A-League 1,000: The Dekkers Edition

Hamish Neal is back with his preview of week 8 of the A-League season, featuring the time honoured Smeltz Derby.

January 1933 – The Empire Strikes Back

Sit back and make yourself comfortable. Peter Warrington has an idea to share. And he’s made a magnificent start, with an account of the cultural and sporting events of January 1933 as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald [A mighty effort – Ed].

Almanac Soccer: A-League 1,000: The Tactics Edition

Hamish Neal previews this week’s A-League action.

Revisiting November 16 2005

On the ten year anniversary of the night Australia qualified for its second appearance, relive Dennis Gedling’s #1 from his Top 100 World Cup Moments.

November 16th 2005 Why was it a great night?

In three days it will be 10 years since Australia qualified for the 2006 World Cup and Vaughan Menlove reflects on that night in Sydney, a night which he saw as a pivotal night for not just Australian football but Australian sport.

A-League 1,000: The Cup Iseth Over Edition

An interesting round of the A-League approacheth. Hamish Neal prognosticates over the likely impact of so many players missing on Socceroos and All Whites duties and wonders whether Guillermo Amor will have sand between his toes on Christmas day.

Almanac Soccer: Moving the metrics. Still saving the Nix.

Hamish Neal explains what’s happening with New Zealand soccer, the Wellington Phoenix and the FFA.

A-League Round 5: Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix – Clearance

Yoshi went to great lengths to provide this Mariners v Nix report. He’s tracking OK.

A-League 1000: The Thursday Edition

Hamish Neal gets an early start to the A-League weekend along with United and City. Is Jonathan Aspropotamitis the best name in the competition?

The Tykes and the Unicorns- Relegations

As a supporter of English soccer team Barnsley and VAFA team MHSOB, it’s been a tough last dozen years for Rod Oaten as they’ve both dropped back through the Divisions of their respective competitions. We won’t mention Rod also barracks for Essendon….

Open Letter to Sepp Blatter

Vaughan Menlove (aka Dr Cruel) is happy that Sepp Blatter has decided to take some of his cronies down with him. But he passionately argues that FIFA needs to build a new henhouse after it cleans out some of the crooked roosters.

A-League 1,000: The Star Wars VII Edition

Hamish Neal previews Round 4 of the A-League. Now we know what a tifo is, will any go missing this weekend too?

FFA v Phoenix: Time for Trans-Tasman Transparency

Hamish Neal’s deep analysis of the Wellington Phoenix non-extension issue has a personal element too.

Save Wellington Phoenix

The FFA’s statement about Wellington Phoenix took Yoshi by surprise. He wants answers.

A-League 1,000: The Concussion Edition

Hamish Neal previews this weekend of A-League matches.

A-League 1,000: The Shin Edition

Hamish Neal previews this week’s A-League matches.

SBS Time to say goodbye to Soccer

Vaughan Menlove on how it might be time for SBS to say goodbye to soccer.

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.