Manton Street Ramblings
Manton Street is a column for multiple guest writers with articles of general interest for local football fans.
Sunday, February 24th 2008
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced Australia's bid to host the 2018 World Cup Finals. But Adelaide looks almost certain to miss out on hosting any games thanks to more inaction by SA Premier Mike Rann.

In announcing the bid Kevin Rudd identified the key venues as the MCG in Victoria, the Sydney Football Stadium in NSW, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and the new $1bn stadium being built in Perth - not a single mention of Adelaide.

Rudd left Adelaide off the list because Adelaide does not have a stadium within a bulls roar of meeting the standards required for hosting World ...
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Thursday, October 12th 2006
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Football is rapidly becoming Australia's national sport.

The success of the Socceroos at the 2006 World Cup Finals has grabbed the imagination of the Australian public and opened its eyes up to the most beautiful sporting game in the world - football.

This was none the more evident than in Brisbane and Sydney over the past week. More than 47,000 fans filled Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane for what was only a friendly game against Paraguay. A few days later over 36,000 fans turned up at Aussie Stadium for the Asian Cup tie with a second string Bahrain side. ...
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Thursday, September 21st 2006
Major sports codes the AFL, NRL and FFA have formed a united front to support plans to reform sports anti-siphoning laws and bring more live sport to Australian fans.

Speaking at a joint media conference in Melbourne, the AFL, NRL and FFA CEO’s supported the Government’s proposal for a “Use it or Lose it” approach to sports broadcasting regulation. However, they said the change would only put more live sport on television if the resulting system is given “real teeth”. ...
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Monday, June 26th 2006
So it's Guus Hiddink trying to plot Italy's downfall in the last sixteen of the World Cup. Ring any bells does it? Italian fans won't want to be reminded that Hiddink's fit, fearless South Korean side accounted for the Azzurri's elimination at this same stage four years ago. Is it unreasonable to think the resourceful Dutchman can repeat the trick with an Australian team, similarly pre-disposed to work their socks off, and perhaps technically superior to the 2002 co-hosts.

The Italians will be foolish indeed if they underestimate the mental fortitude of the Socceroos. ...
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Monday, May 15th 2006
By Paul Marcuccitti

Pinned up on my office wall is my favourite newspaper front page of all time. It’s the 17 November 2005 edition of The Sydney Morning Herald. The day after Australia qualified for the World Cup finals, the headline declared: World Cup here we come.

Beneath the headline is a photo (also a favourite) of the nine Australian outfield players in the 10-yard circle just after John Aloisi’s penalty hit the back of the net (which clinched the Socceroos’ penalty shootout victory). ...
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Friday, March 10th 2006
By Andrew Johns
Rugby league's best

WHAT an unbelievable spectacle and a fitting end to a great debut season for the A-League.

I don't mind admitting I'm a football fan and I've been lucky enough in my travels to take in some big matches overseas.

Last year, I was in the stand at Old Trafford for Manchester United and Liverpool and a few years back, it was Leeds United taking on Real Madrid.

I honestly found them dull compared to what I witnessed on Sunday at Aussie Stadium.

I was sitting just above Sydney FC's supporter group The Cove and was blown away by the singing and ...
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