3224blog entries
It is common practice for several Australian players that made a name for themselves abroad to return home in the latter years of their careers to 'give something back to the game' down under.
It is one of the most cringeworthy cliches that surround football in Australia, up there with 'we'll take every game as it comes' and 'there's still a long way to go and anything can happen'. Several returning Aussie stars and would-be sta...
Australian football should adopt the German system of grooming assistant national coaches so they are fully prepared for the top job as soon as it becomes available.
It has worked beautifully for the four-time world champions and there is no reason it cannot be done in Australia.  Ange Postecoglou’s contract will come to an end this time next year and the man who masterminded the Socceroos’ first major...
Arsenal have arrived in Sydney this week in a buoyant mood and with surging expectations ahead of the upcoming season – not least because of the sensational $90 million signing of French striker Alexandre Lacazette.
However, while the good vibes surrounding the team should lead to two huge crowds 48 hours apart at ANZ Stadium, there’s plenty of Arsenal players who need to make a statement on this tour. Last season marked the first time in 21 years th...
"What is the name of the Welshman at Real Madrid?" pondered Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas in January 2015. "I think Alexandre is much better than him".
Fans of Arsenal will be desperately hoping Aulas is right. But any hopes the London club might have had of easing Alexandre Lacazette gently into the spotlight of the Premier League were never going to last.  Expectations are already sky h...
Romelu Lukaku was meant to in blue by the time the new season kicked off. Either at Everton, where he was contracted, or Chelsea, where he seemingly wanted to be.
How blind-sided the football world was when news filtered through on Friday that a red team had entered the fray. Within 24 hours, it was confirmed that Manchester United's offer had been accepted. Suddenly, the wheels that had turned slow...
As we write the FFA is at serious loggerheads with its elite clubs. The clubs, in their financial demands, are so far from what is being offered to them that the impasse threatens to fracture the game.
Many have forgotten, and some never even knew, that the same thing happened 60 years ago this year. And it did fracture the game. In 1957 football's world in Australia was a very different thing. The game was run by the Australian Soccer F...
Football Federation Australia's continued failure to get their house in order has cast a dark shadow over our game's image at home and abroad.
As if FFA's shortcomings were not enough to get the game's stakeholders offside, they inevitably have drawn strong criticism and threats of intervention from world governing body FIFA. How embarrassing is this for our game that has made su...
Some thought that Germany’s decision to send their “B” team to this FIFA Confederations Cup was a sign of hubris. A kind of confirmation that of how they were treating the tournament.
By the end of the month, the decision of Joachim Löw to get a look at his secondary options turned out to be one of the unlikeliest master-strokes of international coaching. "It's heavier than the World Cup," he said afterwards. "This team...
European football's governing body UEFA are considering the introduction of a salary cap to combat the uneven playing field in the club game that is becoming more pronounced every year. And it's about time, too.
At the same time several A-League clubs want to do away with the cap that has played a key role in the progress of Australia's national competition. Go figure! UEFA's Slovenian president Aleksander Ceferin has said that a cap would be aime...
As one of the great capitals of European football, the city of Milan continues to lick the deep wounds emanating from one of the darkest and most hurtful periods in its decorated history.
AC Milan and Inter Milan are two of the giants of the world game but you would not know it by walking in the streets or visiting the bars of this stylish metropolis in northern Italy. The city justifiably used to be very proud of its footb...