Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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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Photo:  SpecSavers' Linda Higginson is the new Beachside FC president [PlessPix]

Linda Higginson is the new president of Southern Premier League champions Beachside.

She replaces John Brierley, who has decided to relinquish the position after 20 years in the job.

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I wish all football fans a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Stay safe and enjoy the festive season.

I have asked Victory League coaches to tell me their New Year’s resolution and to send a message to their club’s fans.

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Photo:  Gukhyeon Kim is Launceston City's first South Korean signing [Photo courtesy of Launceston City]

Victory League club Launceston City FC have signed South Korean footballer Gukhyeon Kim for the 2014 Victory League season.

Kim last played for high-profile South Korean club, Goyang FC, in the nation’s second-highest level of competition.

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Photo:  Romilton Amaral has been reappointed as University's senior coach [PlessPix]

Romilton Amaral has been reappointed as senior coach of University.

His assistant will again be Jes Singh.

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Photo:  Camp Nou, the famous home of Barcelona, will be the scene for an epic struggle come March 2014 [Photo courtesy of Richard Bennett]

The draw for the Final 16 of the European Champions League was made yesterday and there are some intriguing pairings.

One of the most fascinating is that between Manchester City and Barcelona.

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Photo:  Josh Quan on the attack for FC Blaireaux in tonight's final [PlessPix]

FC Blaireaux won the Australian Futsal Association grand final at Moonah last night with a 5-4 win over Hobart Knights.

It was the second successive year that ‘The Badgers’ had won the title, but last season they were called CSE.

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Photo (L-R):  George Mamacas, Olympia's president, Peter Eckhardt and and Evan Clayton of Back in Motion Physiotherapists, and Olympia Warriors coach, Glen McNeill, at today's partnership announcement [PlessPix]

Victory League club Olympia FC Warriors today announced a partnership with Back in Motion Physiotherapists for 2014.

Back in Motion will sponsor the Victory League club for the upcoming season and provide exclusive physiotherapy services for Olympia’s players.

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Photo:  Small-sided games at Bowen Road Primary School today [PlessPix]

Over the past two months, Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) has been facilitating football 5-a-side events within schools in the Northern Suburbs.

Glenorchy Knights have been delivering the program to spark interest in the students before the 2014 season starts.