Big season of soccer goes to air
Clive Palmer and his Gold Coast United out of the equation, the Football Federation Australia starts the 2012-13 A-League season with a blockbuster Friday class between Victory and Heart in Melbourne. The birth of Western Sydney Wanderers and the arrival of world star Alessandro Del Piero at Sydney FC means the inaugural Sydney derby – at Parramatta Stadium, Round 3 – will command a bright spotlight. Harry Kewell may have left, but the A-League is still riding the wave of momentum from his return last season. After a distinguished career as coach and player with South Melbourne, Ange Postecoglou, 47, returns ‘‘home’’ to Victory after two stellar years at Brisbane Roar. At Heart, John Aloisi, 36, assumes his first senior post less than 18 months after drawing the curtain on a fabulous playing career. David Gallop replaces chief executive Ben Buckley and Damien de Bohun becomes executive chairman, replacing Lyall Gorman. With soccer set to return to free-to-air TV on SBS, the future has not looked brighter since the A-League started in 2005.
– DAVID DAVUTOVIC