Australia’s revamped domestic competition has encompassed some turbulent times in its short history, however there’s an overwhelming feeling of excitement and optimism amongst A-League clubs and the football community in recent times. The product on the pitch is seemingly improving each season; crowds and television rating continue to escalate, while the new $160 million, four-year deal with Fox Sports and SBS will aid the game’s growth and underpin football into its next stage of development.
There could be many adjectives used to describe round five of the A-League, such was the football on display. For fans, it was certainly a pulsating spectacle, from the Wanderers’ inaugural feat on home soil, to Victory’s five-goal thriller on Melbourne Cup Eve. The entertainment on show could have comfortably rivalled any competition around the globe.
Season eight of the Hyundai A-League has finally arrived. The closed season has come, seemingly dwelled on, and to the delight of the football public, elapsed. Following a great deal of anticipation, Australia’s premier football competition is back in full swing this weekend, and what a build-up it has been!