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Australia's paranoia with playing its football almost exclusively on the deck may come at a heavy cost in the long run simply because many young emerging players are neglecting the art of heading the ball.
Follow @TheWorldGame It is all well and good for the Socceroos, the Olyroos, the Joeys and the A-League teams to do the right thing and play the game the modern and most effective way - which is on the ground. That's great but it needs to ...
I had the pleasure of lunch with Sam Allardyce many years ago when he was the manager of Blackburn Rovers. A more charming, personable man you could not wish to meet.
  He was genuinely inquisitive about my own professional path - an unusual trait for a modern day English manager, who tend to view the press as some sort of mosquito collective. Always buzzing annoyingly in the background, always looking ...
"I’ve had to leave behind many friends and my family. But I’m really looking forward to the new challenge now. It’s what really I wanted. I aim to take the next step in my career with FC Bayern. That’s why I’m here" - Mario Götze, 2 July 2013. "I...
You had the dream life with your childhood sweetheart in your home town, then went and cheated with a supermodel, asked for divorce with the ever-loyal Dortmund, before having the audacity to marry Bayern Munich before a live TV audience ...
The International Champions Cup is back on this week - and it’s fantastic to see an A-League team involved.
While there’s an obvious financial benefit to having Melbourne Victory participate - a significant supporter base and zero travel costs - it does give the tournament real local interest. We love to see our teams, in all sports, go up again...
All-purpose attacker Antoine Griezmann may have killed the out-and-out striker's role once and for all after his eye-catching performance for France during the 2016 European Championship.
Follow @TheWorldGame And Australia's Socceroos, which have depended on spearhead Tim Cahill's goals for a long time, would do well to heed the clear message that emerged from EURO 2016. Cahill continues to do a magnificent job for Australi...
For the first time in 25 years, the final of the Copa Libertadores will not feature a team from Brazil or Argentina. Instead, Atletico Nacional of Colombia will contest the trophy over two legs with Ecuador's Independiente del Valle.
It may well be nothing more than co-incidence, but the last two times the title did not go to a representative from one of the big two countries, it went to Ecuador (LDU of Quito won in 2008) and Colombia (whose Once Caldas had been victo...
Listening to Greg O’Rourke take his bow as the Head of A-League in Sydney on Thursday, it was easy to make some positive assumptions.
First and foremost, he’s a football person, of which we can’t have enough and historically have been quick to overlook. He said all the right things, very much straddling the now-entrenched party line of Football Federation Australia: stab...
EURO 2016 was, in essence, a victory for cautious, reactive, counter-attacking football.
Follow @TheWorldGame That is the conclusion one must draw if one wants to evaluate the tournament’s capacity to mirror the tactical status of the game in our time. Of the purely attack-minded teams, like Spain, England, (the real) Croatia ...
When Choi Yong-soo suddenly left FC Seoul for Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning last month, it caught a lot of people off-guard. Still within touching distance of top spot in the K League Classic and with a big AFC Champions League quarter...
And while the five-time K-League champions have now gone five matches without a win, according to Dejan Damjanovic, FC Seoul’s all-time leading goal scorer, the transition from Choi to Hwang Sun-hong has been seamless. “He was coach of Bus...
There were noteworthy tactics and trends in the football played at EURO 2016 that could be very useful to Australian football.
1) The pull of the underdog is as powerful as ever Ange Postecoglou has rightfully asked this nation to get over its obsession with the underdog tag and embrace expectation - because that means you’re respected as a powerhouse football nat...