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There will be no excuses for Australia not to sweep past its opponents in Group B of Asia's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification after the coloured balls presented a relatively straightforward section for Ange Postecoglou’s side.
If nothing else the group opponents will do wonders for our youth as they embark on various spelling bees with Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Jordan - the four nations the Socceroos must top to progress to the final group stage. Of...
It was always going to be a fair effort to top the sight of 11 professional footballers striding around an empty stadium on the Gold Coast with their shirts featuring the pointed message “Freedom of Speech”.
Yet here we have it. In a football league barely 10 years in existence that’s already seen multiple clubs collapse, players hit match officials in the face and swingers, recalcitrant owners set up rebel organisations, and a 41-year old-swa...
It was a change that almost snuck through without notice – and many critics claim that's just the way the game's governing body wants it – but what are the implications of FIFA's adjustment to the licensing of player agents and its potential...
Late last week FIFA announced mass changes to the way agents will be able to operate, including dropping the very name they go by and replacing it with the term 'intermediaries.' The most sweeping change is that agents/intermediaries no lo...
Jay Bothroyd has always been one to break the mould. The England international has a reputation as an articulate player - not afraid to speak his mind on issues of social justice - while his career is littered with moves that others may have...
A youth career at Arsenal was stunted after a sideline incident with a coach. Bothroyd moved to Italy at the age of 21 where he played in the same team as Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s son Al Saadi - and Socceroos goalkeeper Zeljko Kal...
The time has come for FFA to have a serious look at the A-League’s ‘injury replacement rule’ and how it is hampering the development and progression of young players across the country.
It's probably also a good moment to talk about the ongoing role of the National Youth League in the same process. The arrival of Frenchman Harry Novillo at Melbourne City last week is the latest in a lengthy list of players brought in – o...
The Chinese Super League season commences on Saturday with interest sky high as Socceroos talisman Tim Cahill begins competitive life as a Shanghai Shenhua player.
One of the first things Cahill said upon announcing his move to the CSL was that he couldn’t wait to get to the airport and meet the fans. That initial arrival came complete with a sizeable security presence, hundreds of fans clad in blue ...

Matildas carrying the torch

With just 100 days to go before the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, the time has come to pay Australia's women's national team the credit and attention it truly deserves.
One of my earliest – and strongest - memories of covering Australia’s women’s football team came at the 2006 Asian Cup in Adelaide where the semi-finals were played as back-to-back matches at Hindmarsh Stadium. The host nation scored a fir...
It’s hard to know whether the AFC is suffering from an acute case of Triskaidekaphobia or if there’s some kind of Asian Cup hangover but with the Champions League starting this evening; it’s been another slow burn in terms of thrust and excitement.
Click here for more on the AFC Champions League In typically obtuse AFC manner the tournament proper gets underway in a city that neither saw a club from there qualify or indeed reside there. The Foo Fighters presented an unlikely stumblin...
It’s hard to believe it’s all over. A fantastic month of football with vibrant, raucous crowds, a high standard of play, some upset results and the crowning achievement of Australia lifting the AFC Asian Cup at a sold-out Stadium Australia.
While the Socceroos became the first side to win at home since Japan in 1992 the abiding memories for many will be the support for the other 15 nations. From the hipster-heavy base that adopted, with seemingly little concern for the curren...
As Australia gears up to host Asian football's showpiece event for the first time, a window of opportunity exists to connect with the continent and fundamentally change perceptions in the host nation, which will leave a lasting legacy.
Two days ago I spoke with Jaka Ihbeisheh, a midfielder for the Palestine side who was raised in Slovenia. His family separated when he was three and it wasn’t until 18 years later, via Facebook, that he ‘found’ his father. The 28 year old ...