Another Bout of Sudden Death Sickness with the Socceroos

Declan Fay recalls a few classic World Cup qualifier moments – or half recalls them and half imagines them. But as you read this he is making his way to Sydney for the Honduras-Socceroos Sudden Death play off, the prospect of which has had an observable impact on his health. [Good to hear from you again. And you are Kennett-less in this case. JTH]

Unburdening the onions

The stadium has been a little unsatisfying for Mathilde de Hauteclocque this year, but Friday night, despite the chill, was better. And that rolled into Saturday and the France-Socceroos match when, as a Franco-Skip, you can be attached to either team.

The World Cup Alphabet: Z is for…

Dennis Gedling writes of the troubled 1974 Zaire World Cup team, the legendary Zidane and makes some observations about the Socceroos.

Almanac Book Review – Joe Gorman on Australian Soccer

Andy Fuller enjoys Joe Gorman’s well-researched and clearly written book on the rich and complex history of soccer in Australia.

World Cup Tipping Competition

The Footy Almanac is running a FIFA World Cup Tipping competition. You are invited to join..

Almanac Soccer: The World Cup – not always so glorious

With only hours to go until the 2018 World Cup kicks off, this sobering reflection by Roy Hay reminds us of some of the less salubrious moments in the history of The World Game.

The World Cup Alphabet – Y is for…

In the penultimate installment of Dennis Gedling’s World Cup alphabet, he profiles a legendary goalkeeper and looks back on some of the very young players to do well in football’s showcase event.

The World Cup Alphabet: X is for…

X is for Xavi, a champion of Spanish football, and one of the great players of his generation.

The World Cup Alphabet – W is for…

W is for War (yes, War) and something else not usually associated with the world game. Dennis Gedling continues this fascinating series.

The World Cup Alphabet – V is for…

V is for…a couple of legendary players. Dennis Gedling continues to make his way through the alphabet.

The World Cup Alphabet – U is for…

U is for…
As we enter the last week of counting down to the World Cup, Dennis Gedling is inspired by the letter U.

The World Cup Alphabet – T is for…

Get yourself ready for the World Cup with the next in the Alphabet series with T is for Tears – an excellent history of the heartbreak of Australia’s World Cup campaign. [Lots of memories here – JTH]

The World Cup Alphabet: S is for…

Socrates was more than an ancient Greek philosopher as this letter carries a more musical theme

World Cup Alphabet – R is for…

Dennis Gedling’s World Cup Alphabet continues with the letter R. And, yes, you’ve probably picked part of it.

From World Cups and FIFA bans to the Socceroos and Bertie: the Dutch & Australian football

With orange coloured glasses Adam Muyt (jointly written with Roberto Pennino) looks back on the wonderful contribution of Dutch migrants and their descendants on the round ball game in Australia since the late 1940’s. Includes the tale of when Australia were banned by FIFA for four years.

The World Cup Alphabet – P is for…

Dennis Gedling stops for a World Cup P [love those stickers – Ed]

The World Cup Alphabet – Q is for…

We’re into the final 10 countdown with Q – Dennis Gedling takes us from the labyrinthine process of Qualification to a crazy keeper from CONMEBOL

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 3-Eight Minutes Worth Waiting 32 Years For (2006)

With World Cup anticipation bubbling away, we look back at this post from Dennis Gedling on the first match of the 2006 Finals for the Socceroos, a breathaking come-from-behind win against Japan.

After waiting 32 years to play at a World Cup again, the Socceroos started their 2006 campaign against Japan. Dennis Gedling reports on a game that saw the Socceroos come back from a goal down to win 3-1.

The World Cup Alphabet – O is for…

World Cup Alphabet: Dennis Gedling is up to the letter O which is for three concepts which may surprise. [Nice memory of Sengal’s opener v France in 2002 among other matters – JTH]

The World Cup Alphabet – N is for…

N is for…
Dennis Gedling reminds us of some frustrating results and some great old ads.

The World Cup Alphabet – M is for…

M is for…
Dennis Gedling continues his alphabetical countdown to the World Cup with a look at some highlights associated with the letter M.