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Malaysia's Ong Kim Swee aims to replicate SEA Games success for AFF

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson assess how Vietnam could cause havoc in their group at the AFF Championship.
ESPN FC's Jason Dasey talks to Malaysia internationals, past and present, to get their predictions on who will win the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup.

Malaysia head coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee foresees the upcoming AFF Cup in November as a different proposition to the football competition in the Southeast Asian Games event, but is driven to replicate his regional success from five years ago.

Ong memorably led Malaysia to football gold in the 2011 multi-sports event in Jakarta.

Four players from that title-winning team -- Khairul Fahmi Che Mat, Fadhli Shas, Baddrol Bakhtiar and Irfan Fazail- are in the provisional 26-man squad for Yangon.

But Ong...

Melbourne City's Bruce Kamau fit to face former club Adelaide United

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson preview the upcoming A-League matches. Can Sydney FC continue their strong start?

Bruce Kamau has recovered from concussion and could start for Melbourne City against his former side Adelaide United in Friday night's A-League clash at AAMI Park.

However, fellow City winger Nicolas Colazo will miss another match after coach John van 't Schip revealed the Argentinian underwent surgery for a perforated ear drum on Wednesday.

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The Argentinian will be absent for "a few weeks" after going under the knife to treat his condition.

It's less than ideal for van 't Schip, who must reshape...

Brisbane Roar won't get bullied by Perth Glory - John Aloisi

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson preview the upcoming A-League matches. Can Sydney FC continue their strong start?

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi has promised his side won't be pushed around by an expected physical onslaught from Perth Glory in their A-League clash at Suncorp Stadium.

The Glory have collected 12 yellow cards after three rounds -- the most of any team so far this season and a pointer to the no-nonsense approach Aloisi anticipates from Kenny Lowe's side on Sunday.

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"I'm not saying we have to be physical [too], I'm just saying that we won't get bullied," Aloisi told reporters on Friday.

"Try and...

Newcastle Jets' Lachlan Jackson sidelined, McKain possible replacement

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson preview the upcoming A-League matches. Can Sydney FC continue their strong start?

The Newcastle Jets will seek immediate defensive reinforcements if Lachlan Jackson's ankle syndesmosis injury is as bad as feared.

Centre-back Jackson has already been ruled out for the next four weeks but could miss up to three months, with "inconclusive" scan results leaving the 21-year-old in limbo.

Coach Mark Jones expects to know more next week but says he will look for a second injury replacement player if Jackson, who suffered the injury in the first half of Newcastle's draw with the Western...

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Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win Ballon d'Or - Fabio Cannavaro

The ESPN FC guys discuss the front-runners for the Ballon d'Or, making a case for Luis Suarez to be among the top three.

Former Italy and Real Madrid legend Fabio Cannavaro has backed Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d'Or.

Cannavaro is the only defender to ever win the prestigious Ballon d'Or when he picked up the award in 2006 ahead of Thierry Henry and Gianluigi Buffon.

Ronaldo, 31, is the favourite to land the crown this time out, having taken Madrid to Champions League glory and also winning the European Championship with Portugal in July.

With 51 goals in all competitions for Madrid last season, Ronaldo also...

Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri to miss Wellington game in A-League

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Carl Valeri will not take to the field against the Wellington Phoenix on Monday.

Melbourne Victory skipper Carl Valeri has been ruled out of the club's A-League match with the Wellington Phoenix on Monday night.

Soreness will stop Valeri, 32, from lining up on the now-traditional Melbourne Cup eve match at Etihad Stadium.

New signing Max Beister, who was unveiled earlier on Thursday, will also miss out on the extended 18-man squad as he acclimatises to his new surroundings.

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But James Troisi could make a return to action just three weeks after breaking his collarbone.

The Socceroos...