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]

Asian Cup: On supporting Iraqi football

Patrick Skene on the highs and lows of following Iraqi football.

Asian Cup 2015: Asian Cup Attendance Exceeds Expectations

Take a bow, Australian sports fans. Roy Hay documents how attendances at the 2015 Asian Cup have smashed organisers’ expectations. And that’s without the local committee having access to the MCG or Docklands stadium in Melbourne, nor games being played in Perth, Adelaide or Tasmania.

Asian Cup 2015: From Bay 54 and Beyond

Hamish Neal was at Hunter Stadium to see the Socceroos book their place in Saturday evening’s Asian Cup final against South Korea.

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!

What do you think of the Asian Cup so far?

Roy Hay with some interesting observations on the Asian Cup in the Asian Century in the Asian Region.

Asian Cup: Australia and South Korea into the semi-finals

Roy Hay was at the rectangular stadium in Melbourne to see South Korea get through to the semis, before catching the Tim Cahill show on TV.

2015 Asian Cup: Spanning the Cup “Nobody Believes in Us…”

Hamish Neal provides your ‘what-you-need-to-know’ one-stop-shop for tonight and Friday evening’s 2015 Asian Cup Quarter Finals. You’re welcome.

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]

Crio’s Q? – Sport and Politics

The 2015 Asian Cup has caused Crio to delve into that morally ambiguous place where sport and politics often collide

Asian Cup – Uzbekistan 3 Saudi Arabia 1: Uzbeks make the quarters

Uzbekistan qualified for a Melbourne quarter final with a win against Saudi Arabia.

Asian Cup – Australia 0 South Korea 1: Australia falls to South Koreans in Brisbane

Roy Hay knows there are many reasons for following a sport, a tournament, a season and they aren’t all soccer. Our tourist is catching up with family and friends as he covers the Asian Cup. Last night he saw the frustrated Australians thwarted by the strong Koreans.

Asian Cup – Iraq 0 Japan 1: Blue Samurai scrape home against Iraq in humid Brisbane

Roy Hay is on tour, meeting people, discovering new places and bus routes, and all in the name of football research. [What a life Roy – JTH]

A Not-so Hare-Brained Idea for an Aussie Rules World Cup (or is it?)

Inspired by the Asian Cup and last year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Peter Zitterschlager throws down the gauntlet and delivers his manifesto for an Australian rules World Cup.

Asian Cup – Iran v Bahrain: One of the Cup favourites satisfies its legion of fans.

Iran seems to have a strong squad of fans. Local Iranians? Supportive neutrals? International visitors? Roy Hay spends the night in the commentary box and sees the favourites get home.

2014 Year in Review

Vaughan Menlove reviews the year in Football in Australia, and crosses his fingers for success at the Asian Cup and continued growth of the world game locally.

Compliments of the Season – the Christmas Issue

Greetings of the season to all, Welcome to the bumper Christmas issue to guide you through the silly season and some pontification on the events of past year.  At this time last year the test series was all over, the Ashes safe and just the tidying up of proceedings to go.  We are effectively at [Read more]