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Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic accuses Adelaide United's A-League champions of not playing football

ABC
02/05
20 Points
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Sports Tony Popovic offers bizarre explanation for Wanderers’ grand final loss to Adelaide

Adelaide completed a scarcely-believable rise from chumps to champs with a 3-1 victory over the Wanderers in Sunday’s A-League grand final.United were winless after eight rounds. Now, they have the double: the Premiers Plate and the club’s first league championship.“They didn’t play football,” Popovic said of Adelaide.“They play forward long balls ...
NewsComAu
01/05
4 Points

Sports A-League final 2016: Dejected Wanderers coach Tony Popovic rues poor start to grand final

They didn't play out from the back, they played long and forward," he said. "They kept playing long ball, so I'm not sure what we could have done [tactically]. We're heading in the right direction, that's for sure."Adelaide coach Guillermo Amor was thrilled to see his side put together a near-perfect display on the biggest stage. "It's a special day. It was a beautiful goal," he said. "It's the most special moment in my career and it's the biggest trophy we can get.
The Age
01/05
1 Points
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Sports Three grand finals in four years a testament to Wanderers wonderful culture, writes Robbie Slater

It doesn’t make Piovaccari a bad player, it just means he didn’t fit into what the Wanderers were building or the culture of the club. The Wanderers have Dimas and Andreu up against probably the best holding midfielder over the last couple of seasons in Isaias. There was no point in sticking him on the bench, so Popovic virtually got rid of him altogether. Popovic admitted early on that he made a mistake with his foreign marquee striker Federico Piovaccari .
NewsComAu
30/04
16 Points
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Sports A-League grand final: Mark Bosnich looks at the likely tactics ahead of the big game

It presents the fullbacks with a headache - do they follow their man, or try to stay compact and in touch with their centrebacks. Do the former and the likes of Bruce Djite and Stefan Mauk will piledrive through the holes, but staying narrow gives the wingers too much time and space.WANDERERSThere’ll be plenty of attention tomorrow on their key players, but one central figure will be on the bench and get little or no mention.
NewsComAu
29/04
5 Points
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Sports A-League grand final: Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic says his side will win if they play to their best

We need a group of players who want to achieve the ultimate prize in Asia, and be challenging in the A-League.”. Western Sydney have 15 players contracted for the next campaign, far more than at any similar stage in previous seasons, and Popovic said a settled squad could still be driven to win things.“You can achieve that with a settled squad, the players just need to have that hunger and desire to achieve more,” Popovic said.
NewsComAu
28/04
14 Points
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Sports Western Sydney Wanderers midfielder Dimas hopes fellow Spaniards will join him in staying at club

“That’s why we finished the season in second place“When we arrive Sunday we will be prepared.”. Andreu speaks English, Alberto not, but it’s been easier for me.“Sydney is an amazing place and I’ve enjoyed a lot of places in Sydney. I’m very happy to stay for another season.“I’ve enjoyed it a lot with my mates and with the Wanderers and I think it’s been a great season for us. “When he was playing he was a fantastic player and I liked it when he played.
NewsComAu
28/04
15 Points
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Sports A-League match review panel to investigate Wanderer Mitch Nichols’ two-fingered salute towards Roar fans

“It will be a different playing group that faces Adelaide, and it’s a different game. The Wanderers playmaker is facing a possible suspension over making an offensive gesture towards Brisbane Roar fans following Western Sydney’s thrilling 5-4 semi-final win last weekend.The Roar have submitted a formal complaint to the FFA against Nichols - a former long-serving Brisbane player - on behalf of their fans. They travel everywhere, we couldn’t believe how many there were in Wellington (in Round 27).
NewsComAu
26/04
10 Points

Sports Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic uses self-belief, home truths and tough calls to reinvent his side

Only Newcastle prevented Popovic's side from taking the wooden spoon.The Wanderers won the Asian Champions League in December 2014, the highlight of Popovic's coaching career. His victories were attributed to having a side filled with the NSL's best talent.What Popovic and Postecoglou share is a boom opening followed by a huge bust. After one point in their first three games the Wanderers peeled off seven straight wins and haven't looked back.
The Age
26/04
5 Points
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Dario Vidosic scores extra-time winner to send Wanderers to grand final after nine-goal thriller

But it didn’t take much longer for him to complete a remarkable hat trick and put the Wanderers ahead for the first time in the game. ‘Win or lose, we will always follow you,’ rang out from the Red and Black Bolc.But when Castelen made it 3-1 with a superb free kick that was hit straight through a gaping hole in Brisbane’s wall, the roar in Wanderland was deafening. Through it all - and what unfolded was nothing short of a shock - the Wanderers fans never lost their voices.
NewsComAu
24/04
2 Points

Sports Western Sydney Wanderers defender Shannon Cole back just in time for championship tilt

Cole kept plugging away, training harder and harder until coach Tony Popovic felt satisfied the 31-year old could be given a chance in round 26 against Central Coast.Cole has still only played a grand total of 28 minutes this season . After missing the first 25 games of the season, Shannon Cole had every right to fear he wouldn't play a single minute in the A-League this season.Sidelined through injury in the early part of the season and then through a lack of match fitness .
The Age
15/04
3 Points
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