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The A-League's 18th Sydney derby left fans in no doubt that Graham Arnold's all-conquering Sydney FC are a team to cherish in a tough time for our game.
Football in Australia is at the crossroads, beset with serious problems all over the place, but you would not know it by watching the slick Sky Blues. The champions gave another demonstration of their undisputed might and class when they c...
There’s a scarcely-known creature called the water bear which can be snap frozen, boiled alive, exposed to massive doses of radiation or cast into outer space - and still survive.
These tiny caterpillar-like critters have been dubbed mother nature’s hardiest earthly inhabitants. But they may have found a rival in the survival stakes in the form of the besieged board of Football Federation Australia. Survival and a r...
Any reasonable football fan in this country would be entitled to treat besieged Football Federation Australia's statement regarding A-League expansion with scepticism and disdain.
It could well happen but we should not hold our breath. This is what football leadership in Australia has come to, unfortunately. FFA have lost the plot and the dressing room and whatever they do or say even if with the best of intentions ...
It’s that time of year when the AFC Champions League begins – and Australia resumes its annual confusion about what the tournament actually means.
The press is puzzled. The public more so. Matches seem to arrive out of thin air; there’s virtually no marketing to publicize dates and times. Suddenly, there it is. Those of us who do care about the competition feel like we’re in some sor...
It would be unfair and utterly churlish to lambast the A-League's standard after an inauspicious start to this season's AFC Champions League campaign by Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory.
Many will see the two results as further proof that the A-League is not nearly as strong as it is cracked up to be. It is too early to judge the strengths and weaknesses of the competition vis-a-vis Asia yet it must be said that once again...
The formula for “success” at Chelsea is simple. Buy the world’s most in demand manager, watch him win the league title the following year and then sack him when results decline the following season. And repeat.
And here we are again following the 4-1 defeat to Watford, a result that has caused untold pressure for Antonio Conte. He may not see out the month. Or the week. Or even the next 24 hours. It has been this way since Roman Abramovich first ...
Australian champions Sydney FC make no secret of their bold ambition to leave their mark on Asian football by emulating crosstown rivals Western Sydney Wanderers and becoming continental champions for the first time.
Making Sydney the leading club in Australia and a genuine force in Asia is what drove Russian banker David Traktovenko when he moved to own the club a decade ago. If Graham Arnold's Sky Blues meet the challenge and bring home the AFC Champ...
All good things must come to an end. And for more than a decade, the salary cap served the A-League well, the rules banning transfer fees less so.
But while they both had good intentions, they are now badly outdated and now deeply counter-productive. Which means they must be removed as quickly as possible. Let’s start with the salary cap, which was introduced as a deflationary measur...
Australia's new coach Bert van Marwijk made two interesting observations when he was introduced to the media soon after arriving in Sydney.
The Dutchman who took his country to the 2010 FIFA World Cup final has been given the job of leading the Socceroos in the forthcoming competition in Russia. He has a five-month contract in charge of Australia replacing Ange Postecoglou, wh...
‘Lucy, if I don’t have football, I have nothing.’ This was precisely what Brisbane Roar forward Corey Gameiro said to me during a phone conversation in August last year.
At the time, he was reflecting on the horrors of suffering three Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries within three years and conceded ‘it was a dark time’ for him - one he hoped ‘never to go back to.’  As fans, it’s easy to view footballers...