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Matt Smith named TPL Player of the Month

Matt Smith has been announced as the Thai Premier League Player of the Month for February-March 2015, announced by Goal.com.

Smith has made an outstanding contribution to his new club since moving from A-League Champions Brisbane Roar in December.

In his five games so far, Smith has played every minute and scored the winning goal twice to help his team sit equal top of the TPL table.


Channel Seven confirms interest in broadcasting A-League and Socceroos

Channel Seven have indicated their interest in purchasing the TV rights for Australian soccer with the Socceroos’ games highlighted by their managing director as a major drawcard.

Lewis Martin, managing director of Channel Seven in Melbourne, gave a major hint that the network will negotiate with Football Federation Australia to purchase the rights of the league and international games and highlighted the growth of the game and the popularity of the Socceroos.

The current TV deal shared between Fox Sports and SBS is set to expire in 2017 and Football Federation Australia is understood to be in the early stages of negotiations with other parties over a new broadcast deal.


David Beckham earns more in retirement than he did during playing career

Retiring isn’t always lucrative… unless your name is David Beckham. Since hanging up his cleats in 2013, Beckham reportedly made more money last year than he did any other year playing football with some of the world’s biggest clubs.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star was the best-paid footballer of his time but it turns out that retirement is even more lucrative for the star than his glory days.

The former England captain, 39, earned AU$97.4 million last year, despite having hung up his boots in 2013.


Socceroos now the truly national team, says FFA Chief

For decades Australia’s cricket team have been held to be the ultimate representative of the country’s sporting persona. Hard, tough, skilful, competitive – and successful.

But not any longer, says Football Federation Australia boss David Gallop.

Now, says Gallop, the Socceroos, Asian champions and qualifiers for the past three World Cups, have assumed that mantle and are more appropriate and realistic representatives of Australia’s heritage and identity. Not just for what they are and what they have achieved but how they reflect contemporary Australia and the links they can bring in the future.


Javier Patino scores 2 goals on Chinese Super League debut

Javier Patiño has scored 2 goals on debut for Henan Jianye to begin the 2015 Chinese Super League with a bang.

The brace came after being brought on at half time with the game locked at 1-1 against Tianjin Teda.

Patino was the difference for Henan Jianye, the 3-1 win perfectly kickstarts their campaign.


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