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Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou should look no further than a genuine strike force of three red-hot 'European' forwards for the 2018 FIFA World Cup playoff with Syria.
Forget all about patterns and formations, wingbacks and tracking back: Mathew Leckie, Tomi Juric and Robbie Kruse must be let loose on the Syrians and the rest should look after itself. All three have had their ups and downs in the last fe...
The remarkable exploits of Syria’s national team that will shortly pit their wits against Australia in a 2018 FIFA World Cup playoff have been described as the stuff of fairy tales.
As a brutal civil war rages in their country, a bunch of ambitious footballers are two steps away from playing in the game’s biggest tournament. Surely this must be the ultimate feelgood story if ever there was one? The Syrians and Soccero...
Mark this day down in the books: September 16, 2017. That’s the day the Matildas officially became part of the mainstream Australian sporting landscape.
If you were lucky enough to be one of the 15,000 at Pepper Stadium in Penrith to see it, congratulations. You witnessed a slice of history. For the first time, the Matildas sold out a non-Olympic football match in Australia in a major stad...
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou needs fresh blood ahead of the crucial two-leg World Cup play-off against Syria - here's three players who should be in the squad.
Craig Goodwin (Sparta Rotterdam - Eredivisie) The 25-year-old Adelaide-born winger scored the winner in Rotterdam’s 1-0 win over FC Twente at the weekend. Last season, Goodwin started 27 matches - scoring four goals and producing six assis...
It’s quarter-final time in the FFA Cup. Not that you’d really know it if you monitored our mainstream media, most of which is wound up in the respective AFL and NRL finals, with a sprinkling of other global sports all jostling for airplay.
These are the realities of living in a nation where our sparse population isn’t commensurate with the countless number of sports we follow. It’s like trying to fit a double bed-sheet to a queen bed. It almost fits, but no matter how much y...
We often speak about the ‘golden generation’ in football.
It's a phrase often thrown about when you reminisce on years gone by. Very rarely is it said to depict the current generation of footballers who are gracing our fields right at this instance because, of course, how do you know how good the...
The 8th of September, 2015 is a date in the Australian football calendar that I will never forget.
On that day, ten Matildas players gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park to announce that they would be going on strike and subsequently withdrawing from their upcoming training camp for a clash against the World Champions in the United States. As...
Is the fabled city of Paris, which was the centre of the French revolution two centuries ago, about to revolutionise European football and become the new capital of the continental club game?
Ambitious French side Paris Saint-Germain have assembled a $700 million attack in their boldest and most spectacular challenge for the one trophy they have never won: the UEFA Champions League. The club has dominated French football since ...
Memo Australian football family: take a deep breath. And another one. The past week has seen our emotions soar - when UAE defeated Saudi Arabia and we only needed a win against Japan - before nosediving as the Green Falcons finished off the...
The door to the Russia 2018 party has been slammed shut. Now we are like the fellow on a standby ticket at the airport: suitcases packed and nowhere to go. Seven days ago, we thought we’d arrive in Moscow sipping champagne in first class. ...
Naturally there will be a lot of emotion and voices after failure to secure direct qualification, which is great. Everyone should be passionate about our national team and have a strong view. Scream, argue, cry, do whatever you need because this...
A few points, though, having seen much of the discussion. When things are problematic, we always hear the usual calls for changes in style, to sit back like Japan did against us, etc. I would say the opposite – Japan are a shadow of their ...