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Philip Micallef

Philip Micallef is a football writer with almost 40 years of experience. He has worked for News Limited and now SBS. He is a long-time follower of AC Milan.

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Trust those brave warriors from Wanderland to concoct such a fitting finale to their four-year love affair with Pirtek Stadium.
Follow @TheWorldGame At the end of an absorbing 5-4 A-League semi-final contest against Brisbane Roar that ebbed and flowed like the nearby Parramatta river, Western Sydney signed off on a ground that has become inadequate in unforgettable...
Opponents of the A-League finals like to remind us at this time of the year that it's the Premiers' Plate not the Grand Final that should determine the true champions of Australia.
Follow @TheWorldGame The premiership is the real thing, they claim, and the final series is just an added, end-of-season Americanism that has no place in our game. There is no fairer way to determine the champions than by using the 'first ...
The 2015-2016 A-League campaign will long be remembered as the season when an armada of conquistadores plundered the competition and took no prisoners.
Follow @TheWorldGame Guillermo Amor, the former Barcelona and Spain midfielder, completed the job initiated by fellow Spaniard Josep Gombau by leading Adelaide to the Premiers' Plate. Regardless of who ends up winning the championship, the...
The last thing Barcelona need after crashing to an unexpected home defeat to bitter rivals Real Madrid is a tricky clash with Atletico Madrid for a spot in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
Follow @TheWorldGame The UCL favourites lost their first match in 40 in all competitions at the weekend.  Barcelona still lead La Liga with a comfortable six-point buffer over Atleti but the 2-1 debacle to Zinedine Zidane's 'Los Blancos' ...
The emergence and consolidation of midfielder Aaron Mooy as a quality international player is great news for his biggest fan, Australia coach Ange Postecoglou.
Follow @TheWorldGame It is also a sign that the time has come for Postecoglou to make one of the biggest selection decisions since taking over the reins in October 2013. The Socceroos boss rates Mooy as the A-League's best player and he n...
As the 11th A-League enters the final straight with four teams in strong contention for the Premiers' Plate, this is the time coaches earn their money.
Follow @TheWorldGame It is one of the tightest finals races since the league's inception and with three rounds to go, Western Sydney Wanderers lead the pack on 42 points, one ahead of Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar and two ahead of Adela...
As one of the grandest and most enchanting cities on earth the French capital Paris has a lot to offer in terms of history, art, culture and sport.
Follow @TheWorldGame The City of Light, situated on the banks of the Seine, is a major European centre whose iconic landmarks like the Eiffel tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Pompidou Centre and Moulin Rouge have mesmerised locals and f...
Australia's top teams can once and for all shed their inhibitions about facing Asia's elite in the AFC Champions League.
Follow @TheWorldGame After a promising start to this year's ACL competition the message is loud and clear: it's about time we stop fretting over Asia's big guns and let them worry about us, for a change. The mega teams of China, Japan and ...
Melbourne Victory's stirring win over Shanghai SIPG in their opening group match of the AFC Champions League has raised hopes that the Australian club can reach the knockout phase of the competition for the first time.
Follow @TheWorldGame Victory have failed to proceed from the group stages of Asian club football's blue riband event in four attempts. But a 2-1 result over a skilful side managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson has put Kevin Muscat's team in the b...
It does not take too much to upset Sydney FC's combustible coach Graham Arnold, a master motivator who leaves nothing to chance in his meticulous pursuit of excellence.
Follow @TheWorldGame He will berate referees for a bad call, he will bemoan the whims of fortune when his teams do not get the rub of the green and he will not think twice about having a go at the media or the game's administration if he t...