Almanac Rugby League: The complete World Cup schedule

The postponed 2021 Rugby League World Cup finally comes to fruition this weekend with the start of the month-long tournament in England. It features women’s, men’s and wheelchair competitions. See the full schedule of matches here.

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.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v South Africa: Old rivals still go hard

Before Australia’s World Cup semi-final clash against England tonight, Sean Mortell reviews their last game against South Africa and details what may change for tonight’s line-up

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v Bangladesh: Slowly coming together

Sean Mortell reviews another steady Australian win, as he is satisfied that the team’s balance is slowly improving throughout the tournament

Almanac Soccer: Cambridge University Press kicks off global study on the World Cup

An interesting interactive activity for followers of the World Cup – and there’s a few of us here at The Footy Almanac.

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?

Almanac Soccer – World Cup 2018: The Lions of Teranga get down

The Senegal men’s football team have the best pre-game warm up routine.

From World Cups and FIFA bans to the Socceroos and Bertie: the Dutch & Australian football

With orange coloured glasses Adam Muyt (jointly written with Roberto Pennino) looks back on the wonderful contribution of Dutch migrants and their descendants on the round ball game in Australia since the late 1940’s. Includes the tale of when Australia were banned by FIFA for four years.

The World Cup Alphabet – K is for…

We’ve reached the letter K, as special as they come. This time Dennis Gedling looks at a German legend and two countries separated by war but joined in a love of football and knocking The Azzurri out of the World Cup

The World Cup Alphabet – I is for…

The list continues, today Dennis Gedling looks at two Asian Confederation members – one a modern powerhouse with five finals qualifications, the other an underperformer with a quirky tale of (almost) qualification

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.

Australia v England ODIs – MCG: In the Shadow of the BBL

Jack Banister ponders the future of ODIs against our love of epic tests and the shiny new toy that is BBL.

The World Cup Antidote to Saints Despair

Tom Greenaway has left his Saints for a fling with soccer during the World Cup. He’ll return eventually, but is enjoying his philandering while comparing some soccer stars to AFL players.

Glancing at the World Cup: 5 questions from my once-in-every-four-year soujorn to the beautiful game

Sean Curtain wants to be able to follow soccer with a bit more authority, but he needs some answers.

The Great Uruguayan Bite: How Luis would be judged in other sports

Suarez’s ‘reflex’ bite leads Sean Curtain to consider possible outcomes in other sporting codes. Anyone else thinking Hannibal Lecter’s facemask might come in handy?

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 18-The Durban Disaster (2010)

Disaster in Durban. The Socceroos run out of luck and legs against a talented young German side. The new world-class stadium runs out of beer and Dennis Gedling is your unwillingly sober reporter for the entirety of the drubbing.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 22-West Germany Come Out On Top In The Hack Fest of Rome (1990)

The 1990 contest between West Germany and Argentina was considered by some to be the Eric Olthwaite of World Cup Finals. Dennis Gedling explains why no-one was crying for Argentina that year, as the brilliant Germans prevailed.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 23-Australia Drag Out The Serbs With Them (2010)

The Socceroos finally salvage something from the 2010 World Cup tournament

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 24-Argentina Gives Australia Everything Except a Ticket to the World Cup (1993)

Denis Gedling recalls the two-legged play-off in 1993, featuring Maradona’s return to Sydney and a full house in Buenos Aires

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 25-Spain Finally Break Their Duck (2010)

Denis Gedling recalls the dour 2010 World Cup final in which Spain finally realised its potential