Football Analysis

Conversation with the Eurosnobs

Conversation with the Eurosnobs

Adrian Deans, a lifelong Arsenal fan but also passionate Mariners supporter, goes undercover to talk with a bunch of Eurosnobs about the merits of the A-League and the Socceroos. 24 Jul 2017
Death to John the Pragmatist!

Death to John the Pragmatist!

So, we’re out of the Confederations Cup. Two draws and a one goal loss against Germany, Chile and Cameroon rated three, four and 32 respectively against our plucky 48. 27 Jun 2017
Ange and the art of the possible

Ange and the art of the possible

They say that trying the same experiment multiple times and expecting different results is a form of madness. What then does this suggest about our national coach and his patently ineffective three at the back system? 21 Jun 2017
Usual suspects dump on World Cup bid

Usual suspects dump on World Cup bid

There was a smell of desperation in some of our National Papers today… 15 Jun 2017
Number One!

Number One!

What is this obsession with being Number One? 1 Jun 2017
Why loyalty has no part in modern football

Why loyalty has no part in modern football

The treatment of Wayne Rooney, John Terry and Claudio Ranieri created three modern football martyrs, bona fide personifications of loyalty’s dying influence in the English game. But why is there no room for the devoted anymore? And should a new wave of faithless players be lauded, or despised? 26 May 2017
Australia v Saudi: The Good Oil

Australia v Saudi: The Good Oil

I have a good feeling about this game against the Saudis. 24 May 2017
EFL should offer streaming service to UK fans too

EFL should offer streaming service to UK fans too

Last week the EFL announced that for £110 a season, overseas fans would be able to watch Championship, League One and League Two matches live. UK fans should be given the same chance. 11 May 2017
Life After Ange

Life After Ange

The Socceroos coach has announced his departure at the end of the 2018 World Cup campaign. Without doing any research at all, I can’t think of any previous Australia coach who has announced his departure in advance (maybe Terry Venables?). But, with Ange’s announcement comes the inevitable question: who should be next? 10 May 2017
The Big Dance

The Big Dance

I love Grand Final Day. 5 May 2017
Herrera Brings Balance as Enforcer

Herrera Brings Balance as Enforcer

What has happened to Ander Herrera this season? He’s jolted the tracks which were running to Sub-Standard Number 10 Town, and re-stoked his engine full of tenacity heading for Roy Keane City. One suspects the whisperings in his ear from the now wizened old conjurer of tricks Jose Mourinho has something to do with it. 26 Apr 2017
Who is the A-League's best team ever?

Who is the A-League's best team ever?

The sun is yet to set on this season but the comparisons are already coming thick and fast. Which is the best team ever? 26 Apr 2017
Jets' woes get flicked

Jets' woes get flicked

Part slasher film, tearjerker and farce - the Newcastle Jets make compelling viewing. MICHAEL CAIN gives the long-running A-League soap opera the Hollywood treatment. 17 Apr 2017
Australia's most heated rivalries

Australia's most heated rivalries

Everyone loves a good rivalry. The fan fare, the passion, the love and the hatred is what makes sport for what it is. Luckily enough for sporting fans in Australia, living in a multi code dominated sporting sphere allows us to experience many derbies across the sporting calendar. Here are 10 of our favourite derbies in Aussie sport. 12 Apr 2017
Coach-ural Cringe?

Coach-ural Cringe?

Let me start by saying I am a big fan of Ange Postecoglou as Socceroos coach. I’ve read his book (written by Andy Harper) and my main takeaway was that we absolutely have the right man in charge of the national team. 8 Apr 2017
The Emperor's New Shape

The Emperor's New Shape

No-one likes Ange’s new shape. 29 Mar 2017
The White Knuckled Joy

The White Knuckled Joy

Followers of other codes will never quite understand the love-hate that football fans have for important matches. 23 Mar 2017
Ange's legacy at risk in defining week

Ange's legacy at risk in defining week

First of all, I like Ange. I’m an Ange Postecoglou supporter and believe in what he’s trying to do. Make no mistake about that. 23 Mar 2017
If I Was Ange...

If I Was Ange...

It’s a strange squad that Ange has picked for the games against Iraq and UAE. Strange if you want to score goals, that is… 15 Mar 2017
A-League promotion/ relegation could mirror K-League

A-League promotion/ relegation could mirror K-League

Unless you’ve been living under a rock with no internet, the football fraternity has been ripe this year with discussion of expansion and promotion/relegation. 15 Mar 2017
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