Monday, 6 August 2007

Note to The World Game, there are eight teams in the A-League

The World Game is one of my favourite shows and for years it kept me informed of what was going on in the world of football. I am big fan of Les Murray and the work he has done to promote the game of football in this country and in particular his work on The World Game. However, of late its coverage of the local game has left a lot to be desired. When discussions take place about the local game, a large focus seems to be always about Sydney FC. Last season, when Melbourne was dominating the league, a large amount of time was spent focusing on Sydney's problems, and in particular Craig Foster's vendetta against Terry Butcher and not on the performance of the eventual premiers and champions.

Last weekend was another case in point. Whilst Sydney's signing of Juninho is great for A-League and for Sydney FC and was worth some detailed discussion. However, did we have to sit through the discussions that was the shambles that was the actions of Sydney FC with respect to David Carney and Mark Milligan. Only briefly was the signing of Adrian Leijer to Fulham mentioned, when Craig Foster noted that Melbourne's handling of the situation was much more professional when compared to that of Sydney. No mention that this is great step for a player, who is a regular in the Olyroos team, going straight from the A-League to the English Premier League. Only briefly were the other teams mentioned, and when in the case they were talking about Newcastle and the possibility of their signing of Mario Jardel, the Sydney logo still loomed large on the plasma screen that sits behind the presenters.

It is time that Les Murray and The World Game team shift their focus away from the goings on that happen at Sydney FC and give a bit more coverage and air time to the other seven teams that make up the A-League, otherwise when its time for them to talk about the local game, I will probably switch the channel.


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