An unfashionable new hero has emerged to give Adelaide United supporters hope, despite a tough start to the season and a tense week off the field, writes Paul Marcuccitti.
Paul Marcuccitti thought he'd seen everything as a soccer supporter - until the social media account for Adelaide United's homeground started trolling angry fans.
Paul Marcuccitti brings the curtain down on a year that saw underdogs shine but, annoyingly, also pointed to business as usual in 2017. Most tellingly in the lingering failure to recognise that dominating possession is no guarantee of victory.
Hey, look on the bright side. At least Adelaide United’s 4-0 loss in Brisbane should finally silence those optimistic fans who keep annoying those of us who live in the real world with their comparisons to last season.
It would be nice to be able to forget the week that just ended. But we shouldn’t.
Forget the 'glass half full' prognostications and debates about the state of the pitch: Paul Marcuccitti argues it's time to ask serious questions about the Socceroos. Ideally, before we find ourselves asking why we missed a World Cup finals berth.
While he's totally opposed to fruitless complaints about contentious referee decisions, soccer columnist Paul Marcuccitti wants Adelaide United to fight hard to defend its respected, and usually calm, coach.