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listen to alan davidson discuss being approached to cooperate in match fixing
Former Socceroo Alan Davidson reveals how a conversation with a fan in a hotel lobby nearly “jeopardised [his] career” while playing in Malaysia.
Davidson told Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio how an undercover bookmaker approached him and offered a large sum to cooperate in match fixing.
“We talked for about half an hour and then he started to weasel around money and finances, ‘I can help you make money, more money than you can imagine’,” Davidson said.
Davidson said the bookmaker then handed him a “a brown paper bag with $70,000 US in it” and revealed he was informed by the bookmaker many players from his team had been “bought.”
“I told him, ‘I can’t believe what you’ve just done. You’ve not only jeopardised my image and my situation – I didn’t realise you were a bookie’,” Davidson said.
Davidson rejected the offer and informed the manager and the owners of what had occurred.
“There’s huge money involved they’re syndicates,
"It’s millions of dollars riding on this stuff,” Davidson said.
Football Extra airs daily from 9am (AEDT) hosted by Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
"When you come to Melbourne Victory there's automatic pressure and you feel it all the time": Carl Valeri
Listen to melbourne victory captain carl valeri preview the match against the wanderers
Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri says the players have “embraced the pressure” this season and are excited for the challenges ahead.
Valeri told Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio this morning there is “automatic pressure” when playing for Melbourne Victory and believes the players have done well to embrace it.
“We do embrace the pressure, when you come to Melbourne Victory there is automatic pressure and you can feel it all the time,” Valeri said.
Melbourne Victory host the Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday night at AAMI Park and while the Victory has experienced a late resurgence, Valeri says it remains crucial the team “do the basics well.”
“We have to worry about what we can do and what we can do is play our brand of football,” Valeri said.
The team will have to quickly turn their attention to their Asian Champions League match on Wednesday against Ulsan, before returning to play Wellington days later.
“We’re excited for the business end of the season,” Valeri said.
Calcio Café airs daily from 7am (AEDT) hosted by Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
Wanderers shot stopper Vedran Janjetović insists the transition to Josep Gombau as their new coach and events that happen “backstage” are “not going to be an excuse” for their rocky season.
Speaking with Calcio Café host Carlos Alberto Diego, Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Vedran Janjetović discussed his side’s performance following the 3-0 loss to Melbourne City on Saturday night. Janjetović opened about the “unfortunate” result that cost the Wanderers a “massive 3 points”.
Western Sydney’s lost to Melbourne City makes it only 1 win from their last 5 Hyundai A-league matches, leaving Janjetović’s side only one point above 6th place with 3 games remaining.
“We have a great morale, but it has been up and down for us unfortunately”, he said, “we missed the key points in our execution of what we wanted to do during the game, and it really cost us a lot.”
Janjetović was then asked about the progression of the team, and if the transition to new Coach Josep Gombau has made any impact on their form.
“It throws out a lot more than just what happens on the field. There’s things that happen backstage as well, things that people don’t really see or hear about every day but for us its obviously filtered all the way through.”
“It’s not going to be our excuse, I mean, we all know how to play football and that’s something that we all do, and we know how to do”, Janjetović stated. “It’s a not like a new coach comes in and we automatically forget how to play football”.
Janjetović elaborated on the changes in his role under Gombau, which differs tactically compared to Popovic’s old structure.
“It changed a lot to be fair, but that’s just the way Josep wants us to play and we have to adapt. I’ve learnt to accept that.”
“I sat down with Josep and he explained everything; I was up for it I was always up for it, I will never back down.”
Janjetović turned his attention to the upcoming match against Melbourne Victory, where 3 points will be vital if the Wanderers are to secure a top 6 finish.
Calcio Café airs on Weekdays from 7am (AEDT) hosted by Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
Head coach Alen Stajcic says despite recent stellar performances the Matildas’ “expectation is to be in the top three in the world” as the team prepares for their Asian Cup campaign opener against South Korea.
Speaking to Football Bosses’ Tony Pignata and Michael Zappone in the wake of their 5-0 win over Thailand in Perth, Stajcic was pleased with the Matildas’ progress and results but wants the side to push themselves even further.
“We’re not there yet,” he said. “We think we’ve improved and we think we’ve gotten to a good level, but certainly it’s not [our aspiration].
“We know how much more we’ve got to work hard to get to the top three of the world and everyone who’s involved in football knows it’s an easier thing to say than it is to do.”
Stajcic does see “the standard of women’s football getting better and better” thanks to progress in pay disputes but said “more games at home, a more professional W-League [and] a more professional Matildas” all need to be realised for the side to meet their goals.
He dismissed fears the FA Women’s Premier League could consistently entice players from Australia, insisting he doesn’t think “the playing standard is any better than the W-League”, but says this could change “in the next two, three, four years.”
Stajcic believes Australia have a “good chance” of hosting the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, saying recent crowds across Melbourne, Geelong, Penrith, and Perth show “there is a market for our team and women’s football in Australia.”
In the meantime, the head coach will set his sights on the Asian Cup and the Tournament of Nations in the United States starting July 27, where he hopes the Matildas can prove themselves against the world’s best ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
“If [the side] keep growing and improving there’s no doubt we’re gonna get there in the next period of time.”
Football Bosses airs Wednesday from 7pm (AEDT) hosted by Michael Zappone and Tony Pignata on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
listen to josip skoko review australia's draw with Colombia
Former Socceroo Josip Skoko says Australia’s draw with Colombia this morning was a “great dress rehearsal” ahead of the World Cup.
Skoko believes while it is difficult to read into the mindset of the team, there were many positive signs in the performance.
“[Australia] attacked the ball when the opposition entered into [their] half and it made it difficult for the opposition who was of a very high quality,” Skoko told Carlos Alberto Diego and Jonathan Howcroft on
FNR_Football Nation Radio.
According to Skoko one of the biggest positives was Australia’s ability to find and utilise space, something he says will be pivotal in the World Cup.
“Teams [in the World Cup] will be a lot more open against us,
“When we go forward we will have a lot more space which is something we have to utilise,” Skoko said.
While Skoko was impressed by Australia’s ability to remain “compact” for long periods, he says the team’s forward execution is an area of improvement.
“We had a couple of great balls come in the box and didn’t attack the ball,
“We need to be sure when we get the chances we’re really there to capitalise,” Skoko said.
The biggest talking point though came late in the match after Danny Vukovic saved Miguel Borja’s 86th minute penalty.
The Journos airs daily from 8am (AEDT) hosted by Carlos Alberto Diego and Jonathan Howcroft on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
listen to gary cole discuss the fund here
Manager of Football Strategy and Special Projects Gary Cole believes football federations have to “get better” at cooperating with governments to achieve outcomes.
While Cole says the World Game facilities fund announced yesterday by Minister of Sport the Hon. John Eren MP is an “early goal”, he believes cooperation with governments will be pivotal in improving the game further.
“Governments get really focused in what their outcomes are and a very wise man told me ‘if you want money from governments then help them fix a problem’,” Cole said.
Cole told FNR_Football Nation Radio this morning instead of football stakeholders “banging on tables” asking the government for more money, the game must show how beneficial it can be towards helping governments achieve outcomes.
“We need to [bang on tables] but through our participation numbers and through our commitment to help them solve problems,
“We have to get better at working with state and local governments,” Cole said.
The World Game facilities fund will allow clubs and organisations to apply for financial support of up to $250,000 towards new projects such as the construction of unisex toilets.
“It provides more opportunities for boys and girls to play and that’s really what this is all about,” Cole said.
Calcio Café airs daily from 7am (AEDT) hosted by Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
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Perth Glory defender Dino Djulbic opens up about migrating to Australia after growing up a refugee in Germany.
Speaking with The Four Diegos on FNR_Football Nation Radio the 35-year-old spoke about the football culture which surrounded his family life.
"It's been a passion for me from I think when I was born,
"My dad was a professional football player so it was kind of in the blood," Djulbic said.
Djulbic believes his move to Australia led to him to taking a step back in his career and contributing to his self-proclaimed status as a "late bloomer."
Born in Yugoslavia before finding refuge in Germany, he explained how a new start in Australia profoundly affected him.
"I [thought] my life was ending,
"I was 15 turning 16, and my world just crushed, but I didn't really have a say," Djulbic said.
Djulbic's Perth Glory currently sit one point outside the top six with three matches left in the regular season.
"Every game is a cup final for us now," Djublic said.
The Four Diegos airs every Monday and Thursday from 6pm (AEDT) on FNR_Football Nation Radio
Emilio Butragueno scored 123 goals in 341 appearances for Real Madrid
listen to emilio butragueno recount his Real Madrid debut
Former Real Madrid forward Emilio Butragueño says club legend Alfredo Di Stefano is Real Madrid’s “greatest ever player” due to his winning mentality.
Butragueño, now Real Madrid’s Director of Institutional relations, says Di Stefano was significant in driving a winning culture at the club both as a player and manager.
It was during Di Stefano’s first stint as Real Madrid’s manager when Butragueño made his first team debut.
“I was very young at the time playing in the second team and Di Stefano called me up,
“I started the game on the bench, when I came on we were losing two-nil and I scored two goals and we
won,” Butragueño said on FNR_Football Nation Radio this morning.
Butragueño’s debut was the catalyst to a prolific career at Real Madrid, making 341 appearances and scoring 123 goals.
Butragueño is also widely known for his four-goal haul in Spain’s 5-1 win over Denmark in the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
Butragueño is currently in Melbourne, along with club legend Ronaldo, to launch the Real Madrid World of Experience.
“Real Madrid belongs to everyone - we decided it would be a fantastic opportunity to bring this experience here in Melbourne,” Butragueño said.
The exhibition commences in June at the Melbourne Museum which will be the first time all of Real Madrid’s trophies will be displayed outside of Spain.
Calcio Cafe airs daily from 7am (AEDT) hosted by Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio
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Papastergiadis (second from right) on South Melbourne's A-League bid
South Melbourne FC A-League Bid Chairman Bill Papastergiadis claims his club have been ready for “a year and half” to make the leap to the A-League and have the financial framework to one day match “any club in Asia”.
Speaking to David Davutovic on FNR Football Extra’s A-League expansion special, Papastergiadis outlined how South Melbourne have prepared for their A-League bid, including investment in community programs, youth and women’s sides and securing profitable stadium deals.
“We’re a ready made club,” he said. “[South Melbourne] is a club that’s been in waiting now for well over 10 years, since the demise of the NSL, but a club that hasn’t sat on its laurels and has invested heavily in all the relevant criteria.”
Papastergiadis pointed to the club’s recent successes, including a 3-0 win over Chinese Super League heavyweights Guangzhou R&F and their semi final appearance against Sydney FC in last year’s FFA Cup.
According to Papastergiadis, significant investment in “developing government and corporate relationships” have given the club a strong financial and structural grounding.
“We will have the economic and financial ability to match any club in Australia and hopefully any club in Asia, which is where this club is destined.”
Papastergiadis dismissed the club’s Greek history as an obstacle for the club’s bid, instead highlighting the benefit their gilded past in the NSL can provide.
“You can’t buy history,” he said. “You can’t buy the four national league titles we’ve won. A lot of clubs in the A-League have had difficulty in developing the passion and the interest that South Melbourne can bring to the game.
“We’ve got all of that in spades.”
Football Q&A airs Wednesdays from 5pm (AEDT) hosted by David Davutobic on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
listen to terry antonis discuss melbourne victory's resurgence
Melbourne Victory midfielder Terry Antonis believes the team’s recent resurgence has been timed perfectly heading into the latter stages of the season
The Victory have won their last four competitive matches and have replaced Melbourne City in third place on the table
“Everyone’s working really hard on and off the pitch,
“Things weren’t going our way at the time, we were doing really well but were just unlucky,” Antonis said.
Despite Antonis’s former side Sydney FC currently leading the league, the 24-year is confident the Victory will not miss the opportunity to take it to the reigning champions should the two sides meet in the finals.
“When the finals come it’s a different kind of game, it’s a one-off game and on the day anything can happen,” Antonis said.
Antonis has made 14 appearances for the Melbourne Victory after only playing a combined 24 matches during his time in Greece, Holland and at the Wanderers.
Antonis told Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio's The Journos adapting quickly is significant for contemporary players.
“It’s my job so you have to get used to [adapting],
“For me personally I was excited to come back and play for Victory,” Antonis said.
The Journos airs daily from 8am (AEDT) hosted by Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio