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Walking out of Pirtek Stadium after that breathtaking A-League semi-final between Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar, Frank Lowy said to me that in his life he has never seen anything like it.
Follow @TheWorldGame That’s a big call from the 85-year old who first fell in love with football as a child growing up in central Europe and has seen a number of football matches in his time. It was indeed the most memorable of games showc...
AC Milan will never be great again unless they make some major changes beginning with a new owner. Current owner, the disgraced former Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi, runs the club like his own personable fiefdom.
Follow @TheWorldGame The other changes should include some serious investment in the playing squad and a coach who is given a genuine chance at some stability, rather than one who is given approximately six months on the bench before being...
Trust those brave warriors from Wanderland to concoct such a fitting finale to their four-year love affair with Pirtek Stadium.
Follow @TheWorldGame At the end of an absorbing 5-4 A-League semi-final contest against Brisbane Roar that ebbed and flowed like the nearby Parramatta river, Western Sydney signed off on a ground that has become inadequate in unforgettable...
When he played his first games for Argentine giants River Plate in April 2013, Eder Alvarez Balanta looked as promising as a centre back can possibly be.
Quick to move and quick to act, first to the ball and strong in the tackle, dominant in the air, passing well from deep off his left foot, breaking forward with pace and purpose, and a threat in the opposing penalty area. River Plate coach...
Out of the UEFA Champions League, one win in their last six matches and a nine-point lead cut to zero – there can be no doubt now that Barcelona is in a crisis situation.
But how did the team that hadn’t lost in 39 games go to one that can’t win? It’s a series of small issues that have snowballed at the worst possible time for the Catalans. Their season is on the line when they face Deportivo La Coruna away...
We are always looking for trends, for ways football is changing, evolving and coaches learning. Make no mistake, this 2015-2016 A-League season has been a beauty for attacking teams.
Follow @TheWorldGame Adelaide United varied their play between full proactive and, at times and especially away, reactive by sitting back and countering, a huge change from last season. Western Sydney Wanderers’ transformation is now stuf...
It is now beyond debate that, despite the fall in attendances and TV ratings, the technical quality of the A-League is the highest in its history.
Follow @TheWorldGame Recently a Hungarian journalist emailed me to inquire about Perth Glory’s Krisztián Vadócz, asking about his performances and whether I thought he deserved to be picked for Hungary for EURO 2016. I replied I was not qu...
Opponents of the A-League finals like to remind us at this time of the year that it's the Premiers' Plate not the Grand Final that should determine the true champions of Australia.
Follow @TheWorldGame The premiership is the real thing, they claim, and the final series is just an added, end-of-season Americanism that has no place in our game. There is no fairer way to determine the champions than by using the 'first ...
Australia's group for the final round of AFC qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup includes three of the four semi-finalists from the 2015 Asian Cup, and three winners of the Asian Cup during the last 32 years.
The Socceroos always love to claim they have been drawn in the 'group of death' and looking at the two groups for the final round of Asian Qualifying, there can be little doubt that Australia have been drawn in the tougher group, after be...
Gianluigi Buffon is Italy’s greatest ever goalkeeper. Comparing players throughout the eras is always fraught with danger but ‘Gigi’ would have been successful in any age.
  Dino Zoff was always my personal favourite, especially after captaining Italy to World Cup success at the age of 40 in 1982. The former Juventus goalkeeper left an indelible impression on all children of my generation growing up in Italy...