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Last week in this space I wrote about the expanded, 48-team FIFA World Cup and how the change will impact on the tournament, football in general and on Australia.
Since then two developments have emerged. One is that the notion of Australia seceding from the Asian Football Confederation and re-joining Oceania has entered the conversation. The argument is based on the supposition that Oceania will no...
Football Federation Australia's announcement to introduce a '4+1' foreign quota will reap long term benefits for the A-League and Australia's position within Asia.
All good things come to those who wait, or so we are told, and finally after years of waiting the A-League will introduce the plus one rule and fall into line with every other Asian league.  FFA announced the move today, with CEO David Gal...
A-League-winning coach Graham Arnold expressed fears of a mid-season slump when his Sydney FC team were sweeping aside all opposition in the first rounds of the competition.
Arnold was referring to the drop in form and consequent lack of results in the middle nine rounds of 2015-2016 that changed the Sky Blues' season and eventually would rob them of a place in the finals. Arnold's concerns may be materialisin...

Dele Alli: the rise of a superstar

It is tempting for anyone to declare they’ve seen someone special. Something unique. Something that could be unlike anything they’ve seen before.
So it was equally tempting to take a pinch of salt when a season ticket holder at Tottenham Hotspur, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, declared Dele Alli was good enough to start for Barcelona. Now this fan is quite the football schola...
Garrincha is one of the greatest players of all-time, but will his grandson follow in his footsteps?
The bare statistics do not even tell half of the story of Garrincha.  The great Brazilian notched up 12 goals in 50 caps – which on paper is slightly more impressive than the record of Ecuador’s left winger Jefferson Montero, who currently...
FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams was met with criticism, but Australians should avoid hypocrisy when joining in as expansion has been in our interests in the past.
The FIFA World Cup should be thoroughly reviewed in all aspects and expansion is not, in itself, negative.  However, as always, the process is clouded by self interest, political expediency and the residual stench of what commercialisation...
Johnny Warren would be turning in his grave in the aftermath of FIFA's outlandish and money-driven decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026.
The World Cup with 32 teams was perfect: eight groups of four and then a knockout phase. Why on earth would anyone want to change that if not for the chance to make more money from the world's greatest sporting event? Football's governing ...
Outrage was the immediate reaction across Football's traditional powerhouse nations as FIFA announced the World Cup would expand to 48 teams by the 2026, but it's not necessarily a bad thing.
There is nothing wrong with an expanded FIFA World Cup.  While I don’t fully support a 48-team FIFA World Cup, there is absolute merit in expanding the competition. While I would personally have opted for a 40-team tournament, let me play ...
FIFA’s councillors have voted unanimously to expand the World Cup finals from 32 to 48 teams.
Well, of course they did. It will bring the member associations they represent a lot more money. The new money will come in various forms: There will be 16 more games, which means more content for broadcasters but also an increase to the v...
In September 2007, Lionel Messi came to the MCG with his Argentinian team-mates to play the Socceroos. Over 70,000 turned out to welcome a player already dubbed by many as the world's best.
At the time, however, I was convinced he was only eclipsed by Cristiano Ronaldo – the dominant figure of Manchester United’s 2006-07 title-winning season, who would do even greater things the following year. Ronaldinho, Kaka, Fabio Cannava...