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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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EURO 2016 was, in essence, a victory for cautious, reactive, counter-attacking football.
Follow @TheWorldGame That is the conclusion one must draw if one wants to evaluate the tournament’s capacity to mirror the tactical status of the game in our time. Of the purely attack-minded teams, like Spain, England, (the real) Croatia ...
On June 23 a majority of voters in the United Kingdom opted to leave the European Union. The decision is bound to leave deep impressions on economies across borders, including on football.
Follow @TheWorldGame By virtue of that decision one important aspect of the Bosman Ruling of 1995 is now dead, at least in England. That aspect relates to the EU’s rule regarding the free movement of labour across member nations. Simply, ...
Something beautiful happened the other day. Brazil were beaten by Peru and the giants of the world game, the five-time World Cup winners, were eliminated from the Copa America.
By this I don’t mean that I am rejoicing in Brazil’s exit.  I remain a big fan of Brazil’s technical traditions, provided of course that those traditions are being adhered to. In many ways it was not a pretty sight. Brazil were woeful, no...
Tim Cahill is reportedly concerned that his shortage of match activity in the coming two months may cause him to be overlooked for the vital World Cup qualifier against Iraq on 1 September.
You and I should be equally concerned and are entitled to ask, without Tim, who will score the goals? In their last three games, all against European opposition, Australia scored three goals (one of which was an own goal). In the first tw...
As someone who was at Upton Park in 2003 to witness Australia’s historic win over England I guess I should have been peeved that the outcome was not repeated in Sunderland the other day. I wasn’t.
Follow @TheWorldGame Basically because it could have been repeated so easily. If anything the Australians played better and were more dominant than they were then. As we know, and as we are told time and time again, results don’t much matt...
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 ...