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Salary cap fails in Australia

Advocates of a salary cap should note that it doesn't appear to have achieved its objective of creating a more level playing field in Australia.   Success continues to go to the bigger clubs in bigger cities.

Australia has had more than its fair share of club failures, but there does seem to be greater stability in the game these days.   It does, of course, have to compete with Australian rules, rugby and cricket.

United to buy A-league club?

Manchester United could replicate their rivalry with Manchester City down under.   It is being reported that they may buy A-league champions Melbourne Victory.  Manchester City already own Melbourne City.

Melbourne Heart rebranded as City

A-league side Melbourne Heart, 80 per cent owned by Sheikh Mansour, has been rebranded as Melbourne City.   It has also been given a new badge with more sky blue in it.   The name change aligns it with Manchester City and New York City, the idea being to spread the City brand across the globe.

Manchester City could shake up Oz football

The acquisition of a 80 per cent stake by Manchester City in Melbourne Heart is being broadly welcomed in Australian football as an opportunity to shake up and reinvigorate the game down under.

The past few years have been relatively frugal and, at times, uncertain. Football Federation of Australia finances have been in a mess that necessitated a government review in 2011, the Central Coast Mariners have had documented financial issues and the Heart have been on the market for some time.

Manchester City acquire Australian club

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has announced that the acquisition of the Melbourne Heart licence in the Hyundai A-League by English Premier League club Manchester City and its Australian partners has been approved.

FFA CEO David Gallop said the acquisition of the Melbourne Heart licence was a huge vote of confidence in the future of the Hyundai A-League. “Football has moved into the mainstream of Australian sport and is ideally placed to benefit from the boom in football across Asia,” said Gallop.

City could buy Oz club

Foreign takeovers of English clubs are taking place all the time.   However, it now appears that an Australian club, Western Sydney Wanderers, could be taken over by a Premier League club with Manchester City being one club mentioned.   However, there is also interest from inside Australia.

A-league team for Western Sydney?

A second team for Australia's largest city to serve the sprawling suburbs of Western Sydney has long been a gleam in the eye of A-league bosses.   After the failure of the Western Sydney Rovers bid, they are proceeding cautiously.   But it does now look as if the idea is back on the agenda.

New owners for Phoenix

The only Kiwi club in the A-League has new owners in the form of a business consortium headed by Gareth Morgan and made up of six others.   The consortium had to prove to Football Federation Australia that it had the finances to keep the club afloat.   It is understood that included being able to afford a worst case scenario loss of up to $A500,000 a year.

Safety net to secure Wellington Phoenix

Arrangements have been put in place to ensure that a New Zealand team continues to participate in the A-League.    Time is running out on property tycoon and Wellington Phoenix licence owner Terry Serepisos.   He could be liquidated by the High Court in Wellington within a month.

Fury axed from A-league

North Queensland Fury have been dropped from Australia's A-league competition from next season.  The A-league will go back to 10 clubs next season after expanding to 11 this campaign with the inclusion of a second franchise based in Melbourne.