Football Analysis

The World Cup Runneth Over

The World Cup Runneth Over

So Gianni Infantino got his way. From 2026 the World Cup Finals will feature 48 rather than 32 teams. The biggest sporting event in the world just got 50% bigger. 11 Jan 2017
The worst of times...

The worst of times...

IT’S a tale of two cities…but for both of them, it is the worst of times – with no best of times on the horizon. 9 Jan 2017
The Commentators' Foul Curse

The Commentators' Foul Curse

As a fan who watches most A-League games, all Socceroos games, plenty of other games and reads about the sport avidly I am familiar with the obsessions and foibles of the various commentators employed by Fox Sports, Bein Sports and the various newspapers. 5 Jan 2017
City name in the frame could come full circle

City name in the frame could come full circle

Among the candidates potentially lining up for the lucrative Melbourne City managerial position, there is perhaps one who could come full circle by landing the job. 4 Jan 2017
New Year New Arsenal?

New Year New Arsenal?

Arsenal's winter seasons have often been ones of toil and trouble, but they are still in the mix and with signs of a stronger attitude this season, they need to put their recent performances behind them to kick on in 2017. 31 Dec 2016
If I Were King Of The FFA

If I Were King Of The FFA

The FFA are trumpeting a major victory over their new deal with Foxtel. 22 Dec 2016
The Wizard of Woy Woy

The Wizard of Woy Woy

Matt Simon has just been suspended for a match, and it might cost him. The famously combative striker plays with his (and sometimes other peoples') heart on his sleeve but his indiscretion last weekend might see him miss more than the week for which he was suspended. 16 Dec 2016
Bring on the Tim Cahill Boo Boys!

Bring on the Tim Cahill Boo Boys!

I like and respect Tim Cahill. He’s been on our cover more times than anyone else (by a HUGE margin) while I’ve been editor. He’s our greatest ever Socceroo and and role model to millions of kids all over the world. 15 Dec 2016
Fabregas becoming impossible to ignore

Fabregas becoming impossible to ignore

Cesc Fabregas has had a bittersweet season so far with Chelsea in cruise control in the league whilst he's been stuck warming the bench. It's an unfamiliar role for the experienced playmaker, being the league's best 12th man, but he's been doing his starting XI chances no harm in recent weeks. 15 Dec 2016
On The Cusp of Cups

On The Cusp of Cups

We love Cup football. So now that the FFA Cup is done for another year, what other Cups could we see on the Australian football landscape? 15 Dec 2016
Mkhitaryan's Mystery Solved?

Mkhitaryan's Mystery Solved?

Henrikh Mkhitaryan's integration into the Manchester United set-up has been far from straightforward, however the green shoots of promise are growing quickly, following his game winning, man of the match display against a formidable Tottenham side. 13 Dec 2016
Top 5 reasons why Canberra is better for the A-League than Tasmania

Top 5 reasons why Canberra is better for the A-League than Tasmania

Football Federation Australia has put A-League expansion back on the agenda, announcing in November that it was finalising an application framework for new clubs looking to be a part of the competition. 13 Dec 2016
Secret Code Wars

Secret Code Wars

An article appeared in The Australian on Tuesday 6 December written by Sports Editor, Wally Mason. 11 Dec 2016
Is World Cup expansion viable?

Is World Cup expansion viable?

FIFA President Gianni Infantino would like to see a World Cup with 48 teams, comprising 16 groups of three teams, with two going through to the expanded knockout round of 32. Is it viable? 8 Dec 2016
Could Simeone be the key to unlock Messi?

Could Simeone be the key to unlock Messi?

Argentina started qualifying well but have struggled in recent matches and find themselves out of the automatic qualification spots. Could a drastic change be required to ensure a place in Russia? 10 Nov 2016
A Case For The Capital

A Case For The Capital

Fish where the fish are. That is the very loud and clear message from FFA headquarters when expansion of the Hyundai A-League is mentioned, and this tried and true marketing catch cry has produced results in the annals of history. But if you’re fishing for school fish in a lake full of sharks, are you really going to catch any? 22 Oct 2016
Subbuteo: The Sleeping giant

Subbuteo: The Sleeping giant

I was first introduced to Subbuteo only a few months ago when an English friend of mine showed me the game and it was at that very moment, I was hooked and I wanted more. But what is Subbuteo? 18 Oct 2016
Huge crowds support A-League expansion

Huge crowds support A-League expansion

Record-breaking attendances for the opening weekend of the A-League prove it's time to seriously think about expanding the league further. 9 Oct 2016
Getting on with the job

Getting on with the job

I don't often get a chance or have the time to catch up with Lawrie McKinna. So when the big Scot found out I'd escaped Sydney for a couple of days to head to my home town of Newcastle, the message was to the point in text by the Newcastle Jets CEO: "Get here at 1 for a wee pot of tea." 9 Oct 2016
All is not lost for Wanderers

All is not lost for Wanderers

The Hyundai A-League is back with a bang and the football family have welcomed it with open arms. Last minute equalisers, impossible come-backs, derby delight. Yes, football has once again captured the imagination of the Australian public in a way only it could, and this on the first weekend of the competition. 9 Oct 2016
A-League stars pushing for Socceroos selection

A-League stars pushing for Socceroos selection

Whether they're up and coming talents or players looking for a second chance, these guys will be hoping to be on Ange's radar. 6 Oct 2016