Football Analysis

The Semi-Beautiful Game

The Semi-Beautiful Game

You know, I watch every Socceroos game and just about every A-League game, and the thing that most frustrates me about Australian football is the lack of strategic thinking. 13 Mar 2017
Southern Sydney expansion on the money

Southern Sydney expansion on the money

Ever been at the dining room table and have been dudded for the best piece of pie despite getting to the table first? I have. Stay with me on this, ok? 7 Mar 2017
Pie-gate bigger than Shaw's resignation

Pie-gate bigger than Shaw's resignation

The FA and Gambling Commission have announced inquiries into ‘Piegate’ after Sutton United’s reserve goalkeeper ate a pie during the club’s FA Cup fifth round tie with Arsenal. 23 Feb 2017
Women on the Frontline

Women on the Frontline

So the women’s professional AFL league kicks off tonight… I won’t be watching it – not because I’m sexist, I simply don’t like the game. I used to be completely indifferent to it until they went so far out of their way to prevent Australia getting the World Cup. Obviously, we weren’t going to get it anyway but what the AFL did to undermine our bid still rankles. 3 Feb 2017
Striking (Green and) Gold...

Striking (Green and) Gold...

To be talked about as a potential Socceroo these days, all you have to do is play two good games in a row and the “good judges” are singing your praises. 24 Jan 2017
Offside Marco!

Offside Marco!

Marco Van Basten, FIFA Chief Technical Officer, has foreshadowed further changes to the World Cup Finals, including the possibility of replacing decider spot kicks with the old NASL method where a player started with the ball 25 metres out and had 8 seconds to score. 19 Jan 2017
A World Cup revolution

A World Cup revolution

While the debate rages about the rights and wrongs of a 48-nation World Cup finals, it’s now a chance to overhaul even more about the tournament. 17 Jan 2017
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