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European football's governing body UEFA are considering the introduction of a salary cap to combat the uneven playing field in the club game that is becoming more pronounced every year. And it's about time, too.
At the same time several A-League clubs want to do away with the cap that has played a key role in the progress of Australia's national competition. Go figure! UEFA's Slovenian president Aleksander Ceferin has said that a cap would be aime...
As one of the great capitals of European football, the city of Milan continues to lick the deep wounds emanating from one of the darkest and most hurtful periods in its decorated history.
AC Milan and Inter Milan are two of the giants of the world game but you would not know it by walking in the streets or visiting the bars of this stylish metropolis in northern Italy. The city justifiably used to be very proud of its footb...
The recent flurry of activity by the Socceroos - seven games in three months - has been a revelation in how a coach grapples with tactical transition and evolutionary change.
For such changes to be successful you need, first and foremost, a coach who is stubbornly steadfast in his conviction and his belief that the changes are necessary and will work. In Ange Postecoglou we have such a coach. For six of those s...
ANALYSIS: Australia's bold and feisty performance against Chile in what became their last match at the Confederations Cup said more about the team's character than all their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers put together.
The struggling Socceroos, with one point from two matches against Germany and Cameroon, were given little chance of even living with the hot Chileans. Needing to beat the South American champions and fourth-ranked team in the world by two ...
Some seventeen and a half years ago in Rio’s Maracana stadium Ange Postecoglu’s South Melbourne played in the Club World Cup.
Watching the game alongside then-Scotland coach Craig Brown, I asked what he thought of the way South Melbourne were set up with three centre backs? “The problem,” he replied, “is that all three of them can be taken out with one pass” – as...
Glass half-empty or glass half-full? That’s the question for Socceroos fans, who will again be presented with more questions than answers after the 1-1 draw with Cameroon in Saint Petersburg.
The result means Australia can still qualify for the next stage of the Confederations Cup, which is a positive. But it wasn’t wholly convincing from a team that has come under fire for some ordinary recent displays. They needed a resolute ...
Australia is on the right path. Going forward, trying to attack, being aggressive against every team and thereby learning how to adapt our development systems, training methods and tactical approach to this end.
Trouble is, as soon as there is some pressure, the calls to go backwards intensify. It is odd that so many Australians feel more comfortable with pragmatism and negativity, when we are a nation of bold, go forward type people. At least I t...
As the Socceroos face up to the FIFA Confederations Cup, their first tournament since the 2015 Asian Cup, they are confronted by two distinct challenges.
The first challenge is to perform well in a competitive international tournament. The second is to come to grips with a tactical identity crisis. The second challenge is more critical than the first. After 36 straight games in which coach ...
As the travel-weary Socceroos soak up the salty ambience of Sochi - Russia's answer to the Gold Coast - it's worth noting just how the landscape of the national team has altered in the 11 years since they were last spotted at a Confederations Cup.
Back then - and there is no intention here to draw an ominous comparison - defeats against host nation Germany, Argentina and Tunisia led to newly-installed FFA chairman Frank Lowry ending Frank Farina's six-year tenure as coach. Even with...
Missing out on the hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups left a bitter taste in the mouths of Australians. Understandably so.
It made a budding football nation simultaneously embarrassed and resentful, eventually calcifying into cynicism. That feeling still lingers; there’s an active grievance and deep distrust, both internally and externally. Unfortunately, that...