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Australia have a golden opportunity to inflict a savage psychological blow on Japanese football when they take on the Samurai Blue in a crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
The Socceroos need to emerge unscathed from their clash in Saitama on August 31 as the race for a spot in the finals approaches its climax. With two rounds to go and the top two teams from Group B to go through to Russia automatically, Jap...
It’s New Year’s Eve, 2015. With hours before the clock ticks over to 2016, Jared Lum sees a message flash up on his phone. It’s the message that will change his football life.
The message came from an agent he’d never met but who'd been savvy enough to pick up some information on the football grapevine. After all, Lum was a Young Socceroo and Sydney FC’s under-20 captain barely a few years before. However, he'd ...
As much as it takes a great team to win a championship, there will always be a select few “special players” who can make the difference in any given season.
With six teams legitimately considered to be in title contention – barring a Leicester City-type miracle – heading into the new campaign, isolating the five most decisive players in this season’s title race is no easy task. What each playe...
COMMENT: Football Federation Australia have lost the plot, the dressing room and any semblance of goodwill they once shared with a frustrated football fraternity.
The board should do the right thing and step down. Chairman Steven Lowy has done himself no favours with his antagonistic, arrogant and provocative approach towards the job he controversially inherited from his father Frank two years ago. ...
We know all about the players who are at the peak of their game – but what about those who might have just slipped off the pace a little?
There’s any number of reasons why it might have happened. Perhaps a new player has arrived or the manager has made things especially difficult by picking another player in his position. Injury, age and motivation are all further reasons a ...
There has always been an interesting relationship between the big European capital cities and their football teams. Yet it hasn’t always been productive.
London, Paris, Berlin and Rome have never been the historical football powerhouses of their respective nations. Among the big five, Madrid is the only exception. Of those four cities, Berlin has probably been the least successful – at leas...
Australia has little chance of producing another Harry Kewell or Mark Viduka if youth players do not get an opportunity to play all year round and are not given the freedom to express themselves.
It's a hot topic that has polarised public opinion but the time has come for proper action because we are falling behind as a football country in terms of player development. Kewell ruffled a few feathers during the week when he claimed th...
Part of the fun in any season is not only seeing the big guns do their thing, but spying a new talent that arrives on the scene with a bang. This year’s crop of newcomers to the Premier League bring a variety of talent you may not be familiar with...
Trying to pick exactly which rough diamonds will shine above all others is a task fraught with difficulty, but The World Game have sifted through the ranks of each club to find five players we think you’ll know by heart a year from now. Ou...
Picture this: stepping out of a car with blacked-out windows, two sharply dressed men, eyes obscured by sunglasses, flanked by security guards, stride into a Madrid office.
Once inside, they slide a black leather suitcase onto the boardroom table and casually open the latch. Inside is €222 million, a freshly printed deed of release and a dotted line on which to sign. It could be straight out of a James Bond m...
Australia has lost a sporting pioneer. Football has lost a true champion. Many have lost a special friend. I am one of those.
Les Murray loved the beautiful game and was blessed with the opportunity to pass on that love through SBS – and through his own wonderful voice. His passion was not just for football, but for football as it should be. He understood and sup...