The excitement continues to build up for
this weekend’s inaugural A-League grand final between Sydney FC and Central Coast.

The Sydney Morning Herald, in a story
cleverly-headlined “Champions Will Party With Heavy Metal Band”, shows us a
photo they’ve managed to get of the futuristic A-League trophy, pointing out
that the ring-shaped, gold and silver object has been likened to “frisbee, a toilet seat, a doughnut and a

The Football Federation Australia unveiled
the trophy today at a media conference featuring Sydney FC’s coach Pierre
Littbarski and captain Mark Rudan and Central Coast Mariners’ coach Lawrie
McKinna and captain Noel Spencer.
According to The Tele
today, Littbarski – a former German World Cup star who, apart from his Sydney
FC stint, is relatively untested as a coach – has threatened to walk if only
offered a one year extension of his contract after Sunday’s A-League grand
final at Aussie Stadium.

Sydney’s FC star Dwight Yorke is due to jet in to Sydney today on a
first class flight from London after scoring a double in Trinidad and Tobago’s 2-0 victory over Iceland
in an international friendly.

While Sydney’s widely
favoured to claim the title, Central Coast may have
the edge on recent form. The Mariners are on a 12-game winning
streak and have only conceded one goal in the three finals matches so far.

Sydney, which hasn’t kept a clean sheet in the finals series, still boasts
the best playing stats in the inaugural A-League, winning six games from 12
matches, with five draws and one loss.

Meanwhile, football great Pele, has
provided some distraction from the A-League centre stage, with a visit to Australia
to promote a major credit card provider which has made sure its name is
plastered across any images of the Brazilian legend.

What we can’t confirm is whether Pele
rejected approaches by the company to have its logo tattooed on his forehead.

Peter Fray

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