A-League Grand Final MCG? / Mundial Mornings

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Imagine the prospect of an all Melbourne Derby Grand final played under lights at the MCG on a Friday night.

If things go the way of Football Federation Australia, Melbourne Victory could potentially host Melbourne City in front of a full house at the MCG.

It would be a spectacle that the A-League has never seen in its10 year history. The Grand Final could be potentially played for the first time on a Friday night and at the MCG. In the A-Leagues 10th season, what
a fitting tale it would be.

Of course things aren’t as easy as they seem….

Only six weeks remain until the A-League grand final and
time is running out for A-League boss Damien De Bohun. If played in Melbourne,
the Grand Final would be played on Sunday May 17th either at Etihad
Stadium or the MCG. Unfortunately, the FFA/A-League faces the difficult task of
negotiating with an uncooperative AFL board that is yet to budge from its
booked AFL fixtures. The AFL is the main occupants of the two stadiums and hosts
the rights to leave the AFL schedules as they are or renegotiate.

It ponders me to question, should the A-League have a home
stadium for the A-League and FFA Cup Grand Finals? The unpredictability of
stadium selection a week before the Grand Final makes it a problematic task for
the A-League. It’s a mountain to climb for the A-League, as they attempt to book
one of Melbourne’s major stadiums under the restrictions of the AFL.

The Andrews Labor Government is believed to be more
co-operative with the FFA’s needs than the Liberal Government which is great news
for football in Victoria.

Let’s hope both parties can come to a compromise, so that
both codes can work together in the future…

FOOTBALL MANAGER CLASSIC
HITS SMART PHONES

The PC version was addictive, but the new and improved
tablet version is certain to end relationships.

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The handheld game for tablets only offered 14 nations and 35
playable leagues, whereas the FM Classic 2015 version offers 51 nations and 139
leagues. The game was released at midnight and has already sky-rocketed in the App
stores. We recommend you gamers get it while it’s hot at £14.99 before the
prices hit the roof.

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 If you’re a wannabe Jose Mourinho this game is definitely
for you.

WHO WOULD YOU SIGN? European stars out of contract this
summer

Sergio Romero

The Argentinian first team goalkeeper is struggling for
first team football at Sampdoria. He would definitely be a great pickup on a
free transfer.

Dani Alves

The Barcelona legend and 2 times Champions league winner is
creating interest around the footballing world. Manchester United has their
eyes set on the 31 year old.

Sami Khedira

Who wouldn’t want this man in your team? He’s a German World
Cup winner and an absolute beast in midfield despite struggling at Real Madrid.
Khedira would definitely fit in nicely at a Premier League or Bundesliga club.

Michael Essien and
Florent Malouda

The two former Chelsea stars are set to leave their current
clubs and look for a spot in top flight football. Perhaps this will be the last
crack at the big time for these two past talents.

Dimitar Berbatov

In great form for Monaco but is yet to sign a deal with the
club. He’s proven he’s still got what it takes to play in a Premier League side
after he scored against Arsenal in the Champions League

James Milner

Liverpool look have targeted James Milner on a free transfer
after he decided to leave City at the end of the season. Milner will fit in
perfectly with Gerrard on the way out.

Andre Ayew

Ayew is another player who is being looked at by an English
club. The Ghanaian has rejected offers from Marseille and being hunted by
Tottenham FC.  

Nigel De Jong

De Jong could be a favorite to sign with Manchester United
at the end of the season. The Milan midfielder’s contract is almost up and he
could demand a salary as large as £4 million per year

GAMES TO WATCH

Melbourne Victory v Newcastle
Jets

7.40pm April 10 (Fox Sports)

Perth Glory v Sydney
FC

9.45pm April 10 (Fox Sports)

Athletic Bilbao v
Valencia

5.00am April 10 (ESPN)

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By ARI CHARILAOU

Ari Charilaou