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Roar plan history-making run to the title

Brisbane will look to use their home ground advantage to kick-start a potentially record-breaking run for the A-League title when they take on Western Sydney, on Friday.

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We’re in store for the best A-League finals ever

How about that for a final round? The A-League finals will kick off with some serious momentum and with any luck, in front of some big crowds.

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A-League boss says it’s time to stand up and face scheduling clashes

A-League boss Greg O’Rourke says it’s time for the game in Australia to have the confidence to stand up and face scheduling clashes with other football codes.

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A-League finals week one: Who’s playing who, when and where

It took two insane final-round games featuring a total 16 goals to confirm Brisbane will host Western Sydney and Melbourne City will welcome Perth in week one of the A-League finals series.

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The hard work starts now for Sydney FC

Scarcely fathomable records have fallen, but coach Graham Arnold stresses Sydney FC’s A-League legacy will not be complete unless they push on and win the title.

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Newcastle Jets to look for experienced A-League coach

A-League battlers Newcastle will favour experience when hiring a replacement for sacked coach Mark Jones, the latest of the club’s first-year managers to be dumped after a single season.

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Newcastle Jets sack coach Mark Jones

The Newcastle Jets have made the decision to sack A-League coach Mark Jones after a disastrous season.

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Sydney FC officially the A-League’s best ever

A-League premiers Sydney FC have amassed the greatest points tally in the competition’s history after a final-round 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

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La Liga title race set to go down to the wire

Lionel Messi has scored twice to help Barcelona rebound from back-to-back losses and go into the next round at Real Madrid within striking distance of the Spanish league leader.

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Berisha’s ton might revive the Victory’s attack

Besart Berisha charged into Jai Ingham’s arms, his face cracking with emotion and relief, his 100th A-League goal finally plundered.

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Mariners reveal O’Donovan won’t be in Gosford next year

Central Coast boss Paul Okon has confirmed Irish striker Roy O’Donovan has played his last game for the A-League side.

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Besart Berisha’s century of A-League goals isn’t just a fitting reward for the best striker in the competition’s history.

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Sydney FC still chasing A-League goal scoring record

Skipper Alex Brosque declares Sydney FC are lapping up the pressure to crack Brisbane’s all-time A-League points record, branding it exactly what the premiers need to take them all the way to the title.

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It’s time for an A-League report card

It’s that time of year again, when attention turns to the A-League finals series and fans of the clubs that missed out ponder what might have been.

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Recency bias might hinder Popovic’s national team hopes

It was announced last week that Ange Postecoglou would indeed be stepping down after the Socceroos’ 2018 World Cup campaign ends, whether that’s before the tournament proper, or after.

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The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 27

Finally, the end of the regular season. As always, we’ve got you covered for all your expert tipping and prediction needs for the A-League’s last round before the finals get underway.

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John Aloisi Brisbane Roar

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Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, left, and Sunderland's Billy Jones battle for the ball

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Victory coach Kevin Muscat

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Boring Mourinho needs a tougher defence

By marty beauchamp, 15 Apr 2017
Boring Mourinho needs a tougher defence

A one-all draw overnight away to Anderlecht leaves Manchester United with work to do in the return leg of their Europa League quarter-final at Old Trafford next week.

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Melbourne Victory vs Central Coast Mariners: A-League live scores

Match result: Besart Berisha kicked his 100th A-League goal in Melbourne Victory’s last week win over the Central Coast Mariners.

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Expanding the A-League to 20 teams via a probation league

The A-League will expand the number of teams in the competition eventually. But instead of just inserting a new team, perhaps they can take a slow and steady approach, building the support before sending them to the big lights.

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The ten most noticeable people in the A-League

By Stuart Thomas, 14 Apr 2017
The ten most noticeable people in the A-League

A far cry from ten years ago, there are now plenty of household names in football in Australia. Here are ten of the most noticeable ones.

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Chelsea duo the favourites to win this year’s PFA players’ player

N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard have been nominated alongside Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Harry Kane and Zlatan Ibrahimović in the 2017 men’s PFA players’ player of the year award.

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SBS’s wake-up call to FTA sports broadcasters

As of Saturday, April 8, SBS became the first Australian free-to-air broadcaster with two HD channels, flicking the switch for SBS VICELAND to broadcast in 1080i.

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Roaring out your speakers: The songs to get you pumped up for another big weekend of sport

A look at the biggest stories from our sporting world this week and the musical soundtrack they inspire. Crank these tunes out as you ready yourself for a huge weekend in front of the telly, or your headphones on your way to the stadium.

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Sydney deserve to win the A-League, but I don’t care for fair

As a lifelong rugby league fan and semi-recent convert to the round-ball game (both the wonderful Australian version and elsewhere), my opinion of finals matches was fully formed a long time ago. I love them.

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Julio Arca is a legend in England’s north-east, and a true gentleman on and off the pitch.

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Arsene Wenger, the man without a plan

By Oscar Moore, 13 Apr 2017
Arsene Wenger, the man without a plan

When Arsene Wenger arrived in England 21 years ago he revolutionised the English Premier League. Wenger delivered the final blow to drinking culture that had permeated English football and introduced ideas about diet and fitness that have changed the makeup of your average Premiership footballer.

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Thanks ANZ Stadium, you keep shortening my football bucket list

On Monday I booked my ticket to the May 24 clash between Sydney FC and Liverpool at ANZ stadium. As a member, matches like these are the reasons you pay your yearly subscription.

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Atletico Madrid vs Leicester City UEFA Champions League quarter-final: Griezmann goal makes Madrid 1-0

Match result: Atletico Madrid have won the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final with Leicester City 1-0 thanks to a goal from Antoine Griezmann.

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Expansion must take priority over promotion and relegation

They say that a league is only as strong as its weakest team. If you take this A-League season as a facile example, we have a long road ahead – 41 points separates the Premier’s Plate winners Sydney FC and last-placed Newcastle Jets.

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The life of a junior football coach

By Janakan Seemampillai, 12 Apr 2017
The life of a junior football coach

The coach’s week begins on a Sunday night reviewing what happened during the weekend’s game and what the kids need to work on at training.

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The A-League’s winners and losers for season 2016-17

Wellington Phoenix are definitely one of the biggest losers of this season, with so much promise ultimately fizzing out.

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Juventus vs Barcelona: UCL quarter-final live scores, blog

Juventus host Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals. Join The Roar from 4:45am (AEST) for live scores and commentary.

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The Western Sydney Wanderers' Brendon Santalab

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Manchester United coach David Moyes. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

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Tim Cahill tries on his Melbourne City jersey.

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Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, center, celebrates

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Paul Pogba wearing the Manchester United 6 shirt

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Andy Keogh and teammates Perth Glory

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