Another Bout of Sudden Death Sickness with the Socceroos

Declan Fay recalls a few classic World Cup qualifier moments – or half recalls them and half imagines them. But as you read this he is making his way to Sydney for the Honduras-Socceroos Sudden Death play off, the prospect of which has had an observable impact on his health. [Good to hear from you again. And you are Kennett-less in this case. JTH]

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 9

Dennis Gedling reports on Round 9 of the A-League, where, worryingly, an average of just 7,445 fans attended each of the five games in this round.

Australia v Iran 1997: What happens when a sport bets the house and loses

As the 17th anniversary of Australia v Iran ticks by, Vaughan Menlove shares his memories of that World Cup qualifier at the MCG. He remains haunted. [And with a debt to pay…? – Ed] [First published Nov 29 2014, reprised Nov 29, 2o17]

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 8

Dennie Gedling’s comprehensive wrap of Round 8 in the A-League – which was not without its action and controversy.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 7

Dennis Gedling gives A-League Round 7 a thorough going-over.

The FIFA World Cup Qualification Wrap (Final Edition)

After 868 games over 6 continents and featuring 209 countries for 31 spots at the 2018 FIFA World Cup we now finally have our final 32 teams. The final round of play offs had more nils than a Swedish phonebook reports Dennis Gedling. [This is a massive, comprehensive report which will leave you well and truly in the know – Ed]

Bailey Wright Wright Wright

Few people had heard of Bailey Wright when the Almanac’s own talent scout John Green found him for Ange Postecoglou. Now Bailey will be a key defender on the world stage at Russia 2018. Congrats Bailey, Ange and JG – worth revisiting his prescient article. (2014 Intro – Bailey Wright can now take his place at the Socceroos training camp in Terrigal, but only because Preston North End’s promotion campaign is over, writes Lilywhites’ fan John Green. You may recall John’s visit to Preston and his interview with Bailey White over the Australian summer – Ed]

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 6

Dennis Gedling walks us through the weekend’s A-League action, which saw a new and unexpected leader rise to the top of the pile.

Almanac Soccer History: Remember the ’93 Socceroos

Dennis Gedling gets us in the mood for the Socceroos-Honduras World Cup qualifier with this story of the Socceroos 1993 campaign. [Terrific historical account from a fan’s perspective – JTH]

Almanac Soccer: When the Socceroos* went to war

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam National Day Soccer Tournament in Saigon at the start of November 1967. Historian Roy Hay tells the story. (*The term Socceroos actually came a few years after 1967)

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 5

The round might have been uninspiring, but Dennis Gedling’s wrap of Round 5 is anything but.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 4

Round 4 of the A-League saw a few cracking goals (see Krishna’s ripper), close contests and a touch of controversy surrounding the VAR. Dennis Gedling has all this and more covered in his weekly wrap-up of Australian football.

One Enchanted Evening at the Bernabeu, Home of Real Madrid

Passionate Tottenham fan Steve Fahey, on vacation in Europe, had to go to great lengths to get a ticket for the Spurs Champions League clash in Madrid. It was well worth the effort.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 3

Round 3 of the A-League and the lowlight seemed to be the Video Review technology according to Dennis Gedling’s wrap of the round.

Almanac Soccer – Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory: Rivals

Peter Sweeney was at the Adelaide Oval to see Adelaide United take on arch-rivals Melbourne Victory. All looked good until…

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 2

Dennis Gedling is on top of his A-League reporting game already this season, taking the three points with this informative Round 2 wrap.

EPL – Liverpool v Manchester United: Reds unable to break winless record against United

Now the AFL season is over, our Japanese correspondent, Yoshi, reports on a big English Premier League match.

Guineas Day Preview: There’s only one Timmy Cahill

Sal Ciardulli sings the praises of Tim Cahill. Plus extensive previews of the Caulfield Guineas and The Everest meetings.

Raving Rulebook No 8

Rulebook lives !!! This week he tees off on the AFL re State Leagues, laments footy politics, lauds Richmond, proposes a radical finals series, praises the Storm, queries the Socceroos, says g’day to Ben Stokes and gives the footy media a huge bake.

The FIFA World Cup Qualification Wrap (Penultimate Edition)

Twenty-three teams have qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup so far with nine spots still available. The Socceroos will play Honduras next month in a bid to qualify for their fourth World Cup campaign in a row.