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David Zdrilic

After years playing abroad and a 20-goal career for the Socceroos, David turned his hand to football punditry and is a beach football fanatic. Follow @Zdrila on Twitter.

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Manchester United must get this one right

David Moyes's sacking as coach of Manchester United highlights the need to get the right man and the club just can't afford to stuff it up twice.
David Moyes has been put to the sword and many Manchester United fans have been put out of their misery. I was never a fan of Moyes’s appointment and you can read about why here. To summarise, Moyes was an unproven coach tasked with replacing a...

Martinez destined for bigger things

It is only a matter of time before a big club snaps up my good friend and former team-mate, Roberto Martinez.
Everton’s former manager, David Moyes, has dominated tabloid headlines this season as he lurches from one disaster to another at the helm of Manchester United. The man who replaced Moyes at the Toffees, Roberto Martinez, is making headlines of...

Tackling the 'black dog' head on

All too often, lurking behind the bright lights of a football career is the 'black dog' of depression but, thankfully, awareness is growing at a rapid rate.
There was a time not so long ago when you would never hear of a professional athlete being 'depressed'. How could it be when they have it all? Bucket loads of cash, fame and respect earned by doing well at something they love? Ask most kids what ...

Brattan is just the player we need

Precision passing game and adept with the dead ball but when it comes to the Socceroos, for once Luke Brattan's timing might be out. 
It was great to see Brisbane Roar lift the Premiers’ Plate after being, by far, the most consistent team this season. Among the Roar players to have really performed throughout their club’s run have been Thomas Broich and Luke Brattan. We know ...

Fair is foul in the penalty area

Harsh laws that apply in the penalty area are unfairly punishing players and depriving football matches of a pure contest.
If a goalkeeper or outfield player brings down an opponent in the box while attempting a legitimate tackle, then a penalty is awarded, is it fair that the offending player is then sent off? FIFA’s law 12 Fouls and Misconduct, states: A player, ...

Manchester United's Moyes conundrum

If Manchester United wants to carry on the success it enjoyed under Alex Ferguson, David Moyes has to go, harsh as that sounds.
Just how far has Manchester United fallen under David Moyes this season, aside from seven places on the Premier League ladder? A quantitative answer may lie in the reported $367 million Moyes will be handed to rebuild his squad. It’s enough mone...

When the transfer window turns ugly

Jose Mourinho’s admission that he blocked Demba Ba’s loan move to Arsenal brought into sharp focus the sinister side of football’s transfer deadline day wheeling and dealing.
Jose Mourinho’s admission that he blocked Demba Ba’s loan move to Arsenal brought into sharp focus the sinister side of football’s transfer deadline day wheeling and dealing. The sour taste was not so much in Mourinho’s blocking of the move, bu...

Schwarzer move to be applauded

Mark Schwarzer's move to Chelsea could prove invaluable, not only for the player but Australian football in general.
Mark Schwarzer’s move to Chelsea took me and, judging be social media this morning, a lot of other people by surprise. Seeing an Australian move to a big club is always very exciting and once again, when it comes to big transfers, it’s a Soccero...

Why Moyes is not the right man for Manchester United

Manchester United needs a coach with a track record in Europe, who can win trophies straight away. David Moyes is not that coach.
As soon as the news broke that Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring at the end of this season, the tributes started flooding in. I, along with millions of football and sport fans around the world, have been a huge admirer of what Fergie has achieved in...

Ruthless Bayern scaling new heights

Bayern Munich's ruthless dismantling of Barcelona in thr UCL semi-final first leg may signal a broader shift in power from Spain to Germany.
Not content to plunder its local opposition for goals, Bayern Munich set about searching Europe for victims. Barcelona accepted the challenge, travelled to Germany for the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final and was thumped in a m...