Graham Arnold: Sydney Derby atmosphere beats all other codes

Graham Arnold gives instructions to Sky Blues striker Alex Brosque.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

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Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has declared Saturday night’s Sydney Derby at ANZ Stadium will have a better atmosphere than anything rival codes can offer.

In a sensational start to Season 2016/17, the Sky Blues head to ANZ Stadium to take on Western Sydney Wanderers for what should be an electrifying Harbour City match up.

The clash between the two bitter rivals is set to break a Hyundai A-League attendance record, with 60,000 plus expected for the clash.


“The Sydney Swans played GWS Giants in a semi-final recently in the AFL and got 62,000. If we can beat that for Round 1 of the competition it should show the AFL we’re coming to get them,” Arnold told


“And I’ve been to a rugby league grand final before and I’ve obviously been to derbies before and the atmosphere of the derby certainly outdoes the grand final. I’m sure round one at ANZ Stadium will be the same.”

If recent history is anything to go by then the Sky Blues will spoil the Wanderers’ party at their first game at the club’s temporary new home base at Homebush.

Sydney FC is unbeaten in the last seven clashes between the two clubs, while the Wanderers have never won in the opening round of a Hyundai A-League season.

And Arnold has raised questions over whether Tony Popovic’s side will be at full-throttle for the season-opener, after another off-season of personnel changes.

“Obviously we had a bad year last year but we didn’t lose to the Wanderers…in my view it’s not too bad a year,” Arnold said.

“The Wanderers are very good side and Tony Popovic does a great job.


“But the question will be if they start really well? They have 17 new players again, it takes time to gel players into a system and into the way you want to play.

“No doubt Tony’s been working hard on that but it’s not easy to gel all those players in at once.”

Sydney has recruited strongly for the new season, adding plenty of experience and quality in the likes of Alex Wilkinson, Bobo, Bernie Ibini, Michael Zullo and Josh Brillante.

And with the exception of Ibini – who is not quite at full fitness after more than a year out with a leg injury – they will be at full strength for the season opener.


One of the club’s youngsters hoping to make the squad for the derby is defender 20-year-old Aaron Calver.

“We don’t want to lose to them, we want the bragging rights. We always seem to get up for the occasion and this will be no different,” Calver said.

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Massimo Luongo thrilled by Caltex Socceroos’ goal threats #FavQSdvComDetremura

Massimo Luongo celebrates after scoring against Iraq in World Cup Qualifying.

Massimo Luongo celebrates after scoring against Iraq in World Cup Qualifying.  

Massimo Luongo says the Caltex Socceroos’ ability to create goals from all over the pitch is their biggest strength heading into Friday morning’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia.

“That’s the one thing we don’t really focus on in training because we know the chances can come from all over the pitch,” midfielder Luongo told FFA TV.


“The creativity we have is very good. And it’s not just midfield, even in our fullback areas. We have Brad Smith’s pace, he can get up and back and deliver a cross from anywhere.


“We have so many threats all over the pitch which does help. On the odd day when we’re not having the best game, someone can pull something out of the bag and give us a bit of a lift.”

Luongo was that man in the first qualifier against Iraq, arriving late into the box to score the opening goal of the 2-0 win in Perth.

The 24-year-old plays a deeper-lying role for club side QPR in England’s Championship, featuring in 11 matches so far this season for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side.

And his not the only Aussie midfielder producing the goods in the Championship, with Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield) and Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) both making a big impression in the league below the EPL.

“Azza [Mooy] just keeps their team kicking, he’s the heart of their team,” Luongo said.


“And they are a good side, they’ve come a long way from what I used to know Huddersfield were like. They play really good football, patient football and I think he has a really good role in that team.

“Jackson has done really well and impressed me the most because no one has expected them to do really well. They are not the biggest club, they just [got promoted] and names wise they haven’t got anyone big, but as a team they stick in there, they are hard workers and I think Jackson has found his perfect role in their team.

“I remember playing against him the amount of late runs he did and I had to track him. I had to track him because I didn’t want Jackson scoring against me.

“He was definitely a threat we looked at when we played against him. You can see where he’s getting his goals from and how important he is for his team.”


Ange Postecoglou put his side through a rigorous 80-minute session in the afternoon heat in Jeddah on Tuesday, with youngsters Craig Goodwin and James Jeggo joining the squad for the first time.

Tim Cahill, Mooy, Tom Rogic, Mile Jedinak, Mat Ryan, Mathew Leckie and Robbie Kruse all trained strongly as the side lifted the intensity ahead of Friday morning’s (AEDT) top-of-the-group clash.



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Caltex Socceroos to embrace cauldron in Saudi Arabia

Caltex Socceroos Ryan McGowan and Mark Milligan in Jeddah.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

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Defender Ryan McGowan has declared the Caltex Socceroos won’t be intimidated by the hostile 65,000 crowd and a fired-up opponent in Friday morning’s (AEDT) FIFA World Cup qualifier in Saudi Arabia.

A sell-out crowd of around 65,000 is expected at the King Abdullah Stadium in Jeddah for the clash between the top two sides in the group.

“If you look at where most of the boys play, we are playing in front of big crowds and intimidating crowds every single week,” McGowan told FFA TV.


“We enjoy that, we embrace it and it’s better for us to play in stadiums that are packed and hostile than playing in front of no one.

“We enjoy that situation and again hopefully it will be a big crowd on Thursday night and we can get a good result and then it will be an even bigger crowd back in Melbourne against Japan.”

McGowan is expected to start at right back against Saudi Arabia after Milos Degenek was ruled out of the squad last week through injury.



And the 27-year-old, who plays for Henan Jianye in the Chinese Super League, has been a lucky charm for the Caltex Socceroos recently.

Of the four stars McGowan has made in the last 12 months, the side has yet to concede a goal with him on the pitch.

“I’m just enjoying it. The squad that the boss [Ange Postecoglou] has built is really good. It doesn’t matter who fills in, everyone knows their roles, everyone knows their position,” he said.

“Our main objective is to get to Russia so if that’s me playing four games in three years or playing every single game, it’s up to me when I get that chance to make sure I don’t put a foot wrong and keep a clean sheet as a defender and we progress from there.

“The fullback position is one that has been chopped and changed a little and as one of the players in those positions you want to be doing well and making sure it’s more difficult for him to take you out of the team than to put you in,” McGowan added.


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Globo News journalist in New York is fired for plagiarism

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A journalist of Globo News in New York was fired last week, 30/09, accused of plagiarizing news papers like The New Zealand Herald (New Zealand), The Canberra Times (Australia), The New York Times (USA), Los Angeles Times (United States) and Diário do Nordeste (Brazil). The journalist in question, which we will not name, reproduced the news the station’s news programs as  authored by her . This journalist has returned to Brazil talking a few good abouth her old bosses. Talks about bullying. She claims she had no weekend and days-off. Plagiarism is not new in the station. In 2004, another journalist in Rio de Janeiro was fired for the same reason. The case of this journalist finished in her hiring by SporTV in May of the same year.

Jornalista da Globo News em Nova York é demitida por plágio

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Uma jornalista da Globo News em Nova York foi demitida na semana passada , 30/09 , acusada de plagiar notícias de jornais como The New Zealand Herald(Nova Zelândia) , The Canberra Times(Austrália) , The New York Times(Estados Unidos) , Los Angeles Times (Estados Unidos) e Diário do Nordeste(Brasil) .  A jornalista em questão , que não vamos citar o nome , reproduzia as notícias nos telejornais da emissora como se fossem de autoria dela . Essa jornalista já retornou ao Brasil falando poucas e boas dos antigos chefes . Reclama até de assédio moral . Ela alega que não tinha fim de semana e folga . Plágio não é uma novidade na emissora . Em 2004 , outra jornalista , no Rio de Janeiro foi demitida pela mesma razão . O caso dessa jornalista terminou em sua contratação pelo SporTV em maio do mesmo ano .

Melbourne Victory star: ‘Liverpool, Man United wanted to sign me!’

Besart Berisha on the ball against Brisbane Roar during the 2015/16 Elimination Final.

The Hyundai A-League has been responsible for the rebirth of Besart Berisha’s football fortunes, but as the Victory star told, a dream move to an English Premier League giant was on the cards, had fate not intervened.

To understand Berisha’s story, go back to late May 2007 and the Lancashire town of Burnley.

Berisha lined up for his nation Albania against England “B” in a friendly at Turf Moor, home ground of Burnley FC.


The A-League great was a virtual unknown at the time, and Steve Maclaren’s England side dominated the pre-match build up.

The Three Lions fielded a strong side: Spurs great Ledley King plus Michael Owen, Phil Neville and Alan Smith as well as rising stars Aaron Lennon, David Bentley and Stuart Downing.

England eased past the Albanians 3-1 but it was Berisha who stole the show.

The 21-year-old in the red shirt of his Albania was simply unstoppable – and the talk of the English press box after the game.

A blond Berisha powered through the English defence from deep and smashed a power strike against the bar as a warning sign before beating Scott Carson in the England goal after another driving run into the box.

The A-League goal machine looked every inch the power striker any EPL club would want.

King and the English defence could not contain him. And sure enough, Berisha’s agent’s phone ran hot after the match.

“I played against England, an unbelievable game. I was in the top [form] and good shape.

“Really I remember all the Premier League clubs look at me but Burnley signed me quick,” Berisha told


“But I heard other clubs were interested too. My manager told me something about Manchester United and Liverpool were also interested.

“I remember, I was on top [at the time]. I was playing for Hamburg at the time and super strong.

“But I signed with Burnley  on a three-year deal because the coach [Scottish manager Steven Caldwell] wanted me and I liked the stadium [Turf Moor].

“It was great for me and I liked the special supporters at Burnley. I loved it.”

Sadly, an untimely injury put his career on hold for a year.

After that, the momentum in his career had gone, a new manager came in and brought in new players.

“So I had to find my way again. And this is when the move to Australia came closer. I needed a new start and I ended up in Brisbane from Burnley.

“So it was like being on the top, then falling down.”


Who knows what might have happened if that knee injury (diagnosed as an ACL) didn’t hit at such a critical time.

“I always ask myself that question,” added Berisha. “I had an unbelievable game and everybody told me the English team couldn’t stop me.

“But what can you do? Sometimes you have to take these tough lessons to learn and grow. And I grew after this…”

The year out at Turf Moor was a learning curve.

Having former Manchester United and England striker star Andy Cole at Burnley FC offering advice was important to him – though Berisha concedes he may’ve been too young to understand the star striker’s pearls of wisdom.

“Andy told me something at training and I didn’t take it well. He explained to me I don’t need to speak to young players but I didn’t take it the right way… then I understood what he meant.


“Andy Cole was one of the greatest strikers in England and I learnt in the right moments where you need to be and when the team needs you to be there.

“I learned a lot, being injured I had a lot of time to speak to everyone.”

Not that’s Berisha’s complaining.

On Friday night the Victory man will return to the club that set him on his road to redemption in Australia after his career drifted in Europe.

Since arriving in 2011, signed by Ange Postecoglou to Brisbane, Berisha’s will to win and sheer quality helped propel Roar to a trophy glut.

And since joining Melbourne Victory, he’s continued his trophy winning ways.


And Berisha will catch up for a coffee after the game with an opposition star who’s had an equally inspiring upturn in fortunes in the Sunshine State, Roar’s Thomas Broich.

Berisha added: “This is my sixth year and I love being in Australia. It’s been so good to me and I want to give back to the Australian football world.

“I want to help. I want to give back. I’d like to see how this [league] can grow.

I’m lucky and grateful. Australia has been so good to me. It brought me back to shine,” the 31-year-old added.

Victory open the season away to his former club Brisbane Roar on Friday night at Suncorp Stadium.



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