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]

Soccer: Hey Liverpool, another title before I’m 64, please!

By Stephen George I sat back and thought about what the Fab Four from Merseyside would sing in these situations. I convinced myself it would be something along the lines of needing help from somebody, but not just anybody. For the last 19 years, supporters of one club have been searching far and wide for [Read more]

Soccer: Australia’s tough draw leaves me wondering what’s in store

By Tim Ivins “The punishment an Almanacker and Socceroos tragic will put himself through,” I thought to myself as I turned off the alarm at 3.30am. The kettle goes on and so does the TV as beautiful Cape Town streams in. It’s an exciting time, the World Cup Draw, and probably the closest I will [Read more]

Chelsea v Wolves at Stamford Bridge

by Peter Flynn It is an archetypal late autumn Saturday in London. The type of ‘Match of the Day’ Saturday I remember from my formative years. Cloudy, breezy, wet and dark by 4pm. Aaahh great memories of host Jimmy Hill, commentators John Motson, Barry Davies and that iconic theme music. My old china Corka and [Read more]

Off to South Africa along the All White road

by Tim Ivins World Cup Football provides me with some of the strongest emotions I’ve experienced as a sports fan. It’s almost like the golden path in the Wizard of Oz, countries play-off for the right to play in the greatest show of all. The show which causes me to shift my body clock to [Read more]

The Silk Road to South Africa

by Tony Wilson The Socceroos final round of World Cup qualifying began on the Silk Road in Tashkent, and they never really got off it. It is not meant to be this smooth. Nigeria has fallen short again. Powerhouses like Portugal and France are still sweating. After sixteen matches, Argentina is fifth in a South [Read more]

Footy seminar: A strange case of code-shifting

Beginnings of a Switch Hunt: The Strange Case of the Slavia-Victorian Football League Game School of Sport and Exercise Science Sport and Culture Group Research Seminar 1.30-2.30 pm, Friday, 11 September 2009 Building A, Room A432, Footscray Park Campus, Victoria University Presented in association with the Football Studies Unit and Sport History Unit at Victoria [Read more]

Blowing bubbles at my first EPL game

By Rick Kane My first day in the UK, ever! We are off to see the Hammers go up against Chelsea this afternoon. But first we’re hitting London. The first postcard view I get is, well, of course, it’s the Tube. Richard, the friend who I am staying with, and I catch the Tube from [Read more]