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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 29 April 2017
26 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 29 APRIL 2017 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Brazilian legend to tour Lakeside in May Despite the FFA stalling on an announcement of ALeague expansion, South Melbourne FC is determined to continue reminding the governing body and the football public of their A-League ambitions and credentials. Following reports late last year that the club had opened negotiations with former Brazilian and Real Madrid star Roberto Carlos about coaching South's A-League team should the club gain an A-League license, the club this week announced the news that the man himself will be visiting Lakeside in the flesh, in late May, to tour the club and its facilities as well as personally supervising some junior coaching clinics with South Junior players. His visit is sure to generate considerable interest around South's bid at a time when the fevered media talk around A-League expansion has dissipated amidst governance issues at the FFA. Chairman of South Melbourne's A-League bid Advisory Panel, Bill Papastergiadis, said in a club media announcement, "South is committed to being part of the A-League. As part of this, South is continuing to add to its credentials. Part of this are the continuing discussions South is having with Roberto Carlos to coach South's A-League team." He told Neos Kosmos by email, "His visit demonstrates a few things. Firstly, that our media announce- (L-R) Andrew Mesourouni (South director) and Roberto Carlos hold a South top. Victorian football’s popularity continues as FFV schedules more than 38,000 football matches in 2017 The 2017 Victorian community football season gets underway this weekend, with a total of 38,688 official competition fixtures being scheduled across all Football Federation Victoria (FFV) winter football competitions including the Sportsmart Junior Leagues, the Banking on Football Metropolitan and Masters Leagues and Aldi MiniRoos. With the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues and the FFV State Leagues already underway, a total of 3,880 team entries were received by FFV this year, with many more teams due to compete in associated league matches across metropolitan and regional Victoria in 2017. Statistics released by Football Federation Australia indicate that there are already 30,000 more registered participants nationally than at the same time last year, with a 9 per cent rise in female outdoor players to 90,000 and a 3.5 percent rise in Aldi MiniRoos participants to date, on course to top 220,000 Aldi MiniRoos players for the first time this season. There has also been an increase in girls taking up the sport; now 26.4 per cent of players taking part in pre-season Aldi MiniRoos Kick-Off programs around the country. Football Federation Victoria congratulated its clubs, players, parents, referees, and volunteers for their hard work in growing the world game in Victoria and wished everyone all the very best for a fun and enjoyable 2017 football season. Fixtures are available online at ffv.org.au ments have substance and are backed up. Secondly, that the South brand and our bid has interest from some of the biggest names in the game. Thirdly, we are committed to being in the A-League. Finally, that South can drive significant interest in the game by appealing to the broader public." According to Papastergiadis, Carlos's participation in Junior coaching clinics on his visit to Lakeside also demonstrates South's commitment to junior development. "Our commitment to football at all levels is demonstrated by having Carlos take coaching duties for our junior players while he is in Melbourne. This is an integral part of the bid by South. That is, we are a complete football club that values all aspects of its football operations from Men's and Women's including our future stars (the juniors)." According to the club's media announcement, Carlos has told the club "As the Oceania Club of the century, South is a club steeped in tradition and success. I am interested in its story and I want to explore further where we can take our discussions. Hence coming to Melbourne is part of this discussion process. I will get the chance to see this club up close." The SMFC media announcement acknowledges Genova International School of Soccer for its role in helping to arrange Carlos's visit to South Melbourne. GEORGE STOGIANNOU Northcote City has continued to build on their excellent start to the season and now find themselves eight points clear at the top of the NPL2 W ladder after 11 rounds. Following last season's relegation from the NPL1, the club appointed Zeljko Kuzman as senior coach and he immediately set about rebuilding the team with 16 new signings. The largely new team jumped out of the gates winning their first five league games before suffering their first and only defeat of the campaign, a 4-2 away loss to Dandenong Thunder. They responded well to the defeat at Thunder, winning four of their next five, culminating in last Friday's impressive 2-0 away win at Dandenong City in a clash between the two leading teams in each conference. Given the quality of the opposition, which boasted three ex-A-League players, it was a win coach Kuzman agreed was probably the most impressive of the campaign thus far. What was particularly impressive were Northcote's team structures, and their disciplined performance particularly without the ball. Although Dandenong was allowed to enjoy the bulk of possession in the first half, it wasn't able to break down a Northcote side, who also looked potent on the counterattack. Coach Kuzman said after the game, "I think we've been toying around with a couple of players in different positions, it hasn't quite worked. I thought we got the balance right tonight. We looked really good when we didn't have the ball. In fact I thought we controlled the game when we didn't have the ball. And we made the most of the opportunities that we had. Very pleased at this stage."
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