Striking Gold - how to solve the Socceroos' scoring woes

Striking Gold - how to solve the Socceroos' scoring woes

In three games at the recent World Cup, playing the teams ranked 7, 11 and 12 in the World, we conceded five goals – one of them a dodgy VAR penalty and two others were super unlucky deflections. All things considered, that was not too bad for a country rated 36, so clearly, defense is not a problem. Australia’s biggest problem is scoring goals. 17 Jul 2018
Confessions of an Australian England Fan

Confessions of an Australian England Fan

Inconceivable as it may sound to some in both Australia and England, there is a deep down affection for the Old Country in these Antipodes. Those of British stock, in particular, can’t help but want England to do well in football competitions – but only if Australia is no longer in contention. 11 Jul 2018
Gaming the Game

Gaming the Game

I’ve heard it said that gamesmanship – acting outside the laws of football to win an advantage by any means possible – is differently perceived in different cultures. One man’s cheat is another man’s champion, depending on where you’re from. 5 Jul 2018
Leave it out Ange

Leave it out Ange

Ange Postecoglou has not been directly critical of Bert van Marwijk and the Socceroos’ performance in Russia, but he’s gone pretty close. 29 Jun 2018
Arnie: The Second Coming

Arnie: The Second Coming

So, the Socceroos bow out at the Group Stage, again. I, for one, think Bert van Marwijk did a fantastic job in a short time. He set the team up well enough to stand toe to toe with three of the best teams in the world, and one of the main beneficiaries could well be Graham Arnold. 28 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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