world cup finals

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
Confessions of an Australian England Fan

Confessions of an Australian England Fan

Inconceivable as it may sound to some in both Australia and England, there is a deep down affection for the Old Country in these Antipodes. Those of British stock, in particular, can’t help but want England to do well in football competitions – but only if Australia is no longer in contention. 11 Jul 2018
Gaming the Game

Gaming the Game

I’ve heard it said that gamesmanship – acting outside the laws of football to win an advantage by any means possible – is differently perceived in different cultures. One man’s cheat is another man’s champion, depending on where you’re from. 5 Jul 2018
Brave minnows no longer!

Brave minnows no longer!

It’s taken a couple of days to get to this article, with all the travelling, but that’s given me some time to think about our performance in the first match against France... 20 Jun 2018
The Road to Russia - Brazil fan chat

The Road to Russia - Brazil fan chat

Adrian Deans is slowly making his way to Russia. Along the way he is testing the mood of fans from some of the participating countries and the next instalment is Brazil – one of the tournament favourites. Adrian had a chance encounter with Paolo and Dominique from Goiania, who were surprisingly downbeat about their country’s chances. 11 Jun 2018
BLOG: The Road to Russia - Denmark

BLOG: The Road to Russia - Denmark

Adrian Deans is slowly making his way to Russia. Along the way he is testing the mood of fans from some of the participating countries and the third instalment is Denmark – one of our Group C rivals. 7 Jun 2018
BLOG: The Road to Russia - Sweden

BLOG: The Road to Russia - Sweden

Adrian Deans is slowly making his way to Russia. Along the way he will be interviewing fans from some of the participating countries and the second instalment is Sweden. Adrian talks to Andreas Palmquist about Sweden’s prospects this summer. 2 Jun 2018
BLOG: England fans rate their World Cup chances

BLOG: England fans rate their World Cup chances

Adrian Deans is slowly making his way to Russia. Along the way he will be interviewing fans from some of the participating countries and the first instalment is England. Adrian talks to staunch England fans Matt and Nick White. 27 May 2018
Arzani MUST go to Russia

Arzani MUST go to Russia

Can there be any further doubt? Does anyone still question Daniel Arzani’s right to a place in Russia? 25 Mar 2018
If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the Dutch Oven

If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the Dutch Oven

Okay, first the positives. I was very pleased when I saw Bert van Marwijk appointed Socceroos coach. He’s had fabulous experience, knows how to succeed at the World Cup, and got the best out of a Saudi Arabia team from whom we took four points home and away. 10 Mar 2018
Legacy Schmegacy - Another Cahill clanger

Legacy Schmegacy - Another Cahill clanger

Super, Super Tim... Super, Super Tim... Super, Super Tim, Super Timmy Cahill! These words would have been sung tens of thousands of times in Germany and in the years shortly after. I haven’t heard them for a while... 3 Feb 2018
Australia's Russian Bolters

Australia's Russian Bolters

Who are the bolters for Russia 2018? The Socceroos have qualified for a fourth consecutive World Cup Finals. That’s brilliant – but seven months out, we need to re-appraise. Especially up front. 25 Nov 2017
Australia v Honduras 2nd Leg: Diary of a Socceroos tragic

Australia v Honduras 2nd Leg: Diary of a Socceroos tragic

I would’ve gone to the game but had to go to Melbourne for work today, which meant getting up really early (3.45 am) and I’m way too tired to cope with the journey home to the Central Coast afterwards. Therefore, I am now drinking vino at home and pouring my guts out as the night unfolds… 15 Nov 2017
The World Cup Runneth Over

The World Cup Runneth Over

So Gianni Infantino got his way. From 2026 the World Cup Finals will feature 48 rather than 32 teams. The biggest sporting event in the world just got 50% bigger. 11 Jan 2017