5 unique reasons to love the A-League

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The Hyundai A-League, despite all the criticism and rubbish memes, is pretty damn good and The Football Sack has found five obscurities to back it up.

We have a high standard of football for a competition that is just a little more than a decade old, with its fair share of international talent.

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Although we may not have the likes of footballing superstars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, or Zlatan Ibrahimovic … but at least we have Fábio Ferreira?

Look it’s clear that the A-League still has a way to go in its development but one thing is for sure, we have a league quite like no other in the world.

1. Simon Hill

The man with the golden voice. Simon has been calling our A-League matches since 2006 and thank god he has cause the Manchester local has a way of words that can be only matched by one man (more on that later). Check below for a hint of his genius.

2. Sauce Bottles

Normally at football stadiums around the world you will see statues of past players and possibly a plaque dedicated to a team from years gone by.

When you go to Gosford and visit the Central Coast Mariners you see giant sauce bottles.

Due to Masterfoods’ partnership with the Mariners week in week out we get to watch giant sauce bottles watching football.

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It doesn’t make sense…but then again what does? Perhaps it’s sauce of inspiration for the players. (note the sauce bottle lurking away in the corner).

3. The Weather

Now this can be perceived as a negative for the players with blistering heat during December and January can be tough on the players.

However for the most of the season you get sunshine and not a cloud in the sky, a far cry from the freezing weather months that you get overseas in Europe.

So instead of covering up with thermal layers on, plus a wooly mammoth and half a forest fire near you to keep warm, you can rock up to a game in a singlet and thongs and be well prepared for a great day/night of Aussie football.

And speaking off the fans…

4. The Fans

Ok. So there has been a lot of talk about our fans and how some can “spoil” the event for others.

But there is no doubt that the active support groups for our clubs is crucial to the sport’s success in this country.

Whilst in other sports you commonly see drunken rages from fans who are having a “good” time hurling abuse to opposition players and supporters, in Football it’s different.

These active supporter groups create an atmosphere which we don’t see in any other sport in the country.

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The passion is contagious and soon the entire crowd is involved.

If you haven’t been in a stadium where the active support takes over, then you haven’t lived (RIP Northern Terrace)

and finally…

5. Ned Zelic

Love him or hate him, he is one of a kind.

I’m just going to leave this here.

Happy Football!

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Passionate Football writer, commentator, but most importantly fan.

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