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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 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 ...
All-purpose attacker Antoine Griezmann may have killed the out-and-out striker's role once and for all after his eye-catching performance for France during the 2016 European Championship.
Follow @TheWorldGame And Australia's Socceroos, which have depended on spearhead Tim Cahill's goals for a long time, would do well to heed the clear message that emerged from EURO 2016. Cahill continues to do a magnificent job for Australi...
Portugal's 2016 European Championship triumph against all the odds might appear to have been helped by a degree of good fortune but the Selecao were due a bit of luck anyway.
Follow @TheWorldGame The Portuguese sprang a major surprise by beating host nation France 1-0 to snare their first major honour. They did it the hard way, barely scraping through the group phase in third place and hardly setting any houses...
It had to happen one day and now that Germany have finally got their Italian monkey off their back, is there a limit to what more these men of steel can achieve in the next few years?
Follow @TheWorldGame The world champions overcame old rivals Italy for the first time in a competitive match to reach the semi-finals of the 2016 European Championship. They face hosts France in Marseille on Friday (AEST) for the right to...
The spellbinding football that the Copa America conjured up in its centenary year provided a stark contrast to the pragmatic approach adopted by most teams at the 2016 European Championship.
Follow @TheWorldGame The world's two major continental tournaments for national teams have overlapped each other and neutral fans have been able to make an easy comparison between the individual flair emanating from the Americas and the s...
Italy's progress to the knockout phase of the 2016 European Championship has caught many pundits offside, not least those in the Italian media.
Follow @TheWorldGame Coach Antonio Conte's wobbly wannabes were dubbed the worst Azzurri team in major tournament history and not many within or outside Italy would have disagreed. Therefore when the Azzurri sprang a surprise by beating B...