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Italy's Juventus must be privately disappointed they did not draw holders Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
Juve were handed arguably the least formidable opponents and will face relatively inexperienced Monaco of France. In theory the Bianconeri should not be complaining too much. They have never lost to the team from the principality. Los Mere...
As we near the end of the English Premier League season, there is much to contemplate for clubs up and down the country. Perhaps none more so than for West Ham United.
It has been a strange, bitter period down London's East End. Their move to the Olympic Stadium was the biggest thing to happen to the club since they won the old Cup Winners’ Cup 52 years ago. But letting go of their roots at Boleyn Ground...
This past weekend marked a dramatic shift in fortunes for two famous English clubs. One took an incredible leap towards restoring credibility. The other slid one step closer towards total oblivion.
If you began to follow English football around about the time it started to boom in Australia (in the late 1990s and early 2000s), Portsmouth and Coventry City are two clubs you’ll know all too well. But you wouldn’t have heard much of the...
Vince Grella, Socceroos hero who is nowadays involved in player scouting, and I had a conversation at a recent A-League game.
We spoke about Panos Armenakas, young Australian starlet at Udinese, mutually admired by both of us. I lamented that at 18 the young man of immense technical talents should surely be promoted out of the Primavera and into the senior team a...
Eddie Howe for England. Eddie Howe for Arsenal. Eddie Howe for everything – everything, it seems, except Bournemouth.
At 39 years old, English football finally has its managerial wunderkind. He’s taken the Cherries from total obscurity to the Premiership, where their miracle run of survival is set to extend into a third year. Six points clear of the releg...
Football is meant to be one of the things that is an equaliser in the world. But if we’re honest, it rarely works out like that.
The club system is geared to reward the big clubs; the international system is geared to reward the big nations. The occasional Leicester City or Portugal gives the rest of us hope, but most of the time, the big boys clean up everything. A...
The Asian Champions League should be the premier football competition on the continent, yet it has not connected with the majority of fans in the region. It’s now time to ditch the European copy and paste approach and give Asian supporters what...
It was great to see Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United secure important wins in the ACL this week. It’s also great for the competition that Chinese teams, like Jiangsu Suning are fulfilling their enormous potential. Yet for all its promise ...
With the recent international fixtures out of the way, the countdown is now on towards the FIFA Confederations Cup, where Australia will close their group programme with a game in Moscow against Chile.
Chile were of course the side the Socceroos opened their 2014 World Cup campaign against in Cuiaba, Brazil. It is striking to look at the Chile line up for that game and notice how little has changed. The side that won that thrilling, hard...
Seven points behind Chelsea as we enter the final month of the season, it is fair to say that Tottenham face an uphill battle in their quest to claim their first championship since 1961.
A win against Watford tonight (LIVE on SBS, 9pm) in the early kick-off could strengthen their chances, but only if the Blues fail to get the better of Bournemouth. Plucky though the Cherries are, especially at home, too much is at stake fo...
An anachronistic view of football that permeates through many English clubs is allowing managers like Sunderland’s David Moyes to keep their jobs, when by reasonable measures they should be sacked.
Moyes should be sacked for the sexist intimidation of a journalist, but even before that he should have been sacked for his team’s performances. What he said to the journalist is inexcusable. It was sexist. The latent meaning to his respon...