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Vitor Sobral

Vitor commentates for SBS and works as a presenter for The World Game. His passion for European football resonates through his blogs. Follow @Vitor_TWG on Twitter.

195blog entries
The salary cap is often cited as an important element in providing competitive balance in professional leagues. But does it, and what type of competitive balance is important for the success of a competition?
The use of salary caps in sporting competitions and whether they are actually useful is something academics have been debating recently. There are some studies which suggest that salary caps have very little or no effect at all on the comp...
The ownership crisis at Brisbane Roar is of great concern for Australian football. Unfortunately the club’s problems appear to be the result of decisions going right back to the formation of the A-League.
I have great hope that John Aloisi, aided by his brother Ross, will bring the good times back to the three-times A-League champion. But it will be difficult environment for them to work in until the ownership issue is resolved. Even more ...
A combination of slick passing, dogged defending and clinical finishing are helping the Matildas win friends and influence people at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Australia should be immensely proud of the Matildas achievements at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup thus far. A place in the second stage has not be secured yet, but the way this young team has performed in its opening two games has been,...
In Germany four years ago, football fans were treated a fantastic tournament, full of excitement dramatic twists and an culmination worthy of the title, World Cup final. It has begun all over again with the most talented players on the planet...
During the past four years women's football has again taken giant strides as the investment in youth coaching and greater opportunity for youth players bears fruit, particularly in nations where gender equality is greater. Australia should...
Only a year after winning the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, a wise, experienced coach adored by the players is unceremoniously dumped by club President Florentino Perez.
That was 2003 and the coach was 2010 FIFA World Cup winner Vicente del Bosque - who had just led Los Blancos to La Liga glory. Twelve years later, it appears Perez has not learnt past lessons after he (by all reports the decision was entir...
Bournemouth and Watford have both deservedly booked their places in the English Premier League next season. There is still another spot up for grabs and four teams will battle it out over the coming weeks in the Championship play-offs to claim it....
Norwich City   Final position: 3rd Norwich came from a long way back to give itself a realistic shot of returning to the Premier League, but may be frustrated it didn't gain automatic promotion. It now faces a two-legged tie against East A...
The big names of European football are about to tour Australia. While few would disagree that the matches will benefit these giants, there is a question of whether it will be a positive for the A-League. I’m of the view that it will be, if you...
For many Australian fans, opportunities to watch their favourite teams from Europe live in the flesh, not to mention the superstar footballers that turn out for them, are few and far between. Having been fortunate enough to witness this in...
The race for promotion to the English Premier League and its immense riches is one of the tightest in recent years. Only four points separate the top four and any of eight could be in one of shot of EPL glory. Here's the lowdown on the teams...
There are only four matches remaining in the English Championship and while the top four have ever so slightly slipped clear of the chasing pack, the automatic promotion spots are still there for the taking. The playoff spots are also goin...
Sunderland's results and performances this season meant it had no choice but to sack Gus Poyet. In the short-term the choice of Dick Advocaat appears a good one, even though it will be the Dutch coach's first English Premier League job.
In most leagues in the world the appointment of Advocaat to steer a struggling side away from the threat of relegation would be met with at least some sense of optimism. While the Dutch coach's recent results have not been overly impressi...
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's recent rantings about a campaign against the Blues may have come as a surprise to an English audience but the 'Special One's' madness has a method, one which is greatly used in his home country.
Mourinho walked into the Chelsea v Burnley post-match interviews with the strategy clearly defined in his head. Not for the tactics he used in the ultimately unsuccessful draw at Stamford Bridge, nor the system he was contemplating for the...