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Who is Nathan Tinkler?

Nathan Tinkler is a paradox: a big man with big achievements in a short period of time, but a man who shuns publicity, preferring to act rather than speak.
Tinkler emerged from obscurity to amass a $441 million fortune, earned over two years of the some of most astute investment in the history of the Australian mining industry. The 34-year-old converted his coal dollars into an equine passion that...

Do they see what we see?

Just how the FFA MRP came to its decision that Patricio Perez and Michael Baird took dives has consumed Australian football this week.
The unresolved question of whether Patricio Perez and Michael Baird took dives has consumed Australian football this week. The answer from the FFA’s match review panel (MRP) was a clear YES. Yet the two penalty decisions are a matter of conjectu...

Football’s true gentleman

In Cape Town, I heard the news of Allan Crisp’s passing, he was a dedicated football writer, a man of great integrity and humility who radiated warmth and a whimsical personality.
In Cape Town, I heard the news of Allan Crisp’s passing, he was a dedicated football writer, a man of great integrity and humility who radiated warmth and a whimsical personality. 'Crunchie' was South Australian football in every sense, there fr...

World Cup lights up

Yellow and oranje clashed spectacularly as Samba flair collided with total football in a World Cup treat.
For the first time in this most African of World Cups, Samba rhythm and Brazilian song drowned out the sound of the Vuvuzela, in was a reminder of how national passion should be expressed at the World Cup....

FIFA, it's time to act

The time has come for the rules concerning video technology, opponents and fans to be respected and common sense to prevail.
In the space of two hours on football's biggest stage we had yet another reminder of why video technology should be introduced at major tournaments. How Frank Lampard’s shot that landed so far over the line and witnessed by virtually everyone in ...

What a difference in the Socceroos

Australia's battling performance against Ghana in Rustenburg is a sharp reminder of what is possible in a green and gold shirt.
Australia's 1-1 draw with Ghana is a reminder of how this group of Socceroos is capable of tapping in to the type of collective belief that has defined its long and tough road to the 2010 World Cup. The part we can forget is the fall out from t...

Future bright for Williams

No one but Rhys Williams knows the full extent of his Pelvis injury, but his future in the Socceroos set up is assured if he can bounce back from this latest setback.
A young player looking to establish a career, playing for a coach who is small in stature but intimidating by nature, will always take risks. His future depends on it. Rising Australia star Rhys Williams faced such a test of his character as a ni...

Benni bounced

Two-times World Cup veteran Benni McCarthy was the biggest name to miss out when South Africa confirmed its 23-man squad for the World Cup, but it really was no surprise.
There’s been a saturated focus on the weight watchers program of enigmatic South Africa striker and two-times World Cup veteran Benni McCarthy in the Rainbow Nation. When your club chairman, West Ham's David Sullivan, says you’re just as fat as ...

There is an I in team

Watching Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney closely this season one thing resonates strongly – the team takes priority over the individual.
Watching Lionel Messi torment Stuttgart in the UEFA Champions League clash at the Nou Camp, following his hat-trick haul against Valencia in La Liga, and witnessing the exceptional Wayne Rooney this season, as he closes in on Cristiano Ronaldo’s...

Shades of Kewell in Oar

Tommy Oar's performance in the green and gold against Indonesia evoked memories of another fleet-footed winger who lit up the pitch against Iran in 1997.
When 19-year-old Harry Kewell silenced over 100 thousand Iranian fans at the Azadi stadium in November 1997 and then kick-started Australia’s first half domination of the same opponent seven days later in Melbourne, Socceroos fans hailed their...