2010 FIFA World Cup Preview: Part 2 of 8

By Domenic Favata GROUP B: Argentina: The feisty South Americans hail the world’s best ever player and the current best player. I’m talking about Coach Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi. Maradona has had a controversial build up to the World Cup, facing fines, suspensions and hefty flack from the South American media. If they can [Read more]

2010 FIFA World Cup Preview: Part 1 of 8

By Domenic Favata This is the first part of eight of my 2010 FIFA World Cup preview. The biggest sporting event on the planet which kicks off on the 12th of June. Last time it was Italy who took the chocolates and held the title of champions. This time it could be anyone; the field [Read more]

Killing the goose that laid the golden egg?

In light of the future expansion of sporting teams in Melbourne I was wondering if the “sports capital of the world” may be starting to spread itself a little thinly and start to test the capital’s reputation for turning up to anything including the opening of an envelope. Mondays night’s attendance of 55,000 to what [Read more]

LINK: Possession Possession Possession

Possession. As possession footy becomes an increasing talking point in AFL circles, soccer has generally looked at the issue differently. Inter Milan’s recent Champions League victory over Barcelona has brought this question into focus once again. Almanacker Rick Kane brought this Guardian piece to our attention.  It is a fascinating dissection of the topic . [Read more]

World Cup, Schmorld Cup

Is it just me or does anyone else think that the chances of Australia hosting the World Cup sit somewhere between Buckley’s and none. It is bad enough that the Federal Govt has ploughed $54 million into the bid without the utterly scandalous decision to spend billions of dollars on a series of rectangular white [Read more]

When the world went slightly wacko for a little minute

Reported in the Argus, Saturday 13 May 1933 FOOTBALL COALITION. ASSOCIATION’S POSITION. ‘Might Adopt Soccer or Rugby.” A possibility that the Victorian Football Association might abandon the Australian game and take up soccer or Rugby unless it can make satisfactory arrangements with the Victorian Football League for some form of amalgamation was discussed yesterday by [Read more]

Link: Try this for progressive

You want a progressive football club? Try German club St Pauli, as depicted superbly in this Crikey blog. http://blogs.crikey.com.au/sports/2010/05/05/how-to-run-a-football-club-101/

Soccer: A peek into grass-roots soccer in South Africa

The Guardian website often runs wonderful picture essays. Here’s one, in the lead-up to next month’s World Cup, on grass-roots soccer in South Africa. http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2010/may/01/photography-worldcup2010?picture=362016914

ANZAC Soccer

Here’s a piece I published in Neos Kosmos last year that some of you might be interested in reading. Since 1995, Collingwood and Essendon have battled for Anzac supremacy at the MCG. Following the AFL’s lead St George and Eastern Suburbs commemorate the day in the National Rugby League. It’s a tradition to which supporters [Read more]

A Cottage Classic

Fulham v Juventus Craven Cottage, London 18 March 2010 Europa League – Round of 16, Second Leg By Ben Santamaria I’ve watched a bit of a sport of the past thirty years and in that time I’ve seen some terrific matches, be it the 1999 Preliminary Final at the ‘G, or the 2006 Ashes Test [Read more]

A-League: Sydneycentric?

by Stephen George I have never been sure that what I am about to declare was in fact happening before my eyes (and ears) but after sitting through almost another year of A-League, I am almost convinced there is not just jealousy but rather a conspiracy bubbling away up north towards our poor old Melbourne [Read more]

Team-mates who are the best of enemies

Andrew McLeod and Tyson Edwards are team-mates who have managed to play in the same side despite a public fall-out many years ago. The Guradian’s Lex Sim recalls some infamous soccer “friendships” in his article below. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/mar/03/football-team-mates-enemies-knowledge Have a read and then return here to regale us with tales of your favourite sporting “enemy” team-mates.

Footy/Soccer: Geelong stadium suggestion fuels my anger over World Cup

By Susie Giese In a true parliamentary smoke-and-mirrors display, the State Government has once more failed to solve the FIFA World Cup issue, shooting themself in the foot in the process. The recent bid to upgrade Skilled Stadium to a 44,000-seater square pitch by no means solves the issue of a stymied AFL season. After [Read more]

Soccer: My love of Manchester United

By Domenic Favata I play footy, but I have a strong interest in the game we call soccer. I follow Manchester United because they are a team of stars, they are a team of loyalty and, most importantly, a team of skill. I don’t have Foxtel, so when I get a chance to watch a [Read more]

Soccer: The night I watched Man U beat Milan in a Swedish green room

I pick up the phone and do something I’ve never done before. Call a television studio and ask to speak to one of the most popular TV sports presenters in the country. I’m in Stockholm. The TV presenter is a former professional footballer who represented Sweden in the ’90s. And he’s my brother-in-law (if that’s [Read more]

Link: The best long-range soccer screamers

The Guardian has listed its best long-range soccer goals. Don’t worry: Matt Le Tissier’s 1994 screamer for Southampton is in there.

Soccer: Is it OK to love another man (in a sporting sense, of course)?

By Stephen George Man love or man crushes are seen as a common and acceptable practice by male members of the sports loving community. How do we best define man love or a man crush in the sporting world? To me, it’s about the ability of a sportsperson to either bring me through the gates [Read more]

Soccer: A-League gets early pass mark

By Stephen George In 2003, Australian football was struggling to make an impact on the national sporting stage.  In April, the Independent Soccer Review Committee chaired by Mr David Crawford concluded “that the current structure of soccer in Australia is ineffective, does not work and needs changing”. The output on the field was viewed by [Read more]

Soccer: Demetriou overreacts to World Cup talk

By Martin Reeves The 2010 World Cup in South Africa is just around the corner, but it’s Australia’s 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids that are dominating the headlines as the culture wars are reignited on the Australian sporting landscape. At the centre of the latest war is an Australian of Greek descent, representing the [Read more]

Russians not Hiddink it off with Guus

by Tim Ivins Guus Hiddink would have cast a lonely figure in the bowels of Petrol Arena late on November 18. His Russian team, chock full of talent and Euro 2008 runners up had been eliminated by lowly Slovenia on away goals. In the first leg, a goal from Nejc Pecnik in the 88th minute [Read more]