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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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Australia's progress at club and national level could be compromised if a new trend in football's critique is allowed to gain momentum.
Follow @TheWorldGame There exists a perception among football's cognoscenti that those infidels who are unprepared to place the Australian game on a pedestal should be demonised and castigated for their lack of goodwill and patriotism. It ...
Real Madrid have emerged as the new "cardiac kids" of the European game after a series of exploits revived a forgotten side to the fabled Spanish club.
Follow @TheWorldGame The European champions have staged some dramatic comebacks that ripped the heart out of their opponents in the last three seasons. Just ask crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid, Germany's Wolfsburg and Portugal's Sporting....
Jilted assistant trainer Luciano Trani has emerged from the Newcastle Jets' double sacking saga as the villain in the piece, the master manipulator who would back-stab his head coach to pursue his own agenda.
Follow @TheWorldGame At the end of yet another scene in the never-ending soap opera surrounding the once-proud Newcastle club, Trani was sacked a day after Scott Miller was relieved of his job. The simmering feud between the two coaches wh...
A fresh problem has emerged with Australia's national team after the Socceroos kicked off their campaign to reach a fourth straight FIFA World Cup with a deserved if rather unimpressive 2-0 victory over Iraq.
Follow @TheWorldGame Goals from midfielder Massimo Luongo and striker Tomi Juric gave the Socceroos a flying start to their final bid to reach Russia 2018. Job done and three points in the bag so it's all good then. Well, not quite. On Wed...
Australia have developed an appealing and competitive style of play that should give our game plenty more memorable moments but all the good work would come unstuck if the Socceroos failed to reach Russia 2018.
Follow @TheWorldGame Winning the 2015 AFC Asian Cup for the first major honour in their history was a tremendous achievement for the Socceroos and it gave the game Down Under a massive boost. But the FIFA World Cup is bigger, more importan...
One can only imagine what intense pressure the Brazilian team must have been under as they nervously prepared to take on Germany in a penalty shootout for gold at the Rio Olympics.
Follow @TheWorldGame Both teams could not be separated after 120 minutes of pulsating football that made a mockery of the claims that football should not be at the Olympics. So after a 1-1 draw that had a heaving crowd at the Maracana go t...
Brazil's constant failure to win men's gold at the Olympics must be one of the greatest and most inexplicable anomalies in world football.
Follow @TheWorldGame Mexico have done it. So have Cameroon, Nigeria, East Germany and Sweden yet Brazil, seen by many fans for so many years as the masters of the game, have yet to strike gold. They've won five FIFA World Cups, the Copa Am...
The magical moments that the FFA Cup keeps providing us every year have vindicated Football Federation Australia's decision to fall in line with the rest of the world and stage an annual knockout competition.
Follow @TheWorldGame But if the truth be told it's not a real knockout yet. Not in the traditional and accepted sense of the word, anyway. At the moment the cup is heavily doctored and its draw is piloted in order to protect the lesser clu...
It is hard to believe that it is 50 years since England overcame West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final to win their one and only major honour.
Follow @TheWorldGame When Bobby Moore's team won the blue riband event of the world game with a controversial 4-2 victory over a Franz Beckenbauer-inspired XI, the game in England was nicely poised to rule the football universe. Playing at...
Australia's paranoia with playing its football almost exclusively on the deck may come at a heavy cost in the long run simply because many young emerging players are neglecting the art of heading the ball.
Follow @TheWorldGame It is all well and good for the Socceroos, the Olyroos, the Joeys and the A-League teams to do the right thing and play the game the modern and most effective way - which is on the ground. That's great but it needs to ...