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AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE

2019/2020 Season

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9 Adelaide Utd 0 0 1 0
10 CC Mariners 0 0 1 0
11 Wellington P 0 0 1 0
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Wellington Phoenix's treatment of Mark Rudan 'all part of the fun'

Mark Rudan secured victory on his first return to Wellington with his Western United side.
Perth Glory had the game in their hands but let it slip through their fingers in the final minute of play as Roy O'Donovan scored a late equaliser.
Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City couldn't sort out their differences at Marvel stadium as their match ended in a draw.
Western Sydney Wanderers kicked off their new A-League season with a 2-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners.
Defending A-League champions Sydney FC kicked off with a 3-2 win over Adelaide United.

Western United coach Mark Rudan spent an offseason in the spotlight after his A-League defection from Wellington Phoenix.

But on Sunday night he returned to Westpac Stadium, where he was booed, jeered, and even dodged a flag or two flung from the stands.

"It was quite clear what my role was going to be coming back here," Rudan said after overseeing a 1-0 win.

"And that was fine. We work in the entertainment industry.

"No issue. No problem. No dramas. It's to be expected. All good. All part of the...

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The under-23 rule

Football Federation Australia announced Friday that A-League regulations had been amended to allow two extra substitutes on the bench...

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Western United mark A-League bow with win thanks to Besart Berisha strike

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Mark Rudan secured victory on his first return to Wellington with his Western United side.

Western United wasted no time leaving their mark on the A-League, beating Wellington Phoenix 1-0 on their competitive debut.

Besart Berisha took the first-ever touch by a United player and scored the club's first goal, netting a first-half volley to get the expansion club up and running.

Mark Rudan's side will face tougher opponents this season -- the Phoenix were listless and non-threatening for much of Sunday's clash.

But on this evidence, Western's expensively assembled and hyper-experienced...

Mark Rudan's return spices up Wellington Phoenix A-League opener

Big names from across the A-League launch the new season, set to get underway on Friday October 11.

Wellington's Westpac Stadium will host the figurative birth of Western United and the rebirth of the Phoenix on Sunday in an enticing A-League opening round fixture.

For the new Victorian side, a busy 10 months of off-field effort will finally come to fruition when they play their first official game after Western United were announced as the league's 11th franchise back in December.

Since then, they've worked tirelessly to build a squad for their maiden campaign.

For Wellington, a new era begins...

A-League opening round preview: Can Rudan recreate his magic at Western United?

Big names from across the A-League launch the new season, set to get underway on Friday October 11.
Thomas Deng talks about his new role amongst the Melbourne Victory leadership group ahead of the 2019/20 A-League season.
Western United FC show a glimpse of the preparations going into their debut season in the A-League.

All you need to know about this week's A-League action, all in one place.

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The weekend's big questions

Can Mark Rudan transfer his approach to another environment?

It would be fair to say, considering resources...