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.
Wayne Ball takes stock of the Western Sydney Wanderers progress in their first three years, culminating in tonight’s losing tie in the ACL.
Tom Riordan explains how he fell for the doomed Tranmere Rovers.
Dennis Gedling’s Round 26 wrap with a nod to the Sydney-Newcastle game, sympathy for Reading’s Adam Federici and no sympathy for Jason Brewer, as Victory celebrate and prepare for the finals series.
Author DrCruel73 explains how supporters of a football club can suffer due to greed and ego by the clubs administrators/ owners.
Things are hotting up on and off the pitch in the A League. Our soccer guru Dennis Gedling celebrates some underdog performances on the weekend and laments his Perth Glory’s ethics in the board room.
Significant, well-researched soccer history by Phil Mosely is out now.
Good week for: Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United. Not a good week for: Perth Glory and the Newcastle Jets; “All that was needed was a half time display by Hind Helicopters and a tank drive-by…”
It’s the final month of Soccer in the Hyundai A-League. Sky Sports Radio’s Hamish Neal previews the round 24 action across a big Easter weekend.
In his world game wrap, Dennis Gedling runs the ruler over A-League Round 23, with a nod to the Socceroos: “it wasn’t like Australia were plucky underdogs parking the bus and taking their chances against a dominant German side…”
It might have been a friendly, but for Vaughan Menlove, the Socceroos draw with Germany wasn’t about the scoreboard. Ange Postecoglou’s game plan has breathed life and flair into the national football team, which was sorely missing under the conservative approaches of past bosses Pim Verbeek and Holger Osiek
The repercussions of FIFA’s decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup continue to impact soccer’s governing body. Vaughan Menlove hopes that the compensation packages handed out to the powerful European leagues don’t come at the expense of grass-roots football.
Dennis Gedling with the Good bad an ugly for Round 22 of the A-League. We’re off to Bhutan!
Lots to be happy about this week if you’re a Wellington Phoenix fan or Sydney FC fan. On the other hand, if you’re a Melbourne City – or like Dennis, a Perth Glory fan, well… yeah… not so great a week to be had
In this week’s A-League Good, Bad and Ugly, Dennis reflects on a spiteful Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory match, lauds Marc Janko and Mickael Taveres’ work in Sin City, and is left scratching his head at the inconsistency of Melbourne City. Dennis also has his fingers crossed that some of the best pitches in the competition have held up ok after the Foo Fighters’ recent tour down under.
Denis Gedling didn’t have to look far for examples of all three in Round 19.
With the ICC World Cup continuing the AFL’s pre-season challenge getting underway and round 19 of the A-League promising some ripping match-ups, not for the first time this year, too much sport this weekend- to borrow from Roy & H.G – may be barely enough. Hamish Neal previews this weekend’s A-League action in which champion striker Archie Thompson clocks up his 200th appearance for Melbourne Victory.
After almost becoming the pariah’s of Australian sport on the back of a disastrous 2022 World Cup bid, Fearless believes the FFA pulled the right rein by hosting a successful 2015 Asian Cup tournament.
The Sky Blues of Sydney have really hit their stride in recent weeks under Graham Arnold, so why – after their brilliant come from behind 4-2 smashing of the Central Coast Mariners on the weekend – have they made Dennis Gedling’s bad list this week? Read on to find out why!
As the race to the title begins to get serious, Hamish Neal takes a look at this weekend’s action in the A-League.