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Craig Foster

As SBS's chief football analyst, Craig provides expert opinion and unrivalled insight. He has also represented the Socceroos and played abroad. Follow @Craig_Foster on Twitter.

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I would advocate very few coaches from abroad for the Socceroos top job on the basis that the vast majority have little to contribute other than short-term management of the World Cup.
We would be better off in most cases building the capacity of our own coaching talent. However, there is a small pool of coaches with the ability to take our football forward, and Argentine Marcelo Bielsa is at the top of the list. Essenti...
Craig Foster - the Australian judge for the Ballon d'Or - explains why he voted for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Like alternate years when the other phenomenon, Lionel Messi won, there was only one candidate for top spot in the 2017 Ballon d'Or, Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo performed on a collective and individual level above even the one man who is a ...
Naturally there will be a lot of emotion and voices after failure to secure direct qualification, which is great. Everyone should be passionate about our national team and have a strong view. Scream, argue, cry, do whatever you need because this...
A few points, though, having seen much of the discussion. When things are problematic, we always hear the usual calls for changes in style, to sit back like Japan did against us, etc. I would say the opposite – Japan are a shadow of their ...
Iconic SBS football presenter Les Murray AM passed away this morning following a battle with illness. Long time colleague and close friend Craig Foster pays tribute to the great man.
I'm writing this on my mobile in hospital with a close friend and colleague having passed this morning, tears flowing off and on, so please understand that my eloquence can in no way pay tribute to Les Murray, a man who changed Australia t...
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...
The 12th A-League grand final brings far more than an opportunity for Graham Arnold or Kevin Muscat and their respective clubs to create new records, it brings a chance to reflect on our broader game in a moment of intense but extremely positive...
The game is now coming to terms with many aspects left unchecked since the restructure early this century. The autocratic governance process has run its course. The FIFA edicts came at a good time. The alterations will release much frustra...

An ode to offside

I know FIFA Technical Director, Marco van Basten raised a number of highly controversial proposals last week, but it has taken me that long to process them given the preposterous nature of quite a few.
He did have several reasonable proposals. To limit the ever growing load on professional players and to allow only team captains to speak with the referee throughout the game (which is long overdue) among them. However, his credibility as ...
FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams was met with criticism, but Australians should avoid hypocrisy when joining in as expansion has been in our interests in the past.
The FIFA World Cup should be thoroughly reviewed in all aspects and expansion is not, in itself, negative.  However, as always, the process is clouded by self interest, political expediency and the residual stench of what commercialisation...
The most important part of the inaugural National Indigenous Football Championships is that it was organic, real, came from the community itself and is, unlike many programs past, sustainable.
Perhaps that is what it took all along. Not for the governing body to impose another short term, fabricated venture however well intentioned, but for our indigenous football community to take ownership and lead the way. Friday and Saturday...
Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have a shared history and now share a city. However, they couldn't be more different on and off the field.
On one side we have Manchester United manager Mourinho and at the other end we have Manchester City boss Guardiola. The match is fascinating for the journey these two greats have undertaken, for their shared history and for the alchemy tha...