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Philip Micallef

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

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One of the worst drawbacks of the modern game is that national associations and clubs cannot afford to be patient and engage in long-term planning.
In the cut-throat world of modern sport, it seems no one will put up with two or three years of failure anymore. Have a few bad seasons and the sponsors, media and fans would not want to know you. With so much money directly and indirectly...
Some time this year goalscoring hero Timothy Filiga Cahill should score his 50th goal for Australia and make his 100th national team appearance to cement his status as a Socceroos immortal.
The man regarded by many as the greatest Socceroos star of them all should etch his name in Australia's football history with an extraordinary tally that would be almost impossible to surpass. At the moment Cahill, who at 37 has become the...
Australia are poised to unleash their strongest attacking force in several months in the forthcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and the United Arab Emirates.
The Socceroos are chasing one of the two spots in the group that give automatic entry to the finals in Russia. Ange Postecoglou's team and the UAE are joint third in Group B a point behind leaders Saudi Arabia and Japan. They face the Iraq...
Football's away-goals rule has served its purpose very well but it is time for the question to be asked if the game really needs it any more.
The ruling was introduced by European governing body UEFA half a century ago and was trialled in the 1965-1966 Cup Winners' Cup. It was devised as a means of encouraging teams not to play defensively in away games. It worked a treat as the...
Barcelona's stirring UEFA Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain that captivated the whole football world should not disguise the fact that the Spanish team is in decline.
This might seem an odd thing to say after the Blaugrana staged a comeback for the ages to turn a 4-0 deficit into a 6-1 rout. It was the most extraordinary game I've ever had the privilege of watching and there can be no doubt that Barcelo...
The A-League's popular finals are the icing on the cake for Australian club football but they certainly are not everyone's cup of tea.
There are many who would love to see the series get a red card and never to be seen again. This is not another 'for or against' instalment of the most unproductive argument in Australian football. But we, nonetheless, should all say 'thank...
The miserable attendance for the top-of-the-table A-League contest between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory illustrated once again that the majority of the Sky Blues' followers are just fair-weather spectators not loyal supporters.
Real supporters are those who 'support' their clubs through thick and thin and sadly Sydney have too few of such fans and too many of those who will think of any excuse not to go to the football. The (surprising) crowd figure that was anno...
Australian club football has received a massive kick up the backside after the three A-League teams' disastrous start to this year's AFC Champions League campaign.
Two rounds into the competition, humiliated Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar must be wishing they had never qualified for the continent's blue riband event. After the match in China versus Jiangsu to complete match day two, Adela...
Charismatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been making his critics eat their words for as long as he can remember. And he's loving it.
This extrovert striker is still banging them in at 35 and is showing no signs of resting on his considerable laurels. Like a good wine, he seems to be getting better with age and there will be many who will wish him a fond farewell when he...
Australian clubs need to get out of their comfort zone and come to terms with the fact that playing in the A-League and in Asia at the same time is all part of the modern game.
Playing twice a week for a short time is not the end of the world as some would have us believe. Coaches should acknowledge this and stop panicking whenever they are forced to play three games between one weekend and another. The three A-L...