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Re: Australian Soccer Thread

Postby Alviro Patterson » Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:49 pm

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Alviro Patterson wrote:80,000 for an exhibition football match is as good as it gets, very few games exceed those attendance figures when it comes to competitive domestic matches.


I do realize that, but this was the first time (I think) that Real Madrid played out here. And with the Italian diaspora out here, I was expecting a full house. I was a bit disappointed with the large sections of the stadium being empty. We do get a lot of sport in Melbourne, I just thought this would have been bigger than it was. The Liverpool game two years ago was massive. Maybe just bring them out, and maybe United. OK, and Barcelona. I guess at the end of the day, everyone had a run and the clubs sold a few shirts.

I can't help but feel that soccer would have a better chance in Australia if it were played on an oval shaped ground with an oval shaped ball, 18 players per side, field umpires who are visually impaired, and four quarters of 20 minutes plus time on.


Maybe it's down to a lack of a domestic household name. If it was Leeds United visiting the MCG with Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell taking the field, I reckon that would get a greater response.
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Re: Australian Soccer Thread

Postby GarlicJam » Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:26 pm

from_the_stands wrote:
Alviro Patterson wrote:80,000 for an exhibition football match is as good as it gets, very few games exceed those attendance figures when it comes to competitive domestic matches.


I do realize that, but this was the first time (I think) that Real Madrid played out here. And with the Italian diaspora out here, I was expecting a full house. I was a bit disappointed with the large sections of the stadium being empty. We do get a lot of sport in Melbourne, I just thought this would have been bigger than it was. The Liverpool game two years ago was massive. Maybe just bring them out, and maybe United. OK, and Barcelona. I guess at the end of the day, everyone had a run and the clubs sold a few shirts.

I can't help but feel that soccer would have a better chance in Australia if it were played on an oval shaped ground with an oval shaped ball, 18 players per side, field umpires who are visually impaired, and four quarters of 20 minutes plus time on.

The AFL is doing the right thing to beware the sleeping giant that Football is in Aus. It will become a genuine competitor for the NRL and AFL, imo - but especially the ARU. Soccer is on the (fairly rapid) increase, Rugby is on the wane, in a fairly big way. AFL is also slightly on the nose - hence them having a look at things like player numbers (should be cut to 15, imo).

I have the idea that when Liverpool played at the MCG a couple of years ago, it was the largest crowd the club had ever been in front of (92-95K?) - at the very least it would have been the most amount of Liverpool fans, and the most people singing Never Walk Alone together.
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Re: Australian Soccer Thread

Postby from_the_stands » Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:46 am

The Socceroos take on Asian football powerhouse Bangladesh tonight in a WC qualifier. Can't wait! :box
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Re: Australian Soccer Thread

Postby Gingerfinch » Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:50 am

from_the_stands wrote:The Socceroos take on Asian football powerhouse Bangladesh tonight in a WC qualifier. Can't wait! :box


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Re: Australian Soccer Thread

Postby Aidan11 » Thu Sep 03, 2015 12:15 pm

2-0 up inside 10 minutes.
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Re: Australian Soccer Thread

Postby Aidan11 » Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:10 pm

5-0 in the end.


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Re: Australian Soccer Thread

Postby rich1uk » Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:13 pm

Aidan11 wrote:5-0 in the end.


It could have been worse.


Bangladesh won 5-0 ?

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Re: Australian Soccer Thread

Postby from_the_stands » Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:23 pm

Pretty impressive effort by the boys to sweep the Bangas in one game! :?
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Re: Australian Soccer Thread

Postby from_the_stands » Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:57 pm

The Socceroos are in Tajikistan tonight. This should be another walloping.
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Re: Australian Soccer Thread

Postby sussexpob » Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:06 am

from_the_stands wrote:The Socceroos are in Tajikistan tonight. This should be another walloping.


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Re: Australian Soccer Thread

Postby GarlicJam » Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:49 am

This one was 3-0. Still, better we get to play the might of the Asia underlings than the teams like Nauru and Tuvulu.
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Re: Australian Soccer Thread

Postby from_the_stands » Thu Oct 08, 2015 2:42 pm

The Socceroos are in Amman, to face Jordan. A few faces are missing from the starting line up, but I think we'll turn them over.

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Re: Australian Soccer Thread

Postby yuppie » Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:07 pm

from_the_stands wrote:The Socceroos are in Amman, to face Jordan. A few faces are missing from the starting line up, but I think we'll turn them over.

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Re: Australian Soccer Thread

Postby Alviro Patterson » Thu Oct 08, 2015 6:34 pm

Australia made the mistake in not playing James Meredith ;)
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Re: Australian Soccer Thread

Postby Alviro Patterson » Thu Nov 12, 2015 11:22 pm

Nice to see James Meredith making his full debut for Australia in the Socceroos 3-0 win over Kyrgyzstan
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