A football-loving dog caught on camera

Frank Taylor sent in a great YouTube video of a dog enjoying the football on TV a little too much.

The beautiful bid: Why Australia and New Zealand should win their 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup bid

Roy Hay is a partner in Sports and Editorial Services Australia, and an Honorary Fellow at Deakin University. He discusses why Australia and New Zealand’s joint bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup could be successful.

Why Spectators Should Suck it Up, and Move On

Sarah Black has some advice for ‘fans’ and players who believe it’s appropriate to offer 15 year-old umpires a pair of glasses while they’re trying to adjudicate a netball game. [And the stats may just make your head spin. – Ed]

Almanac Local Footy – A season at Banyule: Friends, fun and some fine football

Sean Mortell has enjoyed his time playing footy at Banyule, experiencing all the highs and lows associated with being a part of a local sporting club and showing how important sporting clubs are to healthy community life.

The forgotten (but important) cog in Collingwood’s finals’ hopes

Sean Mortell reckons there’s a Pies player who will make a difference in September.

Photo Essay – AFL Round 19: Richmond v Collingwood

A time-honoured rivalry, movers and shakers in footy and media, Richmond station beyond capacity. These are some of Jack Banister’s well-captured things…

Socceroos – After the Exit

The Socceroos are out at the first stage of the World Cup. Again. What does this mean for state of the World Game in Australia?

Round 6 – Collingwood v Richmond: D.Wilson & B.Grundy 

The Tigers run out 43-point winners on one of the rare occasions when everyone leaves the ground somewhat satisfied. The Pies showed enough to challenge the premiers, which bodes well for the rest of their year. And the premiers rose to the challenge, as very good sides do reports Jack.

Almanac Teams: The Best Baldies

Phil Dimitriadis has assembled the best baldies in his latest line up – what do you make of it?

The People’s Game Podcast 

Jack Banister has started a new footy podcast. Here’s the run down and the first episode.

The Influence of Australian Migrant Minorities on Soccer Today

Ivan Suljic looks at the influence of migrant footballers have had on Australian soccer including the Socceroos and the A-League. (A fascinating read for soccer fans – MNQ).

Everyone’s Bob

With the looming retirement of Bob Murphy, Jack Banister reflects on Murphy’s writing and the 2016 flag, and says thanks.

What do you do in Melbourne when Richmond has a bye?

Richmond had the bye this weekend so Joe De Petro attended two games of football: the friendly between the world’s top two countries Brazil and Argentina, and a footy clash between fallen champions (Hawthorn) and a team on the rise (Gold Coast).

Almanac Soccer – The ABC debacle and a messy aftermath

Tom Riordan addresses the elephant in the room. Was the ABC2 coverage of LIverpool v Sydney really that bad? Yes. A serious bidder for the next A-League TV rights is the laughing stock of the country. Over to you, FFA.

A Game Night to Remember

John Tailor looks at the benefits of organising your own sporting activities with mates. Fitness and fun is a great combo.

Almanac Footy: The Dark Age of the .01 percenters is coming

“The AFL player in 2030 will have long left behind sledges about mums wearing army boots. He will have a degree in sports psychology and spend all 4 quarters messing with opponents heads.”

Almanac Soccer: At Home with Jack and Jimmy

John Green visited Nottingham’s Meadow Lane last weekend for the fourth tier match between Notts County and Grimsby Town. He discovered County’s rich history and learnt about two ‘Legends of the Lane’.

Almanac Soccer: Clog ball – the tale of the Dutch and soccer in Australia 1950 to 1980

Often dubbed the ‘invisible’ migrants due to an inclination to assimilate quickly in to Australian culture, the story of the postwar Dutch migrants and their influence on soccer here has largely been overlooked. Until now. Les Everett alerts us to an event in Perth where writer Adam Muyt will present a talk on the influence of Dutch born players on soccer in Western Australia.

Adelaide’s Best Side in 2016: Discuss

Henry de Cure gives us some deep insights into the Adelaide list, as our Almanac 2016 previews continue.

Definition of Football

Yoshi Imagawa spends Christmas Dinner watching the EPL and ponders which code lays the best claim to being called “football”.