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Tuchel more than capable of filling Klopp shoes

It’s fair to say that despite the dreadful campaign Borussia Dortmund has endured, the majority of Der BVB’s loyal fans were devastated to hear that their charismatic leader Jurgen Klopp would be leaving the club at the end of the season. Yet the...
In his seven years at the club, Kloppo guided Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles, a German Cup and of course a UEFA Champions League final. But the current season has seen the team struggle to find consistency and for the majority of the ca...

A day in the life of TWG's sideline reporter

Working on the A-League for SBS has been a true labour of love, with my Friday schedule set in stone for the past two seasons. So what does it take for me to play my part on SBS's match day broadcast? Read on, if you dare, to find out.
7:45am - I wake to a glorious, sun-filled morning in Sydney, which is a welcome change given all the stormy weather we've had during the week. After a 45 minute session of pilates, I cook myself a hearty bacon and egg breakfast and crack o...

Remembrance for the Socceroos

With Anzac commemorations and the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign in the air, it is timely to remember, in this space, football’s contribution to our country’s war effort 48 years ago.
I speak not of footballers, or ex-footballers, taking up arms and fatigues to fight the enemy in the trenches, although I am sure there were some who did that, but of the Socceroos, clad in green and gold and using their skills with the le...

Germany's pain is Italy's gain

The Bundesliga is in the midst of one its most difficult European seasons in years and faces the prospect of having no teams in the semi-finals of the continent's two major competitions.
While Germany is wondering what went wrong, Italy's Serie A is entitled to feel smug about its sudden revival that could see three teams in the last four of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. One swallow does not make a summ...

No Glory in this cautionary tale

Football Federation Australia has meted out a punishment to Perth Glory that compromises fairness for the interests of the governing body's commercial partners and the game is all the poorer for it.
The Perth Glory affair has escalated to a very dangerous place after the head of the A-League, Damien de Bohun, admitted its commercial partnerships with betting agencies influenced their decision not to strip Perth of all points. For a b...

Bayern in need of a Pep talk after horror week

We’ve all heard the saying, "a week is a long time in football", but for Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola this week must feel like a lifetime.
Only seven days ago, things were looking pretty good. Bayern was 10 points clear, dominating the Bundesliga and cruising to a record title. It had a German Cup semi-final against Borussia Dortmund to look forward to, while preparing for an...

Rejuvenated Jets playing with purpose

Nathan Tinkler sinking beers with the fans, Graham Arnold suffering heart palpitations, Phil Stubbins channelling a politician and a fast, furious game that had me on the edge of my plastic seat. The view from the sidelines was a thrilling one on...
"This team is going to give me a heart attack." Those were coach Graham Arnold's exact words as he lined up for his post match interview with me, after his team's heart-stopping 4-3 win over Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium last night. On ...

Socceroos should progress from a group with tough logistics

There will be no excuses for Australia not to sweep past its opponents in Group B of Asia's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification after the coloured balls presented a relatively straightforward section for Ange Postecoglou’s side.
If nothing else the group opponents will do wonders for our youth as they embark on various spelling bees with Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Jordan - the four nations the Socceroos must top to progress to the final group stage. Of...

An undersold A-League

Despite the obstacles it faces in a country still not ready to embrace football as a true national sport, the technical and entertainment standards achieved and aspired to by the A-League are nothing short of remarkable.
I saw a thriller of an A-League game the other night. It wasn’t top of the bill: Melbourne City v Wellington Phoenix. But it was superb entertainment. End to end stuff, explosive attacking play, one of those nil-all draws that could easily...

Luongo reaches career crossroads

Australia's emerging star Massimo Luongo has the game to become the Socceroos' go-to man for years to come.
To do that, however, he needs to leave Swindon Town. He has to find the right club and environment from where to take his game to the next level when, as expected, he leaves Swindon at the expiry of his contact at the end of next season. T...