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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.

135blog entries

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. [sbsondemand video="383596099787"] There is a long way to ...

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 tournam...

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....

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 with th...

A message to the Wanderers in Morocco

To the Western Sydney Wanderers players in Morocco: your conditions set foundations for future players. The principles on distribution of tournament dividends is an important aspect in attracting and retaining talent to help elevate quality across...
My generation of players fought for it for you. You do so now for players in years to come. Timing is not your responsibility. The club could easily have honored precedent. It is their choice. Brinkmanship is the clumsy tool that has historically...

Farewell old friend

Thank you for the opportunity to briefly add to the tributes and imminent farewell of my longtime colleague and friend, Les Murray.
It is has been so often said that Les Murray is an 'icon', a term worthy of further consideration. The dictionary has multiple definitions: :: A person regarded as a sex symbol or as a symbol of the latest fashion trends Sorry old friend but, eve...

Considered debate the key to national team success

The debate over the recent Socceroos matches should not be solely focused on results, but also on the performances and the changes being implemented by the coach.
Opinion and, especially diversity of views, is a critical part of a thriving football culture. This is even more so when it comes to national teams, the pinnacle of what, who and where we are at in football at any given point in time. National co...

A necessary step in our evolution

Han Berger made great strides in implementing change to our football culture, now his replacement as National Technical Director, Eric Abrams, is tasked with carrying that work forward as a bright future beckons for our game.
The announcement on Wednesday of a successor to Han Berger in the role of national Technical Director is a welcome one, not only to keep progress on track but provide renewed energy to speed up the pace of change....

The A-League and its stars where they belong

David Villa deserves to be on SBS ONE. Thomas Broich deserves to be on SBS ONE. Season 10 deserves to be on SBS ONE.
Congratulations, firstly, to the football community and fans for your advocation of the A-League moving to SBS ONE for the 10th anniversary of the competition, your passion, respect for the game and intention to see it reach new levels makes a...

Market forces leading football's charge

Football's capacity to entice international stars to Australia and create a truly world class experience for local fans, is slowly shifting the balance of power in our sporting landscape.
A day after the A-League All Stars pushed Juventus to the very last minute of their match at ANZ Stadium, Football Federation Australia chief David Gallop hinted at the arrival of another football superpower next year. ...