Almanac Soccer – Brendan Rodgers: So Close, Yet So Far

Dr Cruel has watched the going’s-on at Liverpool with great interest since Brendan Rodgers arrived at Anfield. After snatching defeat from the jaws of victory for the 2013/14 EPL title and some less than successful transfer calls, John W Henry and the boffins at Fenway Sports Group have decided that Rodgers is not the man to manage the Reds. As always, the good Doctor explains why he had to go. [Nicely balanced… for a Gooners fan! – Ed]

Finals Week 3 – The Iliad and the Odyssey

Peter Baulderstone and the Zestok Orao (Avenging Eagle in Croatian) continue their epic European odyssey with a reflection on a weekend where life reflects sports reflects opportunity, chance and achievements (big and small).

Almanac Soccer – EPL: Do We Believe The Hype?

The English Premier League’s 2015 season kicked off this weekend. While the money from television broadcast deals swamps the coffers of the English FA, has soccer/football in England benefitted (on and off the pitch) from the largesse? Vaughan Menlove isn’t quite sure it has.

The Magic of the Cup

Tom Riordan welcomes with open arms the FFA Cup, which is back for its second edition, and foresees a bright future for the competition.

Round 16 – Adelaide v Port Adelaide: Two codes, one city and over 107,000 people.

Chris Michaels reflects on a couple of days that saw the Adelaide Oval packed for an emotional Showdown between the Crows and Power, as well as EPL giants Liverpool taking on Adelaide United in the world game.

Almanac Soccer – Those Magnificent Matildas

No Y chromosome? No money? No respect from sections of the chattering class? No worries! Dennis Gedling’s stellar tribute to the Matilda’s and their feats at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

From OS to Koowee: an Aussie teacher comes home

Haje Halabi and family are back in the Australian bush. Here’s a superb story about battlers. [Absolutely magnificent Haje – JTH]

Junior Almanac: My Story as a Goalkeeper

Jamie Broughill fell into soccer initially, and then fell into goalkeeping. Fate, it seems, has served him well.

What forced Sepp Blatter’s hand?

Tim Noonan considers the factors which forced Sepp Blatter to resign. [This article was first published in The Equal Times]

FIFA Scandal: Sepp Blatter speaks

Our western correspondent shares exclusive footage from inside FIFA headquarters.

Almanac Soccer – The Goodfellas A-League and EPL Season Wrap (2014-2015)

With Melbourne Victory taking the local honours in the A-League and Chelsea claiming the EPL title, Dr Cruel and Stone Cold Steve Baker wrap up the seasons that were in Australia and English soccer. Gorn, GET IN!

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the A-League Grand Final

Melbourne Victory are the 2014-2015 A-League Premiers. and to the victors go the spoils… and the opportunity to give Graham Arnold a decent old whack (a-la Mark Williams after the 2007 AFL Grand Final). [Have loved reading Dennis’ ‘Good Bad, Ugly…’ all season and the Grand Final edition doesn’t disappoint. – SCB]

Grand Final – Traditional for Football?

Vaughan Menlove is happy that the A League champion is decided with a grand final playoff and not on league season points. It’s the Australian football way.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the A-League Semi Finals

The stage is set for a thrilling conclusion to the 2014-2015 A-League Season as Melbourne and Sydney clash in the Grand Final. But before that, how did the two sides get there? Dennis Gedling wraps up all the Semifinal weekend action.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Week 1 of the A-League Finals

Workers of the world – or at least Adelaide United fans -Unite! Dennis Gedling’s wrap of the opening weekend of finals in the A-League. And then, there were four…

Almanac Soccer – Who sponsors the AFC Bournemouth Under-10s?

The beauty of the English Premier League; while the title is often a four horse race, the promotion and relegation battle at the opposite end of the table throws up some compelling stories; this year, AFC Bournemouth is the fairytale story. Roy Hay profiles club stalwart and Geelong soccer referee; Russell Butler.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Round 27 of the A-League

There’s plenty to talk about at end of the A-League’s home and away season. On the eve of what promises to be a great finals series, Dennis Gedling goes through his take on the good, the bad and the ugly of round 27 of the A-League. The Dude Abides.

A Missing Part of a Bigger Picture

A timely reminder from Roy Hay of Soccer’s contribution to Australian servicemen on the front-lines; the Australian soccer team’s trip to the Independence Day tournament in Saigon. Sappers sweeping the pitch for land-mines, the Viet Cong watching from the sidelines and Diggers on guard duty with orders to shoot anyone who stops on their bicycle outside the Aussie barracks. A neglected chapter of the sport and service narrative we remember on ANZAC Day.

The Perfect Storm Ends Tonight

Wayne Ball takes stock of the Western Sydney Wanderers progress in their first three years, culminating in tonight’s losing tie in the ACL.

Two games from oblivion

Tom Riordan explains how he fell for the doomed Tranmere Rovers.