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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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Why Asia needs a super league

The two 2014 FIFA World Cup finalists have been propelled by a core group of players who have either come up through the national team ranks together, or play together in a top club football team. The implementation of an Asian Super League would...
As we approach the 2014 World Cup Final, we can extract some lessons from the finalists and, given Asia's meagre return, pose an argument for a new competitive structure on our continent.In keeping with the past few unbelievable days, we go back...

Moving forward from Brazil

After a 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign in which Australia competed against two of the world's best teams before being handed a lesson by the reigning champion, the question is what happens now to galvanise support behind our national team and...
Australia's 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign has, by now, been dissected, analysed and pored over. Now the question is what next?In Brazil Australia had three very different games, three excellent tests, two close and competitive matches where...

Socceroos' attitude will be the deciding factor

Australia's 2014 World Cup game against Netherlands will be tougher than its opener against Chile - so get ready.
Chile plays the most open, and therefore vulnerable, football in the tournament and was the ideal first Group B game for the Socceroos.Netherlands is a different prospect, again. More compact, faster on the counter attack, stronger aerially in...

The night our Socceroos stood up to be counted

Australia's fledgling Socceroos team came of age against a world class Chile, producing a second half performance to give us great hope for years to come.
Australia's second half against Chile will live long in the memory. The first half will be banished as far as possible.The difference in performance from the Socceroos was extraordinary, a vast change in quality, confidence and execution ...

A perfect start to a unique World Cup

Amid a tide of societal unrest, Brazil showed on the pitch they have the talent and mentality to handle the pressure that comes with being a host nation, expected to win, in a country with far more riding on it than just the result.
What a perfect start to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, on field, that is.Off field, I respect and fully support the people of Brazil making their concerns heard at the lack of basic services and infrastructure we in countries like Australia take for...

Improved Socceroos sweating on injuries

In the opening stages of the Socceroos' match against South Africa, we saw some exciting glimpses of the football Ange Postecoglou wants to play. But to do it against the world's best nations, he will need his walking wounded fit.
The job Ange Postecoglou took on several months ago is not the job he has now.His plight is one shared by 31 other national team coaches gearing up for Brazil. In group B alone Spain has lost Thiago Alcantara and perhaps Diego Costa; ...

Arnold will bring success back to Sydney

Graham Arnold is back where it all began for him as a player, coaching at a club desperate for success. He is the man to bring it.
Graham Arnold has come full circle: from a young player evolving into a senior Socceroos star, to a high-performing coach.His appointment as Sydney FC boss marks something of a triumph and shows that a silver lining always exists after his exit...

Class divide emerging between A-League clubs

The bottom six A-League clubs must learn from the structure and stability of the top four or risk falling further behind.
Sydney FC needs to transition from a coach by coach model to an underlying philosophical one to catch up with the A-League’s top clubs.And the Sky Blues are not alone. There is a gap emerging between the four A-League semi-finalists of the pas...

Life's a pitch in the A-League

At this time of the season, our pitches need to be at their best, not the disgraceful surface we saw in Newcastle at the weekend.
The furore over the disgraceful quality of the Hunter Stadium pitch for the Round 26 clash between Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory is great to see, because it is a welcome shift in perception. No longer is it good enough for our league to...

Abbas right to make a stand

The football pitch is not a place in which 'anything goes' and Ali Abbas was right to make a stand against alleged racism.
The alleged incident of racial vilification involving Ali Abbas in the Sydney derby is a very important moment in Australian society, let alone our football. Before I explain why, we need to be very careful not to demonise Brendon Santalab ove...