Music and sport don’t often go hand-in-hand.

Albeit the two do share a number of similarities – there is a lot of money in both and some footballers like to think they’re rock stars.

So, what similarities do the A-League clubs share with some of history’s greatest rock-and-roll bands?

Perth Glory – David Bowie

Like David Bowie, Perth Glory had to reinvent themselves after a golden era in the National Soccer League.

It’s been a long time coming for the Glory, but they have returned to the promise land after struggling to re-create what they once had on-and-off the field.

Their return to the top resembles Bowie’s transformation from Ziggy Stardust to his New Romantic and Pop Era – headlined by one his best songs Modern Love released in 1983.

Bowie – in his early years – is remembered for being quite ‘out there’ in his costumes and performances. The same can be said for the Glory during Kenny Lowe’s reign as manager, where he would often provide more entertainment in his reactions and interviews than his team on the park.

Sydney FC – The Beatles

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Clean-cut and one of the first to break through in the industry would be a good way to describe both Sydney FC and The Beatles.

Not only did The Beatles write hits for fun but they stayed at the top of the food chain for a long time – even after the band disbanded, where they continue to break records.

Sydney FC broke records of their own under Graham Arnold where they seemed almost unbeatable.

While the Sky Blues could not elicit the same type of fandom and response The Beatles did, Sydney FC – like their musical counterparts – will always be remembered as one of the best and don’t seem like slowing down any time soon.

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Melbourne Victory – U2

Despite the significant change in their respective industries, these two have always come away unscathed and at the top.

Neither receive any bad publicity, with the Victory being the best team off the field while lead singer Bono is a respected philanthropist as well as songwriter.

U2’s longevity makes them an ideal fit for Victory, who have played off in six Grand finals – winning four of them.

While Victory could also be likened to super-groups like Led Zeppelin or Queen – it is U2’s ability to remain at the top after 40 years which seals this deal.

Adelaide United – Midnight Oil

Adelaide Untied may not have the biggest following nor the most finances – but they give it a red-hot crack and are often rewarded for it.

Like Midnight Oil, the Reds are fighting the good fight and often evoke a passionate response from their supporter base.

The Oils in their heyday were popular among college students as a result of their political and protest related songs.

While it is unlikely Isaias will be running for parliament any time soon, Adelaide will continue to bat above their average and regarded highly by the community.

Melbourne City – INXS

Both INXS and Melbourne City have never been the same since losing their front man.

For the band, Michael Hutchens’ death spelled the end of its reign at the top while for City the controversy surrounding Bruno Fornaroli threatened to derail the club on the field.

At one stage INXS had the potential to overtake AC/DC’s as Australia’s best band with an impressive list of songs but – like Melbourne City – never seemed to overtake their neighbours.

Despite recent years, City are capable of impressive football but unfortunately do not have much to show for it.

Wellington Phoenix – Split Enz

They’re both from New Zealand, so that’s a start.

No matter how badly our Aussies would like to claim them, they are Kiwis through and through.

The band’s biggest song History Never Repeats sums up Wellington’s campaign – having gone from no-hopers to one of the most entertaining teams in the league.

Both have also been forced to look to Australia to expand and take on some of the big fish down under.

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Brisbane Roar – Duran Duran

Both huge in their day and have since disappeared.

While they’re still capable of drawing a crowd they are no where the powerhouse they once were.

Newcastle Jets – Dire Straits

Neither inspire too much excitement among their respective communities but have been known to produce moments of brilliance.

A championship in 2008 is Newcastle’s crowning achievement and still brings plenty of joy to the community.

Likewise the band may not have the most well-known songs but always get a stong reaction whenever Sultans of Swing comes on.

Western Sydney Wanderers – The Rolling Stones

If Sydney FC are The Beatles then the Wanderers are everything they are not – The Rolling Stones.

The Stones – like the Wanderers – are rough around the edges and are known as the ‘bad boys’ in contrast to their neighbours.

Not only do they share colours but a passionate fan base that follow them wherever they go.

Central Coast Mariners – Meatloaf

In their heyday they were unstoppable but unfortunately people remember them for the wrong reasons.

The Mariners’ early success has been overshadowed by a horror run while Meatloaf’s performance at the 2011 AFL Grand Final makes you forget he had one of the greatest voices of the 20th century.

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