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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 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...
Dynamic France midfielder Dimitri Payet is poised to dominate the 2016 European Championship with his lethal cocktail of defensive diligence, midfield mastery and flamboyant finishing.
Follow @TheWorldGame The West Ham United star displayed all these qualities during the opening match of EURO 2016 against Romania at the Stade de France. It was a performance so majestic that it had 'watch me' written all over it. Several...
The never-ending saga of football having to put up with embarrassing pitches across the country has come to a head: Australia needs a proper and exclusive football stadium to match the best in the world.
Follow @TheWorldGame Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos are champions of Asia and quite simply the players do not deserve to be insulted by being asked to play on such poor surfaces as that of ANZ Stadium at the weekend. "I don't know what you w...
Spanish football's hold on the European club scene seems to be getting stronger and more pronounced with every season.
Follow @TheWorldGame Ten days after Sevilla snatched their third straight UEFA Europa League with an impressive 3-1 win over Liverpool, Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid completed a remarkable season by snaring their 11th European Cup/Champion...
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...