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Rest in peace, my friend: A tribute to Les Murray

The call came yesterday at 12:14pm. I reached for the phone and noticed it was Mike Tomalaris, thinking he was just back home after yet another epic month in France hosting the Tour de France coverage for SBS TV.

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A few words on what Les Murray meant to me

The sudden death of Les Murray has induced a horrible sensation within the Australian football community, an unusual hollow pang deep in the gut.

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Mr Soccer Les Murray dies, aged 71

Football lost a true champion when Les Murray died yesterday morning, aged 71.

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Sam Kerr sparks Matildas’ rout of Japan

Sam Kerr has fired the Matildas to a second consecutive win at the Tournament of Nations, scoring a hat-trick in the first half of Australia’s 4-2 defeat of Japan.

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Rest in Peace, Mr Football: Les Murray passes away, aged 71

Australian football has lost its most recognisable voice today, with iconic SBS broadcaster Les Murray passing away after a battle with illness. He was 71.

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It’s time to build a bridge between old soccer and new football

It’s a good thing we have the FFA Cup to distract us from our off-field issues, because Football Federation Australia’s laundry list of problems keeps growing by the day.

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Sydney FC staying calm in the face of evolving rivals

As A-League teams around the league joyously announce new signings, fresh names perfumed tentatively with the scent of hopeful expectation, Sydney FC are sitting off to one side, quietly and contentedly out of the spotlight.

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Matildas record historic win over the United States

Tameka Butt’s second-half strike has given the Matildas a first-ever victory over women’s soccer powerhouse the United States.

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Troisi spurns City, re-signs with Victory

Socceroos midfielder James Troisi insists Melbourne Victory was always his preferred home after signing on with the A-League runner-ups.

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Sky Blues sign fringe Socceroo goalkeeper

Sydney FC have filled the massive hole left by Danny Vukovic’s departure by signing fringe Socceroos goalkeeper Alex Cisak for the next two A-League seasons.

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Melbourne City hoarding Australian attackers is a great thing

The last few champion A-League teams – Sydney last season, Adelaide the season before, the great Victory and Brisbane teams – have all had at their creative hearts a foreign playmaker.

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Melbourne City sign Stefan Mauk, wait on James Troisi

Melbourne City have signed midfielder Stefan Mauk but are playing a waiting game on Socceroo James Troisi as the A-League club look to build a squad to challenge for the title.

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A-League expansion delayed again by FFA

A-League hopefuls, including South Melbourne, could be waiting until 2018 until they learn FFA’s criteria to enter the competition.

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Melbourne Victory set to lose another star attacker ahead of 2017-18 season

Melbourne Victory star Marco Rojas is unlikely to be playing in the upcoming A-League season, with the winger set for a second stint in Europe.

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The men charged with delivering South Melbourne’s first national stage victory in over a decade say they aren’t feeling the pressure.

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Too old? How about we watch Maccarone play first?

There’s no guarantee Massimo Maccarone will be an A-League success, but that doesn’t mean the Italian should be written off before a ball has even been kicked.

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Chelsea home ground Stamford Bridge

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James Troisi celebrates with Melbourne Victory teammates after scoring

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Football Federation of Australia (FFA) CEO David Gallop (left) and newly elected Chairperson Steven Lowy

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Juventus coach Maxi Allegri

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Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger

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Western Sydney Wanderers' fans

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Aaron Ramsay celebrates FA cup final goal

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The Roar of the crowd

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The FFA Cup: I have a dream

By Stuart Thomas, 9 Aug 2017
The FFA Cup: I have a dream

David used the thumb recognition sensor on the arm rest of his lounge to turn on the projector.

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Virgil van Dijk has handed in a transfer request to Southampton, opening a move to Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester City, who have all expressed interest in the Dutch central defender.

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Adelaide ground the Jets

By Samuel Ashton, 9 Aug 2017
Adelaide ground the Jets

Adelaide United have scrapped together a 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets tonight in the FFA Cup, a low scoring encounter enough to send the South Australian outfit through to the next round.

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Adelaide United vs Newcastle Jets: FFA Cup live scores, blog

Adelaide United will look to put a disappointing season behind them when they host the Newcastle Jets in the FFA Cup’s Round of 32. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 7:30pm (AEST).

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Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne Victory: FFA Cup live scores, blog

The Brisbane Roar are looking to break the Round of 32 in the FFA Cup for the first time in three years when they take on A-League grand finalists Melbourne Victory. Catch all the live scores, highlights and blog on The Roar from 7:30pm (AEST).

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Who would you invite to your football fantasy dinner?

Choosing the desert island disc you would like with you upon finding yourself shipwrecked on a remote island is a difficult thing.

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Brisbane Roar are built for the now and embarking on a new era

Moneyball is a 2011 sports drama. It revolves around the true story of Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane and assistant Peter Brand, a Yale economist, who revolt against traditional baseball logic and build a team of ragtag misfits based off mathematical algorithm.

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Overseas Aussies set for big seasons in Europe

At any one time, there are hundreds of Aussies plying their footballing trades throughout the world.

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Barca need to sign this player to replace Neymar

By Christian Montegan, 8 Aug 2017 Popular article!
Barca need to sign this player to replace Neymar

When Kylian Mbappé scored a hat-trick for Monaco in December last year at the tender age of 17, it was at that moment the football world opened their eyes and took notice.

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KNOW YOUR LAWS: Player catches goalkeeper napping on a free kick

This goal is a good reason why you should always be ready for the unexpected as the defending team.

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Football does not need the VAR System

By Christian Montegan, 6 Aug 2017
Football does not need the VAR System

Many incidents come to mind when a wrong decision made by the referee has caused controversy and arguments as to whether the Video Assistant Referee should be called into action.

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This was going to be the most talked about transfer sagas of this transfer window but things have faded into the background while the Neymar deal was at the forefront. Now with his deal complete to PSG, attentions have been put back on Kylian Mbappe.

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2017/18 English Premier League season predictions

It’s that time of year for a Premier League prediction. Last year, I correctly called Chelsea winning it, so it is time to predict the champions again!

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Matildas vs Brazil highlights: Tournament of Nations live scores, blog

Match Result: The Matildas have shocked Brazil with a stunning 6-1 win to claim the Tournament of Nations in America.

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An open love letter to football and Aston Villa

August in this part of the world (the UK) means only two things – the sun is shining and the football season is beginning. The sun and football also happen to be two of my favourite things on earth, so it’s good times all around at present.

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Matildas a draw away from Tournament of Nation title

The Matildas require just one point in their final Tournament of Nations match to secure the title in its inaugural year.

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Matthew Leckie Australia Socceroos 2016 Football

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

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The Western Sydney Wanderers' Brendon Santalab

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Les Murray, the voice of SBS' football coverage

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Les Murray in 2009

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Sydney FC's Alessandro Del Piero celebrates scoring against Newcastle Jets (Image: Peter McAlpine).

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Close-up of Jose Mourinho

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Sydney FC A-League 2017 Grand Final

What is the A-League’s potential?

By Nick Symonds, 1 Aug 2017

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Les Murray, the voice of SBS' football coverage

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