Hyundai A-League 2015/2016 preview: Western Sydney Wanderers v Newcastle Jets

Get into the festive spirit with this Christmas Eve NSW derby. Can the Jets write their own Christmas fairytale by defeating the Western Sydney juggernaut? And yes, Santa will be there!


Thursday, 24 December 2015

Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta

Kick-Off: 7:00 PM (Local) (7:00 PM (AEDT)

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 7.00pm (AEDT), SBS TWO from 7:00pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 1 (New Zealand)

Radio Broadcast: 702 ABC Sydney, 1233 ABC Newcastle,  ABC Local Radio NSW, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live.

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Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 3.Scott JAMIESON, 4.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY (c), 6.Mitch NICHOLS, 7.Romeo CASTELEN, 8.DIMAS, 9.Federico PIOVACCARI, 10.Dario VIDOSIC, 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 14.Golgol MEBRAHTU, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 16.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 17.ALBERTO, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 21.Jacob PEPPER, 22.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 8.DIMAS (promoted), 14.Golgol MEBRAHTU (promoted), 19.Mark BRIDGE (promoted)

Outs: 18.ANDREU (suspended)

Unavailable: Nil

Newcastle Jets Squad: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 2.Daniel MULLEN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (C), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Cameron WATSON, 7.Enver ALIVODIC, 8.Mateo POLJAK, 9.Milos TRIFUNOVIC, 10.LEONARDO, 14.Mitch COOPER, 17.Radovan PAVICEVIC, 20.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.David CARNEY, 24.Nicholas COWBURN, 25.Brandon LUNDY, 27.Braedyn CROWLEY, 28.Ryan KITTO

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 2.Daniel MULLEN (returns from injury), 10.LEONARDO (returns from soreness), 25.Brandon LUNDY (promoted)

Outs: 3.Jason HOFFMAN (suspended – 1 week)

Unavailable: 11.Labinot HALITI (knee – season), 13.Lee KI-JE (international transfer pending)

Referee: Stephen Lucas

Assistant Referee 1: Lance Greenshields

Assistant Referee 2: James Tesoriero

Fourth Official: Kris Griffiths-Jones


Get set for an early Christmas cracker at Wanderland as the league-leaders host a Newcastle side desperate for some festive cheer heading into the New Year.

The Wanderers saw their impressive winning streak snapped last weekend after a 2-2 draw with the improving Perth Glory.

But there was still plenty to like about their performance, with only some wayward finishing denying Tony Popovic’s troops an eighth straight victory.

If the Wanderers can win this one they’ll ensure they head the table heading into 2016, a remarkable effort considering the amount of change the side has endured since last season.

The Jets got back to their miserly best against Adelaide United last Friday after a dour 0-0 draw.

That’s now seven games without a win for Scott Miller’s side. A huge concern, with only bottom club Central Coast in worse form than the Hunter club (who started the season on fire).

Miller has expressed his desire to bolster his squad in January but he’ll need his youngsters – and sprinkling of experienced stars – to produce something special to topple the Wanderers.

It took two late goals for Western Sydney to prevail 2-1 when the two sides met in Newcastle last month right at the start of the Red and Black hot streak.


-Western Sydney Wanderers won the last clash between these sides but haven’t won consecutive Hyundai A-League matches against the Jets since December 2013.

-Only once in ten matches between these sides in the Hyundai A-League has either team scored more than two goals in a match.

-The Wanderers are on their second longest ever undefeated streak in the Hyundai A-League (W7 D1), five shy of their best.


Newcastle drew another blank last week, meaning they’ve now scored just once in almost eight hours of action.

It’s too easy just to point the finger at striker Milos Trifunovic. Sure the Serbian hasn’t had the impact he would have liked but the Jets’ problem starts a bit further back.

Much of their problems of late have stemmed from not being able to hold onto the ball long enough to manufacture decent attacks.

While they work ever so hard to win possession, it is often squandered with sloppy passing or poor ball control.

Once Miller’s side learns to take more care with the ball, their toothless attack might sink its fangs into  A-League prey.

The battle between Jets wingers Carney and Alivodic and the Wanderers attack-minded fullbacks Jamieson and Neville will be crucial, while the return of Leonardo from injury is also a plus for the visitors.

After missing last weekend’s trip to Perth, the in-form Bridge returns for the Wanderers posing an interesting selection dilemma for Popovic.

Does he stick with Santalab, who scored against Perth, re-call Bridge who has netted in his last four starts or go with Piovaccari who had started finding the net before his untimely injury.

What a pleasant headache for the Wanderers boss to have.

Expect Romeo Castelen to come into the starting XI again. His last outing at Wanderland was a man-of-the-match showing against Victory and if he’s in similar form, the Jets’ task will be almost impossible.


Brendon Santalab. Marked his first start of the season last weekend with a goal. And playing on Christmas Eve, surely ‘Santa’ will have a big say in this one.



Wanderers: WWWWD



Western Sydney Wanderers 3-0 Newcastle Jets


Football Federation Australia

Aurelio Vidmar challenges Olyroos as Rio qualifiers loom

Olyroos boss Aurelio Vidmar.

Aurelio Vidmar says the youngsters in his Olyroos squad will excite the Australian public for years to come and challenged them to knock down the door for progression into the Socceroos.

Speaking after naming his 23-player squad on Wednesday for the AFC U-23 Championships in Doha, Qatar from 14-30 January, which is the final round of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games, the Olyroos boss was thrilled with an impressive mix of players he believes will get the Green and Gold to Rio.

“I’m very excited about the 23 chosen, there’s quite a few young boys in there that can excite the public for many years to come,” Vidmar told reporters.

“We’ve got a few experienced guys too who have had a taste with the Socceroos so it’s a good mix.

“We know it will be a really good test for them. But I think it’s a chance for these young boys to stake a claim and show the Australian public what they have got.

“Hopefully we’ll see them in the Socceroos in the future, that’s the main aim.”

And Vidmar believes that can be sooner rather than later for many of the squad, if they show their quality over the next month.

“It was just last week that Ange [Postecoglou] said there’s spots open for the Socceroos [FIFA World Cup] qualifiers in March. If that’s not incentive enough to perform well then what is?” he said.

“Ange has always been a coach to give young guys and opportunity and if you look at what’s ahead in the next three years with the Olympics, Confederations Cup and the World Cup.

“What a fantastic three years for these players, you don’t need any more motivation than that.

“It’s an important major international tournament, it’s important for Australian football and it’s important we qualify.

“It’s extremely important for these players that we qualify to help their progression and dealing in the Australian way.”

With the AFC U-23 Championship tournament not being staged during a designated FIFA date, European clubs aren’t obligated to release their players for the national team.

It’s meant Vidmar will be without six key players next month – Jackson Irvine (Ross County), Brad Smith (Liverpool), Kenneth Dougall (Sparta Rotterdam), Ryan Williams (Barnsley), Milos Degenek (1860 Munich) and Awer Mabil (Midtjylland).

“It’s always tough in non-FIFA windows but there’s not much we can do about it. It was the same for the last tournament and it’s been like that for a while,” Vidmar said.

“It’s something that is out of our control so we just focus on what we can control. The guys I replaced them with I’m very excited about what they can offer.

“Someone like Steven Ugarkovic who has been playing in Croatia. He has very good engines, is a good passer of the ball and does everything for the team,” Vidmar added.

“He’s a smart footballer, that’s what I like about him. He’s technically very good and I think he’ll play a big part for us.”

The Olyroos are in Group D of the 16-team tournament in Doha and open their account against the United Arab Emirates on January 14.

They then take on Vietnam on January 17 before rounding out the group stage against Jordan on January 20.

Footbal Federation Australia

Consolidados Grande SP 22/12/2015

AUDIÊNCIAS DE 22/12/2015

Com Xuxa fria com Gugu, Família Record cresce 41% no Ibope em um ano


Xuxa Meneghel e Marcos Mion no especial de Natal da Record exibido nesta terça (22) - Reprodução/TV Record

Xuxa Meneghel e Marcos Mion no especial de Natal da Record exibido nesta terça (22)

REDAÇÃO – Publicado em 23/12/2015, às 12h40

Marcado pela frieza com que Xuxa Meneghel tratou Gugu Liberato, com quem está brigada desde 2012, o amigo secreto dos artistas da Record foi a maior audiência da emissora ontem. Marcou 10,3 pontos na Grande São Paulo, um aumento de 41% em relação aos 7,3 da edição de 2014. No ano passado, o Família Record teve a concorrência da final do primeiro MasterChef, que cravou 7,8. Ontem, o especial com os vencedores do reality da Band decepcionou: rendeu apenas 2,8 no Ibope

Média do dia (6h/5h59): 11,0
Hora 1 4,2
Bom Dia São Paulo 6,9
Bom Dia Brasil 9,4
Mais Você 6,8
Bem Estar 5,3
Encontro 5,8
SP TV 1ª Edição 10,8
Globo Esporte 10,2
Jornal Hoje 9,9
Vídeo Show 8,6
Sessão da Tarde 9,3
Caminho das Índias 13,0
Malhação 13,2
Além do Tempo 16,7
SP TV 2ª Edição 20,2
Totalmente Demais 21,6
Jornal Nacional 22,8
A Regra do Jogo 27,9
Mister Brau 20,5
Pé na Cova 14,5
Profissão Repórter 10,1
Jornal da Globo 7,6
Under the Dome 6,7
Corujão 4,6
Média do dia (6h/5h59): 4,6
Jornal do SBT Manhã 1,7
Carrossel Animado 2,5
Mundo Disney  4,2
Bom Dia e Cia.  6,0
Maria do Bairro 5,2
Casos de Família  5,1
Cuidado com o Anjo 5,3
Teresa 5,8
A Dona  6,0
Chaves  6,4
SBT Brasil  4,8
Cúmplices de um Resgate  8,2
Carrossel  8,8
Programa do Ratinho  7,2
Você Acredita em Papai Noel? 5,8
The Noite  3,8
Jornal do SBT   2,9
Okay Pessoal  1,9
Média do dia (6h/5h59): 5,4
Balanço Geral Manhã 2,3
SP no Ar 4,6
Fala Brasil  5,5
Hoje em Dia 4,4
Balanço Geral SP  6,5
Prova de Amor 5,8
Chamas da Vida 3,2
Cidade Alerta 6,1
Rei Davi 10,2
Jornal da Record 8,7
Família Record 10,3
Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus 1,5
Média do dia (6h/5h59): 1,9
Band News 0,7
Café com Jornal 1,2
Dia Dia  1,0
Os Simpsons  1,1
Jogo Aberto 2,7
Os Donos da Bola 2,3
Os Simpsons 2,0
Brasil Urgente 3,6
Jornal da Band 3,4
Fatmagül 2,8
MasterChef – A Prévia 1,1
MasterChef – O Desafio das Temporadas 2,8
Jornal da Noite 1,0
Roma 0,8
Média do dia (6h/5h59): 0,5
Te Peguei  0,6
Melhor pra Você 0,5
A Tarde É Sua 1,2
Você na TV 1,0
TV Fama 0,8
TV Fama (2ª edição) 0,6
RedeTV! News 0,8
Luciana By Night 1,0
Leitura Dinâmica 0,8
Amaury Jr.  0,7

Rede Globo define fila de autores das novelas das 23h00 em 2016 e 2017


Pela ordem, a Globo já tem estabelecido que depois da Márcia Prates, Euclydes Marinho é quem irá escrever uma novela para as 23 horas.
Exibição em meados de 2017.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Atores e atrizes do Japão fizeram testes para o elenco da novela de Walther Negrão

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Vários atores japoneses, homens e mulheres, foram testados para o elenco da próxima novela do Walther Negrão na Globo…
… É um trabalho para as 19 horas, mas que ainda segue sem título.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery