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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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Getting to the game shortly, most important from Sunday afternoon's A-League Grand Final was the sensational occasion.
Follow @TheWorldGame A crowd of 50,119 packed into Adelaide Oval, screaming and chanting from an hour before the game until well after, an atmosphere as good as you’ll find in any corner of the world and a thrilling contest to enjoy. Well...
We are always looking for trends, for ways football is changing, evolving and coaches learning. Make no mistake, this 2015-2016 A-League season has been a beauty for attacking teams.
Follow @TheWorldGame Adelaide United varied their play between full proactive and, at times and especially away, reactive by sitting back and countering, a huge change from last season. Western Sydney Wanderers’ transformation is now stuf...
John Moriarty’s life began in Borroloola, led to Adelaide as one of the Stolen Generation and now the historic donation and demonstration of respect by the Socceroos has brought him full circle, in a sense.
Follow @TheWorldGame It closes the loop perfectly in that it is the game that saved him as a young man, and particularly the heroes in green and gold for whom he was once selected, who now provide the impetus for John to change the destin...
Two aspects of Australia's 7-0 mauling of Tajikistan made the FIFA World Cup qualifying win immensely exciting - the return of Tom Rogic and the emergence of Brad Smith.
As much as I am itching to get to Rogic, it is the performance of Smith that is the real story of the Adelaide Oval match. An exceptionally strong match and - admitting the defensive duties were not onerous, to say the least - experience ...
The exciting part for Australian football about the new SBS/Optus deal is to bring the work of some of the planet’s top technicians to a wider audience and, of course, free-to-air.
As the strongest league internationally from a commercial perspective, the EPL has been an attractive force for high level players for many years, and quite a few of the world’s best coaches as well, however this trickle has become flood ...
Craig Foster argues that the punishment handed down - a $50,000 fine and a suspended three points deduction - by FFA to the Western Sydney Wanderers is fair and that we all must condemn flares.
The FFA has handled the situation regarding flares being lit at the Victory match correctly. I believe this incident has been important to put everyone on notice so that we can stamp out what is a blight on the game, once and for all. And ...
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...