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Jason Geria admits his form not good enough for Socceroos call-up

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Jason Geria was brave enough to admit that his club form has been below par this season.

Defender Jason Geria has admitted that his form for Melbourne Victory in the A-League this season is not good enough for him to earn a Soccceroos call-up.

The Victory right-back has steadily improved his form this season, helping the A-League force push Sydney FC for the title.

Geria was called up for two qualifiers in March last year off the back of his club form and then debuted in a friendly match with Greece in June.

There's also a neon-lighted vacant sign over the right-back position.


Mile Jedinak returns for Aston Villa to give Socceroos boost

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Mile Jedinak started for Aston Villa against Newcastle United.

The Socceroos' World Cup qualification campaign has been bolstered by captain Mile Jedinak's recovery from a groin injury to play his first club game in more than a month.

Jedinak, 32, started in struggling Aston Villa's English Championship 2-0 loss to Newcastle United on Monday.

He played 71 minutes, earning the praise of coach Steve Bruce in a defensive midfield role.

"He gives our defenders protection, and he's a man in there," Bruce said.

"We have missed that, especially away from home.


James Troisi deserves Socceroos recall after A-League form - Kevin Muscat

The Victory have stretched their undefeated run against the Mariners to 11 games after a 3-0 win in Gosford.

As much as Kevin Muscat would love to take James Troisi's sweet left boot to Brisbane in the A-League next month, the Melbourne Victory coach would be just as delighted if he's away with the Australian national side.

And the ex-English league defender would hardly be surprised, warning Troisi will only keep getting better.

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If there was ever a case for Socceroos' coach Ange Postecoglou to recall his Asian Cup hero, it was his A-League showing against Central Coast on Sunday.

He was the inspiration...

Premier League broadcast rights delivers Optus' best sales in six years

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Optus secured the Australian broadcast rights for the Premier League for AU$180 million in 2016.

Australia's sports broadcasting revolution appears here to stay after Optus recorded a surge in sign-ups off the back of its acquisition of the Premier League rights.

The telco sent shockwaves across the Australian landscape in late 2015 with a three-year AU$180-million plus investment to secure the rights to the soccer competition.

But the release of sales figures for the second half of 2016 -- when it first transmitted the league -- suggests it was a canny decision.

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A-League clubs and FFA fail to find resolution at crunch meeting

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David Gallop and Steven Lowy represented the FFA at the meeting.

A-League clubs have been left disappointed by a failure to reach agreement with Football Federation Australia (FFA) on changes to the sport's governance.

In recent weeks, the 10 clubs have stepped up a campaign to have more voices at Australian football's top table, and to receive additional funding from head office.

A crunch meeting on Tuesday night between club owners and league chiefs broke without resolution, although FFA reaffirmed a commitment to table changes formally before the end of March.