The A-League season has kicked off, so who should you be following on Twitter to get all the juice and truths? Sure you can follow your favourite players, but there are also a bunch of folks behind the scenes that will reveal all the action (hot or not), so you never have to miss out…
Here are 8 soccer experts to follow on Twitter … in no particular order.
1. Hyundai A-League – @ALeague
Why? As the official Twitter account for Australia and New Zealand’s Hyundai A-League, this one is a no-brainer to follow. Keep up with the latest from players, fans and others in the know. There are also loads of cool behind-the-scenes pics and videos which come in from all the clubs. Shopping centre promos, family fun days, player movement, match updates – spy it all here.
2. Tom Smithies, Football correspondent at Sydney Daily Telegraph – @SmithiesTele
Why? Tom is no new kid on the block – he has been writing about football for years. With Tom you can expect fascinating interviews with headline players and coaches, as well as those scooting under the radar. On his Twitter account he also calls himself a beer critic (yes, he knows a thing or two about beer, too) as well as a Southampton fan (let’s not hold that against him).
3. Murray Shaw, Executive Producer of Football at Fox Sports – @MurrayShaw1
Why? Murray is across all A-League teams, personally produces many of the matches around the country and is head of all of the football coverage on Fox Sports. He definitely has a handle on the action as it happens and Tweets many interesting tidbits. He says on his Twitter account he doesn’t ‘take life too seriously’ but he’s very serious about the ‘beautiful game’.
READ Murray’s team and player predictions for the 2016-17 A-League season, here.
4. Mark Bosnich, Football analyst and panelist at Fox Sports – @TheRealBozza
Why? As a former goalkeeper for Aston Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea and the Socceroos, Bozza has done Australia proud on the pitch and is now sharing his knowledge and love of the game on Fox Sports. He also pops up on radio all over the place and doesn’t mind a straight-shooting Tweet or three.
5. Peter Filopoulos, CEO of Perth Glory – @PeterFilopoulos
Why? Peter has a rich sporting history spanning more than 20 years. He was once chief executive at then NSL powerhouse South Melbourne, a senior manager at Etihad Stadium and the Australian Swimming Association, and he dabbled in AFL, too. Last season he was hired to ‘clean up’ Perth Glory and is now claiming his territory in the A-League. Peter offers terrific insights on Twitter.
6. Tony Pignata, CEO of Sydney FC – @tpignata9
Why? Tony was instrumental in boosting the profile of football during his time in New Zealand, is setting some huge benchmarks for Sydney FC and is a major supporter of the booming W-League. He has his finger on the pulse across all things football, and he doesn’t mind a bit of AFL and cricket, either. Expect his regarded opinion and great understanding on his busy Twitter feed.
7. Ned Zelic, Football analyst at Fox Sports – @NedZelic
Why? Here is another well-known former pro footballer (both national and international) who is now spending his days imparting his knowledge and experience. When he’s not appearing on the Fox Sports football panel, you’ll find his witty Tweets thoroughly entertaining. If keeping up to date with a grin on your face is appealing to you, Ned is certainly worth a follow.
8. David Davutovic, Football writer – @davutovic
Why? He’s the chief football writer at Melbourne’s Herald Sun and also appears regularly on TV and radio to share his football brain. Somehow he still finds the time to Tweet constantly, so you know you will never miss out on what’s going on in the world of Football, including all the A-League ins and outs, if you follow this guy.
Tell us: do you follow any of the above soccer experts? And is there someone else who should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below.