Bert Van Marwijk: Safe Choice, Yes. Inventive, No.

The appointment of Bert Van Marwijk as the Socceroos coach following the departure of Ange Postecoglou has left DrCruel73 thinking that the FFA are still playing it too safe with our national side.

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.

The FIFA World Cup Qualification Wrap (Final Edition)

After 868 games over 6 continents and featuring 209 countries for 31 spots at the 2018 FIFA World Cup we now finally have our final 32 teams. The final round of play offs had more nils than a Swedish phonebook reports Dennis Gedling. [This is a massive, comprehensive report which will leave you well and truly in the know – Ed]

The reluctant coach

As fill-in coach for his children’s junior soccer team, Jeff Dowsing is learning about emotion and decision-making – “Ange Postecoglou has nothing to fear.”

Almanac Soccer: Ulysses Kokkinos – Australian Soccer’s George Best (Patrick Skene in The Guardian)

Another outstanding read from Patrick Skene as part of his ‘Forgotten Stories’ series for The Guardian Australia. The story of former South Melbourne Hellas super-striker Ulysses Kokkinos is the quintessence of the highs and lows of fame.

Almanac Cricket – If It’s Good Enough For Watto…

In much the same way as Shane Watson has seen the writing on the wall, so too has MV Younger. Here he notifies Brendan Bolton, James Sutherland and Ange Postecoglou he’s no longer available for selection.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the A-League Grand Final

Melbourne Victory are the 2014-2015 A-League Premiers. and to the victors go the spoils… and the opportunity to give Graham Arnold a decent old whack (a-la Mark Williams after the 2007 AFL Grand Final). [Have loved reading Dennis’ ‘Good Bad, Ugly…’ all season and the Grand Final edition doesn’t disappoint. – SCB]

Have the Socceroos won back Australia’s heart?

It might have been a friendly, but for Vaughan Menlove, the Socceroos draw with Germany wasn’t about the scoreboard. Ange Postecoglou’s game plan has breathed life and flair into the national football team, which was sorely missing under the conservative approaches of past bosses Pim Verbeek and Holger Osiek

Asian Cup 2015: Australia is the Champion of Asia at Football

Roy Hay summarises 120 minutes of joy, despair and then joy again. The Socceroos are now the champions of Asia. A feat that should not be underestimated.

Asian Cup Final: Australia won, because that’s what Australians do

Tom Riordan relives all the excitement of a nerve-shattering, breath-taking Asian Cup Final – with Ange and the new generation triumphing in a pulsating 120 minutes.

A Win’s a Win, and That’s Just What the Socceroos Did

After booking a place in the 2015 Asian Cup Final, it’s all coming together quite nicely for Ange Postecoglou and the Socceroos. Tom Riordan breaks down how the lads outplayed a determined, but ultimately outclassed Australian XI.

Hey Look! The Socceroos are in Newcastle.

Hamish Neal previews the 2015 Asian Cup Semi-Finals, which get underway tonight at Stadium Australia in Sydney. With over half a million fans having clicked through the turnstiles so far to watch the action in person, and the recent China v Australia Quarter Final being watched by more viewers than there are people in Australia, you better believe the Semi Finals are a big deal!

Asian Cup – Japan 2 Jordan 0: Japan Cruise into the Quarter Finals

Another great 2015 Asian Cup match report from Roy Hay. The Blue Samurai of Japan hold off a dogged Jordanian outfit to secure a Quarter Final berth against the United Arab Emirates on Friday night in Sydney [And the editorial coordinator’s man-crush on Gotoku Sakai continues. Am I right, ladies? – Ed]

The Footy Almanac Podcast: Breakfast With the Goodfellas – 2015 Asian Cup Preview

As the 2015 Asian Cup kicks off (pun intended) The Goodfellas – Vaughan ‘Dr Cruel’ Menlove and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Baker grab a coffee or two and preview what should be some great soccer on offer for sports fans through January.

A-League All-Star Team, 2005-2014/15

The A-League is 10 years old. Philip Mendes and his 16 year-old son Lucas, mark the League’s Aluminium Anniversary by naming their all-star line-up.

World Cup 2014 – Australia v The Netherlands: A Step Away from a Green and Golden Day.

Gregor Lewis celebrates the beautiful game, Tim Cahill, Ange Postecoglu, and a young Socceroos team that refused to be cowed by a champion Dutch football side. Stand up and cheer Knackers.

World Cup 2014 – Australia v Chile: I know what the Socceroos can do

Gregor Lewis offers a terrific description of the Socceroos passionate display against Chile in the World Cup.

Money Value Carnival Preview – And so the end is near!

The Salmeister previews the Cox Plate and other Money Valley mayhem. He reviews the ascension of the Almanac’s own St Ange to the Socceroo’s gig (well he is on ABC Insiders, and so is our glorious leader, so Ange is as good as family).

Infographic: The Socceroos and Ange Postecoglou

With Ange Postecoglou appointed as the head coach, the Socceroos welcomes only the third native-born manager of the team since 1970. Cobba Stevens reckons we’re in good hands. (And supplies one of his handy infographics on Ange’s predecessors.)

In A-League of its Own – Round 2

Heart’s 1-1 draw against a severely undermanned Wellington was as disappointing as Victory’s 5-0 loss to Brisbane, says Tim Riordan.