Successful home-grown coaches have quickly become part of football’s rapid evolution in Australia, with local names set for more joy as the A-League begins its ninth season.
The A-League has received a double boost with the return of former Socceroos Nick Carle to Sydney FC and Matt Simon to champions Central Coast Mariners.
Bruno Cazarine, Nick Carle and Karol Kisel all scored as Sydney FC came from two goals behind to steal a dramatic 3-2 victory at home against Gold Coast United.
Central Coast Mariners came from behind to beat Perth Glory 2-1, while Sydney FC equalised late to hold Melbourne Heart.
FIFA.com’s weekly review of club matters across Asia and Oceania looks at the season-openers in India, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, derby time in Australia, and glory for Korea Republic’s Jeonbuk Motors.
FIFA.com tracks the origins and greatest practitioners of the rabona, one of football's flashiest moves and a deft little party trick for the ages.