Football Analysis

Hired or fired? The top candidates for A-League expansion

Hired or fired? The top candidates for A-League expansion

It took far too long, but there’s finally some certainty over A-League expansion, with two new teams set to be named in October. So who will they be? 30 Mar 2018
Arzani MUST go to Russia

Arzani MUST go to Russia

Can there be any further doubt? Does anyone still question Daniel Arzani’s right to a place in Russia? 25 Mar 2018
Where to next for rudderless Mariners?

Where to next for rudderless Mariners?

I really liked Paul Okon. I did briefly resent him for not keeping John Hutchinson as his assistant, but I liked his passion and the style the players showed (occasionally) under his tenure. Now he is gone, and the Mariners are adrift in the darkness. 20 Mar 2018
Are the Sky Blues in meltdown?

Are the Sky Blues in meltdown?

What on earth is happening at Sydney FC? David Carney's booting off from matches, Alex Brosque is spitting at referees (allegedly) and Graham Arnold's in damage-control. Is this the future Socceroos... 20 Mar 2018
What would Jackson do?

What would Jackson do?

When you hit rock-bottom, sometimes you look to a long-haired saviour for inspiration. No, it's not Jesus. It's Jackson Irvine. 14 Mar 2018
Victory in Asia: A great result for Australian football

Victory in Asia: A great result for Australian football

I am very far from a Melbourne Victory fan, but I am a huge Australian football fan. Accordingly, I always support the Aussies, no matter who, in the ACL and boy was I cheering loudly for Victory tonight. 13 Mar 2018
From Guus to Glory: What to expect from Arnie’s Socceroos

From Guus to Glory: What to expect from Arnie’s Socceroos

As Australian football recoils in shock from its worst kept secret, we take a sneak-peek at the Socceroos under Graham Arnold, with Matt Simon leading the line… 13 Mar 2018
If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the Dutch Oven

If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the Dutch Oven

Okay, first the positives. I was very pleased when I saw Bert van Marwijk appointed Socceroos coach. He’s had fabulous experience, knows how to succeed at the World Cup, and got the best out of a Saudi Arabia team from whom we took four points home and away. 10 Mar 2018
Will Millwall prove Cahill's demise?

Will Millwall prove Cahill's demise?

He's played 99 minutes all season. His new coach isn't playing him, saying he's not fit enough. Bert van Marwijk has barely mentioned him. With a month until crucial Socceroos' friendlies, is Millwall the end of Tim Cahill? 23 Feb 2018
When will refs and commentators learn the rules?

When will refs and commentators learn the rules?

I’ve written before about how ridiculous it is that professional commentators and (even worse) referees don’t know the rules. 17 Feb 2018
Legacy Schmegacy - Another Cahill clanger

Legacy Schmegacy - Another Cahill clanger

Super, Super Tim... Super, Super Tim... Super, Super Tim, Super Timmy Cahill! These words would have been sung tens of thousands of times in Germany and in the years shortly after. I haven’t heard them for a while... 3 Feb 2018
Arnie v Musky: The Bigger Blue

Arnie v Musky: The Bigger Blue

The Big Blue is on tonight – Australia Day – the two biggest teams in Australia with two of the biggest personalities in charge. Arnold v Muscat. What is it that drives these two? And where are they likely to be in 12 months time? 26 Jan 2018
The State of the Game

The State of the Game

Not so long ago, football in Australia was riding a wave. The A-League was going from strength to strength, the country was in love with the FFA Cup, expansion had been promised and the Socceroos were brushing aside the cannon-fodder of Asia. 20 Dec 2017
Key takeaways from W-League Season 10... so far

Key takeaways from W-League Season 10... so far

Halfway through W-League Season 10, and pushing 70 goals scored, it’s already clear there are some key takeaways. 4 Dec 2017
New board must learn from ignorant FFA

New board must learn from ignorant FFA

Whether we like it or not, November 30 2017 will forever live as a crossroads day for Australian football with a board clinging to power, a duo refusing to accept defeat and an uncertain future for the world game in Australia. 30 Nov 2017
Australia's Russian Bolters

Australia's Russian Bolters

Who are the bolters for Russia 2018? The Socceroos have qualified for a fourth consecutive World Cup Finals. That’s brilliant – but seven months out, we need to re-appraise. Especially up front. 25 Nov 2017
Farewell Ange - we miss him already...

Farewell Ange - we miss him already...

Ange Postecoglou warned us we'd miss him when he's gone. We miss him already and his seat's still warm. 22 Nov 2017
Calling All Coaches!

Calling All Coaches!

We all want Ange to stay on with the Socceroos, but what if he quits? We need to start looking at the options. 21 Nov 2017
Australia v Honduras 2nd Leg: Diary of a Socceroos tragic

Australia v Honduras 2nd Leg: Diary of a Socceroos tragic

I would’ve gone to the game but had to go to Melbourne for work today, which meant getting up really early (3.45 am) and I’m way too tired to cope with the journey home to the Central Coast afterwards. Therefore, I am now drinking vino at home and pouring my guts out as the night unfolds… 15 Nov 2017
Mariners rising part two

Mariners rising part two

A couple of weeks ago I said I was putting my head on the chopping block by suggesting the Mariners could make the finals after getting one point from two games. After last night, my neck feels decidedly safer. 11 Nov 2017
Four ways Manchester City could flop

Four ways Manchester City could flop

It’s looking ominous already in this year’s edition of the Premier League as the weekend closed and the swathes of British-based talent flew out to join their international squads, it were those rabid attackers from Eastland’s whose chests will be most aloft. 7 Nov 2017