Almanac Soccer: Love in the time of COVID – an A-League tale

Today (Sunday) at 6pm, Western United play Brisbane Roar in the second elimination final of the A-League. Steve Fahey has become a genuine fan of the new club. He explains the origin and development of his affection.

The Parade College Writing Workshop – Christian Velevski: The Melbourne Derby, 2014.

Parade College Grade 9 student Christian Velevski went to the Melbourne Victory-Melbourne City game in 2014. It was a night to remember, for a number of reasons.

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

Almanac Soccer – War and Peace (and A-League): Round 27

Dennis Gedling on the A-League where after 27 weeks, from the 10-team league, we now have six finalists.

Almanac Soccer – War and Peace (and A-League): Round 26

Dennis Gelding wraps up the weekend of A-League and previews the upcoming final round of the season.

Almanac Soccer – War and Peace (and A-League): Round 24

“Normal service resumes at the top, teams in Sky Blue get back in to form as Victory take one step back in another wide open round of the A-League” reports Dennis Gedling.

Almanac Soccer – War and Peace (and A-League): Rounds 22 and 23 Part II

With only two games on this weekend to finish Round 22 it wasn’t exactly blockbuster round but they did have an effect on the bottom of the Top 6 none the less as the round finished under the cloud of the Graham Arnold appointment.

Almanac Soccer: Trials and tribulations – a reflection on Darije Kalezi?’s time at the Phoenix

@hamishneal   “Speculated Wellington Phoenix coach Darije Kalezi? has managed four teams in four years in three countries (England, Holland and Saudi Arabia” I noted back in May. “It doesn’t exactly scream stability”   And henceforth the Swiss-born coach won’t end the season in charge of the Kiwi-based A-League franchise. As March started with the club [Read more]

Almanac Soccer – War and Peace (and A-League): Round 21

Dennis Gedling takes us through the A-League – including the Sydney derby in which a “goal was also down to classy lead up work by fellow Spaniard Raul Llorente who looks like he should be on the front of a Captain Morgan rum bottle rather than in the red and black of Wanderers.”

The rhyme of the modern Mariner

Alex Darling with a rousing sea shanty of the Gosford waterfront. (“It is a modern Mariner; And he stoppeth regu’ly…”)

Almanac Soccer: War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 19

The gap between the top 4 and the rest grows, Phoenix continue to show why people like John Kosmina want them out of the league and poor new Socceroos boss Bert Van Marwijk had to sit through three A-league games. Another big round of A-League writes Dennis Gedling.

Almanac Soccer – War and Peace (and A-League): Round 18

Dennis Gedling with this week’s A-League: “A free kick worthy of Billy Bragg lyrics, Sydney FC back in charge and the Roar bounceback from their midweek horror show. A lot of great stuff in this round of the A-League…”

War and Peace (and A-League): Goals! Goals! Goals!

Lots of goals this week as Dennis Gedling reviews the weekend’s A-League round where the top two teams dropped points. DG’s Clown of the Round is revealed as is his Sacred Cow.

Almanac Soccer: 2017 – A Nothing Year in Australian Football

Lack of coverage, crowds and cooperation is keeping soccer in Australia from a bright future writes Dr. Cruel.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 13

Victory clawed their way to some good form, Sydney FC continue to torch the earth as they march on like a footballing General Sherman and fireworks only over the harbour in Gosford for the New Year’s round of the A-League. Dennis Gedling reports.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 10

Dennis Gedling looks at Round 10 of the A-League and finds memorable and forgettable moments with Sydney FC flexing their collective muscle yet again.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 9

Dennis Gedling reports on Round 9 of the A-League, where, worryingly, an average of just 7,445 fans attended each of the five games in this round.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 8

Dennie Gedling’s comprehensive wrap of Round 8 in the A-League – which was not without its action and controversy.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 5

The round might have been uninspiring, but Dennis Gedling’s wrap of Round 5 is anything but.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 3

Round 3 of the A-League and the lowlight seemed to be the Video Review technology according to Dennis Gedling’s wrap of the round.