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This Fowler boy’s quite good. August 21, 2010

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in Australian soccer.
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When I watch a soccer game in a lesser league, I find myself wondering whether any of the players could perform in a more notable competition. I turned on Perth Glory vs. Newcastle United Jets to fall asleep and found one such player on Perth’s team. His name is Robbie Fowler. You may have heard of him.

Fowler isn’t playing the arch-poacher as he did in England. He’s dropping deep and has enough time on the ball to play Roman Riquelme–esque through balls over the top and through the channels with the outside of his boot. The Jets really haven’t got an answer.

It’s halftime now, with the Glory having just scored to make it 1-0. Mile Sterjovski, another player with a rich European career behind him, has been subbed off injured. The football’s not terrible, certainly better than a few MLS games I’ve seen.

Interesting note: the lead-out music for the halftime program is “Move on Up,” by Curtis Mayfield, and the lead-in music is “No One Knows,” by Queens of the Stone Age. Does Australia have laxer copyright laws, or do the TV stations feel they need to splash buckets of cash at using well-known songs as background music?

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