Hyundai A-League referee appointed to AFC U23 Championship

Hyundai A-League referee Chris Beath has been appointed to the AFC U23 Championships to be held in Qatar later this month.

Australian referees continue to be recognised on the international stage with FIFA referee Chris Beath being appointed to the AFC U23 Championships to be held in Qatar later this month.

For Beath the appointment to Qatar follows on from a busy year in 2015. In addition to becoming a fulltime referee Beath also controlled matches at the AFC Asian Cup, the AFC Champions League Semi Final in Japan and a FIFA World Cup Qualifier in Vietnam.

Speaking before departing Australia, Beath expressed his excitement ahead of the tournament in the Middle East.

“I’m feeling great and I’m really looking forward to the tournament,” Beath said.

“One of the big benefits of the FFA Full Time referee program this season has been the exposure to some of the leading specialists in officiating (in football and other codes), as well as fitness experts, sports science and sports medicine professionals. So I feel like I’m ready to perform – physically, mentally and refereeing wise.

“I’m really looking forward to working with and learning from some of best instructors and also other Referees in Asia. I had the privilege of working with many of these referees and instructors at the Asian Cup 2015 and the experience was enormously valuable.

“This is a very important tournament and requires our best performances as referees. My personal goals are centred around refereeing to the absolute best of my ability from the very first whistle.”

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Emily van Egmond is back for the Matildas first training camp of 2016 this week

Emily van Egmond is back for the Matildas first training camp of 2016 this week.

German based midfielder Emily van Egmond will attend the Westfield Matildas’ first training camp of 2016 which begins tomorrow (Tuesday, 5 January) in Sydney.

The skilful number ten is currently back in Australia during the winter break of the Women’s Bundesliga, giving her the chance to spend some valuable time in camp less than two months before the Westfield Matildas’ Olympic qualifiers.

Van Egmond is one of 22 players selected by Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic for the three day training camp to be held at Football NSW headquarters, Valentine Sports Park.

Stajcic has been satisfied with the squad’s progress and improvement since their first camp back in early October, but not everything has gone to plan with a number of players falling to injury.

The past fortnight in particular has seen a number of setbacks. Stajcic confirmed Sydney FC midfielder Amy Harrison will need a knee reconstruction and faces up to a year out from an injury she suffered late on in Sydney FC’s win over Melbourne Victory on 27 December.

Forward Caitlin Foord is another facing a stint on the sidelines after breaking her collarbone, while Melbourne City FC midfielder Aivi Luik suffered concussion last weekend and is also unavailable for the camp. Sam Kerr is another on the unavailable list as she continues her rehabilitation from an ankle injury.

But if there is anything good to come out of players out injured, it opens up opportunities for others with Brisbane Roar duo Emily Gielnik and Angela Beard named to come in for the training camp.

Gielnik has made seven appearances for the Westfield Matildas, the last of which came in 2013, while for the uncapped Beard, it is reward for some outstanding form in the Westfield W-League which saw her named the NAB Young Player of the Month for November.

Stajcic, who has been a keen observer during all matches of the Westfield W-League, believes the standard has improved as the weeks have gone on and that there are a host of players in the mix for the final squad of 20 for the Olympic qualifying tournament.

“I think we’re progressing really well. The longer the competition (Westfield W-League) goes, the more and more the girls that have been coming into camp have been standing up which is pleasing,” said Stajcic.

“But there is still a big competition for spots, and trying to narrow them down to just 17 field players is going to be extremely difficult.”

“We’ve still got a long way to settle who is going to go and who’s not going to go. This is our last camp during the actual W-League season, then we’ve got one leading into the semi finals, and then February is really crunch time where we’re together for three straight weeks before we go to Japan.”

The Olympic qualifying tournament will take place in Osaka, Japan from 29 February – 9 March 2016.

The six team qualifying tournament will see each team play five games in ten days, with the top two countries at the end of the matches booking their place to Rio 2018. Click here for full schedule details.

Westfield Matildas squad for Sydney training camp 5-7 January 2016

Name Date of Birth Position Club

A International Caps (Goals)

Laura Alleway 28/11/1989 Defender Melbourne City FC

39 (2)

Tara Andrews 13/03/1994 Forward Newcastle Jets

2 (0)

Mackenzie Arnold (gk) 25/02/1994 Goalkeeper Perth Glory

7 (0)

Angela Beard 16/08/1997 Defender Brisbane Roar

Tameka Butt 16/06/1991 Midfielder Brisbane Roar

52 (7)

Ellie Carpenter 28/04/2000 Defender Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Stephanie Catley 26/01/1994 Defender Melbourne City FC

42 (2)

Caitlin Cooper 12/02/1988 Defender Western Sydney Wanderers FC

3 (1)

Larissa Crummer 10/01/1996 Forward Melbourne City FC

9 (1)

Lisa De Vanna 14/11/1984 Forward Melbourne City FC

106 (37)

Casey Dumont (gk) 25/01/1992 Goalkeeper

1 (0)

Emily Gielnik 13/05/1992 Forward Brisbane Roar

7 (0)

Katrina Gorry 13/08/1992 Midfielder Brisbane Roar

38 (11)

Michelle Heyman 4/07/1988 Forward Canberra United

41 (15)

Alanna Kennedy 21/01/1995 Midfielder Sydney FC

37 (0)

Chloe Logarzo 22/12/1994 Midfielder Newcastle Jets

3 (0)

Caitlin Munoz 4/10/1983 Forward Canberra United

57 (13)

Clare Polkinghorne 1/02/1989 Defender Brisbane Roar

80 (5)

Kyah Simon 25/06/1991 Forward Sydney FC

58 (15)

Emily van Egmond 12/07/1993 Midfielder FFC Frankfurt

47 (11)

Lydia Williams (gk) 13/05/1988 Goalkeeper Canberra United

49 (0)

Georgia Yeoman-Dale 24/02/1994 Midfielder Newcastle Jets

4 (0)

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Aussies abroad: Brad Smith and Mile Jedinak in Barclays Premier League

Mile Jedinak jostles for the ball with Chelsea midfielder Oscar.

Crystal Palace skipper Mile Jedinak started consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since last season, while Australia’s rising star Brad Smith came on for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.


Jedinak completed 66 minutes for Palace in their 3-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday (Monday morning AEDT) with the Socceroos captain having also played 90 minutes versus Swansea City to finish 2015.

Elsewhere in the Scottish Premiership, Tom Rogic played 63 minutes in Celtic’s 1-0 win over Partick Thistle, who had Ryan Edwards on the bench.

Ryan McGowan played a full game as Dundee United lost their derby 2-1 to Dundee, while Jackson Irvine also completed 90 minutes in Ross County’s 2-0 loss to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

In the Premier League, goalkeepers Mark Schwarzer and Adam Federici both watched from the pine as Leicester City and Bournemouth completed a scoreless draw on Saturday.

Brad Smith was active for Liverpool, however, coming on in the 61st minute for Alberto Moreno and looking lively at left-back.

But the 21-year-old could not stop his side from losing 2-0 at West Ham.

Socceroos defender Rhys Williams made his first senior appearance in 364 days as he came off the bench for Charlton Athletic in a 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest in the Championship.

Williams, who has suffered serious Achilles tendon injuries two years in a row, has joined Charlton on a 28-day loan from Middlesbrough.

Bailey Wright played the first half of Preston North End’s 2-1 win over Rotherham United, while Neil Kilkenny watched from the bench, Tommy Oar was brought on in the 59th minute of Ipswich Town’s scoreless draw with Burnley, while Massimo Luongo played the last five minutes of Queens Park Rangers’ 2-1 loss to Hull City on Friday.

Elsewhere in the Championship, Jason Davidson (Huddersfield Town) and Shane Lowry (Birmingham City) stayed on the bench.

In the lower English leagues, Chris Herd played a full game as Chesterfield thumped Shrewsbury Town 7-1, James Meredith completed 90 minutes as Bradford City lost 3-0 at Gillingham, while Alex Cisak was in goals for Leyton Orient’s 2-2 draw at Stevenage.

On Saturday, there were braces for Motherwell’s Scott McDonald and Apostolos Giannou of Asteras Tripolis.

McDonald struck twice in Motherwell’s 3-3 draw against Hamilton Academicals in the Scottish Premiership – one of three Aussies to play full matches in Scotland’s top tier.

The former Socceroos striker opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a sharp volley at the near post.

After Hamilton fought back to lead 2-1, McDonald equalised just after half-time, with the 32-year-old producing the decisive touch as he lay on the ground in the penalty area.

Motherwell would go ahead soon after but a stoppage-time penalty ensured the match finished level.

In the Greek Super League, Giannou – a former Australia youth international, who has made one senior appearance in a friendly for Greece making him still eligible for the Socceroos – scored in the 41st and 74th minutes.


Socceroos forward James Troisi, who is expected to leave Saudi Arabia for the A-League, sat on the bench as Al Ittihad were eliminated from the Crown Prince Cup after a 1-0 loss to Al Ahli on Friday.

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Hyundai A-League 2015/2016 Team of the Week: Round 13

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Jamie Young (Brisbane Roar)

Storm Roux (Central Coast Mariners)

Jordan Elsey (Adelaide United)

Nigel Boogaard (Newcastle Jets)

Scott Jamieson (Western Sydney Wanderers)

Matthew McKay (Brisbane Roar)

Milos Ninkovic (Sydney FC)

Marcelo Carrusca (Adelaide United)

Fabio Ferreira (Central Coast Mariners)

Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane Roar)

Harry Novillo (Melbourne City FC)Coach of the Round: Tony Walmsley (Central Coast Mariners)

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Hyundai A-League January transfer priorities

Will Sydney FC strengthen their squad in the January transfer window?

​With the January transfer window set to open on Tuesday, Hyundai A-League clubs will be fine-tuning their wish lists as they look to maintain momentum or spark a revival.

Almost halfway through the 2015-16 season and Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar have earned a decent advantage on the rest of the A-League.

But now is not the time for complacency, and Wanderers coach Tony Popovic and Brisbane boss John Aloisi should be looking to shore up any weaknesses in their squads with a new signing or two.

The rest of the A-League will be keen to add some new faces to trigger a surge up the table, but what areas should each club focus on?

We’ve identified the priorities for each side for the upcoming transfer window, which starts on January 5 and finishes on February 2.

Adelaide United

Priorities: Central defender, centre-forward

The Reds’ back four has not been the same since Nigel Boogaard departed for Newcastle Jets at the end of last season.

Clearly Adelaide’s defence has improved over the past month as Guillermo Amor’s side has gone on a four-game unbeaten run but, with Osama Malik expected to leave too, Dylan McGowan and Jordan Elsey could use an experienced partner to challenge the A-League’s best forwards.

If Amor’s happy enough with his defence, however, he could target a powerful front man due to Bruce Djite and Eli Babalj’s history of injuries and general lack of goals.

Brisbane Roar

Priorities: Goalkeeper, right-back

It is hard to identify weaknesses in teams in good form but Michael Theo’s ongoing injury issues mean Brisbane lack a genuine competitor to goalkeeper Jamie Young.

Theo has played just seven games in the past year-and-a-half, while Young’s performance against Melbourne City in November may still be giving Roar fans nightmares.

It’s known that Aloisi is shopping around for defenders too and with rumours that Jerome Polenz is on the outer at Suncorp Stadium, it may be that Brisbane would be interested in a rival for Jack Hingert at right-back.

Central Coast Mariners

Priorities: Defensive midfielder, striker

Some cynics would argue that the Mariners should target a new coach, but if Tony Walmsley’s attacking system is to work, he needs a man to hold the team together.

An all-action defensive midfielder, who can maintain possession and provide a solid defensive platform, would be ideal for the A-League’s cellar-dwellers, with rising stars Jake McGing and Harry Ascroft having been unable to control matches.

A holding midfielder would allow Walmsley to play Nick Montgomery exclusively in defence – a good thing for the captain’s aging legs – while Central Coast could also use a genuine poacher to challenge Roy O’Donovan up front.

Melbourne City

Priorities: Versatile forward, central defender

City coach John van ‘t Schip must be crossing his fingers daily hoping that neither Bruno Fornaroli or Aaron Mooy pick up an injury this season.

Fornaroli and Mooy will be critical to City’s title hopes, meaning Van ‘t Schip could do worse than sign an attacking utility, who could cover numerous positions up front – Socceroos forward James Troisi would be ideal.

Otherwise, the Bundoora-based club’s injury record in central defence must be cause for concern, so signing Malik – as has been reported – would be a good move.

Melbourne Victory

Priorities: Defensive midfielder, central defender

Captain Carl Valeri’s ongoing battle with illness has left the reigning champions a bit soft in midfield as they have won just once in six matches.

Victory coach Kevin Muscat must prioritise someone with a bit of mongrel in midfield or perhaps a centre-back so he can play Leigh Broxham there every week.

With Nick Ansell still working his way back to fitness and Thomas Deng away with the Olyroos, the Big V could use a reliable partner for Matthieu Delpierre, who could also cover the Frenchman in the AFC Champions League.

Newcastle Jets

Priorities: Attacking midfielder, striker

Leonardo has shown glimpses of his quality this season but the Brazilian playmaker’s fitness clearly cannot be trusted.

With the 32-year-old struggling to play consecutive games, Jets coach Scott Miller has been forced to use Ben Kantarovski out of position or select the inexperienced Ryan Kitto.

Newcastle lack quality in the final third, so another number 10 should be their main target, while signing former striker Adam Taggart would put much-needed pressure on inconsistent forward Milos Trifunovic.

Perth Glory

Priorities: Striker, left-back

Perth Glory have been unable to adequately replace last season’s top goal-scorer Andy Keogh.

The Irishman has been brought back to the club but unless the Glory can get rid of another one of their imports, he won’t play until next season.

Perth are also reportedly looking at Fulham striker Taggart, while Marc Warren’s struggles against the A-League’s leading wingers could prompt Glory coach Kenny Lowe to look at left-back options, although the 23-year-old has improved over the festive period.

Sydney FC

Priorities: Central defender, centre-forward

Jacques Faty earned plenty of plaudits in his first season in the A-League but conceding two penalties in as many matches saw the Senegalese centre-back dropped recently.

Sydney coach Graham Arnold is renowned for prioritising a strong defence, which could see the Sky Blues target central defenders in January.

Otherwise, Sydney need goals – Shane Smeltz has scored just once this term – and a hold-up man to link with Alex Brosque and Filip Holosko would benefit last season’s grand finalists immensely.

Wellington Phoenix

Priorities: Winger, central defender

It’s no secret that Jeffrey Sarpong has struggled to adapt to the A-League.

Sarpong’s failure to adequately replace Nathan Burns has prompted Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick to reveal as early as last month that he was targeting another forward to support Roy Krishna and Michael McGlinchey.

Merrick may also be in the market for a centre-back with Ben Sigmund’s body failing the powerful New Zealand international over the past month, forcing Wellington to use Manny Muscat in the centre of their back four.

Western Sydney Wanderers

Priorities: Centre-forward, right-back

Similar to Brisbane, Western Sydney Wanderers should be very happy with their squad as it is.

But Federico Piovaccari’s underwhelming start in the A-League may tempt Popovic to look at another option to lead the line.

Mark Bridge was fantastic as a number nine during Piovaccari’s injury stint last month but he is arguably even better out wide, while Scott Neville’s poor crossing so far this season would justify the Wanderers looking at potential signings at right-back.

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Marcelo Odebrecht e José Carlos Bumlai darão conselhos a Dilma Rousseff ?

Dilma e Nelson Barbosa preparam um documento com “novas diretrizes econômicas” para ser apresentado ao Conselho de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social até fevereiro. De acordo com Lauro Jardim, será a primeira reunião do Conselhão desde julho de 2014.

A pergunta obrigatória: Marcelo Odebrecht e José Carlos Bumlai serão convidados para a próxima reunião?

No site do CDES, os nomes de ambos seguem na galeria de conselheiros.

Fonte : O Antagonista

Dora Kramer desconstruiu artigo de Dilma Rousseff na Folha de São Paulo

Na coluna deste domingo, Dora Kramer desconstrói a falácia de Dilma em artigo publicada na Folha de São Paulo no dia primeiro de janeiro. O Antagonista chama a atenção para a estratégia também explorada por Jaques Wagner em entrevista para a mesma Folha neste domingo. No caso, de que a culpa da crise seria da oposição.

Leiam o que Kramer escreveu no Estadão:

“Na abordagem da crise na política, a presidente obedece ao mesmo critério de agressão aos fatos. De acordo com sua narrativa, ‘a instabilidade política se aprofundou por uma conduta muitas vezes imatura de setores da oposição que não aceitaram o resultado das urnas’.

Note-se, a culpa é da oposição que exatamente por aceitar o resultado da eleição, seguiu a vontade do eleitor e se opôs ao governo. A crise, na versão da presidente, nada tem a ver com seus atritos e equívocos permanentes na relação com o Congresso e partidos aliados, aqui em destaque a tentativa amadora de dar rasteiras nos profissionais do PMDB.”

A oposição brasileira só pode ser acusada de não ter feito oposição o suficiente, permitindo a Dilma virar mais um ano na presidência.


Fonte : O Antagonista