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Les Murray

Fondly known as 'Mr Football', Les has been directly involved in all the major events covered by SBS Sport, including five World Cup football tournaments. Follow @lesmurraysbs on Twitter.

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Back in the days of the National Soccer League, SBS sponsored an annual award it called The SBS Most Entertaining Player of the Year. It was an award decided by the viewers, in other words the audience, the people who were being entertained.
Follow @TheWorldGame If that award was still in existence, Archie Thompson would have won it multiple times. He may not have been quite on the Alessandro Del Piero level as a marquee player but Archie was through and through a box office d...
Not since Blackburn Rovers won the English Premier League 21 years ago did this seem possible. Leicester City have not just upturned the record books and the betting markets but probably the world football order as well.
  Follow @TheWorldGame A series of monumental events in the 1990's brought about what we, until Leicester’s insurrection, thought was the modern world order that would last for a hundred years. The first was the collapse of European commu...
Walking out of Pirtek Stadium after that breathtaking A-League semi-final between Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar, Frank Lowy said to me that in his life he has never seen anything like it.
Follow @TheWorldGame That’s a big call from the 85-year old who first fell in love with football as a child growing up in central Europe and has seen a number of football matches in his time. It was indeed the most memorable of games showc...
It is now beyond debate that, despite the fall in attendances and TV ratings, the technical quality of the A-League is the highest in its history.
Follow @TheWorldGame Recently a Hungarian journalist emailed me to inquire about Perth Glory’s Krisztián Vadócz, asking about his performances and whether I thought he deserved to be picked for Hungary for EURO 2016. I replied I was not qu...
Football's lawmaking body, International Football Association Board (IFAB), is again flirting with the game's rules, all of them contentious, a couple of them bordering on the idiotic.
Follow @TheWorldGame It is not known if these are in any way the initiative of new FIFA president Gianni Infantino but if they are it is not a good start for him as football's top dog. IFAB, a body 50 per cent controlled by FIFA, proposes ...
Marconi, one of the most successful and eminent clubs in the now defunct National Soccer League, were last year relegated from the NSW Premier League into what is effectively Australia’s third tier of football.
You could have been forgiven for feeling a touch of sadness at this even if you weren’t a supporter of the 58-year old club domiciled in the western Sydney suburb of Bossley Park. But here’s the good news. By winning the NSW Premier League...
As five men line up to contest FIFA’s historic presidential elections on Friday 26 February the obvious burning question for the organisation’s 209 members - of which Football Federation is of course one, is who to vote for. My answer? None of them.
In fact I would go as far as to suggest to FFA that they abstain from the vote. This is because none of the candidates is suitable. None is in fact worthy of the job. And this is not a reference to the moral baggage most of them carry. It ...
The conversation about whether or not the A-League is up to standard just about died with that epic recent Melbourne derby, or should have.
Follow @TheWorldGame There were of course a couple of negative blots on the game, more about which later. It was a night of pulsating action and drama, the like of which we have probably not witnessed since that monumental grand final betw...
After Shane Smeltz smashed in Sydney FC’s winner in the dying seconds of the Sydney derby it was met with a collective groan from the Wanderers’ fans. ‘Lucky bastards,’ or words to that effect.
Follow @TheWorldGame Later Smeltz insisted luck played no part. Rather it was a case of his team sticking impeccably to a strategic game plan. "We were away from home and we have to come here to do a job, that was our game plan and we did ...

The case for Ronaldinho

Without doubt Brazilian icon Ronaldinho is the biggest name player ever to have so much as taken a glance towards the A-League. But it appears he's the big fish that got away, seemingly thrown back into the water.
Follow @TheWorldGame Through the months of November and December the player's Australian agent worked frantically to get him a guest deal for 14 games, from January 22 onwards. He spoke to five clubs. Support was also sought from the FFA a...