Obituary: “…But first, here’s the classified results with James Alexander Gordon”

James Alexander Gordon turned a broadcasting chore, announcing the British football results on BBC Radio, into an art form. No one could say ‘Wolverhampton Wanderers’ quite like JAG. Dennis Gedling pays tribute to the late Scottish broadcaster, and to childhood memories.

Soccer: Castlemaine Goldfields Football Club is 40 years old

Roy Hay spent the weekend helping Castlemaine Goldfields Football Club celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Women: Bringing Game To Sport

Longworth tells how he came to appreciate ‘women’s sport’ as ‘sport’ not gender. Funny what ancient 1990’s computer games can teach you.

Ned Wilson wins the David Zampatti Rio Tipping Competition

After receiving the all clear on his B Sample, Our Almanac Man in Hawthorn, Ned Wilson, has been declared the winner of The Footy Almanac David Zampatti Rio. He wins a 3-pack of Murrindindi Wines.

The Footy Almanac Podcast – Episode 12

Comrades, Podcast 12 is out. Matty Q and The People’s Elbow are joined by Wandering Norton (who has been wandering around the antipodes) and first-gamer Titus O’Reilly (voice of the working class) to defend the right of us battlers to launch a tirade or two.

Les Murray – An Australian Treasure

Laszlo Urge. It’s a name that anyone who’s ever watched a World Cup or NSL match – not to mention the hundreds of ‘The World Game’ episodes – will undoubtedly know better as Les Murray. Ahead of tomorrow’s Almanac Podcast, we thought it fitting to mention the retirement of one of this country’s most underrated [Read more]

World Cup 2014 – Final: Germany 1, Argentina 0

The Germans overcame a whole raft of injury setbacks to secure the World Cup in a final which was a victory for team coherence against individual brilliance.

World Cup Final Blog

Where are you? Who are you watching the game with? Who are you supporting between Germany and Argentina? Have you got up early or stayed up late to watch other games in this World Cup? Is world football a passion or a passing interest for you?

I Know What You Did in Brazil that Summer. And I don’t care How You Did It!

Gregor Lewis tells the sorry tale of fear and loathing about a World Cup semi-final that not even an (Argentinian) mother could love.

The Footy Almanac Podcast – Episode 11

The Goddess Advantage and Peter Mattessi join The Elbow and Matty Q on the couch as they talk World Cup, great sporting hairdos, the Tour, Wimbledon, and how more is less in the case of the AFL’s saturation approach.

Argentina succeed from the spot to reach the final

In terms of goals scored, the contrast between the two World Cup semi finals was stark. Tom Riordan watched it all unfold.

World Cup 2014 – Brazil v Germany: ‘Tell’em They’re Dreamin’!’

It was not a good vibe for the Brazilians who were at nines and elevens (sixes and sevens, only worse) at the back, writes Gregor Lewis.

World Cup 2014: Brazil collapses at the feet of dominant Germany

Tom Riordan describes the German semi-final slaughter of the host nation Brazil.

Homage to di Stefano

Alfredo di Stefano, the complete footballer, is dead at 88. Writer and historian Roy Hay celebrates his football life.

The Last Backyard Soccer Match

Delightful memoir lamenting the passing of time, and change. And remembering the great times. Of Smokie Dawson’s family backyard soccer.

To Be Or Not To Be … Yourself, in Defeat or Victory?

Gregor Lewis celebrates Wimbledon, Silverstone, the Tour de Yorkshire – and, above all, the human strength and courage to succeed. Greatness reached for and grasped. While in Brazil the fear of loss has subdued the beautiful game.

Hunger or Entitlement? Why Limit Yourself to One?

Sleep is for the weak. Your man on the couch, Gregor Lewis, volunteers for the late night shift. From Hawks v Roos to Colombia v Brazil to Federer v Raonic Gregor shifts between sports, continents and time zones discussing a common thread.

The World Cup Antidote to Saints Despair

Tom Greenaway has left his Saints for a fling with soccer during the World Cup. He’ll return eventually, but is enjoying his philandering while comparing some soccer stars to AFL players.

Glancing at the World Cup: 5 questions from my once-in-every-four-year soujorn to the beautiful game

Sean Curtain wants to be able to follow soccer with a bit more authority, but he needs some answers.

Sunday Musings – Is it just me or is AFL your 5th favourite sport too?

Peter Baulderstone had a great sporting weekend. AFL did not feature high on his list. Are others struggling to maintain the passion when local footy and elite international sport offers so much?