No fairytale finish for Muscat, Valeri as Hiroshima see off Victory

It wasn't the fairytale finish departing Victory coach Kevin Muscat, retiring skipper Carl Valeri and marquee man Keisuke Honda were desperate to produce, as Melbourne Victory went down 3-1 to Sanfrecce Hiroshima in their final Asian Champions League game of the group stage. With Sanfrecce already through to the knockout phase and Victory long since […]

FIFA axe Qatar World Cup expansion plans

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be held with 32 participating teams and not an expanded 48 teams, FIFA says. FIFA president Gianni Infantino had proposed expanding the tournament and explored the idea of adding additional host nations. But the sport's world ruling body said in statement on Wednesday: "Following a thorough and comprehensive […]

Rudan warns Victory, City: Move over, the west is coming for you

New Western United coach Mark Rudan has already lit the fuse in Melbourne, declaring the current derbies between Victory and City lack an edge and promising that United will bring a new dimension to the local A-League rivalries. Rudan, whose new position was announced on Thursday, has been appointed boss of the competition's newest entity […]

Muscat's successor must address Asian failure

Whoever replaces Kevin Muscat at Melbourne Victory coach will not only have to win the A-League. A priority will also be to find a way to somehow make Australia's biggest club competitive in the premier continental competition, the Asian Champions League. Victory were unable to give Muscat a fairytale finale on Wednesday night when they […]

Persistence pays off for veteran Matilda Aivi Luik

At 34, Aivi Luik will be one of the veterans of the Australian party trying to win in France next month , called up to a World Cup squad for the first time in her long and well-travelled career. Luik is a case study for the triumph of determination, persistence and doggedness, given that she […]

Arsenal's Mkhitaryan to miss Europa League final

Arsenal manager Unai Emery says he respects midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan's decision to skip the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku amid concerns over the player's safety, but host country Azerbaijan says such fears are unfounded. Armenian international Mkhitaryan's participation in the match had been in doubt due to the ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and […]