Most Hated, And Perhaps Most Misunderstood

Most Hated, And Perhaps Most Misunderstood

Kevin Muscat, outside Melbourne, is the Most Hated Man in Football, but not by me. Some of my friends are going to hate me for this article… 23 May 2019
Why are football books a hard sell in Oz?

Why are football books a hard sell in Oz?

It seems that football books are very hard to sell in Australia. (Am I right Lawrie McKinna?) 22 May 2019
New Roos To Choose?

New Roos To Choose?

The dire manner in which we limped out of the Asian Cup in January is still raw in my soul, but Arnie’s recent statement that he will be testing new blood in next month’s friendly with South Korea once again got my optimistic juices flowing… 14 May 2019
When Is A Licence Not A Licence?

When Is A Licence Not A Licence?

Confusion continues to reign in the wake of Chris Nikou’s comments at the recent Football Writers’ Festival at Jamberoo. 27 Mar 2019
Community and controversy at the inaugural Football Writers' Festival

Community and controversy at the inaugural Football Writers' Festival

If the AFL or NRL were truly worried about the sleeping giant of football, they could have done worse than to blow up the Jamberoo Pub this weekend. It would have set the football narrative back 50 years. 24 Mar 2019
Football Writers' Festival: Soccer Socrates meets the Pigskin Poindexters

Football Writers' Festival: Soccer Socrates meets the Pigskin Poindexters

Is there really such a thing as Australian football culture? 19 Mar 2019
Life After Mulvey - enter the uber alpha coach

Life After Mulvey - enter the uber alpha coach

The Mariners are about as low as any team can get right now, which is good. The only way is up. 10 Mar 2019
'Something rotten is seeping into the Mariners...'

'Something rotten is seeping into the Mariners...'

If you look at the stats to see how often the team who scores first wins a match, I reckon it would be at least 50%, but the Mariners have led eight times so far this season for just one result. What’s going wrong? 2 Feb 2019
Thoughts on Oz v UAE

Thoughts on Oz v UAE

Not only can I hardly bear to write this, I can hardly bear to think about it. Australia are out. 26 Jan 2019
Thoughts on Oz vs Uzbekistan

Thoughts on Oz vs Uzbekistan

Yet another ordeal for Socceroos fans, but somehow we scraped through. 22 Jan 2019
Thoughts on Oz v Syria

Thoughts on Oz v Syria

So Australia are through to the knockout rounds, and after a full day of recovering my shattered nerves, I’m finally able to write about it. 17 Jan 2019
Cornering Chris Nikou

Cornering Chris Nikou

If you could get Chris Nikou in a corner and hassle him about his plans for the next few years, what would you ask him? 16 Jan 2019
Thoughts on Oz v Palestine

Thoughts on Oz v Palestine

Well that was more like it. A bit more urgency and some strong individual performances have put the Socceroos back in the Asian Cup race. 12 Jan 2019
We have to talk about Oceania...

We have to talk about Oceania...

Australia may be struggling at the Asian Cup right now, but that’s why we joined Asia – to get strong, regular competition that would force us to grow as a footballing nation. 11 Jan 2019
Thoughts on Oz v Jordan

Thoughts on Oz v Jordan

So we lost the first game – a game we should certainly have won. It’s a setback but the overreaction in some quarters is just plain ridiculous. 7 Jan 2019
The Once and Future Mariners

The Once and Future Mariners

Who’d be a Mariners fan these days? More than a year since we had a win and looking less likely every week. 5 Jan 2019
Arnie's Army for the UAE

Arnie's Army for the UAE

Looking towards the Asian Cup, there is little further opportunity to impress, except at club level. Who will make the final cut? 21 Nov 2018
Only Football Can Do This...

Only Football Can Do This...

Wow! What a game! Only football with its tiny margins governing failure or success can generate that kind of white knuckle ride. 31 Oct 2018
Arzani set for dream Hoops debut?

Arzani set for dream Hoops debut?

The word is that Daniel Arzani was hooked from the Reserves match this week and sent to train with the Celtic first team. He won’t be part of their Europa League game tomorrow, but he might feature against Hearts in the League Cup on Monday. 26 Oct 2018
Graham Arnold: The Master of Systems

Graham Arnold: The Master of Systems

Okay, Kuwait seemed about as interested in the game as their crowd, but you can only play what’s in front of you. Playing in stifling heat on an over-grassed pitch, the Arnie Era got off to a very solid start. 17 Oct 2018
How to fix penalty decisions?

How to fix penalty decisions?

I have a crazy suggestion for a new rule that might improve the game. 4 Oct 2018