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Melbourne City whizkid Daniel Arzani has set many tongues wagging since he made his grand entry to the A-League season in spectacular fashion less than two months ago.
He clearly is a very special talent who will draw fans to games but it is important that he is managed properly by the people around him because too often players in his situation fall victim to excessive hype and unrealistic expectations ...
The appointment of Bert van Marwijk as Socceroos coach is a lost opportunity that leaves many questions hanging.
Where, exactly, are we headed and is there a plan for our future football? Thousands of coaches have been trained in a particular fashion, hundreds of clubs have been encouraged to play in a particular way according to the national directi...
Just as the homing pigeon only knows one way to its destination and then home again, Australian football’s decision-makers went to Europe and came back with a Dutchman.
Under pressure, people tend to act instinctively. As the questions began to mount, and the panic set in, Australia does what it always does, and starts praying for the next Hiddink – or it just hires one of his compatriots. When you think ...
It used to be unthinkable that Manchester United and Arsenal would trade players, but anything seems possible in football these days.
Even “swaps” themselves are almost unheard of – a real throwback of sorts. But it’s pleasing to see United and Arsenal pull this off because their respective transfer values are probably equal. So wins the deal? On the face of it, you’d pr...
Football Federation Australia should resist the temptation to name a foreign coach to lead the Socceroos at the 2018 FIFA World Cup with Sydney FC's Graham Arnold acting as his offsider until he takes over after Russia.
The announcement of the national coach to lead the Socceroos in their fourth straight World Cup could be made by the end of the month. It is refreshing to know that finally FFA are getting close to a decision that should have been made at ...
At some point the Australian football industry will have to get over itself and realise that the future, whether we like it or not, is Asia.
No more lip service. No more mission statements. No more positive sentiments. No more “engagement”. No, it’s time for actual engagement. Singapore Slings at Raffles and shopping trips in Dubai do not pass this test. I’ve been in Thailand i...
No prizes for guessing who are the losers in the civil war that is threatening to take Australian football back to the days when it enjoyed little relevance or respect in the national landscape.
It's the supporters of course and it is time for them to spring into action and tell the powers-that-be in no uncertain terms that they have had enough. Fans in any sport hold a strong position, let's not forget this, and they should use i...
Australia’s final group stage opponent, Peru could well stand between the Socceroos and a round of 16 berth at this year's World Cup. Fresh from a trip around the South American nation, Kieran Pender considers what awaits the Australians in Russia.
The depths of the Amazon jungle were an unexpected place to be asked about the finer points of Ange Postecoglou’s tactical ethos. Perspiring my body weight in sweat as I trundled around a football pitch hacked from the tropical forest, my ...
Despite four months remaining on the season, Manchester City appear destined to obliterate Arsenal’s historic ‘Invincible’ feat, and then some.
After initially refusing to entertain the thought, Pep Guardiola’s subtle remarks surrounding Arsenal’s unbeaten Premier League campaign of 2003-04 left fans and pundits alike wondering whether the record was now on his mind. “Today is com...
Time for a snap poll: is the A-League a development league or not?
Here’s Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold: “I don't see the A-League as a development league. It's a meaningful competition in which clubs expect to win trophies.” And here’s Perth Glory chief executive Peter Filopoulos: “According to some the ...