Football Analysis

Competent, but impotent: The goals the Socceroos must now aim for...

Competent, but impotent: The goals the Socceroos must now aim for...

It’s not news that the Socceroos can't score from open play. What’s odd is our reluctance to tackle that issue. 28 Jun 2018
Where van Marwijk went wrong

Where van Marwijk went wrong

Aussie Bert's reign has reached a disappointing conclusion, but how should Australia look back at this feint episode in Socceroos history? 27 Jun 2018
Brave minnows no longer!

Brave minnows no longer!

It’s taken a couple of days to get to this article, with all the travelling, but that’s given me some time to think about our performance in the first match against France... 20 Jun 2018
The Road to Russia - Brazil fan chat

The Road to Russia - Brazil fan chat

Adrian Deans is slowly making his way to Russia. Along the way he is testing the mood of fans from some of the participating countries and the next instalment is Brazil – one of the tournament favourites. Adrian had a chance encounter with Paolo and Dominique from Goiania, who were surprisingly downbeat about their country’s chances. 11 Jun 2018
442FM’s postcard from Kazan

442FM’s postcard from Kazan

As my flight touched down in Kazan daylight at 1.50am, I wasn’t sure if I had missed the sunrise… or the sunset was still to come. 9 Jun 2018
BLOG: The Road to Russia - Denmark

BLOG: The Road to Russia - Denmark

Adrian Deans is slowly making his way to Russia. Along the way he is testing the mood of fans from some of the participating countries and the third instalment is Denmark – one of our Group C rivals. 7 Jun 2018
Compared! Socceroos 2014 and 2018 World Cup squads: Who soared, who sunk?

Compared! Socceroos 2014 and 2018 World Cup squads: Who soared, who sunk?

As Socceroos fans don the polar-fleece and look towards another World Cup dawn, we cast our mind back to 2014. Less has changed than you might have thought… 5 Jun 2018
BLOG: The Road to Russia - Sweden

BLOG: The Road to Russia - Sweden

Adrian Deans is slowly making his way to Russia. Along the way he will be interviewing fans from some of the participating countries and the second instalment is Sweden. Adrian talks to Andreas Palmquist about Sweden’s prospects this summer. 2 Jun 2018
When it all goes South: Can Southern Expansion change the A-League model?

When it all goes South: Can Southern Expansion change the A-League model?

Everything about prospective A-League bid Southern Expansion appears larger than life. 31 May 2018
BLOG: England fans rate their World Cup chances

BLOG: England fans rate their World Cup chances

Adrian Deans is slowly making his way to Russia. Along the way he will be interviewing fans from some of the participating countries and the first instalment is England. Adrian talks to staunch England fans Matt and Nick White. 27 May 2018
Australian football needs an Arsene Wenger

Australian football needs an Arsene Wenger

England’s loss should remind us that Australia requires a tremendous gain. 15 May 2018
Let the punishment fit O'Donovan's crime

Let the punishment fit O'Donovan's crime

There is one rule in football which has always done my head in. It’s not the handball interpretation or the offside rule (although those can irritate me). It’s the high foot rule – not to be confused with the low head rule, because they’re completely different right? Right? 8 May 2018
What Are We Going To Do About Daniel?

What Are We Going To Do About Daniel?

Leading 1-0, midway through the first half, Melbourne City are screaming for a penalty as Daniel Arzani is clipped by Johnny Koutroumbis and falls to the ground. 28 Apr 2018
Ranked! Every A-League coach based on this season’s performance

Ranked! Every A-League coach based on this season’s performance

Sackings, backings and cracking the sh**s. The revolving door of A-League coaches may know no bounds, but FourFourTwo attempts to separate the deserving from the deserters. 23 Apr 2018
Arsene-All FC: In Arsene We Trust (A Bit)

Arsene-All FC: In Arsene We Trust (A Bit)

After 21 years, Arsene Wenger has finally announced he will be leaving the Arsenal manager’s post. He finishes up as, by some distance, the most successful Arsenal manager in 133 years. 21 Apr 2018
Craig Johnston – Surfing for Southern

Craig Johnston – Surfing for Southern

Few people in Australian football polarise the fans like Craig Johnston. Loved by some for his exploits at Liverpool in the 80s – loathed by others for his refusal to play for the Socceroos, and forever haunted by his comment that: “Playing football for Australia was like surfing for England”. 16 Apr 2018
10 ways to fix the A-League: Part 2

10 ways to fix the A-League: Part 2

In part two of FourFourTwo's two-part series on saving the A-League, we look at the bare bones behind running a successful competition. 16 Apr 2018
10 ways to fix the A-League: Part 1

10 ways to fix the A-League: Part 1

In Part One of FourFourTwo's two-part series on saving the A-League, we look at fans. 12 Apr 2018
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