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The last time I saw Mike Cockerill, we sat in the front window of Tre Bicchieri in Melbourne’s Rathdowne Street, doing what he loved doing more than anything else. Drinking coffee and talking football.
I was on my way to Europe to study for the FIFA Master, he was coming back from Tasmania, having just covered the FFA Cup run of the Devonport Strikers the night before. His post-match television cross that night said it all. He was soaked...
A damning report on the dwindling number of Australians playing in Europe's top leagues paints a sombre picture of our development system.
Professional Footballers Australia claimed in a pioneer study that the combined game time of our elite footballers in England's Premier League, Spain's LaLiga, Italy's Serie A, Germany's Bundesliga and France's Ligue 1 is down by about 80 ...
Sometimes all it takes is a glance. A few words. A look in the eye. Either way, when somebody has confidence, it’s hard to describe – you just know it.
That’s what it’s been like being around the Socceroos camp in Tokyo this week. The mood around the team hotel and at training in Nishigaoka has been as focused as we’ve seen from an Australian team for some time. Not even the rather extrao...
Australia attacker Mathew Leckie has every reason to feel that he does not get the accolades he deserves from an Australian public and media that are starstruck by English football.
Leckie, 26, plays his club football in Germany's highly rated Bundesliga. On the opening day of the season, on a bright afternoon in Berlin's Olimpiastadion, he had a debutant's ball to remember. The Australian helped his new club Hertha B...
It’s pretty rare that a quick fix works, in any walk of life. But it’s even rarer that you get the chance to sign a player like Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
It’s far too early in the season to declare anyone a title favourite but it’s equally impossible to ignore just how impressive Manchester United have been: two games, two thumping wins, eight goals scored and none conceded. It doesn’t get ...
European and world champions Real Madrid are in a strong position to dominate club football for years to come if events in the last five months are anything to go by.
And the team they have deposed - eternal rivals Barcelona - are becoming a mere shadow of the one that mesmerised the world game. The ease with which Zinedine Zidane’s Los Blancos dismissed the challenges of Atletico Madrid and Juventus in...
Australia have a golden opportunity to inflict a savage psychological blow on Japanese football when they take on the Samurai Blue in a crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
The Socceroos need to emerge unscathed from their clash in Saitama on August 31 as the race for a spot in the finals approaches its climax. With two rounds to go and the top two teams from Group B to go through to Russia automatically, Jap...
It’s New Year’s Eve, 2015. With hours before the clock ticks over to 2016, Jared Lum sees a message flash up on his phone. It’s the message that will change his football life.
The message came from an agent he’d never met but who'd been savvy enough to pick up some information on the football grapevine. After all, Lum was a Young Socceroo and Sydney FC’s under-20 captain barely a few years before. However, he'd ...
As much as it takes a great team to win a championship, there will always be a select few “special players” who can make the difference in any given season.
With six teams legitimately considered to be in title contention – barring a Leicester City-type miracle – heading into the new campaign, isolating the five most decisive players in this season’s title race is no easy task. What each playe...
COMMENT: Football Federation Australia have lost the plot, the dressing room and any semblance of goodwill they once shared with a frustrated football fraternity.
The board should do the right thing and step down. Chairman Steven Lowy has done himself no favours with his antagonistic, arrogant and provocative approach towards the job he controversially inherited from his father Frank two years ago. ...