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THE highest calibre coaching duo in Australia may well be situated in Victoria’s NPL coaching dugouts this season.

Adelaide United’s Marco Kurz is the only one to have coached in one of the world’s ‘big five’ leagues, but Aljosa Asanovic and Dean Racunica boast imposing collective CV’s headlined by lengthy spells in the Croatian national team set up.

Melbourne Knights’ stunning coaching coup owes much to its decorated past and while the NSL has been airbrushed by sections of Australian soccer, Asanovic and his assistant Racunica have not forgotten.

Certainly no other coach in Australia boasts a playing CV as decorated as Asanovic’s, having played in four of the ‘big five’ — Napoli (Italy), Derby County (England), Real Valladolid (Spain) and Metz, Cannes, Montpellier (France) — and winning 62 caps for Croatia including a stunning 1998 World Cup semi-final assist.

But after assistant coaching spells with Croatia and Russians Lokomotiv Moscow and a technical director’s job in Slovakia, he’s taken a step back for his first head coaching role.

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Manchester United star Mason Greenwood sets new record after scoring in Aston Villa win

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Manchester United beat Aston Villa 3-1 in their Premier League clash on Sunday.

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Chelsea wins, Sam Kerr golden boot honours

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Chelsea retained their Women’s Super League title with a thumping 5-0 victory over Reading on Monday (AEST), with Australian Sam Kerr claiming Golden Boot honours.

In her second season with Chelsea, Kerr bagged 21 league goals, and eight assists.

The Blues will now look to complete an English and European double when they face Barcelona in the Champions League final in Gothenburg.

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The Londoners, who saw off Bayern Munich 5-3 on aggregate in the semi-finals, are bidding to become European champions for the first time.

Chelsea won the 2019/20 WSL title on a points-per-game basis after the season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, the Blues then a point behind leaders Manchester City with a game in hand.

“Last season we weren’t the champions in some people’s eyes,” said Chelsea manager Emma Hayes. “But this season the players really wanted to demonstrate we’re the champions.

“There were four teams who could have been in with a shout and it’s gone to the last day which just demonstrates how hard it is,” she added.

“This is a moment to enjoy.”

Chelsea headed into the final round of this WSL campaign two points clear of City and with a better goal difference.

They were never in danger of being overhauled, with Melanie Leupolz putting them ahead against Reading before Fran Kirby’s double and further goals from Kerr and Erin Cuthbert completed a resounding win.

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Mikel Arteta's Arsenal future anyone's guess despite West Brom win as bookies back sack

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Arsenal beat West Brom 3-1 at the Emirates on Sunday to relegate the Baggies.

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