The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Round 23 of the A-League

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…”

Have the Socceroos won back Australia’s heart?

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

Who Will Stand Up To FIFA?

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.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Round 22 of the A-League

Dennis Gedling with the Good bad an ugly for Round 22 of the A-League. We’re off to Bhutan!

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Round 21 of the A-League

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

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Round 20 of the A-League

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.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Round 19 of the A-League

Denis Gedling didn’t have to look far for examples of all three in Round 19.

A-League 1,000 – The Shuffle Edition

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.

Fearless (Sort Of) Visits the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia (And Assesses the Damage)

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 Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Round 18 of the A-League

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!

A-League Week 18 Preview – The Falling Over Edition

As the race to the title begins to get serious, Hamish Neal takes a look at this weekend’s action in the A-League.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Round 17 of the A-League

Game-changing refereeing calls, internecine warfare at Newcastle, Perth Glory players celebrating their discovery of a nightspot in Adelaide that’s open on a Sunday night and Brisbane Roar finding form at the right time of the season. It’s Dennis Gedling’s good, bad and ugly from week 17 of the A-League

Roy Hay: Is It Time for More Cooperation?

Some great analysis from Roy Hay and Tony Ward in Monday’s Guardian on how the numbers are telling us that it’s time Australia’s sporting bodies stopped warring and began cooperating for the greater good of fans.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Round 16 of the A-League

The Asian Cup whirlwind has left town so the focus returns to the domestic competition. Sports fans were served up with some brilliant games across this weekend’s A-League fixtures. Dennis Gedling nicely packages up the’ what-you-need-to-know’.

The dancing dozen – 12 wonderful fan moments from the Asian Cup

Want an antidote for politics and pessimism? Patrick Skene offers his latest Guardian piece highlighting all the brilliant Asian Cup fan moments off the pitch.

Breakfast With the Goodfellas February 6-8: Super Bowl Wrap-up and the Latest in the A-League and the EPL

Welcome to February. The Asian Cup is over with and so it’s business as usual in the A-League and the EPL. Dr Cruel and Stone Cold settle in at Rocotillo’s Cafe in Frankston for some lunch and a chat about the Super Bowl and this weekend’s action in the world of football and soccer.   [Read more]

Wednesday’s Soccer and Cricket

An SEN listener poll and talkback segment on The Morning Glory gets Yoshi thinking about the parallels between Australian soccer hopefuls grinding out careers in Europe and Japanese baseballers who chase the dream of playing in the MLB in the states.

57 Mt Pleasant Street (part 4): it’s the fun, stupid

“It can’t be that simple, can it?” E.regnans on the one link that binds all sports across all countries across all the years. Sport reporting has never been so existential.

Asian Cup: On supporting Iraqi football

Patrick Skene on the highs and lows of following Iraqi football.

The Asian Cup and Australia’s Future

The Socceroos are now the undisputed Kings of Asian football. It’s time, argues Roy Hay, to focus on winning the ultimate prize in world football: “We have a long way to go, but last night’s triumph is not the end, it is just the beginning…”