The 2021 AFC Champions League has been one of the most unrecognisable ever, but it could also turn out to be the strangest in tournament history.
And then there were two. Melbourne City and Sydney FC are once again set to battle for the title of Australian champions, but where will they play?
Melbourne City will take on Sydney FC in a second consecutive A-League grand final after the premiers sealed a 2-0 win over Macarthur FC.
Sydney FC's charge for an unprecedented third consecutive A-League title remains on track after a 2-1 semifinal win over Adelaide United.
Mike Charlesworth says the Mariners have overcome "much bigger issues," as he looks to draw a line under the surprise exit of coach Alen Stajcic.
Melbourne City will have to travel to Sydney to play their home semifinal against Macarthur FC after the A-League opted to relocate the game.
Head coach Alen Stajcic has parted ways with the Central Coast Mariners.
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A Tomi Juric first-half double secured Adelaide a 2-1 A-League elimination final win over Brisbane Roar in Redcliffe.
Macarthur FC struck twice in extra time after going a man down to beat Central Coast Mariners 2-0.
Time to forget the wooden spoons and Usain Bolt: Central Coast's turnaround under the guidance of Alen Stajcic has been nothing short of remarkable.
Newcastle Jets have condemned Melbourne Victory to the wooden spoon after downing Melbourne City 2-1 in the A-League's regular season finale.
Mark Rudan has been axed as Western United coach after the A-League club's failure to secure finals football.
Graham Arnold has called on the Socceroos to be more ruthless, with Melbourne City's Jamie Maclaren at the heart of his goal-scoring plans.
Youngster Lleyton Brooks has scored a late equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw for Melbourne Victory against A-League premiers Melbourne City.
Newcastle Jets have given themselves a chance of avoiding the A-League wooden spoon with a 1-1 home draw against Perth Glory.
Central Coast Mariners held off Western United to claim a 2-0 win and claim third on the A-League ladder, setting up a semifinal against Macarthur.
Sydney FC will head into the A-League finals series brimming with the confidence that five straight wins can bring after beating Brisbane Roar 2-0.
Mathew Leckie has joined Melbourne City on a three-year deal, after spending the past decade in Germany's top two divisions.
Macarthur FC's hopes of a home semifinal in their maiden A-League season ended after losing 3-0 to Wellington Phoenix at Campbelltown Stadium.
The A-League has set the dates for the finals series and grand final and hope Melbourne City will be able to host the finals they're entitled to.
Football Australia has withdrawn Sydney FC, Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar from the 2021 AFC Champions League.
Adelaide United have secured their place in the A-League finals with hard-fought 2-2 draw against a 10-man Western Sydney Wanderers.
The Socceroos are back in action, and the PFA raises the alarm about the AFC Champions League; welcome to the ESPN Australia and New Zealand Wrap.
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