A-League’s Aussie oddities

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After watching the nation come together to celebrate itself in a show of unbridled vanity patriotism, we here at The Football Sack have decided to take a look at what is quintessentially Australian about football in this country.

Drinks breaks

While not exclusively Australian, the drink break has become a thing of much saviour for our A-League stars. See, Football Federation Australia doesn’t care to take on the might of the other football codes of this Great Southern Land, so instead chooses to stage the competition in the sweltering heat of summer. As the nation struggles through heat waves that see days on end exceeded 40 degrees, the A-League clubs push through and impress the fans with the normal schedule.

To compensate, halves get sliced in half for the players to stop for some cooling refreshments, a little tactical discussion and a delicious sliced orange. To give it a real Australian touch, perhaps they should serve some Pavlova.

Ned Zelic

There’s no one quite like our Ned Zelic. From the heights of Socceroo stardom, Zelic has slipped seamlessly into a cushy commentary role with Fox Sports’ A-League coverage. In this role the former international has become an icon of Australian Football with his zany exclamations.

A goal in the A-League isn’t quite the same without Zelic screaming ‘boom!’, ‘kapow!’, or some similar remark straight from a comic book. Paired with the soothing tones of Simon Hill it’s the perfect odd couple and we couldn’t love it more.

Wellington Phoenix

I know this club isn’t Australian, but it does play in our league. Since the 2007-2008 season the ‘Nix have represented New Zealand on these shores. Prior to its inclusion, the Land of the Long White Cloud had the New Zealand Knights on the FFA’s books. But why is this something quintessentially Australian?

Australia and Australian football wouldn’t be what it is today without the celebration of cultural diversity. Football in this country is a very broad church, and every cultural pocket of this land has a stake in our game at some level. Welcoming our neighbours into the league is as about Australian as it gets. Plus, what Aussie doesn’t love a win over the Kiwis?

 

What do you think? Know of some other Aussie oddities in our game? Let us know @thefootballsack

 

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