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Wimbledon, a real community club, have won a staggering six promotions since 2002. Sebastian Hassett explains why we should all be celebrating their success.
As a journalist, you have to be impartial. There’s no room for bias, let alone an accusation of it.  Except, of course, when there’s a great story about to take place, and one of the golden rules of the craft kicks in: “Cheer for the story...
It speaks to the changing landscape of world football that eight players at this year’s Copa America Centenario, which begins this weekend, play their club football in Asia.
Follow @TheWorldGame A further four were included in their nations’ preliminary squad, but missed the cut when final squads were submitted on 20 May, while players such as Freddy Guarin, Jackson Martinez (both Colombia) and Jorge Valdivia ...
Spanish football's hold on the European club scene seems to be getting stronger and more pronounced with every season.
Follow @TheWorldGame Ten days after Sevilla snatched their third straight UEFA Europa League with an impressive 3-1 win over Liverpool, Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid completed a remarkable season by snaring their 11th European Cup/Champion...
The people of France have been through a traumatic time of late, but hosting UEFA EURO 2016 presents an opportunity for the national team to fulfil its potential and spark the elusive 'feelgood factor' that only these types of events can create. ...
There was a time when the mere presence of Les Bleus at a major tournament would strike fear into the hearts of every opponent. More than a decade ago France were virtually favourites for every tournament they entered, until defeat by Gree...
Upon exiting the intricate bowels of Madrid’s exquisite metro in May 2010, I expected to find a city giddy with excitement about hosting the UEFA Champions League final. The real scene was very different.
Follow @TheWorldGame The streets were lined with paraphernalia – not of the two competing teams, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, or even Real Madrid. It was all about Atletico. They’d just won the UEFA Europa League for the first time. The...
Why does one team beat another? Untangling the reasons for the outcome can be a fascinating business, because often three factors work together to form the final result; technical, psychological and plain old luck.
Take, for example, Sevilla’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in the recent final of the Europa League.  While they were in the first half ascendancy, Liverpool could have been awarded one, or even two penalties. To this extent, luck was against the...

Zlatan to Manchester United: Good idea or bad idea?

Reports across Europe suggest Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on his way to Manchester United and will be one of the first signings made by incoming manager Jose Mourinho. So this is the conversation SBS Sport Executive Producer Stuart Randall and TWG...
NICK: So according to reports in Paris, England, Holland and Italy, Ibrahimovic is heading to Manchester United and will be one of Jose Mourinho's first signings. I really don't think this makes sense from United's point of view. He's too ...
Like most of you, I’ve been around Australian football long enough to know the epic list of annual debates. Most fade as quickly as they rise but the issue of promotion and relegation is the one that isn’t dying.
Follow @TheWorldGame Conversely, it’s only heating up. And right now? White hot. Football Federation Australia are worried because they think a reasoned debate – one supported by facts and stats, not emotion and nostalgia – is not being ta...
No individual player can match Andres Iniesta when it comes to performing in the biggest matches.
A World Cup final, a European Championship final, a UEFA Champions League final and a Copa Del Rey final. For many players the chance to play in these matches would constitute a distinguished career. Not for Iniesta, who claimed man of the...
Back in the days of the National Soccer League, SBS sponsored an annual award it called The SBS Most Entertaining Player of the Year. It was an award decided by the viewers, in other words the audience, the people who were being entertained.
Follow @TheWorldGame If that award was still in existence, Archie Thompson would have won it multiple times. He may not have been quite on the Alessandro Del Piero level as a marquee player but Archie was through and through a box office d...