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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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Sydney FC, not for the first time in their 11-year history, are at the crossroads and it is time for management to make a very important decision that will shape the club's long-term future.
Follow @TheWorldGame Recent events would suggest that the two-time champions are in the midst of an identity crisis. And when chief executive Tony Pignata and coach Graham Arnold meet this week to discuss the team's latest tepid performanc...
'Hypocrisy' and 'perspective' have always played a prominent role in the never-ending soap opera that is Australian football.
Follow @TheWorldGame Putting it simply, there is too much of the former and too little of the latter when we pass judgment on the game we love. The failure of Australia's Olympic team to qualify for this year's Games in Rio de Janeiro has ...
The latest instalment of the intense rivalry that saw Sydney FC snatch an undeserved 2-1 derby victory over Western Sydney Wanderers raised the spectre that Sky Blues coach Graham Arnold may have spooked his younger counterpart Tony Popovic.
Follow @TheWorldGame Substitute striker Shane Smeltz broke the Wanderers' hearts with a winning goal in the 90th minute to settle a niggly affair that lived up to the hype as one of the city's main sporting events. The Wanderers were clear...
Australian football has taken giant strides forward in recent years and tasted unprecedented continental success but it can't rest on its laurels and must continue to thrive in Asia - both on and off the field of play.
Follow @TheWorldGame Football Federation Australia's belated recognition of the game's club history by amalgamating the National Soccer League records with those of the A-League is, finally, a step in the right direction. It showed that th...
Super team Barcelona have the opportunity and responsibility to restore the faith in the beautiful game that has been badly tarnished by world governing body FIFA by crowning their exotic football with the European title.
Follow @TheWorldGame World football is not in a good place at the moment - thanks for that, Sepp Blatter. And what better way to forget the disillusionment and mistrust that FIFA have foisted upon us all than by watching the sheer brillian...
Football can take a few positives from an eventful year that once again showed how hard it is for the game to hold its ground in such a sports-mad country like Australia.
Follow @theworldgame The game that was flying at an altitude few thought possible only a few years ago seems to have hit severe turbulence from within and outside its confines. After a bright start Football Federation Australia are instill...
The news that Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho is interested in playing in Australia has given the struggling A-League an unexpected fillip.
Follow @TheWorldGame The 11-year-old competition is having to deal with a drop in general playing standards that has affected gates and television viewership. One of the main reasons put forward for the league's falling appeal is the consp...
Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold is not doing himself or his club any favours by the way he has been carrying on the last few weeks.
Follow @TheWorldGame Professional football is a results-driven game that carries a high degree of pressure and coaches are always in the firing line when things go wrong. Arnold is showing signs of frustration after seeing his side get on ...
Now that the active supporter groups of the A-League have carried out their threat to boycott the weekend's round of matches it is time for them to come back to the fold.
Follow @TheWorldGame The fans have made their point in the strongest way but they need to know that they would lose all the sympathy they have garnered in the last fortnight if the boycott goes further. Clubs, coaches, players, fans and th...
Let's be frank about this: football is battered and bruised by a week from hell that illustrated once again the Australian media's deep dislike of our game.
Follow @TheWorldGame Football came under renewed attack from sections of the media that would appear to be still hellbent on destroying what they see as 'the un-Australian sport'. They certainly will not succeed because the horse has alrea...