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Opponents of the salary cap that has shaped the A-League since its inception in 2005 should take a long and hard look at this season's UEFA Champions League group stage line-up.
If they do that they would realise that an imbalance of power weakens a competition by eliminating the element of unpredictability and consequently diminishing its appeal among the fans at large. The A-League installed its maligned cap to ...
While it may not be changing at the same rapid pace that it did more than a century ago. the football landscape continues to evolves with South America finally leaving a huge imprint on the world's richest domestic league.
In September 1882, a group of schoolboys met around a North London lamppost and decided to start a football club that soon became known as Tottenham Hotspur. On 20 April 1901, Tottenham won the FA Cup.  It had been an eventful 19 years.  I...
One man's loss is another's opportunity and with Mile Jedinak ruled out of Australia's FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh and Tajikistan, the stage is set for Luke Brattan to seize his opportunity.
Brattan's call up comes not a moment too soon, for the Brisbane Roar midfielder, who wants out of the club in order to pursue a move overseas, is a class act. Ange Postecoglou included Brattan in his extended squad for the 2014 FIFA World...
As the A-League approaches its 11th season that is clouded in disquiet, disharmony and discontent, Melbourne Victory has an added responsibility of showing one and all that there is no better cure for the game's ills than pure entertainment.
The A-League could do with a crowd-pulling team or two that make the fans proud of their sport and champion Victory certainly is the best equipped to give the competition the fillip it needs badly. Ten years after the creation of the A-Lea...
Watching Mat Ryan excel for Valencia this morning reminded me of the fantastic job Graham Arnold and Jon Crawley did with the goalkeeper in his formative years at Central Coast Mariners, and it made me wonder about whom else made a contribution.
There have has certainly been many. No player makes it to the peak of football without tremendous help, support and the guidance of many people, especially their coaches. Similarly with the Australia squad announced yesterday, including so...
The salary cap is often cited as an important element in providing competitive balance in professional leagues. But does it, and what type of competitive balance is important for the success of a competition?
The use of salary caps in sporting competitions and whether they are actually useful is something academics have been debating recently. There are some studies which suggest that salary caps have very little or no effect at all on the comp...
For an Australian football fan probably the most exciting news during the European off-season has been Mat Ryan’s move from Club Brugge to Valencia FC. It was for me.
It may not be his last move. Valencia, Spain’s third biggest club, has been the pathway for many players who moved up a notch to join one of the big two, Real Madrid or Barcelona - among them David Villa, Isco, Jordi Alba Raul Albiol and,...
Harry Kewell's nomination of his best Socceroos XI that has no place for Tim Cahill has caused a stir among Australia's football fraternity.
The man voted as Australia's greatest ever footballer has picked a dream team that comprised himself and Mark Viduka as the two spearheads with Cahill nowhere to be seen - not even in midfield. Cahill's omission has come as a major surpris...
Which is preferable, the quality with predictability of the European club game, or the fluidity with mediocrity of the South American?
Buenos Aires giant River Plate won its third Copa Libertadores title earlier this month, beating Tigres of Mexico 3-0 on aggregate in the two-legged final. Some in Europe were gripped by the fact that this triumph came only four years afte...
FIFA has just taken another lurch backwards in its so-called reform process.
Football's world governing body announced this week that Dr Francois Carrard, a respected Swiss lawyer and former director general of the International Olympic Committee, is to head up its independent reform committee. Nothing wrong with t...