In A League Of Its Own – Round 4

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League Well, who would have thought that after round two, the three most successful teams and the one new team would make up the bottom four? Sydney FC, Adelaide United, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart are in an unfamiliar position at the beginning of this season. None of these four [Read more]

Have the Changes Been for the Better?

In February 1992, the clubs in the English Football League’s First Division decided to ‘break away’ from the then ‘Football League’ and form the English Premier League (EPL). The League continued to consist of the same number of clubs (20) that were present at the end of the 1991/1992 season. The decision was made to [Read more]

In A League Of Its Own – Issue 3

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League Of the ten teams that played in round one of season 2010/11, only one took home the full 3 points. Subsequently, the other four matches resulted in a draw. 16 minutes into the new A-League season and Melbourne Heart’s A-league journey, Central Coast Mariners captain Alex Wilkinson tucked away [Read more]

In A League of Its Own – Issue 2

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League The brand new season kicks off on Thursday in Melbourne and I can’t help but look ahead to what should be one very competitive year. Here are my predictions for most of the big topics, and I’m sure there will be plenty of debate over them.

In A League Of Its Own

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League A new season, a new team, and a new defending champion. This upcoming A-league season (“Version 6”) is shaping up to be the most exciting and competitive yet. Sydney FC are the defending champions, and will be looking to become the first team to win back-to-back championships. In a [Read more]

The Other Side of Soccer

I thought I’d post this piece (that I wrote in May) to give something of an antidote to the 634 problems that I’ve identified with the World Cup. The Game They Play in Tassie Chris Hudson’s A Century of Soccer, 1898-1998 is a comprehensive history of the game in Tasmania. There aren’t too many like [Read more]

World Cup: Welcome to The Big (horror) Show

by Dan O’Sullivan The Socceroos World Cup campaign thus far has had all the hallmarks of every horror film ever committed to celluloid. The opening match defeat at the hands of Germany was a genuine bloodbath. Little in the way of plot, but a devastating body count. Jason Voorhes could have been leading the line [Read more]

World Cup week 2 – tide turns (sort of)

When I clicked the drop menu on the address bar of the hotel’s computer, I realised that I had been held up by prolonged web searches for ‘prostitutas en pretorias sudafrica’ and so forth. Our hotel in Pretoria has been overrun by hordes of Argentinian soccer fans. Whilst some of the few women involved with [Read more]

The Australian Bar and Restaurant – New York

New York city is so rich in culture and diversity, it is mind blowing Darryl. They have a channel that plays baseball 24 hours… a… day. Some of the bars have more than 20 televisions, each one playing a sporting event of real cultural significance. You should see The Australian Bar and Restaurant. It’s more [Read more]

Desperate times…

By Vickie Lustig/Carole Fabian NEWS SCOOP Football Federation of Australia CEO Ben Buckley reacts swiftly to the disaster in South Africa by turning to his old mates and colleagues in the AFL.  He convinces Frank Lowy to retire immediately as Chairman, replacing him with old boss Andrew Demetriou.  The AFL vacancy is filled on a [Read more]

World Cup Forum

Germany 4  Australia 0 Oh the pain of it! Let’s face it folks, last night wasn’t a total shock, but it definitely wasn’t what we were looking for. What went wrong? Were the tactics at fault? Or just the execution? Do we hold out any hope for the rest of the campaign? Here’s your chance [Read more]

Maradona Still Demands the Spotlight

World Cup Game 3: 12/6/2010 Johannesburg- Ellis Park Stadium Group B- Argentina  1 v Nigeria  0 The Olympic Games’ only rival as The Greatest Show On Earth is with us once again. Unlike the Olympics, which seem more bound by official rules, protocols and pomp, the World Cup always has much more the feel of [Read more]

FIFA World Cup Preview: Part 7 of 8

GROUP G (‘The Group of Death”) Brazil: The giants of this group of death will go into the tournament, like always, as favourites. And with a good reason too, as they produce magnificent players left, right and centre. Coach Dunga, has opted for a steady game that Brazil have not been known for. A mixture [Read more]

LINK: Ajax’s Player Factory

Dutch club Ajax’s junior soccer academy is not called De Toekomst — The Future for nothing. In fact, it makes our attempts at player development seem positively half baked. This extensive New York Times article explores an institution which has become a virtual player factory. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/06/magazine/06Soccer-t.html?pagewanted=1&ref=global-home&adxnnlx=1275490919-Cyaxrq7Cvoe2eKBiQsfTjg

FIFA World Cup Preview: Part 6 of 8

GROUP F Italy: Many have doubted the reigning champion’s odds of going back to back. Saying their old and too defensive has brought up queries in the Italian team. Of all, Marcello Lippi knows that his side are not affected by outside talk. That they talked them down in 2006, and you all know what [Read more]

Happy 20th Anniversary Liverpool

Most anniversaries are joyous occasions highlighted by celebrations from the parties involved. Not this one. This anniversary represents 20 years since Liverpool stood triumphant on the dais with a trophy representing ultimate success in English top flight football. The only positive to come out of the 2009/2010 campaign was that Chelsea held on for the [Read more]

2010 FIFA World Cup Preview: Part 5 of 8

GROUP E Netherlands: Highly fancied to win the tournament, the classy Dutch team boasts incredible skill and talent. Solid at the back and fluent through the midfield, players like Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder will look to both assist and score goals.  The only superpower in the group and should advance with no troubles. Player [Read more]

Haiku World Cup

In less than a week, South Africa plays host to The Greatest Show on Earth when the World Cup kicks off in Johannesburg. Pretty soon, the Knackery will be full of punditry and prognostication on the fortunes of the Socceroos as they take on the world’s best. To celebrate, a panel of experts (actually, a [Read more]

2010 FIFA World Cup Preview: Part 4 of 8

GROUP D Germany: One of the powerhouses of international football. They boast experience, speed and class in a well balanced team that is picked out mostly from the German Bundes Liga. However, the omission of Captain Michael Ballack through injury is a big loss. A man that is the heart of soul of German football [Read more]

2010 FIFA World Cup Preview: Part 3 of 8

By Domenic Favata GROUP C England: Warmly backed to have a real crack at this year’s title. Coach Fabio Capello expects big things from his side that boasts the names Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard and so on. There attacking style will see them progress onto the round of 16 and could do some damage there. They [Read more]