Football Analysis

Why Women's Football is Having a Moment

Why Women's Football is Having a Moment

You know women’s football is having a moment when your elevator conversation involves not making small talk about the weather but someone saying to you: ‘How about those Matildas? And that Sam Kerr!’ 30 Oct 2017
Small clubs, big cultures

Small clubs, big cultures

Football is not just about 22 people running around a pitch for 90 minutes. It takes a hell of a lot of work to make football happen and, at amateur level, the game is sorely dependent on way too small a group of time-poor individuals. 30 Oct 2017
Mariners Rising?

Mariners Rising?

Okay…I’m putting my neck on the chopping block here. I’m suggesting the Central Coast Mariners – one point out of six so far – can make the top six this season. 17 Oct 2017
When Is The Ref's Decision Final?

When Is The Ref's Decision Final?

There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and mistakes by referees. 6 Oct 2017
The Science of Set Moves

The Science of Set Moves

There's more to football than just speed, strength and skill. Adrian Deans takes a look at the science of football, with apologies to Einstein and Monty Python... 4 Oct 2017
Fickle Fan Forums

Fickle Fan Forums

It would have been so much easier to be a footballer in the days before social media… 25 Sep 2017
Play-offs can reignite Australian football

Play-offs can reignite Australian football

The Socceroos’ current predicament isn't ideal but it is an opportunity for the team to re-capture the imagination of Australian sports fans. 8 Sep 2017
An Arsenal fans' message to Alexis Sanchez

An Arsenal fans' message to Alexis Sanchez

Heading into the new EPL season there’s something Adrian Deans desperately needs to get off his chest. 8 Aug 2017
Every club is a selling club

Every club is a selling club

‘We are not a selling club’ is the refrain heard from fans, owners and managers alike, when their star players are linked to bigger clubs. The truth is, nearly every club in the world is a selling club. 4 Aug 2017
The hidden beauty to the beautiful game

The hidden beauty to the beautiful game

For Les Murray, there was much more to football than 22 players running about a pitch. It was gateway to diversity, to inclusiveness, to acceptance. It was a gateway to a better Australia. 1 Aug 2017
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