Here come the warm jets. Father Brian Eno reckons the Socceroos can take Tiger Mountain by strategy. Perhaps in Another Green World we might be a chance for the second round, but just watching our boys on the same paddock as Robben and Sanchez will be a joy.
Tom Riordan puts the disappointing start to the A-League season for Melbourne Heart down to injuries. He is prepared to cut manager John Aloisi a little slack, but is more worried about his Melbourne Victory’s loss of their manager to national duties.
Peter Baulderstone has been thinking and reading again (dangerous). Is bigger, faster, stronger also better?? Is the fan/patron/consumer experience better for all the cash we have thrown at players/owners/coaches/clubs over the past 50 years?
Tony Wilson is one of the wittiest and most perceptive writers in Australia today. Check out this link to Tony’s blog for his memoir of the brilliant Mark Schwarzer
In another eventful A-League round, Tim Ladhams is impressed by the keepers, but less than impressed by the depth of the sides, as an absence of marquee players proves fatal for some.
The Salmeister previews the Cox Plate and other Money Valley mayhem. He reviews the ascension of the Almanac’s own St Ange to the Socceroo’s gig (well he is on ABC Insiders, and so is our glorious leader, so Ange is as good as family).
With Ange Postecoglou appointed as the head coach, the Socceroos welcomes only the third native-born manager of the team since 1970. Cobba Stevens reckons we’re in good hands. (And supplies one of his handy infographics on Ange’s predecessors.)
For a long-term Reds fan, this is a pilgrimage to Lourdes – a visit to Liverpool’s home ground. Thinking he would have to settle for just a tour, Sam Steele is delighted to find himself at a match, with the top-liners on show. But this realisation of a dream leaves him wondering – are the glory days gone?
Roundball reporter Tim Ladhams offers his customary magisterial overview of the weekend’s A-League fixtures. Ten minutes with Tim will make you too a candidate for the Socceroos coaching position.
Peter Baulderstone offers suggested reading of the best articles from the international sporting web. The title is just bait and switch marketing. This is the sort of stuff that Litza used to write before Rupert’s $ seduced him.
Sal Ciardulli’s mind is on the Caulfield Cup. But his heart is at Upton Park this weekend, where his lad will be witnessing his Hammers take on Manchester City. Sal’s forever blowing bubbles.
Grand Final rematch, a nine-player victory, and a masterclass from Alessandro Del Piero. It wasn’t without its negatives, but Tim Ladhams is pretty happy with the opening round of the A-League.
Bill Shorten has got the second toughest gig in Australia. Crio asks who gets the real challenge of managing the Socceroos?
Further to Greg Baum’s article in The Age yesterday, this is the story he mentioned from The Guardian. It really is a classic.
Streaking may have gained notoriety with Michael O’Brien at Twickenham but it is an ancient act, writes Roy Hay. (Lewd and funny photo warning.)
I’ve been to plenty of Grand Finals at the MCG, and seen some pretty special cricket matches and other soccer games at the Temple Down The Road, but nothing – absolutely nothing compares to the chills up my spine that the singing of You’ll Never Walk Alone generated
Love to hear your observations of this World Cup qualifier.
Buddy Newchurch was a brilliant young, soccer player from Whyalla. He trialled at Chelsea. His life ended tragically. Writer, literary critic and historian Ian Syson is very interested in the story. Here is his introductory piece – and he is interested in engaging the support of anyone who can assist in the research.
If Sir Alex Ferguson is the human hairdryer, very amateur women’s football team coach Paul Connolly is more of an aromatherapy candle.
[This is an extract from Paul's entertaining new book - The Mighty Bras]