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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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After the Olyroos failed to qualify for the Olympic Games for the second successive time, Craig Foster analyses what must be done to ensure success at all levels.
Failure to qualify for a second consecutive Olympic Games is extremely painful and disappointing to everyone concerned. When there are consecutive or repeated failures there will naturally be increased scrutiny on those involved however, i...
Rarely can a decision have seen so straightforward than the coronation of King Messi, creator of magic extraordinaire, a Playstation genius for the gaming generation, the first man to scale the peak of individual football awards on five occasions,...
Follow @TheWorldGame This is the significance of today’s announcement. Lionel Messi has reinforced his case to be known as the greatest ever. The criteria for the Ballon D’Or includes performances for club, country and also provision for p...
Congratulations to the football fans of Australia, you are now a force.
Follow @TheWorldGame You have finally realised your power when advocating for something meaningful, in this case your reputation and that of the game. In future, you can apply your strength to many worthy causes, always ensuring you protec...
The most important part of Australia not only qualifying, which was the first step, but also performing creditably at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile in a tough group is that it increases the impetus for growth and improvement.
Since Australia chose to change our way of thinking about and playing football, it has been somewhat of a rocky ride in some respects. Across both the male and female game, we have at times struggled to qualify and performances in World C...
Bravo to the Western Sydney Wanderers club, management, fans and Professional Footballers Australia because football must stand its ground to ensure our wishes are protected and respected.
Arriving back from abroad, I couldn’t believe that law enforcement authorities are once again trying to control the right of Wanderers fans and, by extension every other club now and in future, to make public demonstrations of their passio...
Football has come so far but, every now and then, we get a glimpse into some of the more regrettable elements of the past that make us shudder and be thankful for where we are.
Many challenges await, and there are plenty afoot at present with the viability of A-League clubs and the current impasse between FFA and the PFA, nevertheless we have come a long, long way and that’s a credit to everyone in the game. All ...
Bangladesh was a complete waste of time and energy for the Socceroos and should be resigned to where it came from, in the lower reaches of Asian football qualification while Australia gets on with the important business of testing itself against...
Hang on, not so fast. Not only was the match healthy in many respects, it created some positive outcomes for Australia as well. World football is a community and each has to contribute to not only it’s own improvement but that of other me...
Watching Mat Ryan excel for Valencia this morning reminded me of the fantastic job Graham Arnold and Jon Crawley did with the goalkeeper in his formative years at Central Coast Mariners, and it made me wonder about whom else made a contribution.
There have has certainly been many. No player makes it to the peak of football without tremendous help, support and the guidance of many people, especially their coaches. Similarly with the Australia squad announced yesterday, including so...
The storm surrounding Indigenous rights sparked by on-field controversy in a different sport has raised some timely questions for football regarding our own indigenous commitment, our 'football dreaming'.
Especially so soon after the incredible performances in Canada by Kyah Simon and the amazing Lydia Williams for the Matildas at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. We should ask what are we doing to further indigenous outcomes through our sp...
Adam Goodes shouldn't retire, he should play on and continue to agitate for a change in attitudes. He has a platform, a profile and a responsibility to his people.
Adam Goodes would be celebrated in football. But it is far better for indigenous rights that he is not in our game. Let me explain. WATCH SBS's Awaken special: Adam Goodes - a good man stands up   READ NITV's Racism or other: what's with ...