Almanac Book Review: The Death and Life of Australian Soccer by Joe Gorman

Football historian Roy Hay has reviewed the latest book on Australian football by Joe Gorman.

Vale Les Murray

Yes, in reality, how do you compete with a god? asks Dr Cruel in his tribute to Les Murray.

Almanac Soccer: Quinn’s Cup and Trophy in the ACT

Partially blind goalkeeper saves penalty! Hamish provides a link detailing this inspiring effort.

What do you do in Melbourne when Richmond has a bye?

Richmond had the bye this weekend so Joe De Petro attended two games of football: the friendly between the world’s top two countries Brazil and Argentina, and a footy clash between fallen champions (Hawthorn) and a team on the rise (Gold Coast).

Round 12 Preview – Scott a lot to say

Round 12 kicks off tonight with the Grand Final replay which will be a cracker. The Socceroos will also be playing a pivotal game tonight against Saudi Arabia in the World Cup Qualifiers.

Almanac Soccer – The ABC debacle and a messy aftermath

Tom Riordan addresses the elephant in the room. Was the ABC2 coverage of LIverpool v Sydney really that bad? Yes. A serious bidder for the next A-League TV rights is the laughing stock of the country. Over to you, FFA.

Political turmoil in Soccer (I think we have been here before)

History has a way of repeating itself. Particularly when it comes to the issues facing Australian soccer. Dr Cruel explains.

Junior Almanac – Soccer: Booroondara in a classic

Carey student Max Borroni reports on a classic junior soccer match from last season, between Booroondara and Ashburton.

International AFL: Success or Failure?

Jake Rachwalski examines just how successful the AFL’s venture into China actually was. Is this expansion worthwhile or a waste or time and money?

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Now Edition

Hamish Neal previews the much anticipated A-League Grand Final Between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory.

Almanac Socccer – A- League 1,000: The Nearly Edition

It’s semi-final week in the A-League. Will we get the blockbuster Grand Final the A-League is hoping for?

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Fun Edition

It’s finals time in the A-League. Hamish Neal has a look at the elimination finals.

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Plate Edition

With teams jockeying for finals positions Hamish Neal previews Round 27 of the A-League

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The VAR Edition

The A-League eyes the future with the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee this weekend. With the Premier’s Plate all locked up, how will it affect the race away from the wooden spoon?

The Boys Trip – Day 1: Gestation

Stuart Hunter is about to head off with his family on a sporting tour of England. This is his first report.

The A-League, Australian football and meaning

With Roy Hay’s lunch coming up this Friday (7 April) we also reprise his response to John Harms’s piece which was published last October:

Historian and sports-lover Roy Hay responds to John Harms’s piece on the A League and meaning with a thoughtful survey of the place of the world game and the A League in Australia.

Almanac Soccer: The A-League and the place of meaning in sport

In the lead up to Friday’s Roy Hay lunch, we reprise John Harms’s piece which was first published last October:

The A-League clubs generate heartfelt support from loyal supporters. But, given the growth agenda of Australian soccer, will the broader community find the A-League meaningful enough to get involved? John Harms considers the state of play.

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Plate Edition

Will Bobo or Baba kick more goals this weekend in Round 25 of the A-League season? Includes highlights one of the most amazing matches of New Zealand football you will ever see

Almanac Soccer – A-League 1,000: The Gap Edition

Plenty of changes in goal around the country as Hamish Neal tells you all you need to know about Round 24 of the A-League

Junior Sports: Where Can They Play?

In a world of high density housing developments where the focus is on profit, just where are our junior sportspeople supposed to train and play?