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?

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

It’s part two of Round 23 of the A-League this weekend. Can Adelaide United replicate its ACL performance against Brisbane?

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

A quiet weekend for the A-league with only two matches, but they do have finals consequences. Hamish Neal reads the tea leaves.

Almanac Obituary: Tommy Gemmell

Tommy Gemmell, one of the characters of Scottish soccer has died at the age of 73. Neil Drysdale remembers his colourful life.

The curious case of KAA Gent

Dave Brown ponders whether it is appropriate to wear that soccer shirt in the cupboard

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

It’s Round 22 of the A-league and finally we get the rematch we’ve all been waiting for – Tim Cahill vs the corner flag kid

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

Just what does Western Sydney have to do to get a points deduction and do we have a trans-Tasman brotherhood on the cards?

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

Hamish Neal ponders the use of the concussion test amongst his review of Round 20 of the A-League

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

1,000-ish words, thoughts and musings on round 19 of the A-League which starts in Sydney on Thursday evening when the unbeaten Sky Blues FC host the Nix before it concludes in the Harbour City on Sunday. Perth also host the defending champion second franchise from Melbourne in the W-League decider.   Sydney FC v Wellington [Read more]

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

Hamish Neal previews this week’s A-League action including the big clash between Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar.

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

New A-League logos, a game in Coffs Harbour and the massive Australia Day clash between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC. Hamish Neal covers it all in his Round 17 preview.

A Festival of Football

Paul Spinks has a novel idea for football – all of football. This is an edited extract from his piece which will appear in Long Bombs to Snake 2 (which is almost ready for release – Ed]