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A 2017-18 tarot reading for every A-League club – Part 2

So, to the second half of our reading. Waiting as they are with bated breath and wrung hands, we shall not keep the rest of the clubs on tenterhooks. Again, let’s draw from the deck…

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New Sydney FC CEO Danny Townsend sets big goals

Sydney FC broke all manner of records in the most recent A-League season but incoming chief executive Danny Townsend says it’s “only the beginning” for the powerhouse.

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A 2017-18 tarot reading for every A-League club – Part 1

Season previews always involve some sort of tentative hoist into the veiled unknown.

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Where have all The Roar’s old readers gone?

Where have all the commenters gone? With Aaron Mooy scoring the winner for Huddersfield in the EPL overnight, it’s time to put the call out to the football fans who have gone silent on The Roar.

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Socceroos are “overweight”: Sepp Blatter

Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter reckons the Socceroos are “overweight” and are built more like a rugby team.

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How Japan match up against the Socceroos

For both teams striding out onto the Saitama Stadium pitch on the 31st – the Japanese soaking in the whoops and roars of the home crowd, the Roos doing their best to shut them out – the significance of the fixture will be firmly in mind.

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Ronaldo labels five-match ban ‘ridiculous’

Cristiano Ronaldo has called his five-match ban for pushing a referee “exaggerated and ridiculous” and claims he is being persecuted after failing to have the sanction overturned on appeal.

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Roar and Against: The A-League should follow the EPL and ditch the finals

And so the Premier League is underway for another season. Ahead of us is nine months and 38 rounds of football to crown the finest club in England.

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Ange Postecoglou names 30-man Socceroos squad for critical World Cup qualifiers

Ange Postecoglou has unveiled an initial 30-man Socceroos squad for their crucial upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand.

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Ronaldo scores winner, takes of shirt, pushes referee and gets five-match ban

Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for five matches for pushing the referee after he was shown a red card against Barcelona in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup first leg victory on Sunday.

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In the midst of this governance farce, it’s time for fans to take back football

If self-interest lead to the demise of the National Soccer League, then Football Federation Australia is in danger of dying a similar death by a thousand self-inflicted cuts.

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FFA congress skullduggery a rank distraction

So when will the mini-series come out? What Logie-baiting cast will be assembled and to what depths of melodramatic villainy will they have to sink to do the whole noxious affair justice?

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Mixed fortunes for Mooy, Ryan on EPL debut

Life in the Premier League has got off to a flying start for Aaron Mooy and Huddersfield Town while Mat Ryan’s Brighton suffered a reality check at home to Manchester City.

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Victory’s system arranged around a robust trunk

It seems unkind, and a little cheap, to label Joe Caletti and Matt McKay’s performances in their 5-1 FFA Cup loss to the Melbourne Victory as lightweight, considering the modest stature of the two.

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FIFA leaves Australia without completing deal

The future of Australian football rests in the hands of FIFA after accusations FFA chairman Steven Lowy twice derailed political consensus over an extraordinary 24 hours.

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Okon masterminding a Mariners renovation

Australia loves a renovation.

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A-League fans have adopted European scarf wearing

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Brisbane Roar marquee player Massimo Maccarone

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The Matildas score a goal against Brazil at the Tournament of Nations

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Chelsea celebrate their 2016-17 EPL title

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Paris and Germany footballer Julian Draxler

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Matildas Football 2017

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The Matildas score a goal against Brazil at the Tournament of Nations

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The Roar of the crowd

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EPL Round 2: Five quick takes and Round 3 predictions

We are now two rounds deep into the EPL season and the table is taking shape. Here are five quick takes and some predictions for next week.

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Rivalries are great but psychological biases damage football

Reading up on the Philippe Coutinho saga, I saw an interesting statement on Twitter: “If Liverpool can’t hold on to Coutinho, I like the look of the Huddersfield lad – Aaron Mooy – to replace him.”

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Clinical or cynical: What explains footballing trends?

Football is a game of contrasts. Precision, structure and class play an obvious role, as forwards scythe their way through defences, yet professional defenders and aggressive challenges, designed to combat the effectiveness of skilful opposition players, also exist.

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Why Kewell’s managerial career shouldn’t be judged on his winless start at Crawley

The table doesn’t lie. Played three, lost three, zero points.

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea: EPL live scores, blog

Tottenham Hotspur entertain Chelsea at Wembley stadium for their first home game of the new EPL season. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 1am AEST.

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Huddersfield Town vs Newcastle United: EPL live scores, blog

Huddersfield Town is looking to build on their English Premier League campaign with a second win when they host fellow newly-promoted side Newcastle United. Join The Roar from 10:30pm (AEST) for live scores and commentary on Sunday night.

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Can Lowy hold onto power?

By Nick Symonds, 19 Aug 2017
Can Lowy hold onto power?

Steven Lowy finds himself under pressure from all quarters and it’s going to be the fight of his life.

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EPL Round 1: Five quick takes and Round 2 predictions

The EPL’s first round has come and gone. Here’s what we thought – and what we think might happen next week.

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A Socceroos starting XI to beat Japan

By Ben Sewell, 17 Aug 2017
A Socceroos starting XI to beat Japan

Ange Postecoglou has named his 30-man preliminary squad for the Socceroos upcoming World Cup qualifiers. These are two vital games for Australia as a loss in either game will likely put an end to Australia’s direct World Cup qualification hopes.

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English Premier League Round 1: What we learnt

By Ben Talintyre, 16 Aug 2017
English Premier League Round 1: What we learnt

After a long wait, the EPL is back. Here’s what we learnt from the first weekend of action.

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Last chance for the Socceroos

By Michael Thompson, 16 Aug 2017
Last chance for the Socceroos

Ange Postecoglou has named a 30-man Socceroos squad to take on Japan and Thailand in two crucial World Cup qualifiers.

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Why eight-year-olds fall in love with football

By Stuart Thomas, 15 Aug 2017 Video
Why eight-year-olds fall in love with football

For some reason, sports like to label themselves. Spin doctors construct sexy catchphrases in an attempt, I think, to convince themselves and the rest of the planet that they are indeed the most watchable and purest game.

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Six talking points from Round 1 of the English Premier League

The English Premier League was back again which meant lazy weekends spent missing football were over.

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AC Millan and Tottenham Hotspur: A tale of two transfer windows

The transfer window is one of the busiest times in football. The rumour mill is in full swing and fans, including myself, feverishly hit refresh on BBC sport or any other club pages anticipating news.

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FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Spanish Super Cup leg 1 live scores, blog

Match result: Real Madrid finished all over the top of FC Barcelona en route to securing a 3-1 win that all but secures another trophy for Zidane.

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Lack of Aussies playing regular football overseas a cause for concern

With the new European season already underway, its sad to see that there are very few Australians starting for big clubs across the top leagues around the world, which is alarming for football in this country going forward.

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Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, left, and Sunderland's Billy Jones battle for the ball

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Romelu Lukaku of Everton F.C.

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Jamie Maclaren Brisbane Roar portrait

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David Gallop

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Harry Kane

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Chelsea’s Diego Costa celebrates scoring

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David Gallop

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City's Aaron Mooy (left) is tackled by Victory's Fahid Ben Khalfallah

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Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, left, and Sunderland's Billy Jones battle for the ball

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