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A-League: This is how the ball works in Australia

The corona virus is under control for Australians. For all fans of round skin, this means: full stadiums and soft football. The A-League is becoming increasingly popular – and due to recent changes Sebastian Longcomb And Alo quol More and more on display in Germany. 90 minutes hat mit A-League-Fan James From Perth and on the other end of the world he answered some of the most exciting questions about football.

Before we get into the business, some information is in advance: A-League was founded in 2004 and was played for the first time by its eight founding members in the 2005/06 season. Twelve teams are currently competing in Australia’s first division – one team including Wellington Phoenix from New Zealand. Before it was founded, there was a professional league called Down Under; The National Football League (NSL), founded in 1977, eventually had to face financial difficulties.

A-League data at a glance:

In order to get to know football better in Australia, those in charge started a marketing campaign worth millions. The motto of the newly formed A-League is “Football, but you never know”. Because football in Australia is mainly related to Australian football which is the national sport of the country. The common name for football is still “football”. Fans only talk about “football” within the football community.

The league’s lightning progress was eventually made possible by many nationally known footballers and internationally renowned football stars such as Dwight York, who was considered an African legend in English in 2005. Premier League Transferred to Sydney FC. Thomas Broch is considered a German A-League pioneer. Attack Allrounder moved from Nuremberg to Brisbane in 2010 and was named Australia’s Decade (!) Footballer four years later.

Thomas Brooch in Brisbane Roar FC Jersey
Thomas Brooch introduces Australian football to German | Bradley Canaries / Getty Images

Down Under’s real football boom came when the Australian national team’s best performance at the 2006 World Cup in Germany was knocked out and annoyed by a 0: 1 defeat to world champions Italy in the second round. By participating in the Asian Champions League, the A-League has recently become more and more popular in Asia. In 2014, the West Sydney Wanderers defended the handle pot.

The so-called “regular season” involves 33 games per club. Each team meets each other three times, depending on the galaxy twice at home and once at a distance – or vice versa. Next season, the pairs change accordingly, so each team plays three season games and three seasons against their respective opponents in two seasons. The top of the standings at the end of the season is called the “A-League Premiership,” and the club in question could participate in next year’s AFC Champions League.

The top six teams reach the playoffs – the so-called “final series”. Here the third place meets the sixth place and the fourth place meets the fifth place. The winners of these games will qualify for the semifinals. The master and runner-up of the “regular season” each have home rights in the semifinals. The winners of the semifinals play in the Grand Final. The winner of the final wins the A-League title and the second available Champions League spot. If the Premiership winner is in the final, the other club will automatically become the second Champions League participant in the final.

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All clubs in the A-League at a glance:

  1. Adelaide United – Seat 2005 – Cooper’s Stadium (17,000)
  2. Brisbane Roar – Seat 2005 – Suncorp Stadium (52,500)
  3. Central Coast Mariners – Seat 2005 – Central Coast Stadium (20.119)
  4. Melbourne win – Seat 2005 – Marvel Stadium (56.347)
  5. Newcastle United – Seat 2005 – McDonald Jones Stadium (33,000)
  6. Perth Glory – 2005 – HPF Park (17,288)
  7. Sydney FC – Seat 2005 – Netstrata Jubilee Stadium (20,500)
  8. Wellington Phoenix – 2007 – Sky Stadium (34,500)
  9. Melbourne City – 2010 – Amy Park (31,500)
  10. West Sydney Wanderers – since 2012 – Bangwest Stadium (30,000)
  11. Western United FC – Not a permanent stadium since 2019
  12. Mahartur FC – Seat 2020 – Campbelltown Stadium (20.000)

In the first A-League season, the stadiums of the eight founding members were visited by an average of 10,956 fans – the finals and the pre-season trophy exclusive. In 2008/09, the A-League reached an average of 14,610 spectators. The last census comes from the 2018/19 season, with a total average audience of 10,411. With an average of 20,604 fans, Melbourne Victory’s Marvel Stadium has been as well attended this season as every season. The Central Coast Mariners had the lowest number of visitors (average 5,562) despite having a truly beautiful location in Gosport.

The Eternal Score List continues to leadBundesliga-Professional Bessart Perisha. The Yugoslav center forward has already scored 133 times for Brisbane, Melbourne Victory and Western United. Thomas Bruce won the Johnny Warren Medal twice, and was selected as the player of the season. The Golden Boot, the highest scorer of the “Regular Season”, was recently received by an old acquaintance: Jamie McLaren once played Dormstad In 2. Bundesliga. This time, with 24 stalls, he is on track to become the highest-scoring player in the A-League.

90 minutes: How important is football in Australia?
James: Football is definitely growing in Australia, I would say it has slowly become one of the most popular sports in the country since late 2013. Active fan support certainly attracted many as fans of various sports were curious about the increasing situation during A-League games.

90 minutes: Which sport is (still) more popular than football?
James: Australian football, of course, still competes with Australian football, the number one sport. Otherwise, football luck in this country, rugby is becoming more and more extinct and cricket is only played in summer. Since the AFL (Australian Football League) has been popular for a long time, it is difficult to compete in terms of spectators and celebrity. Football is currently becoming very popular, especially among young people – especially in schools, as many children do not find any pattern in the most difficult and aggressive Australian football.

90 minutes: Which European league can be compared to Football Down Under?
James: I would say it is slightly below the level of the English second division. As Dutch defender Daryl Lachmann put it, “Games are more physical than tactics. It’s about running, especially at the end of the game.”

90 minutes: Aren’t you bored without the exit groups?
James: 100%! Since the final series is the sole goal of the teams, we have long called for a second division to create a strong competition. If teams have promotions and exits, especially grassroots teams will have more incentive to position themselves, not just accept the current schedule position.

90 minutes: What about the Ultra Display in Australia?
James: Ultra display is huge, especially in 2015. Several groups such as RBB (Western Sydney), Melbourne Terrace (Melbourne Victory) and Sydney Cove (Sydney FC) increased interest. There has been a slight decline due to the corona situation this season, which will definitely decrease again next season.

90 minutes: What do you think of the German players in Australia?
James: You are so good. Despite their age, most of the German players are an asset to the league. Nikolai Mல்லller, for example, has played very consistently for the West Sydney Wanderers. Alexander Pamjohan was also a good player during his time with the Wanderers. I ‘ve never seen Sebastian Longcomb much, but so far he’s been very solid in the back, the ball calm, and competing in the air – things you’ll want to see from a good central defender.

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