Day for bi-codals | Aussies savor possibilities in return leg with Uruguay

Johnny Warren had a “love affair with all things Brazilian” and harnessed a “fierce enthusiasm to drag football out from the shadows into the light,” writes the Sydney Morning Herald. (Robert Pearce | The Age)

Sydney | Australia has marked a year since the death on 6 November 2004 of football advocate and reformer Johnny Warren (see 31 December 2004). Soccer has been rebranded to Warren’s preferred “football”—more representative of the world game, Warren thought—with the successful beginning of the eight-team, relegation-free A-League. Australia’s World Cup prospects always tenuous in Oceania, the island continent will join the Asia Football Confederation in future competitions. Finally, in their last opportunity to represent Oceania in a World Cup finals, the Socceroos minimized damage in a 1–0 loss to Uruguay in a qualifying playoff first leg on Saturday. (The return leg is Wednesday, 16 November). Warren is interred at East Sydney cemetery, which looks out onto Botany Bay. “You can imagine him up there in the great grandstand in the sky,” writes Michael Cockerill for the Sydney Morning Herald, “legs crossed, glass of wine in hand, casting an eye over the A-League. Geeezzuss he would be saying, as a mistimed pass ended up over the sideline. To Warren, football was more than just jogo bonito—the beautiful game. It was life” (“Warren Legacy Deserves to Be Thing of Beauty,” 4 November). 

We cannot comment on the quality of the A-League, although the most thorough review we have found is “Confessions of an A-League Junkie” (, a Web log authored by James Brown in Melbourne. The teams in the league are:

Adelaide United (

Central Coast Mariners (

Melbourne Victory (

New Zealand Knights (

Newcastle Jets (

Perth Glory (

Queensland Roar (

Sydney FC (

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