Aussies Abroad Wrap: August 19
The NWSL playoffs race is on and the top teams are battling for points. Here’s how the Aussies did in Week 21.
Schwarzer laments Lowy exit: A very sad day for Australian football
Socceroos legend Mark Schwarzer has lamented the departure of Football Federation Australia Chairman Steven Lowy describing it as a “very sad day for Australian football".
What Naby Keita is already bringing to Liverpool
Questions were raised when the Reds paid above the RB Leipzig midfielder's release clause last summer, but has Jurgen Klopp found the missing piece of his midfield jigsaw? FFT's Andy Murray went to Selhurst Park to run the rule over Liverpools new No.8.
Quiz! Can you name the last 50 players to score a Premier League hat-trick?
A deadly Manchester City marksman fired in the first treble of the 2018/19 season, but can you name the Prems most recent triple-scoring heroes?
Who'll love a lad Usain?
The eyes of the world are on the Central Coast right now. Wondering… Could it really be so? Could he actually play professional football? Could we really love a lad Usain?
FFA Cupsets show expansion is ready to go
One of the obstacles occasionally thrown up by anti-expansion apologists (and how many of those are left?) is the danger of spreading talent too thinly across the league. Well given the recent performance of NPL clubs in the FFA Cup, that fear is pretty much blown out of the water.
Striking Gold - how to solve the Socceroos' scoring woes
In three games at the recent World Cup, playing the teams ranked 7, 11 and 12 in the World, we conceded five goals – one of them a dodgy VAR penalty and two others were super unlucky deflections. All things considered, that was not too bad for a country rated 36, so clearly, defense is not a problem. Australia’s biggest problem is scoring goals.
Pic Special: Cupsets, hat-tricks and send-offs!
The first day of the FFA Cup Round of 16 delivered plenty of drama. Melbourne Victory were knocked out by APIA Leichhardt, Chris Lucas scored a hat-trick in Bentleigh Greens' demolition of Broadmeadow Magic, Avondale thumped a 10-man Devonport and Cup holders Sydney FC survived a scare against Cairns FC.
Pics: Usain Bolt attends first training session with Mariners
Usain Bolt attended his first training session with Central Coast Mariners on Tuesday but there's nothing ordinary about hitting the paddock when you're the world's fastest man. The eight-time Olympic gold medallist, and his teammates were put through their paces at Central Coast Stadium before the man of the moment faced a gaggle of reporters.
Is this the greatest team goal ever?
Bayer Leverkusen put on an absolute masterclass on how to play out from the back, with a series of pinpoint perfect passes, tight triangles and tidy finish – all at lightning pace. Have you ever seen anything better?
Iniesta turns it on with super strike in Japan
This is what the A-League missed out on – Andres Iniesta showed his Barca genius when he scored for his new J1 League side Vissel Kobe in a 1-1 draw with Sanfrecce last night. The former Spanish World Cup winner was briefly linked with a move to the A-League in May until Kobe outbid Australian clubs for his services.
Wayne Rooney's amazing tackle, recovery and assist
Wayne Rooney defied the naysayers with this amazing track back from the opposition box to pull off a text book bone crunching tackle (in front of an open goal), recover and then belt back up the pitch before delivering a pinpoint cross-pitch pass for a last second winner. And all that in the 96th minute!