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England must turn to Wenger

In the aftermath of Sam Allardyce’s grubby dismissal, the English FA should now turn their attention to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
It was an unsavoury end to the shortest reign of any England boss. Sam Allardyce, 67 days in, undone by bravado and greed. Big Sam’s big mouth cost him the job he always coveted.  A second England manager in twenty years removed for inappr...
The A-League is just two weeks away but the red hot topic amongst the fans is not the impact Paul Okon may have in Gosford or whether this Perth Glory squad is the strongest we’ve seen (just quietly I think it might be). No, the chatter has once...
Mike Cockerill editorialised on it for Fairfax, and social media is, as usual, tearing each other apart about it. Even A-League executives are speaking up in favour of the concept. And FIFA are in town - looking at this as part of an overa...

EURO 2016: An Ode to Joy

There’s something about tournament football. There’s no quick fixes. No riches. There’s no team of stars. It’s nations facing nations. You don’t choose your nation. You are born to it. Deal with it. Live with it. Play with it.
This year’s tournament is the biggest ever. Can it be the best ever though? That's a tough call. Forgive the limited past, but Platini 84, the Dutch coming of age, Danish Delight, Czechs and football comes home, Zizou’s masterclass, a Gr...
It’s easy to get all misty eyed at tournament time. Nostalgia is filling the column inches and airwaves back in Blighty (Britain) right now, as simple folk reminisce about a glorious Brexit 20 years ago. It’s coming home we thought, except it...
For me, it was a summer I’ll never forget. I was 18, finishing school in a commuter town 20 minutes outside of London. The sun was shining. The days were long and beer fueled. Pulp, Supergrass, The Prodigy and Blur battled out for radio su...
Arsenal v Leicester (11pm Sunday AEDT) and Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (3:15am Monday AEDT) could well be season defining encounters on one of the most titanic days in Premier League history.
In the great big shiny world of the English Premier League, hyperbole has never been too far from the surface. The marvellous Mitchell and Webb satirised it wonderfully. Since 1992, Sky have brought UK fans “Super Sunday”.  Often an ironi...
They say 'You couldn’t script it'. Well clearly you can. You can script anything. Someone scripted Eddie Murphy in a fat suit a hundred times, and Tim Roth as a noble Sepp Blatter.
But I digress. This Premier League season has played out as though penned by Billy Shakespeare himself. A plot so full of twists and machinations. An ensemble of players created with a Machiavellian zeal. For years now, the EPL has been Ca...
It’s a curious time to be an England football fan. A perfect qualifying record, and a series of encouraging displays, should translate itself into a state of near hysteria; a frenzy of “This is our time!” “Three Lions Ready to Roar!!”.
WATCH SPAIN v ENGLAND LIVE on SBS and streamed online SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER from 6.30am AEDT. However, a succession of turgid Championship performances, from the Wally with the Brolly days of non-qualification, through the misery and capitu...
It’s not too fashionable to praise Michel Platini at the moment but among the Good, the Bad and the Ugly to come out of the Nyon fiefdom over the past few years, the decision to expand the UEFA European Championship to 24 teams, is beginning to...
Admittedly, at the time, it seemed crazy. Easier qualification for the big boys. More dead rubbers. Bloated schedules. But as we draw the curtain on the first qualifying campaign, it appears that the key component of the “Carre Magique” m...

Has City found its Heart?

Since being re-branded under new ownership in 2014, Melbourne City has been secure in it finances, but now it might have acquired something it couldn't buy; an identity.
The list of players missing was impressive. Internationals Hughes, Franjic, Zullo. Seasoned campaigners Gameiro, Novillo and Williams. Prominent young guns Melling and Mauk. And yet for 45 minutes, it’s Melbourne’s Sky Blues who bossed Syd...
As the final curtain approaches in Canada, it’s a time to reflect on the month that we’ve seen and experienced.
The women’s game has truly hit new heights. This has been a FIFA Women’s World Cup of fabulous goals, wonderful games, and a sporting tournament that has truly made an impact across the globe. The #FIFAWWC has inspired girls & women ar...