Football Analysis

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
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