the logic of Miron Bleiberg and former Lazio midfielder and Assistant Coach Paul Okon.

Gold Coast's depth was stretched, away to Melbourne so why play the best midfielder in the league, a proven International at World Cup level, out on the right wing.

Particularly when the Gold Coast were unable to get the ball to Jason Culina and indeed after the first goal is was quickly apparent that it would be Melbourne down the middle, Melbourne down the left and Melbourne down the right. It was.

Which makes you wonder when little old football observers like me can pick HUGE defects in Miron (One season wonder) Bleiberg...and Vitaslez (I'd like to water plants) Lavicka tactical genius what exactly do these guys bring to the table?

Laurie McKinna even had a chat with Fozzie on SBS yesterday...what is the World coming to? Anyone laugh when Fozzie asked Lozza, oh so gently, about the style of play from Season 1 to now?


Thursday, 26 November 2009

Nearpost talks football

National show download

Local national show download here

Type rest of the post here


Saturday, 21 November 2009

Henry is a cheat!

Thierry Henry like many afore him says "it's up to the referee!"

But what about decency from himself and the French team. Not once but twice did the ball "hit@ more like he quided the ball with his hand...and what gaul, what cheek to celebrate and blame the referee!

Imagine a French side that wins the World Cup, Henry as captain would receive the trophy.

He should be banned from the tournament. How many kids will now be cheating and not owning up...if the ref doesn't see it.

The game should be replayed...but Henry should be booed across all the fields of Europe and banned from International football.

Sometime professional sport sickens me. Like the pre-meditated blood injury in Rugby Union, the stage in AFL, the false appeal in cricket...and now this in football.

Thierry Henry is a cheat. Boot him out now!


Thursday, 19 November 2009

World Cup: Everyone is going!

Ireland aren't going! Neither is Gus Hiddink.

Could we bring him back....too late I guess!

Ronaldo should be there..if fit...but not the Ukraine's or Egyptians.

Still in the modern world if your country doesn't make it (Ireland) you can support the country you grew up in (England) the country you live in and love (Socceroos) or the countries you have visited, (NZ, USA, Germany, Japan, France, Greece, Italy etc etc,) or countries you'd like to see do well..(basically African or Asian nations)....and countries you wish to see fail (Portugal)....make your own list here!


Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Nearpost Podcasts rock!

Download National Show.

Go the Kiwi's! Peter Funnell, Lucy Zelic and Paddy Bordier talk Aussie football. All of it! Socceroos, Young Player Transfers and so much more than you ever get on Channel 9, 7, 10 or even the ABC. God Bless Australia!

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And locally Peter Funnell talks to Canberra United Coach Ray Junna and the three new Premier League Club Presidents.


Tuesday, 17 November 2009

half-time heroes...November edition


Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Nearpost goes Kiwi

Come on New Zealand.

It's their Nov 16th 2005 moment, on Saturday in Wellington. 35,000 fans dressed in All White as NZ take on Bahrain for one shot at glory and a place in the 2010 World Cup.

The Nearpost is pumped for what should be a great game, an historic event.

All the A-League news, Socceroos talk and more All White talk than you could ever hope for on an Aussie football show.


Locally we've got an interview with Capital Football CEO Heather Reid and all the news on the local Regional Premier League for next season.



Monday, 9 November 2009

Nearpost talks Coerver Coaching

Alfred Galustian, International Director of Coerver Coaching talks about the Coerver Methodology and Coerver Philosophy 7 mins approx.

or play right from your computer....

Alfred Galustian, International Director of Coerver Coaching talks about the Clubs, the players and associations Coerver have worked with. 7 mins approx

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Alfred Galustian, International Director of Coerver Coaching talks about the history and development of Coerver. 7 mins approx.

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Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Nearpost Podcast is here

Well we're back. National show is here.

Just like the Gold Coast fans. We'll tell ya Tando's real name, who the most exciting player of the weekend was, why the Phoenix will get six points in four days and why we're all pumped, pumped I tell ya for NZ to get to the World Cup and of course....will Jason Culina be there and did he make a mistake coming home.

Locally Peter Funnell hears from Alfred Galustian the Coerver Tech Director and goes to Georgia, USA to find out what they are up to in the world of football.