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]

Confessions of a Disloyal Almanacker

Peter Fuller returns to the Almanac’s pages by sharing a contemplation of this year’s ups and (mostly) downs, especially for Carlton fans. But amid the clouds there are also silver linings. (Welcome back, Peter – Eds.)

Almanac Soccer – Deakin University Library’s Soccer Collection: Goals and Glory

“Goals and Glory” is an exhibition of Association Football (soccer) history delved from the collections and sources at Deakin University in Geelong. Check out the details for further information about this must see exhibition.

Almanac Soccer – That Other World Cup in Europe: The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Dennis Gedling presents an authoritative and informative history of the development of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in soccer, as well as the Matildas, in the lead up to the 2019 cup.

Almanac Travel and Soccer: Valencia messes with Messi’s Barca

Ian Hauser sends news of his tour of Europe which has taken him to Spain where he couldn’t help but notice, despite the barriers, that a big game of soccer was being held.

Almanac Photography: Why sport matters (Kids trying their hearts out).

Just a few things that sport offers, as captured by photographer Pierre Bradley at a recent Under 10 girls soccer match.

Almanac Soccer: The Ineptitude Index

Ahead of the A-League grand final, Glenn Cummings analyses the season that was using the Ineptitude Index.

Almanac Soccer: The Tykes go up

As things look up for Barnsley FC, Rod Oaten is thinking of lads at the Fitzwilliam.

Almanac Soccer – Come On You Spurs!

The wheels on the bus go round and round, but for Marcus Holt at times they bounced up and down. The Tottenham Hot Spurs caused a few anxious moments for him as the game ebbed and flowed as he drove his bus around Geelong but joy eventually came to Marcus. In the thrilling finale his beloved Spurs over came adversity and won through to progress to the semi-final.

Almanac A-League: Victory v Glory Heavyweight battle that could save the A-League

As the current A-league season meanders along there are two teams that have been the standouts of the competition as DrCruel73 explains.

‘Mr Soccer…’ KB Hill

KB Hill presents us with yet another profile of a legendary country sportsman, John De Luca, Life Member, Hall of Famer and inaugural Legend of the Wangaratta City Devils.

Why does sandpaper hurt so much?

Peter Baulderstone muses about the place of sport in our individual and collective consciousnesses. How are sports different from each other? Is there an ongoing meaning of sport in our lives that explains just why sandpaper hurts so much?

Sport as Entertainment – 5: Case Studies

Stainless has argued the trend of major sport is becoming predominantly a form of mass entertainment, and in this article he takes cricket and soccer – and analyses how each has changed in Australia in line with these trends.

Almanac Soccer: Best Scotland line-up of the last 30 (ish) years – Your thoughts?

James Grapsas is the author of the new eBook A Modern History of Scotland International Football Matches, which was profiled in these pages last week. He wonders who Almanackers would select in their best modern Scotland line-up, using the last 30 years as the frame of reference.

Almanac Soccer- New eBook: A Modern History of Scotland International Football Matches.

With the new UEFA Nations League just around the corner, it is opportune for enthusiasts to read up on Scotland’s contemporary football history. James Grapsas, a contributor to The Footy Almanac over the years, has published an eBook on this particular topic: A Modern History of Scotland International Football Matches.

Almanac Soccer: The Curious Case of Michael Theo(klitos)’s Norwich City Career

After a chance find in an Op Shop and consequently going internationally viral, Tom Greenaway is keen to track down former Victory and Roar (and Norwich City) goalkeeper, Michael Theo

The Game that Never Happened by Ian Syson

The Game that Never Happened: The Vanishing History of Soccer in Australia by Ian Syson will be launched by Gideon Haigh, John Harms and John Didulica at the MCC Library, Wednesday August 15. RSVP your attendance.

Almanac Soccer: Bolt! Trailblazer for the Central Coast?

Usain Bolt becomes a “coastie” tomorrow as he takes his first steps on the road to his professional football career.

Small steps, big steps: the story of O Tecnico and his boys

This is the story of a team of young players and their coach. By John Harms.

Russia 2018: Is this the last great World Cup?

DrCruel73 reflects on the World Cup just gone, and worries about Qatar 2022. Is FIFA about to undermine its own showcase?

Almanac Soccer – World Cup Final 2018: Les bleus à deux coupes de monde

Another World Cup has been run and done, Jarrod Landells shares his thoughts on the final and the winners