New TV deal for Football

Hyundai A-League and Caltex Socceroos matches will be broadcast live in prime time on free-to-air commercial television

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Staff Writer
Hyundai A-League and Caltex Socceroos matches will be broadcast live in prime time on free-to-air commercial television under a deal agreed by Football Federation Australia with Network Ten and FOX SPORTS.

Network Ten will broadcast the Harvey Norman Saturday Night football Hyundai A-League games and all finals as well as Caltex Socceroos matches after the completion of the current round of World Cup Qualifiers this year.

The new deal, which will come into effect for the 2017/18 Hyundai A-League season, will see FOX SPORTS’ world class broadcast of the Saturday 7.30pm blockbuster simulcast LIVE on Network Ten’s ONE.

The country’s best commentary team featuring Mark Bosnich, Robbie Slater, Simon Hill, Adam Peacock, Andy Harper and Tara Rushton will guide fans through the Saturday night match LIVE on FOX SPORTS and ONE.

Sydney FC fansThe announcement follows last year’s ground breaking six year agreement which sees LIVE coverage of every Hyundai A-League game, along with Caltex Socceroos, Westfield Matildas, Westfield W-League and Westfield FFA Cup matches remain on FOX SPORTS.

“This is a win for football fans and an opportunity for us to showcase our game on a commercial network with a recent history of successfully covering major sport,” said Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop.

“We will take the biggest matches of the Hyundai A League – such as the Saturday night derbies – into every household in Australia live for the first time,” Mr Gallop said. “It is part of the overall broadcast deal with FOX SPORTS and means that we will be working with them to drive interest and subscriptions to their ‘all games live’ coverage of the Hyundai A-League.

“It is terrific to have a new and enthusiastic partner in Network Ten to promote the game.”

Network Ten Chief Executive Officer, Paul Anderson , said: “We are very proud to partner with Football Federation Australia and FOX SPORTS to bring the Hyundai A-League to our viewers on ONE and tenplay every Saturday night.

“From October this year, 27 home and away Harvey Norman Saturday Night football matches and five Finals – plus Caltex Socceroos matches from next year – will have a new home on free-to-air television. We will provide a consistent timeslot on ONE for 30 weeks of the year, promoting the Hyundai A-League and its best game each week to all of Australia.

The official attendance of Saturday night's Sydney Derby at ANZ Stadium.“We are looking forward to working with FOX SPORTS and Football Federation Australia to broadcast the Hyundai A-League to our viewers live on ONE and live streamed on tenplay,” he said.

FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany said: “This is a great result for football fans in Australia. The arrangement between FOX SPORTS and Network Ten will ensure more fans than ever before get to watch the best Australian footballers in action every week.

A prime-time Saturday night A-League match, featuring the best line-up of football experts guiding fans through the action, will help grow the game and build football for long-term success,” Mr Delany said.



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Fans’ Hyundai A-League Team of the Season 2016/2017

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Danny Vukovic (Sydney FC);Jack Clisby (Western Sydney Wanderers),Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC),Alex Wilkinson (Sydney FC),Alan Baro (Melbourne Victory);Milos Ninkovic (Sydney FC),Brandon O’Neill (Sydney FC),Neil Kilkenny (Melbourne City),Jamie Maclaren (Roar);Bobo (Sydney FC),Besart Berisha (Victory)

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Hyundai A-League Team of the Season 2016/2017

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Danny Vukovic ;Rhyan Grant , Michael Jakobsen , Alex Wilkinson , Michael Zullo;Brandon O’Neill,James Troisi,Milos Ninkovic;Diego Castro,Besart Berisha,Jamie Maclaren .

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Brisbane Roar progress to semi final after epic shootout

Roar players celebrate after Jamie Maclaren equalised early in the second half.

Brisbane Roar came from behind to exact revenge on Western Sydney Wanderers with a penalty shootout triumph in Friday night’s epic Elimination Final at Suncorp Stadium.

Beaten in a Finals Series thriller last season, Roar returned the favour by winning 6-5 on penalties after it 1-1 at full-time.

Western Sydney dominated a frenetic opening period and took a deserved lead on the stroke of half-time when Terry Antonis converted from the spot.

Roar regrouped at the break and quickly levelled through joint Golden Boot winner Jamie Maclaren, before ratcheting up the pressure late in regulation time.

Jamie Maclaren celebrates after scoring against the Wanderers.Vedran Janjetovic sent the match beyond 90 minutes by first tipping Corey Brown’s shot around the post and then somehow pushing a late Borrello volley onto the crossbar.

Brisbane gained the advantage when Wanderers substitute Josh Sotirio was shown a second yellow for going in late on Brown, leaving his side to see out over 15 minutes with 10 men.

They survived, but only until substitute goalkeeper Jamie Young batted away Jumpei’s penalty to seal’s Brisbane’s progression to a Semi Final date with Melbourne Victory.


0-1 Wanderers: Antonis (p), 45’+1’

After Papadopoulos tripped Santalab in the area, Antonis stepped up and struck his penalty enough power to Theo’s right.

Wanderers players celebrate after Terry Antonis found the net from the penalty spot.

1-1 Roar: Maclaren, 55’ Broich released Borrello in behind and, after the winger’s measured finish came back off the post, Maclaren was on hand to tap into an empty net.


Borrello (x), Antonis (x), D’Agostino (x), Dimas (x), Maclaren (x), Martinez (x), DeVere (x), Hamill (x) Kristensen (x), Cornthwaite (x), Oar (x), Jumpei (-)


Having entered the match as a substitute in the 87th minute, Josh Sotirio picked up two yellow cards either side of regulation full-time to leave his side with 10 men.

Re-live the match action on Twitter @ALeague, @brisbaneroar, @wswanderersfc, #ALFinals, #BRIvWSW


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Age analysis across the Hyundai A-League

Sydney FC's starting XI was the oldest in the competition on average throughout the 2016/17 season.

Sydney FC’s starting XI was the oldest in the competition on average throughout the 2016/17 season.

We ask, which teams had the oldest and youngest starting XI this Hyundai A-League Season? And what about the average age of starting XI sides across the competition?

Opta Data stats show that across the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League season, Sydney FC relied more heavily on their experienced players, compared to the other clubs.

And the sides nearer the bottom of the table were more likely to give youngsters their chance.

Check out these starting 11 stats.


Across this Hyundai A-League season, the average age of the Sydney FC starting 11 was 28.96 years.

Sydney FC have claimed the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Premiers Plate.

That was older than any of the other nine clubs.

Next oldest on average was Brisbane Roar with 28.44.

The youngest average starting eleven was Central Coast with 24.77 years, followed by Newcastle with 25.05.


When goalkeepers (who can skew the average age due to their longevity) are removed, the Sky Blues still top the charts.

Their outfield average age this season was 28.76 years.

Melbourne City were next with an average outfield age of 27.84.

Bruno Fornaroli is confident City can rebound in this week's Elimination Final against Perth Glory.

Central Coast Mariners (24.81) and Newcastle (25.21) were again the youngest.


On just two occasions this Hyundai A-League season were there starting elevens with an average age over 30.

Melbourne City’s starting side in their round 21 clash with Sydney FC had an average age of 30.36.

The side was: Sorensen, Rose, Franjic, Muscat, Kilkenny, Malik, Caceres, Brattan, Cahill, Fornaroli and Fitzgerald.

And in Sydney FC’s penultimate game of the season, they fielded an 11 against Wellington with an average age of 30.09 years.

Phoenix skipper Andrew Durante challenges for the ball with Sydney FC striker Alex Brosque.

The side was: Vukovic, Zullo, Grant, Wilkinson, Calver, Buijs, Dimitrijevic, Carney, Brosque, Bobo and Holosko.


In round nine, Central Coast coach Paul Okon fielded a starting side with an average age of just 22 years.

If we take out 31-year-old striker Roy O’Donovan, the average age drops to a mere 21.1 years!

The side was: Izzo, Ascroft, Galloway, Roux, McGing, Powell, Rose, Berry, O’Donovan, Pain and Buhagiar.

Mariners players celebrate a goal in their 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets on Sunday afternoon.


Across the entire season, the average age of a starting Hyundai A-League player was 27.20 years.

The average age of a starting outfield player was 26.97 years.


Here are the average ages of the starting elevens for each of the ten Hyundai A-League clubs during the 2016/17 season.

SFC                   28.96

Brisbane            28.44

MCY                  28.00

Glory                 27.99

Phoenix            27.70

MVC                 27.39

Adelaide           27.29

WSW                26.37

Jets                   25.05

CCM                 24.77

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A fabulous Finals Series awaits

The Hyundai A-League Finals Series kicks off on Friday night as Brisbane Roar play host to  Western Sydney Wanderers.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Jason Pine @pineyzb
Six teams, five games, three weekends, one winner. It’s finals time in the Hyundai A-League starting tomorrow (Friday night) in Brisbane.

With the stakes immeasurably higher, the drama ratchets up markedly in the Finals Series and this season’s climax will be no different.

The 2016/17 champions will soon be crowned and the ingredients for an unforgettable Finals Series are all here.


After their dominant season, Sydney FC are at short odds to secure their third championship.

By almost every metric, it’s been an extraordinary campaign for Graham Arnold’s men.

The most wins and points ever in an A-League season. The least goals ever conceded. And many more records besides.

A watertight defence, multi-purpose midfield and dangerous attack, backed by a bench which is the envy of many other clubs.

Bernie Ibini, Milos Dimitrijevic, David Carney and Matt Simon can’t even get a start.

And most impressively, they’re not showing any signs of slowing down.

Arnold has his team fully focused on its quest for constant improvement.

With two games to go it seems the Sydney FC juggernaut is simply irresistible.


Finals games are often tight. They can swing on moments of magic and flashes of inspiration.

And the providers of those split-seconds are all here and in the form of their lives.

Milos Ninkovic is the favourite to snare the Johnny Warren Medal at the Dolan Warren awards night on May 1.

Sydney’s super Serb has had a sublime season, creating countless chances for his front-line of Alex Brosque, Bobo and Filip Holosko, and netting nine of his own.

Down in Melbourne, Marco Rojas has returned to the Hyundai A-League with a bang.

The “Kiwi Messi” has been magnificent in Victory’s run to the Finals Series, supplying a dozen goals and 11 assists.

Across town, Caltex Socceroos legend Tim Cahill is plotting Melbourne City’s route to a first ever championship.

His big-game experience could be crucial in driving City deep into the Finals Series.

And out west, Spaniard Diego Castro is the jewel in Perth’s crown.

Quite simply, he is magnificent and certainly has the weaponry to bring any side to its knees.

With Castro supplying the bullets for Andy Keogh and Adam Taggart – as well as firing off plenty himself – the Glory Days could yet return to nib.


The A-League’s maiden goalscoring centurion Besart Berisha just loves finals time.

He has seven Finals Series goals (second only to Archie Thompson’s ten) and three championships with Brisbane and Victory.

But he’s never satisfied, thrives on the big occasion and will want nothing more than to add to his 19 goals this season and 100 overall.

Jamie Maclaren reacted in the best possible way to being benched at Brisbane mid-season – by hitting the net.

He matched Berisha’s 19 goals and would have taken the Golden Boot but for a saved penalty in Roar’s last outing.

“Macca” wants three things – more goals, some silverware and a Caltex Socceroos recall.

Achieving the first two may well lead to the third.

And while last season’s runaway leading scorer has gone a bit quiet lately, you write off Bruno Fornaroli at your peril.

He may not have scored in the last four matches, but his goals per game ratio is still the best in the 12-year history of the Hyundai A-League.

City’s Uruguayan skipper could yet have a big say across the season’s final three weekends.

And let’s not forget Brendon Santalab.

Western Sydney’s freshly-crowned Player of the Year has had an exceptional season, scoring 14 goals, easily his best ever return.

When Wanderers need goals, Santa delivers.


Who could forget last season’s nine-goal thriller at Pirtek?

A Romeo Castelen-inspired Western Sydney came back from 3-0 down to lead Brisbane 4-3 and eventually win 5-4 in extra-time to reach the Grand Final.

iDario Vidosic scores the Wanderers' extra-time winner against Brisbane.

That was just a week after Roar themselves had staged an epic comeback to beat Victory 2-1 in injury time, having gone down 1-0 with just four minutes remaining.

Ah, finals football. You’ve gotta love it.

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Relive 2016’s sensational 5-4 semi final

Romeo Castelen netted a hat-trick as Western Sydney downed Brisbane Roar 5-4 in last year's epic semi-final.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Jason Pine @pineyzb
It was one of the most astonishing, entertaining and frankly ridiculous Hyundai A-League Finals Series games of all time. And this Friday night, roughly a year later, we get the rematch.
One year on, we relive last year’s extraordinary Finals Series clash between Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar at Pirtek Stadium.ROARING OUT OF THE BLOCKS

Brisbane went bang, bang, bang.

Dimi Petratos opened the scoring with a 16th minute penalty, before the man who had given it away – Spanish defender Andreu – completed a miserable first 20 minutes by scoring a comical own-goal.

Jamie Maclaren made it 3-0 inside 24 minutes with a deflected effort.

3-0 DOWN, 4-3 UP

Enter Western Sydney’s Dutch saviour, Romeo Castelen.

First, he blasted in a free-kick to get Wanderers on the board.

Then, after Brendon Santalab had reduced the deficit to 3-2 at half-time, the Dutchman equalised, firing into the roof of the net from close range.

And he had his hat-trick after 59 minutes, unleashing a brilliant volley from outside the box to give his side a scarcely believable lead.


A shell-shocked Brisbane went to the bench to find a way back into a game they must have thought they had in the bag.

Substitutes Hervas and Tommy Oar combined to release another replacement Henrique down the left.

His scuffed shot rolled across the face of goal perfectly into the path of Maclaren, who stroked it into an empty net to make it 4-4 and force extra-time.


Dario Vidosic had entered the game just before Maclaren’s equaliser.

Late in the first half of extra-time, his initial shot was parried by Roar keeper Neil Young.


Dario Vidosic scores the Wanderers' extra-time winner against Brisbane.

It was retrieved by Mark Bridge, who played the ball back into the middle where Vidosic was on hand to scoop it in high into the net from close range.


There has never been an A-League finals game like it.

Nine goals, some breath-taking attacking play, defensive howlers, amazing atmosphere, edge of your seat drama and an astonishing fightback.

That’s what finals football is all about.


* The nine goals scored was the highest number ever in a Hyundai A-League finals match.

* Maclaren’s brace made it seven goals in just four matches against the Wanderers, five of which came at Wanderland.

* The defeat for Brisbane was just their third in finals games in their last 10 matches.


Western Sydney Wanderers:  Redmayne (gk), Neville, Alberto, Topor-Stanley (c), Jamieson, Andreu (Baccus 114’), Dimas, Castelen, Nichols (Cole 91’), Santalab (Vidosic 78’)

Brisbane Roar:  Young (gk), Hingert, Donachie, North, Brown, Corona, McKay (c), Petratos (Hervas 58’), Borrello (Oar 73’), Maclaren, Broich (Henrique 63’)

Scorers:  Petratos 16’, Andreu (og) 20’, Maclaren 23’, Castelen 26’, Santalab 39’, Castelen 53’, Castelen 59’, Maclaren 81’, Vidosic 102’

It was devastation for the Roar players, who couldn't quite believe they had let a spot in the decider slip from their grasp.Red cards:  Nil

Yellow cards:  North 25’, Dimas 42’, Santalab 62’

Conditions:  19C, Fine

Attendance:  20,084 @ Pirtek Stadium




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