Who Is Walter Pless?


A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Tianjin Teda of China and Central Coast Mariners drew 2-2 in their AFC Champions League match in Tianjin, China, this evening.

A header from Tianjin's Brazilian, Eber Luis, in the 36th minute, following a corner, gave the Chinese side the lead.

Brad Porter was guarding the post, but was unable to clear the ball.

Substitute Adrian Caceras equalised two minutes after the break with just his second touch of the ball, but he did not know much about it.

Tianjin cleared a cross, but the ball fell to Shane Huke, whose powerful low shot appeared to be covered by the Chinese goalkeeper until Caceras deflected it with his left foot, the ball squirming out of the keeper's hands and over the line.

Matt Simon then put Central Coast Mariners into the lead, but a header by Wu Weian, following a corner, made it 2-2.

The Mariners had more of the possession (53 per cent), but Tianjin more of the shots.

The draw left Tianjin at the bottom of Group H, while the Mariners are second in the four-team group.

The top two sides progress to the next round.

Kawasaki Frontale of Japan lead the group after their 1-1 draw with Pohang Steelers earlier in the evening.
Michael Cockerill's article in today's "The Sydney Morning Herald".

BEING the richest man in Ethiopia might not sound like much. This, after all, is a country blighted by drought and hunger on a depressingly regular basis.
But Ethiopia's richest man also happens to be the 43rd richest person on earth and - if excitable local reports are to be believed - he's ready to put a fraction of his wealth into bankrolling Tasmania's bid to establish an A-League team.
Too good to be true? Most probably. But for a backmarker in the race to become the 12th team in the A-League, any publicity is good publicity. Which makes the introduction - or is that invention? - of Mohammed Hussein Ali Al Amoudi a godsend.
So what's the connection between a billionaire ranked eight places above football's most famous sugar daddy, Roman Abramovich, on the Forbes magazine annual rich list, and Tasmania United FC? Ken Morton, an Englishman who briefly played at Manchester United in the era of George Best who has coached on and off in the Apple Isle for years.
Morton is Tasmania's football director, even though there isn't technically a club, or a team. And Morton's nomadic coaching career took him, briefly, to Addis Ababa, where nine years ago he had a short stint with the local Electric Power Corporation team.
Morton hasn't named names, yet, but says he will tell all later this week. Others have made the link. Amoudi, whose mother is Yemeni and father Ethiopian, has mostly lived in Saudi Arabia over the past 44 years, but effectively bankrolls football in Ethiopia. He's supposedly worth around $12.89 billion, which suggests he can handle likely losses of up to $3 million a year to run Tasmania's A-League team.
Will it happen? John McGirr, who's running the bid team, isn't exactly hosing down the expectations. "Our director of football [Morton], is, as we speak, negotiating with a businessman in Dubai, who is very, very keen to come on board," he told local blogger, Walter Pless. "What attracted him was the fact that we're up for sale, and it's a wonderful spot."
Newcastle Jets beat a reserve Ulsan Hyundai outfit 2-0 in their AFC Champions' League match at Newcastle Stadium this evening.

The Koreans sent a second-string outfit to Australia because the club has an important league match next weekend.

Sasho Petrovski volleyed Newcastle ahead in the 15th minute, but he was clearly off-side. The Koreans and everyone else in the stadium watched the goal replayed on the giant TV screen, but despite protestations by the visitors, the Kuwaiti officials remained unmoved.

Petrovski made it 2-0 in the 43rd minute with a header, following a free-kick by Italian signing Vignaroli.

Tarek Elrich and De Groot also had good chances for Newcastle in the first half, while Ulsan had two excellent shots that were superbly saved by Ante Covic.

The officials came under criticism for some poor decisions. Petrovski's first goal was clearly off-side, Covic's first save should have been a corner but a goalkick was given, and another clear corner was adjudged to be a goal-kick.

The second half proved goalless, with the Koreans having quite a few more shots at goal than Newcastle.

Final score: Newcastle Jets 2-0 Ulsan Hyundai

Eagles midfielder Jacob Malakoff

Last Friday evening, when New Town Eagles found themselves 2-0 down against Glenorchy Knights after just 38 minutes, Eagles coach George Krambousanos knew it was time to call on the cavalry.

One of the three substitutions he made in and around half-time to try and pull the game out of the fire was 16-year-old midfielder Jacob Malakoff.

Malakoff settled into his midfield role like a veteran and helped his side get back into the game.

Eagles performed admirably in the second half and just lost by the odd goal at the end - 4-3.

Malakoff, a Year 11 student at The Friends School, was a southern representative at 14 and decided to join Eagles at that time, when he was in Year 9.

He played reserves for a season and a half, but is now a regular member of Eagles’ senior side.

“I think I’m going well, although it was a bit disappointing not to start on Friday,” Malakoff said.

“I think we’ll go better in our next game.”

Malakoff made his senior debut as a 15-year-old in 2007, when he came on as a substitute for 5 minutes, but he became a regular early last season.

He used to play as a right-winger and then as a defensive midfielder, but is now generally used in a central midfield role.

“I thought we were worth at least a draw against Knights,” Malakoff said.

“We just let in a couple of sloppy goals, and we’ll have to work on that.

“We need to get a good start this season and get as far away from the bottom as we can.

“If we can do that, then maybe we should try and make the top-four.

“I think we should try and get the spot behind Zebras and South Hobart, if possible.

“It’s an important year because of automatic relegation for the bottom team, so first of all, we need to get away from University and Kingborough, the sides that will probably battle things out with us.”

Krambousanos believes Malakoff has huge potential, given his self-discipline, attitude, willingness to attend training, skills and awareness on the field.

“He needs to be a little more of an extrovert on the pitch and put on some weight,” Krambousanos said.

“I rate him as a player who is going to be very good and he’s a delight to coach.”