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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.

132blog entries

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. ...

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 Austr...

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 a...