A-League Men teams and their EPL equivalent

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With debate raging over the concept of a Euro-snob, we thought it would be a good idea to assign each A-League Men team their English Premier League equivalent.

Melbourne City (Manchester City)

Now this one is quite easy. Not only are the A-League Men champions owned by the City Football Group, but have all the hallmarks of the Manchester-based parent club. There is a high demand for success each year and that is supported with high quality marquee signings. Whilst Melbourne aren’t as likely to see Kevin De Bruyne or Raheem Sterling playing at AAMI Park, the front three of Andrew Nabbout, Mathew Leckie and Jamie Maclaren is as good as it gets in Australia.

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Melbourne Victory (Liverpool)

Both clubs are among the most storied and successful in their respective leagues. Liverpool had a few down years after Rafael Benitez left the club, and Victory are just starting to recover from the tumultuous period since Kevin Muscat stepped down as coach in May 2019. Aside from that, both teams have extremely loyal and passionate fanbases that support the club through thick and thin.

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Western United (Brighton)

In a lot of ways, both clubs are neglected by the mainstream media despite great starts to the season. This is likely as a result of their geographic location, far away from the big cities. The similarities don’t stop there however. Both clubs have impressive young coaches, and local talent progressing through the ranks.

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Sydney FC (Chelsea)

It’s hard to describe either team without using the words glamour club. No matter the coach or the players, it’s unusual to see these teams anywhere except near the top of the table. Whether it’s Kai Havertz or Alessandro Del Piero, both teams have a habit of spending big money on star signings.

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Macarthur FC (Leeds)

These two teams are similar for all the wrong reasons. Both clubs have unstable ownership groups. Leeds have gone through 10 managers in the past seven seasons and were involved in the Spygate incident at Derby County in 2019. Macarthur FC had an ownership scandal before they even played their first game, charge away fans ridiculous prices to attend games, and had a suspiciously timed fallout with assistant coach Mark Milligan on the eve of the season. It’s fair to say these are the two most disliked clubs by opposition fans in their respective leagues.

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Western Sydney Wanderers (Everton)

Both teams have extremely passionate supporters bases and great facilities. Aside from a few seasons under Tony Popovic and David Moyes, they have struggled to consistently perform to expectations despite heavy club investments in both the players and managers. It has led to recent fan revolts within both clubs.

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Central Coast Mariners (Southampton)

This is probably the easiest one to decide. Both teams have unbelievable academy set-ups that have seen future stars grace the pitch before big moves elsewhere. It has enabled both clubs to remain performing at a high level with the consistent incoming talent available and transfer fees received. For the Mariners, it has seen Tom Rogic, Mustafa Amini, Mat Ryan, Trent Sainsbury and Mile Jedinak all move overseas after coming through the junior ranks. For Southampton, Theo Walcott, Luke Shaw, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Gareth Bale have all come through the academy.

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Newcastle Jets (Burnley)

With no disrespect to each team, they largely go about their business without much external fanfare. They are connected to the regions that they are in and have loyal fanbases, but the greater media contingent often doesn’t focus too much on either club. This may be because neither team has made a big-time marquee signing over the past decade.

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Brisbane Roar (Arsenal)

There was once a period of dominance under Ange Postecoglou/Arsene Wenger which saw teams fear coming up against either of these sides. Those times have now long gone, as frequent managerial changes and player upheaval has resulted in a lack of success over the past decade. There is no problem in attracting fans to games, but many are left looking back in time to a more successful period.

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Adelaide United (Aston Villa)

Both teams are statistically great cup teams but are used to just making up the numbers in the league. Both have started to produce some great talent from their academies, with Jack Grealish and Mohammed Toure the most notable of recent memory.

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Perth Glory (Newcastle United)

Similarly to Newcastle, Perth have had some interesting takeover bids across the past few years. The most famous of course was the England-based cryptocurrency firm. Despite this, both clubs have remained relatively stable off the pitch, and even have the occasional marquee signing as seen with Daniel Sturridge and Joelinton. On the pitch is another story, as the manager merry-go-round always seems in action.

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Wellington Phoenix (Watford)

With the greatest of respect, both teams are relatively meh. They have failed to win any silverware in recent memory, and simply make up the numbers in the respective leagues. They are clubs that other teams are happy to get around and support, as seen through thousands of different fans getting around Wellington’s efforts to renew their A-League Men license back in 2016.

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Marketing graduate at Monash University. Sports addicted, fan of Manchester United and Melbourne City. My gran “knows” Gareth Bale.

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