Round 15 – Adelaide v West Coast: The Fat Lady Sings

Peter Baulderstone is on holidays on the beach in Broome. His Eagles joined him sitting about doing nothing much in the last quarter on Saturday.

Round 15 – Preview: Two upsets looming

We’re back into normality after the AFL bye rounds and Australia’s short lived attempt at World Cup glory. Sal Ciardulli gives us his thoughts on this week’s match-ups.

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 14 Preview – Sal’s thoughts and predictions for this week

Sal turns his mind to the pros and cons of some of the AFL’s mooted rule changes before delivering his tips for the week.

The World Cup Alphabet: Z is for…

Dennis Gedling writes of the troubled 1974 Zaire World Cup team, the legendary Zidane and makes some observations about the Socceroos.

The World Cup Alphabet – T is for…

Get yourself ready for the World Cup with the next in the Alphabet series with T is for Tears – an excellent history of the heartbreak of Australia’s World Cup campaign. [Lots of memories here – JTH]

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 3-Eight Minutes Worth Waiting 32 Years For (2006)

With World Cup anticipation bubbling away, we look back at this post from Dennis Gedling on the first match of the 2006 Finals for the Socceroos, a breathaking come-from-behind win against Japan.

After waiting 32 years to play at a World Cup again, the Socceroos started their 2006 campaign against Japan. Dennis Gedling reports on a game that saw the Socceroos come back from a goal down to win 3-1.

Bailey Wright Wright Wright

Few people had heard of Bailey Wright when the Almanac’s own talent scout John Green found him for Ange Postecoglou. Now Bailey will be a key defender on the world stage at Russia 2018. Congrats Bailey, Ange and JG – worth revisiting his prescient article. (2014 Intro – Bailey Wright can now take his place at the Socceroos training camp in Terrigal, but only because Preston North End’s promotion campaign is over, writes Lilywhites’ fan John Green. You may recall John’s visit to Preston and his interview with Bailey White over the Australian summer – Ed]

Another Bout of Sudden Death Sickness with the Socceroos

Declan Fay recalls a few classic World Cup qualifier moments – or half recalls them and half imagines them. But as you read this he is making his way to Sydney for the Honduras-Socceroos Sudden Death play off, the prospect of which has had an observable impact on his health. [Good to hear from you again. And you are Kennett-less in this case. JTH]

Almanac Soccer History: Remember the ’93 Socceroos

Dennis Gedling gets us in the mood for the Socceroos-Honduras World Cup qualifier with this story of the Socceroos 1993 campaign. [Terrific historical account from a fan’s perspective – JTH]

The FIFA World Cup Qualification Wrap (Penultimate Edition)

Twenty-three teams have qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup so far with nine spots still available. The Socceroos will play Honduras next month in a bid to qualify for their fourth World Cup campaign in a row.

War & Peace (and A-League) – Round 1

The first round of the A-League saw plenty of goals including a thrilling F3 derby with 6 goals scored while Victory lost to Sydney by an own goal.

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).

The Road to Russia 2018 begins to twist and turn

The FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers are heating up and Dennis Gedling has highlighted the games over the next week or so to watch.

Round 12 Preview – Scott a lot to say

Round 12 kicks off tonight with the Grand Final replay which will be a cracker. The Socceroos will also be playing a pivotal game tonight against Saudi Arabia in the World Cup Qualifiers.

Political turmoil in Soccer (I think we have been here before)

History has a way of repeating itself. Particularly when it comes to the issues facing Australian soccer. Dr Cruel explains.

World Cup 2014 – Australia v Netherlands: You Idiots in Your Beds

Tonight in Melbourne Australia plays Japan in a FIFA World Cup qualifier. It’s timely to re-live where the journey can go – this from the 2014 World Cup: “Tony Wilson has written a magnificent account of the Socceroos’ heroics versus the Netherlands.”

Almanac Soccer: A-League Preview, Part One

The A-League season is not far away so Tom Riordan begins casting his eyes over the teams for coming season.

Almanac Soccer: Tom Rogic – The next Socceroo superstar?

Dr Cruel reckons that Tommy Rogic, currently plying his trade with Glasgow Celtic, could be Australia’s next EPL superstar

A-League Off-Season: O’Toole’s journey to the Roar

Hamish Neal writes about Connor O’Toole the latest Australian footballer to have spent time at the renowned Seiritsu Gakuen High School in Japan to then go on and gain a first team deal with a professional club.