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FFA chairman Steven Lowy has warned Australian football must be treated as fragile, branding its success so delicate it could come crashing down at any moment.Brian Dawkins Jersey .There is good reason for the games top brass to feel optimistic two days out from the start of the 12th A-League season.Tim Cahill leads a cohort of Socceroos enticed home and Saturdays Sydney derby at ANZ Stadium will likely break the national crowd-attendance record for a club match.While acknowledging the leaps and bounds already made, Lowy said he was taking nothing for granted.We should all look at the game as being fragile ... if you think like that, it makes you incredibly focused, Lowy told a crowd of 600 at Sydney FCs season launch.I think with all the success thats been achieved, you should think about it as being fragile, because it could go off the precipice quickly.Lowy said balancing short- and long-term goals was crucial, as the game vied for commercial sustainability and an increase in fans.The 53-year-old, who took the reins late last year from father Frank Lowy, referenced A-League expansion as a key target and agreed with Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglous demand for up to six new teams.But in line with chief executive David Gallops comments a day earlier, he declined to provide a specific time frame, instead championing a disciplined approach despite increasing impatience from the marketplace.The FFA board is bringing a long-term focus to a strategy and execution and financing plan, one that is sustainable, Lowy said.But at the same time, youve got to be entrepreneurial and push the limits (in the) early days as well.One of those things we are focused on is growing the league. We need more than 10 teams.Anges book came out and hes calling for 15 or 16 teams. I think hes right.But its a matter of time to get there in a way that we dont have some of the stumblings of the past, that we build sustainable plans going forward.Those teams are going to butt up against existing teams and existing clubs wont like that.But we have to look past that, not be influenced by the politics of that, but by the ultimate growth of the game itself.Lowy played down reports that recent meetings with FIFA and AFC representatives were held to address concerns over FFAs governance.He said it was healthy to open yourself up to be looked at, adding that the governing body was still working through details of how it would satisfy its agreement to include a broader representation of stakeholders in its congress. Shelby Harris Jersey . -- Three close looks at the bucket, three misses. Cheap Chris Harris Jr. Jersey .Y. -- Syracuse has turned up the defence at the right time all season, and when High Point threatened to pull off a monumental upset the second-ranked Orange did what they do best with their quick hands and savvy play. . 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Beyond the gilt-edged outcome, a sombre truth united the players -- both had lost their fathers the previous month.It was the first tournament either of us was playing since our fathers had died, Sathiyan told ESPN in a chat. We both knew exactly what the other was going through. After such a huge loss, any pressure, challenge or outcome seemed small to us. They became the first Indian pair to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships.On Monday, the 23-year-old from Chennai rewrote history books yet again by coming the youngest Indian and only the second after Achanta Sharath Kamal to win an International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) title - the Belgium Open. It was a giant leap for the 150-odd ranked player who has been training in Grunwettersbach, Germany, since September and turns out for third-division club TSG Kaiserslautern there. A pro tour title allows you to hope and dream big, he said. A spot in the top 50 is my aim for the next two years now.Sathiyans journey as a table tennis player hasnt been free from moments of self-doubt. Hailing from a conventional family background, a career in sport was considered fickle and frowned upon. Midway through my engineering course I realized that its not what I really wanted to, he said. Table tennis was the only thing that never failed to amaze me.A llarge share of the plaudits for Sathiyans success has gone to coach S Raman, a former Olympian under whom the player has trained in Chennai for over four years now. Cheap Derek Wolfe Jersey. Sweet timing has been one of Sathiyans most special facets right from his early years, said Raman. If he adds more muscle power, his shots can be a lot more explosive.Aggressive play has been a recent addition to Sathiyans arsenal and has brought him success already. At the nationals in January, he beat his idol, Sharath Kamal, in the semi-finals.He has grown a lot more aggressive on both flanks, said Raman. Theres still some work that needs to be done though on his serve and physical fitness levels. Serve is the only component that is in your control as a player and one that can help you dictate overall play.Sathiyan will return to Germany for a fortnight in November and then again in March to wrap up the season. He said the European stint had added teeth to his game. Though he ruled out shifting his base to Europe, he hoped for a longer season there next year.Its tough to establish yourself in Europe as every team allows only one Asian, he said. Also to be by yourself in a different country... [it] is difficult to adapt. But thats the sacrifice you make to become a champion.Despite various challenges, Sathiyan managed to complete his engineering degree in 2014, one that possibly cost him a decent head start in the sport. 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