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Let's dare to dream

There is no doubt football in Australia is in a better place than it has ever been. Yet it still has some ways to go before it reaches its ultimate potential.
According to a recent News Ltd report, Football Federation Australia (FFA) has fixed its eyes on a big pay day: doubling its current broadcasting deal to $80 million per year or $320 million over a new four year contract....

Thompson the A-League's ultimate marquee

Forget Dwight Yorke, Juninho, Robbie Fowler, Emile Heskey, Shinjo Ono and Alessandro Del Piero: there has been only one player who epitomises what the A-League is all about.
His name is Archie Thompson and he has done more than anybody else to make the A-League what it is today. The New Zealand-born striker has never played in the FIFA World Cup, the English Premier League or Italy's Serie A. But he's been one of the...

Wanderers resolution is a welcome sight

Lets hope the actions of the Wanderers players and those of generations before them, create better working conditions for generations to come. After all, the players are a central part of our came and deserve to be treated as such.
Sanity appears to have prevailed at the Wanderers. This was a major public relations disaster and could easily have been avoided. Nevertheless, hopefully everyone learns from the experience and in future, other playing groups aren't faced with th...

Is Sharks FC the right option?

After the appointment of rock star football administrator Lyall Gorman as chief executive of Cronulla Sharks rugby league club it did not take long for speculation to emerge that the Sharks will be eyeing for running an A-League club before long.
Gorman confirmed that the story is in fact more than speculation by declaring in Fairfax Media (on 9 December) that the Sharks will be ready to launch a football subsidiary in the 2017 A-League season....

A message to the Wanderers in Morocco

To the Western Sydney Wanderers players in Morocco: your conditions set foundations for future players. The principles on distribution of tournament dividends is an important aspect in attracting and retaining talent to help elevate quality across...
My generation of players fought for it for you. You do so now for players in years to come. Timing is not your responsibility. The club could easily have honored precedent. It is their choice. Brinkmanship is the clumsy tool that has historically...

A-League caught behind by Mariners' North Sydney Oval folly

Football in Australia did itself no favours by opting to stage an important A-League match, featuring two clubs that have won three championships between them, at a suburban cricket ground that was woefully unprepared for top-level competition.
Central Coast Mariners chose to entertain visiting Melbourne Victory at North Sydney Oval, which is a picturesque and historic venue that is easily accessible to those diehards who would watch a game anywhere....

The price of super stardom

Both Pele and the Beatles - whose careers started and ended at an uncannily similar moment in history - paid the price for transcending the realm of stardom in and era that was discovering globalisation.
On July 7th 1957, with little more than 30 senior games under his belt and still a few months short of his 17th birthday, Pele made his debut for Brazil, scoring his side's goal in the 2-1 defeat to Argentina in Rio's Maracana stadium....

Europe's two best teams right now

Chelsea and Bayern Munich are the only two teams to have so far gone undefeated in Europe’s top leagues and their impressive performances have made them the prime candidates to dethrone Real Madrid as European champion.
It is no coincidence that these two sides are led by two of football's most exquisite minds. But, like John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich von Hayek, Jose Mourinho and Josep Guardiola have differing approaches on how to achieve success....

Some patience needed with the Socceroos

Ange Postecoglou was given a five-year licence to rebuild the Socceroos and he must be afforded patience as he continues that difficult task, even if one of the costs is a successful Asian Cup campaign on home soil.
As the Asian Cup nears and we become a little short of breath regarding Australia's expectations, I believe some of us need to take a chill pill. There is a lingering conviction among a large number of football fans and sections of the commentari...

The night football showed its true colours

Football was the big winner after yet another epic Sydney derby that made you feel proud and privileged to be a fan of the round-ball game.
Apart from the best half of A-League football seen for a long time, a jaw-dropping goal for the ages from Bernie Ibini and the colour and passion shown by two sets of loyal fans, what will linger in the memory was the heartfelt tribute paid to...