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Scott Miller's surprise appointment as Newcastle Jets coach is a gamble Football Federation Australia hopes will pay off.
The troubled Jets are managed by FFA in the wake of the withdrawal of previous owner Nathan Tinkler's A-League licence. Melbourne-born Miller, 33, signed a two-year contract with the club after leaving his role as under-21 coach at English...
After watching Japan defeat Netherlands in their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Round of 16 clash, I'm convinced the Matildas have what it takes to beat their AFC rival in the quarter-finals and take the next step in what is already a remarkable...
Here are the 5 reasons why I feel the Matilda's will have the edge:   1. The Matildas are battle hardened   To use the words of Australia coach Alen Stajcic, the Matildas are "battle hardened" and used to playing the world's best. Having ...
Dear Matildas, you are an inspiration, a testament to what it means to dedicate your life to your dreams and never let it defeat you, even in the face of adversity.
On the eve of your do-or-die round of 16 clash against Brazil, I found myself experiencing a range of emotions from the moment I woke up and started my day. Nervousness, excitement, anxiety and adrenaline were just some of the things that ...
The Matildas etched their name into Australian football history, again, with their 1-0, 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Round of 16 win over Brazil. So where does the victory sit among Australian football's fondest moments?
1. The Matildas topple Brazil The tyranny of distance often means long, bleary-eyed nights for Australian fans in this labour of love that is the world game. With sunrise still a blip on the horizon of the inky gloom punctuating one of the...
Memo Australia: Thailand is fast emerging as a genuine force to be reckoned with in the region after a series of eye-opening results from the national team.
The Thais for decades were considered as whipping boys in this part of the world. It is still ranked 129th in the world but that's not expected to last too long. Its fortunes are changing because the "War Elephants" have assembled a compet...
The real Copa America is the continent’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers – where all 10 nations play each other home and away. The introduction of this marathon format in 1996 has brought about a dramatic improvement in playing standards of the less...
These days, the Copa America tournament serves as a warm-up for the qualifiers.  Of course, once the Copa kicks off, everyone wants to win.  There is always pressure on Brazil and Argentina to go home with the trophy, and that is especiall...
Australia's two senior national teams were in action over the past three days and while one has obvious work to do, the other is once again capturing the attention and affection of an increasingly appreciative nation.
It's happened again. Australia has fallen in love with our Matildas thanks to all of the qualities we love about them, and which make them formidable. Their collective spirit, togetherness, ability, determination and aggressive approach. T...
FIFA is in deep trouble and turmoil. The exposure of astonishing levels of corruption at its highest levels by police authorities makes one wonder if it has a future. Can it survive? Can it ever recover from its sordid past and present?
This is now a major topic of reporting and discussion in media organisations just about everywhere in the world as new revelations of sleaze emerge every day. Yet in Australia it triggers introspection and invokes our remarkable capacity t...
A combination of slick passing, dogged defending and clinical finishing are helping the Matildas win friends and influence people at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Australia should be immensely proud of the Matildas achievements at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup thus far. A place in the second stage has not be secured yet, but the way this young team has performed in its opening two games has been,...
Australia kicks off its bid to reach the FIFA World Cup finals for a fourth straight time with an obsessive determination to make the qualifying campaign a means to an end and four men hold the key to the Socceroos' aspirations.
Making it to Russia 2018 and once again being among the game's big boys are simply not enough anymore for the Socceroos and their avant-garde coach Ange Postecoglou. Australia needs to make the world sit up and take notice, he says, when a...