On almost all accounts, Liverpool’s 2013-14 Barclays Premier League campaign was a success. Their objectives were met and surpassed, status as the league’s second-best team was achieved and records – a slew of them – were broken. The Anfield faithful sung jubilantly along the way, spurring their team on to the kind of heights Liverpool used to hit with ease, yet ones they had fallen well short of in recent seasons.
The A-League, you would have recently read, is on a slippery slope. The lack of quality and talent in Australia’s highest tier of football is harming the league and it is declining rapidly as a result. With that supposedly the case, it almost seems ironic that the W-League, the highest level of competition available to females in Australia, is thriving – or so Lori Lindsey, the Canberra United American import, seems to believe.
Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, is by no means an unintelligent individual. Such individuals don’t exist within the elite managerial realm of football, a circle in which Mourinho has a formidable presence. The Portuguese, since entering top-tier management in 2000, has won 20 trophies with six clubs. Very few of his counterparts are as accomplished on the touchline as he is.
Sally Shipard is sipping a decaffeinated flat white coffee in Lonsdale Street Roasters, one of many so-called “hipster” hangouts along Braddon’s bustling Lonsdale Street. It’s a Friday morning in the summer of 2013 and Shipard fits the scene perfectly: she’s dressed in overalls and is wearing a haircut most would consider to be totally individualistic. She has been undergoing rehab for some time on her right knee and enjoying time away from the football pitch.
January comes and January goes. So, too, do the players of Europe’s elite football clubs. It’s transfer time, and for the 31 days of the first month of the year, players and clubs are thrown into disarray, their guild tested. Some players are shown the door, while clubs desperately cling to others.
New Canberra United coach Liesbeth Migchelsen has dismissed claims that a disrupted pre-season will have a negative impact on her side’s start to the W-League season.
United has a daunting opening month to its 2013-14 campaign, starting with an away fixture against arch nemesis Brisbane Roar.
Rarely in English football – or anywhere for that matter – has a single acquisition had such an uplifting effect as Mesut Ozil’s £42.5 million move to Arsenal from Real Madrid during the most recent summer transfer window.
In the circumstances, it’s difficult to think of Monaro Panthers as a team playing in their first season in the ACT Women’s Premier League.
A late kick-off, the pressure of wearing the red-hot favourite tag and a talented and committed Monaro Panthers opposition – these were the daunting ingredients for Belconnen United’s qualifying final.
Tuggeranong United will hope to bounce back from defeat and rejoin the winner’s circle when they take on ANU WFC at Kambah 2 on Sunday.