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There is a famous photo from the early days of Jorge Sampaoli’s coaching career in a regional league in Argentina. Sent off for persistent complaining, he wandered out of the stadium, climbed up a tree and watched the rest of the match from his...
The story is an excellent example of the obsessive commitment which has taken him so far from such humble origins. And it also leads to a question; how high can he climb? Speculation currently links Sampaoli to the Barcelona job – and he w...
Charismatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been making his critics eat their words for as long as he can remember. And he's loving it.
This extrovert striker is still banging them in at 35 and is showing no signs of resting on his considerable laurels. Like a good wine, he seems to be getting better with age and there will be many who will wish him a fond farewell when he...
Is there a more disliked footballer than David Luiz? Maybe, but he's right up there. A Brazilian centre-half with a Bob Marley-like hairdo would ordinarily be regarded as a cult hero without even trying.
But there is something about him that rubs people everywhere the wrong way. As a huge part of Chelsea’s success this season – who will look to extend their eight-point lead on top against Swansea tonight (Live on SBS, Sunday 1:30am AEDT) –...
The odds of Leicester City winning the Premier League last season are well-known: 5000-1. You could have practically written the same odds for the Foxes sacking Claudio Ranieri this season.
Then came the news, in a crisply-worded statement, released to media outlets on Friday morning: "The board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the club's greatest interest." Some will sa...
Women’s Sport has taken a turn for the good.
Suddenly associations and federations are waking up to the fact that the old time spiel of “Nobody wants to hear about the women!” is quite literally debunked. I have known this for a very long time. People want to see the athletes. It doe...
Australian clubs need to get out of their comfort zone and come to terms with the fact that playing in the A-League and in Asia at the same time is all part of the modern game.
Playing twice a week for a short time is not the end of the world as some would have us believe. Coaches should acknowledge this and stop panicking whenever they are forced to play three games between one weekend and another. The three A-L...
It’s not a nice thing to be speculating about the future of a manager who is still currently employed – but that, as we all know, is the nature of the football beast.
Looking at Arsene Wenger, we are not dealing with an ordinary case. His 20 years in charge of Arsenal have been a huge success, even if some feel this past, trophy-less decade (at least in the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions ...

Grassroots to Greatness

The PFA’s proposal to make the W-League one of (if not the most) professional league in the world might seem ambitious, but it’s exactly what women’s football in Australia needs to fulfill its potential.
Professionalisation. Ultimately that’s what the PFA’s from ‘Grassroots to Greatness’ roadmap is about. The only way for women’s football to reach its potential and succeed in Australia is to make it professional. Really professional, not j...
For an entire working week the FFA were locked in talks with their stakeholders over constitutional change.
Both FFA chairman Steven Lowy and CEO David Gallop were bunkered down in critical dialogue with the state federations, the A-League chairmen, the players’ union and other interested parties in a series of meetings over last week. You may w...
ANALYSIS: It just had to be the Wanderers who inflicted the first defeat of the season on runaway A-League leaders and bitter rivals Sydney FC.
Western Sydney did what no other team had managed to do in 20 rounds and in so doing gave the premiership a new twist. Tony Popovic's men actually saved the race for the Premiers' Plate from becoming so one-sided that it risked being decid...