Your guide to Hyundai A-League fantasy

Thursday, 8 September 2016

The Scout
Want to be involved in Hyundai A-League Fantasy in season 2016/17 but unsure how it works? We’ve got you covered.

How do I select my team? The most important part with Fantasy is selecting your squad.

To start, you will be given a salary cap of $3million to assemble your team of 15 players, which is made up of two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three forwards. You will need to select which players you want in your starting 11 prior to the start of each round, with these players able to score points for your team. What formation can I have? You can select any formation you like providing there is one goalkeeper, a minimum of three-maximum five defenders, min three-max five midfielders and min one-max three forwards. That means you can have any formation from 3-5-2, 3-4-3, 4-5-1, 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 5-4-1, 5-3-2. How many trades can I make? Prior to the start of the Hyundai A-League season, you are able to change your squad as many times as you like. But after round 1 there’s a limit of just two trades per week, with a total of 34 allowed for the entire season. Trades are only allowed if the change you are trying to make doesn’t see you exceed your salary cap.

What will make up my team’s score? Only the starting 11 players in your squad will be able to score points that contribute to your team total. If a player in your starting 11 doesn’t feature, your Substitutes act as automatic emergencies, and will have their score added. Choosing your captain is crucial, with his points earned doubled for that week. You can also select a vice-captain, whose points will be doubled if your selected captain doesn’t play that weekend. How do I score points? Points are accumulated for each player for things like scoring a goal, making an assist, playing for up 60 minutes and/or beyond 60 minutes, for a clean sheet and also for four or more saves by a goalkeeper. Can a player lose points? The simple answer is yes. Players will lose points to their score for things like missing a penalty, scoring an own goal, receiving yellow or red cards or scoring an own goal. How do I join a league? You can either set up a private league for you and your mates or be involved in a public one. There are no limits to how many leagues you can join, although you can only create up to five different leagues. There are finals for Fantasy A-League, made up of 8 teams which commence from round 25 of the Hyundai A-league season.

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Shervin Adeli ready for FIFA Futsal World Cup

Futsalroos Shervin Adeli and Daniel Fogarty.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Russ Gibbs
Fighting fit and ready to go, Shervin Adeli has shaken off his injury curse that threatened to derail his part in the Futsalroos FIFA Futsal World Cup bid in Colombia.

As the squad prepares for their opening match of the competition against Mozambique, the attack minded East Coast Heat star is finally back to his best after a series of knocks that made 2016 a frustrating year.

“I had an injury at the beginning the year and was out for about three months,” Adeli confirmed. “I came back and injured it again as I didn’t treat it properly and had an operation about three months ago. It’s been a long process but I am happy to be here. I was looked after by some wonderful medical staff and they got me back on track and here we are.”

Having been gifted with a strong frame, pace and the ability to create something spontaneous in attacking situations, it is little surprise that he forms a strong bond with fellow Futsalroos playmaker Daniel Fogarty.

“I can offer a lot in attack, creating and scoring goals and sparking something into a goalscoring opportunity,” Adeli said. “Both of us are attacking players and I have known him for ten or eleven years now and that kind of bond helps on the pitch as well. Knowing where to run and pass and where each other will be, I am looking forward to getting that combination back on the court.”

Whilst Adeli’s part in the warm-up fixtures with Costa Rica and Kazakhstan was noticeable, it’s also worth remembering that those matches were the first he had played at the elite level for closing in on twelve months. “There were times when I didn’t think I was going to make it, especially being in a boot for two months and watching the boys running, getting fit and doing drills was hard,” he said. “But, having the medical staff to look after me, along with my surgeon Dr. Gupta, and my own personal physio, Vince Cagliostro, has helped me to get here. Their work, alongside Kerry McGregor, James Gullota and the Futsalroos medical team was unbelievable. “It had been nearly a year since I played an international game, so I was looking forward to getting the basics right and getting ready for the first game against Mozambique. We don’t need to change too much as we have been doing really well with our training and treatment and all the coaching staff and fitness staff are doing a tremendous job, so it’s all going to plan. “This first game is very important and it’s almost like a Grand Final for us so we need to ready and firing and get the job done. I believe we can qualify from this group. Mozambique is a hard game but I am confident in our squad that we have enough ability and talent to get over the line.  “I want to play to the best of my ability and help out the team when I am needed, defend hard and score some goals.” The Futsalroos commence their FIFA Futsal World Cup campaign on Sunday 11th September (local time) against Mozambique. The match will be screened live on SBS on Monday 12th September with coverage commencing at 6.50am.

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Hyundai A-League fairytales: miracle at Wanderland

Former Wanderers star Romeo Castelen celebrates scoring against Brisbane is last season's semi-finals.

The Hyundai A-League is coming soon. But why do we love it so much? There are many reasons but in one utterly astounding match last season, all these reasons were bundled into one.

With a spot in the Hyundai A-League Grand Final up for grabs, more than 20,000 fans crammed into Pirtek Stadium to find out who would join Adelaide United in the decider.

Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar had already been involved in three cracking contests in season 2015/16 but that was nothing on what transpired over the next 120 astonishing minutes at Wanderland.

In a crazy start to the match, Roar stunned the home fans racing to a 3-0 lead inside the first 23 minutes. First Dimitri Petratos converted a penalty after Andreu handled in the area before the Wanderers Spanish midfielder compounded his error by scoring an own goal. When Jamie Maclaren’s deflected shot lobbed over keeper Andrew Redmayne, Roar was in dreamland and starting to think about playing in yet another grand final. But Dutchman Romeo Castelen had other ideas. The mercurial winger got the comeback started on 26 minutes with a rasping free-kick, before Brendon Santalab got it back to 3-2 just before half-time. That was just the start of the drama.

Castelen got the Wanderers back on level terms seven minutes after the break when he was on hand to smash a shot into the roof of the net after Mitch Nichols and Mark Bridge had attempts blocked. Then on the hour mark Castelen completed his hat-trick, judging the bounce of the ball better than Thomas Broich on the edge of the box before unleashing a brilliant volley which gave the keeper no chance. Pirtek was pumping. But as they had shown many times over the first 11 seasons of the Hyundai A-League, never write of Roar. Maclaren drew the visitor’s level when he tapped in Henrique’s shot-come-cross nine minutes from time, meaning this epic semi-final was headed to extra-time.

And it would be former Brisbane Roar playmaker Dario Vidosic that would deliver the hammer blow in the first period of extra-time. After his initial shot was parried away by Jamie Young, Vidosic stayed alive in the middle and scooped Bridge’s cross high into the net from close range. The Wanderers held on to prevail 5-4 and book their spot in a third grand final in four seasons for the club. It was one incredible match on a memorable night in Sydney’s west which provided some great attacking play, defensive howlers, an unforgettable atmosphere, edge of your seat drama and one amazing fightback. That’s what the Hyundai A-League and finals football is all about and a fantastic way to say goodbye to Wanderland before its redevelopment. Bring on the new season!

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