Big sea­son of soc­cer goes to air

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRIDAY EXTRA -

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

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