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Notapor xiaolan » Mié May 17, 2017 3:25 am

Back in early October, when the world hung on two momentous decisions – the one soon to face American voters, the other tormenting a 10-year-old Sydney schoolboy named Yoshi – the 2016-17 A-League season bolted from the gates as if slapped on the rump.
Boosted by an A-League record crowd of 61,880 at the Sydney derby, round one saw the highest single-round attendance (106,365) in A-League history and David Gallop was understandably delighted. Knowing a spruiking opportunity when he sees one, Authentic Bryant Reeves Womens Jersey Football Federation Australia’s CEO predicted the momentum would continue into round two with Tim Cahill’s long-awaited, much-discussed A-League debut for City in the Melbourne derby.
And how it did. In front of 43,188 at Docklands, Cahill led City to a stunning 4-1 win over Victory after opening the scoring with a mantelpiece-worthy 35-metre half-volley of such timeliness that pundits speculated whether Cahill had, with one sweep of his right foot, justified – if not repaid – the $4m spent by FFA and City to secure his services as the league’s marquee player. If there was anyone happier than Cahill at Docklands that night it would have been Gallop. “We’ve got further talks with TV networks this week [about a new TV deal] and while it’s early days, a goal like that from Tim Cahill couldn’t come at a better time,” said Gallop who might well have left the stadium that night with a spring in his step as he fished in his pocket for his car keys.
Seven months later, as Americans search for North Korea on a map and as Yoshi looks for a get-out clause in his City promissory note, http://www.officialgrizzliestore.com/authentic-34-brandan-wright-jersey.html it seems reasonable to suggest that despite its compelling finale, the A-League season failed to live up to its early promise. It wasn’t just that a stellar Sydney won the premiership by the length of the straight, which took away a good deal of suspense and, arguably, gave to the second half of the season the same clock-slowing feel of a long layover in an airport transit lounge. Outside of this there was also an undercurrent of discontent that lapped at the game’s ankles and now seems to be heading towards its knees.
Set against stagnating TV ratings and attendances across the league – even at Cahill’s Melbourne City, even at Sydney FC, where a baffled Graham Arnold issued a plea, in February, for more support from Sydneysiders – many opined that the A-League’s 10-team format has gone stale. Authentic Andrelton Simmons Womens Jersey New teams are desperately needed, they said, to shake things up if the A-League is to make the most of football’s massive participation rate at club level. Moreover, calls for “promotion and relegation” have become a kind of incantation from the progressives who want real change.
Meanwhile, and most significantly, FFA came under pressure this season from world governing body Fifa to change its governance model and the makeup of its congress; a change that will potentially give the A-League clubs more decision-making powers. http://www.officialangelsproshop.com/Albert_Pujols_Jersey FFA has agreed to overhaul its congress but, as yet, despite a 31 March Fifa-imposed deadline, and despite a number of fractious meetings between FFA and key stakeholders – which include nine state and territory-based federations, the newly formed Association of Australian Football Clubs (the representative body of National Premier League clubs), and Professional Footballers Australia – consensus has yet to be achieved.
Forget Jordy Buijs’ hairstyle, forget Ange Postecoglou’s vigorous sweat glands, the governance of the game in Australia has become the biggest issue in football and until it’s sorted out it’s hard to see football casting off its much-touted “sleeping giant” status to become, as has so often been predicted, the dominant professional sport in Australia.
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