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Craig Foster

As SBS's chief football analyst, Craig provides expert opinion and unrivalled insight. He has also represented the Socceroos and played abroad. Follow @Craig_Foster on Twitter.

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Two best teams to do battle in worthy finale

Sunday's grand final will be a match-up between two of the best teams the A-League has ever seen, and while the game may well deserve a bigger stadium, those fans lucky enough to get a ticket to AAMI Park are in for a special treat.
The showpiece contest in the showpiece event, played in front of a fraction of the potential crowd. It will still be a brilliant occasion, but the stadium fiasco is a great shame. Nevertheless, we move on and take important lessons away. T...

No Glory in this cautionary tale

Football Federation Australia has meted out a punishment to Perth Glory that compromises fairness for the interests of the governing body's commercial partners and the game is all the poorer for it.
The Perth Glory affair has escalated to a very dangerous place after the head of the A-League, Damien de Bohun, admitted its commercial partnerships with betting agencies influenced their decision not to strip Perth of all points. For a b...

Encouraging signs for Ange and the Socceroos

Australia's international against FYR Macedonia in Skopje is a great example that, in order to make an educated assessment, you simply have to watch a football game yourself.
Media reports just won't do, since everyone has a different interpretation of the way a game should be played, of what happened, and of what the overall impression is. Despite the game being called dour, my assessment is very, very positiv...

Fozz explains how the Socceroos deconstructed Germany

The Socceroos are starting to match their physical qualities with a style of play and a willingness to work hard for each other rarely seen in national teams, and the effects were there for all to admire against Germany.
The Germany test was a very interesting match in which Australia continued the approach from the Asian Cup with considerable success against the world champion. The game should have been won, and it was great to see the buzz around the co...

Socceroos win a timely message for the Abbott government

If ever there was a strong case for more government funding for major football tournaments and the game itself, it was made last night by those 23 warriors dressed in gold who delivered Australia its first major men's football trophy in emphatic...
1. Congratulations to Ange Postecoglou and the Socceroos players. They did what was asked and in a manner Australia is justifiably proud of. Korea Republic brought something extra out of the team, which is what finals are about. If we cou...

Debunking the myth of the 'dangerous two-nil lead'

Rather than entering some fabled danger zone when they went 2-0 up against UAE, the Socceroos showed the fruits of a tournament in which they have gone from strength to strength. The lead put Ange Postecoglou's team into a position of strength in...
It was a job well done by Australia. The 2015 Asian Cup has played out perfectly for both finalists to prepare for what will be an extraordinary occasion for Australian sport on Saturday. With two World Cup nations - Iran and Japan - crash...

Why Postecoglou gets an A-plus for Socceroos' Asian Cup

Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos are playing the type of football we want to see and growing in belief with each 2015 Asian Cup outing.
Two matches in to the Socceroos' 2015 Asian Cup campaign, Ange Postecoglou gets full marks. The Oman performance was outstanding and shows the team is ready for Korea Republic and beyond. There is a long way to go and it is worth remember...

Socceroos vault first hurdle

The opening match of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup had the potential to be problematic for Australia, but having seen off Kuwait 4-1, the Socceroos can now take greater certainty into the remainder of the tournament.
The first match always has a significant unknown factor. Australia knew only what Kuwait showed in the recent Gulf Cup and leadup matches, which gave an overall picture, but the Kuwaiti coach then left out key players as the approach to a ...

Socceroos have what it takes to win the Asian Cup

I'm very bullish about Australia's chances in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, for a variety of reasons.
As discussed on Extra Time on Sunday night, home support is immensely important. Some have compared Australia's prospects to that of Brazil playing at home last year, erroneously in my view - there is no comparison. Brazil has five world t...

Wanderers resolution is a welcome sight

Lets hope the actions of the Wanderers players and those of generations before them, create better working conditions for generations to come. After all, the players are a central part of our came and deserve to be treated as such.
Sanity appears to have prevailed at the Wanderers. This was a major public relations disaster and could easily have been avoided. Nevertheless, hopefully everyone learns from the experience and in future, other playing groups aren't faced ...