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Matildas carrying the torch

With just 100 days to go before the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, the time has come to pay Australia's women's national team the credit and attention it truly deserves.
One of my earliest – and strongest - memories of covering Australia’s women’s football team came at the 2006 Asian Cup in Adelaide where the semi-finals were played as back-to-back matches at Hindmarsh Stadium. The host nation scored a fir...

The logic of Mourinho's refereeing rants

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's recent rantings about a campaign against the Blues may have come as a surprise to an English audience but the 'Special One's' madness has a method, one which is greatly used in his home country.
Mourinho walked into the Chelsea v Burnley post-match interviews with the strategy clearly defined in his head. Not for the tactics he used in the ultimately unsuccessful draw at Stamford Bridge, nor the system he was contemplating for the...

Lessons on the Paris Metro

I wasn’t planning to write a column about that sordid incident of racism on the Paris Metro but a post on Twitter changed my mind.
@lesmurraySBS Get a grip Les. Was a full train. His colour irrelevant. The "racist" chant was obv satirical at perhaps said man accused them — Jurgen (@jurgs18) February 18, 2015 Yeah, real satire. A black man, in his home city, being told...

Don't forget about Asia's Champions League

It’s hard to know whether the AFC is suffering from an acute case of Triskaidekaphobia or if there’s some kind of Asian Cup hangover but with the Champions League starting this evening; it’s been another slow burn in terms of thrust and excitement.
Click here for more on the AFC Champions League In typically obtuse AFC manner the tournament proper gets underway in a city that neither saw a club from there qualify or indeed reside there. The Foo Fighters presented an unlikely stumblin...

Juventus and Manchester City face testing times

Juventus and Manchester City go into the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League with a point to prove as the competition enters its business end.
All the latest in our rolling coverage of the Round of 16 WATCH Manchester City v Barcelona LIVE on SBS The champions of Serie A and the Premier League have scrambled into the last 16 of the world's most glamorous club tournament. Juve ent...

When Michelle Heyman got one over Tim Cahill

The need to compare men's and women's football is getting extremely tired but a little moment has exhibited that while many still do there is hope that one day both will be judged on their own merits.
This week controversial Paris Saint-Germain striker and cult figure, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was publicly criticised by Swedish national team coach Pia Sundhage for the comments he made about women’s football. "With all respect for what the lad...

England primed to dominate European football

The English Premier League's mega $10 billion broadcasting deal is a massive win for the competition and with its clubs set to become even more powerful it's UEFA Champions League competitiveness that could suffer.
Out of the final 16 of this season’s UCL, only five clubs come from outside the top 15 of Deloitte’s football money league. FC Porto, FC Basel, Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco and Shakhtar Donetsk are highly impressive outfits and will no doubt p...

Refs are human, too

We need to understand and accept that refereeing errors, like all matters of luck in a game, are part of football and always will be.
And so referees are again under fire. This is nothing new. It has been going on since the year dot, or at least since Billy Meredith wore shorts. Strebre Delovski drops a clanger by awarding a penalty against Gui Finkler for his phantom fo...

Glut of tournaments too much of a good thing

As a ludicrously cluttered schedule, player burn-out and a brazen move to stage it in the United States threatens to devalue the Centenary Copa America in 2016, the question must be asked, with so many big tournaments these days, are we getting...
I imagine there are plenty of fans in Australia suffering from post-tournament depression – the empty feeling when the party comes to an end. Fear not – help is at hand. If you can just hang on for a few months there is another tournament ...

Russia here we come

I shook a lot of hands before and after the AFC Asian Cup final, an occasion right up there with the Uruguay epic of 2005 in terms of atmosphere, drama and significance.
The sense of achievement for football pervaded the air. Lots of ‘I told you so’ scarves and shirts were worn. Johnny Warren was talked about. I embraced and shared drinks with Rale Rasic, one of the great pioneers of our game when it was s...