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Tom Findlay

A self-confessed AC Milan tragic, Tom brings over a decade of experience in print and online journalism and more than five years covering football for TWG. Follow @tomfin on Twitter

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Arnold to bring a different type of bling

Under Graham Arnold Sydney FC will continue to be bling, but it may not be bling as we know it.
Sydney FC striker Corey Gameiro is racking up a very impressive list of pre-season scalps and making a compelling argument that ditching the bling could be the best thing for the much-maligned A-League club....

Brazil's greatest challenge

The reality of Neymar's back injury put a premature dampener on the victory party in Rio de Janeiro, as the magnitude of the task facing his team-mates started to sink in.
The explosions started halfway through the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-final between France and Germany: a shrill whistling, followed by a crackling then a loud bang, over and over again. These weren't the celebratory exultations of Germany fans ...

Brazil's passion shines through its favelas on matchday

When in Rome do as the Romans do. When in Rio, hit the favelas for a unique matchday experience, just don't break the TV, like I did.
With explosions ringing out over the city and the smell of smoke thickening the already swarthy air, I managed to find the only Brazilian cab driver in Rio who didn't care that the national team was playing Mexico in an hour's time....

Fierce rivalry plays out at football's great theatre

Bosnia and Herzegovina was playing in its first ever World Cup finals match, but with Lionel Messi leading his nation out for its 2014 FIFA World Cup debut at Rio de Janeiro's fabled Estadio do Maracana, this one was always going to be about...
The talk was that authorities in Rio de Janeiro had been on high alert regarding England's fans, which were expected to gather en masse at Copacabana beach for their team's 2014 FIFA World Cup opener against Italy....

Return of the Jedi in the nick of time

While Australia's fortunes have dipped worryingly over the past few years, the emergence of a dependable midfield leader has been a welcome surprise.
I was once moved to write about how much I disliked Mile Jedinak's game. From his tendency to over-hit passes, to his bull-in-china shop approach to tackling and penchant for over-ambitious long balls, Jedinak was always the embodiment, in my eye...

A World Cup through the eyes of Rio

The juxtaposition between excitement and apprehension that has punctuated the build-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup is none more evident than in idyllic Rio de Janeiro, the destination for the final, where one senses the fortunes of the tournament...
The rising sun frames sugarloaf mountain, casting it in an almost angelic hue. The Rio De Janeiro its morning light touches is a conflicted one. Peoples' excitement for what is considered a once-in-a-generation World Cup has been tempered somewha...

Unlucky Luke the victim of a baffling omission

A veteran defender with 80 internationals and two World Cups under his belt; experience playing across Europe; age on his side at 32 years old; in a rare and rich vein of form, could be just the player for a nation battling depth, injuries and a...
Handed a brief to implement regeneration, Postecoglou has made some refreshingly bold selections since taking over from Holger Osieck as Australia coach. Postecoglou has necessitated a painful but increasingly urgent process of change many fans h...

The best XI not to make the cut

As the 32 nations contesting the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals sign off on their squads, interest turns to who missed the cut. This year the list of rejected players has an all star flavour to it. Here is my 'snubbed XI' of players who missed out,...
What was probably a brief phone call between Ange Postecoglou and Lucas Neill at the beginning of the month was the catalyst for big news in Australia. The veteran defender had been told he would not be selected in the Australia coach's prelimina...

The key battles that will decide the grand final

There will be little to separate Roar and the Wanderers in Sunday's sold out finale so just where will it be won and lost? 
The two most consistent teams of the season have survived a cut-throat elimination finals system to play off for the A-League championship at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday. Rarely do finals system-based leagues reward fans by having the two best team...

Is courage enough to save the Socceroos?

Unlike other sports, pride in the jersey will only get the Socceroos so far against the world's best football nations in Brazil.
Fabled stories of courage, bravery and battling against the odds decorate the Australian sporting landscape like beer bottles on the floor of a share house. Over the past 12 months, those buzz words have resonated particularly strongly around th...