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The Chapecoense air tragedy in Colombia was a horrifying heartbreak for the perished’s loved ones, the club’s supporters, for Brazilians and the global football community.
Sadly it wasn’t the first, nor will it be the last, incident in which planes carrying football teams have gone down and questions need to be asked as to why these things happen. Let us first examine what exactly occurred on that dark eveni...
The hardest thing for a manager to do is to fall on his sword, particularly in the A-League.
Since the A-League began, you could probably count on one hand the number of managers who have walked away from a club (without having something better waiting in the wings) completely of their choosing. That's amazing compared to what hap...
Football Federation Australia do not need any more evidence of players trying to get opponents sent off by play-acting to make a firm stand on the latest scourge to hit the A-League.
Brisbane Roar defender Jade North blatantly tried to get Melbourne City striker Bruno Fornaroli into trouble by exaggerating contact after the Uruguayan raised a hand near North's face. Referee Shaun Evans took no action. This despicable b...
In possibly the most important match so far of the Premier League season, the competition's two new heavyweight managers face off to determine who the true early season favourite for the title is.
At a time when the football community has been plunged into great sadness, it seems somewhat trivial to offer hyperbole about any match, anywhere. However, the game itself will undoubtedly play a great role in the healing of our global foo...
The phone rang about 4 o’clock in the morning, with the news that plane carrying the Chapecoense football team had gone down. A couple of hours earlier I had been talking about them on the radio, about their extraordinary rise and the big game...
The modest Brazilian club had become the first team from their country to qualify for a continental final in three years. They were on their way to fulfil a dream against Atletico Nacional of Medellin in the first leg of the final of the C...
Occasionally in football, something happens that reminds us that the sport we love is exactly that. A sport, played for fun. It is not - contrary to pop culture’s lazy cry - a matter of life and death.
Granted, it makes up a big part of many of our lives, but there are things we ought to hold dearer. Friends, families, the communities we live in and the societies we’re trying to better every day.  But sometimes the tentacles of football ...

Why clubs hate Melbourne City

Melbourne Heart was asked on countless occasions: “When are you going to get a women’s team?” Their answer was always the same: "When we can do it properly and treat the women as well as we do the men."
This was something I thought was a fairy tale… something that was never to come to fruition because in what world does a female team get treated as well as the men? Well apparently it happens all over the world. Countless clubs are now see...

The rise and fall of David Moyes

It wasn’t that long ago that Sunderland manager David Moyes spent his days madly plotting the downfall of Liverpool, an obsession that consumed him for over a decade, first on Merseyside and then briefly in Manchester.
He'll have been waiting patiently for this day since the moment he was unveiled as Sunderland manager in pre-season, but finally he gets to take his Black Cats to Anfield to end an extraordinary streak (Live on SBS, Sunday, 1:30am). We'll ...
While Australia is engulfed in a tough battle for World Cup qualification, which is by no means certain yet, in little over six months the team will be back on the world stage in FIFA’s next major international tournament.
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup kicks off on June 17 in St Petersburg, the eight-team event ending on July 2 in the same city. The other three cities being used for the tournament are the capital, Moscow, Kazan in central Russia and Sochi...
After the drama and excitement of FIFA World Cup qualification in South America, it is hard to flick the switch and focus once more on the domestic club game.
One reason is time.  In Brazil, especially, there is no real opportunity to reflect on the recent two rounds of qualifiers, to check the fixtures for the next rounds in March and work out the permutations.  The national team were in action...