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Why does Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas have a statue in Melbourne?

Paul Wade shares some of his fondest memories playing under the legendary Ferenc Puskas.

MELBOURNE -- There are a lot of statues in Melbourne's Olympic precinct.

Bronze statues encircle the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground -- tributes to immortals of Australian sport such as Norm Smith, Betty Cuthbert and the great Sir Donald Bradman, while just across Olympic Boulevard are monuments dedicated to Bob Rose and John Landy's immortal moment of sportsmanship with Ron Clarke. Permanent reminders of the legends of the past, they are fitting ornaments for the crown jewel of a city that, without...

Australia legends call for reset of game: 'Talent needs broadening'

A group of Australia's top former soccer players have called for the national governing body to use the coronavirus shutdown for a reset of the domestic game.

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The group, part of the 2006 team dubbed the "Golden Generation" that ended Australia's 32-year wait for a World Cup appearance, said standards had stagnated in recent years.

"What we see now is that the pool of talent needs broadening,...

European clubs 'hate' Socceroos' long-distance travel - Mathew Leckie

Former Socceroos captain Mark Viduka opens up about leading the Australian football family back to the World Cup after a playoff victory over Uruguay.
Thirteen years on, the former Socceroos skipper shares the reality of dissent and bitterness that plagued Australia's disastrous Asian Cup debut.
Socceroos great Mark Viduka says no one involved in Australian football contacted him other than to be a special guest at dinners.
Mark Viduka believes Bernie Mandic played a detrimental role in his relationship with former Leeds and Socceroos teammate Harry Kewell.
Now living in Croatia, the former talismanic striker claims football's leadership in Australia has overseen a grave decline in talent development.
Former Leeds front-man Mark Viduka recalls backstage drinks with Elton John, and how close he came to joining the Red Devils.

Socceroos forward Mathew Leckie says European clubs "hate" their Australian players making the long trip home to represent their country and that international football can make life difficult for players.

Leckie, who is on the lookout for a new club for next season after being frozen out at Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin, said he loved playing for Australia but it did come at a cost.

"Most clubs hate when we have to travel for qualifiers or any games, because the travel is so far and obviously...

Mark Viduka, Mark Bosnich named on FFA's 'Starting XI' development panel

Mark Viduka is among four former Socceroos captains appointed to a high-powered think tank charged with discussing football's future in Australia.

The former Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Newcastle United frontman ended an 11-year exile from the game earlier this month with an exclusive interview with ESPN, and was -- at the time -- critical of the FFA's current regime.

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