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Time to put heat on Saudis

Set aside for the moment whether or not the FIFA vote to grant Qatar the hosting rights to the 2022 World Cup was corrupt or not. Here is something more immediate for FIFA and its ethics prosecutor, Michael Garcia, to maybe consider.
According to a Fairfax Media report, if you are a woman unaccompanied by a male, a Jew or a homosexual, there is no guarantee you will be able to gain a visa to enter Saudi Arabia to attend the second leg of the AFC Champions League final between...

India's super league making global waves

Derided as a flight of fancy when its concept was first mooted, the Indian Super League has launched to record crowds and unprecedented global attention, enhancing its potential as a serious player in football's burgeoning market.
As the A-League, rightly, continues to pat itself on the back after a fortnight of record crowds and hype, it's well-worth noting that another Asian league just a fortnight into its very existence is the one stealing the international limelight...

Sydney and Melbourne share the limelight

Australian club football will be the centre of attention on the country's sporting landscape when Sydney and Melbourne stage two massive matches on Saturday.
Western Sydney Wanderers faces Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal in the first leg of the AFC Champions League final at Parramatta Stadium.City rivals Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City will cross swords in a keenly awaited derby at Etihad Stadium...

Considered debate the key to national team success

The debate over the recent Socceroos matches should not be solely focused on results, but also on the performances and the changes being implemented by the coach.
Opinion and, especially diversity of views, is a critical part of a thriving football culture.This is even more so when it comes to national teams, the pinnacle of what, who and where we are at in football at any given point in time.National...

Socceroos and Wanderers are worlds apart

Australia's Socceroos and Western Sydney's Wanderers have made headlines for wildly disparate reasons in the last year or so.
While the national team has undergone a tactical transformation and embarked on a bold journey of open, attacking football with all the risks that come with it, the Wanderers have crafted a safety-first way of closing down a game to suit their...

Delicate balancing act facing Alexis Sanchez

Chile's hopes in the upcoming Copa America - which it is hosting - rest largely on the diminutive shoulders of the sublimely talented Alexis Sanchez, whose performances for the national team over the next few months may rest on how much gas is...
These next few months are going to be a very interesting chapter in the life of Alexis Sanchez.The little Chilean striker was in magnificent form for his national team against Peru in Valparaiso on Friday night.[sbsondemand video="340429379882"...

How Manchester United is getting its groove back

Despite the defensive blunders, a shellacking to Leicester and an injury toll to rival a hospital's emergency department, Manchester United is starting to show signs the Louis van Gaal revolution is taking effect.
By round seven last season Manchester United was only a point worse-off than it is under Louis van Gaal, but the performances of the Red Devils so far this campaign are a world apart from what they produced in the David Moyes era.If any further...

The people's Victory

The prospect of membership control in a stake of Melbourne Victory Football Club is an exciting one.
Melbourne Victory, Australia's biggest football club, may soon become the first to be majority owned by its members.Two of the club's larger shareholders, businessmen Harry Stamoulis and Robert Belteky, recently advertised a public offering to...

The clubs chasing that elusive A-League championship

The A-League kick-off cannot come soon enough for two clubs that have largely under-achieved in the nine-year history of the competition.
Season 10 of the competition that starts on Friday night will go into a partial recess in January for the AFC Asian Cup and will end up with the grand final in May.As usual, it is keenly anticipated.WATCH THE HYUNDAI A-LEAGUE LIVE ON SBS ONE FROM...

Aussie football riding the Wanderers wave

Western Sydney Wanderers will carry the hopes of a nation on its broad shoulders when it steps onto the pitch to face FC Seoul in the second leg of the AFC Champions League semi-final.
The Wanderers face the Korea Republic club at Parramatta Stadium on Wednesday night with a win - any win - sealing a place in the ACL final.After securing a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Seoul, the Wanderers are favourites to reach the finale that...