Nikolai Topor-Stanley of the Wanderers gestures to the crowd after Romeo Castelen scored his third goal during the A-League semi-final between the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Brisbane Roar at Pirtek Stadium in Sydney, Sunday, April 24, 2016. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Nikolai Topor-Stanley of the Wanderers gestures to the crowd after Romeo Castelen scored his third goal during the A-League semi-final between the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Brisbane Roar at Pirtek Stadium in Sydney, Sunday, April 24, 2016. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY DAN HIMBRECHTS

BEHIND THE DESK: Football finals fever

HERE'S our thoughts on who will be crowned champions of the A-League, English Premier League, UEFA Champions League and FA Cup.

All will be decided in the coming weeks starting with the A-League grand final Adelaide United and Western Sydney Wanderers this Sunday at 4pm.

MATTHEW ELKERTON: Reds, blues and whites: It's a colourful finals season

THERE is not much I love more than this time of the year, especially this year, as we head into the global football finals.

And yes, there could be a high possibility, that my love is because my side the Western Sydney Wanderers will be playing.

But there is something about the finals season. The atmosphere hits fever pitch and the quality of game sky rockets.

But while it is red on red in the A-League grand final there is a touch of blue going on around the world with those pesky Leicester City Foxes having one paw on the Premier League Cup.

It has been a miraculous season for Leicester coming from Championship (tier below Premier League) only two years ago to the title now.

While Jamie Vardy has been a standout performer for The Foxes it is the effort off the field from manager Claudio Ranieri that is almost unbelievable.

The Italian master has turned Leicester around and is phenomenal at player psychology.

Ranieri has his men firing and expect them to lift the cup.

Champions League has become a two horse race but they are facing each other in the semis.

FC Bayern and Atletico Madrid are a class above but only one can make the final.

Bayern should lift in the second leg next week and should make light work of Manchester City in the final (who will beat Real Madrid).

BILL NORTH: May the mighty Eagles soar after 26 years in wilderness   I'M A long suffering football fan who this year finally has a reason to come out of hibernation.   You see, Crystal Palace are in the final of the FA Cup!   The Eagles made an impression on me as a young tacker back in 1990 when ABC had its classic half hour wrap of English Premier League every Sunday.   In that year Crystal Palace drew 3-all in the FA Cup final with Manchester United, forcing it to a replay, ultimately won by the perennial giants of English football 1-0.   In and out of the top flight for years, for some reason I stayed loyal to Crystal Palce, checking up the Division One results and tables in the paper every Monday.   It might have been the continued Australian links they've managed to maintain - first through Tony Popovic (more on him in a sec), then Nick Carle, and now the mercurial Mile Jedinak.   Low and behold they've held their place in the top tier for a few years now and on May 21 they have their first crack at some major silverware in 26 years and who better than against Manchester United. A rematch a quarter of a century in the making.   So bring it on! But in the meantime, hopefully POPOVIC and his Western Sydney Wanderers can finally claim the premiership flag.   And Leicester? Wow. It's so refreshing to see an EPL team's success based more on pride of the emblem than size of pay-packet.   As for the Champions League, I was backing PSG and with Barcelona gone there goes my second pick. Instead, let's see Manchester City continue on from their nil-all draw in the first leg of the semi-final against Real Madrid and get one up for the Old Dart.


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