The scene for the match was not Cuiaba, in fact not even close. We had a screen, a beach and around 3000 Chilean fans surrounding us. To start the day a sit down at a beach kiosk on Copacabana with a caipirinha and a swim followed a breakfast at our hotel. A half hour walk […]


The Socceroos arrived in South America with a 27-man squad and will play their final pre-tournament match against Croatia in Salvador, Brazil before their opening encounter with Chile in Cuiaba on 13 June. With three on-field players and one goal keeper to be trimmed it is a competition for places for the 23-man official World Cup […]

The farewell match in Sydney was an entertaining affair in front of 50,459 fans but only a 1-1 draw the result. Record scorer in green and gold Tim Cahill led out the Australian team in Mile Jedinak’s absence in an overall positive and exciting performance after only one week in camp for the Aussie team. […]

01/11/2013: WSWvADL at Parramatta Stadium Travelling to Sydney is always a good moment, having close ties with the city both as I have plenty of family there, but as I lived there for some time. This time I made time to go to a Wanderers game. They were playing Adelaide on November 1st 2013 and […]

An analysis of the Socceroos new manager. Ange Postecoglou accepted the role of manager for the Australian Men’s National Football Team, the Socceroos on a 5-year deal. The Football Federation Australia (FFA) went after and got their man, as other supposed local/Australian candidates Graham Arnold and Tony Popovic were not even afforded an interview. Is […]

The European Play-Off Draw has been conducted and some power house sides have been draw to one-another. It will be tricky and will mean an exit for a few good sides. Three of the seeded teams will be playing at home in the first leg. Portugal and Sweden will meet each other and due to […]

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What is the benefit to Australia of touring teams such as Manchester United or Liverpool FC? These are only exhibition games right? Yes the tourists will reap the reward in the long term from shirt sales, visits to their cities and stadiums from newly acquired and existing fans and building their brand. Yes they are […]

The football eyes of the world will be on Brazil in 2014. It is a country that lives and breathes football – treats it as a religion – and finally will host the World Cup for its second time and first since 1950. Aside from the spectacle, Brazil and its people are getting a raw […]

Brazil annihilated current world champions Spain 3-0 in the Confederations Cup final and sent out a clear message to the world. The message; “the giant has been awoken!” After only 2 minutes of the game Spain’s game plan was out the window. Fred opened the scoring whilst still planted on the ground scooping the ball […]