Australian football has come a long way since missing out on qualification for World Cup after World Cup by failing at the last hurdle. Most of this success can be put down to the increasing number of Aussies who venture out to the big bad, and sometimes lucrative, world of European football.
However, the Football Federation of Australia has also created a home-grown league that has attracted considerable and sustained interest from fans and players, alike. The A-League is a smartly packaged and well marketed competition that has, at times, produced highly entertaining and watchable games.
The standard of matches, although not anywhere near the European or South American leagues yet, is on the steady increase. This has seen Brazilian journeyman, Fred, make his way to reigning champions Melbourne Victory last season. News has now filtered through that Brazilian World Cup winner and former Middlesbrough star Juninho has been nabbed by A-League powerhouse Sydney FC.
The question needs to be asked, does the A-League offer a standard of play that is good enough to attract a steady stream of well known international stars, who will provide the sport a profile that it has never really enjoyed in Australia? Let us know what you think.
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