Author Archives: Ilias Hatzidavid

World Cup: Socceroos still a work in progress but showed promise in the farewell game

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. […]

Travelling to Wanderland – The Wanderers Experience

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 […]

Ange; Analysing the Socceroos new leader

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 […]

World Cup sides nearly decided as the European Play-Off spots are drawn

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 […]

Manchester United and Liverpool FC showing Australian football the way forward

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 […]

Brazilian World Cup sells Brazil short

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 […]

Neymar’s Brazil – Confeds Final a preview of things to come

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 […]

Socceroos clinch World Cup berth; Going to Brazil 2014

Australia will be participating in the World Cup in June and July 2014 in Brazil after overcoming a resilient Iraq outfit that kept them out the best part of 83 minutes in rainy Sydney. This win sparks celebrations around the city and country as the Socceroos now go to their third consecutive World Cup finals […]

Roland Garros, magic red clay

Roland Garros is an immense tournament. In my view the most skillful,  hardest on the body and most entertaining to watch of the four grand slams. This is the place of romance, even in tennis and in a day and age of accelerating athleticism. The place where players have opportunities to stand tall and create a […]

World Cup: Japan and Australia draw – Frantic finish

A fast paced first half was a prelude to a frantic finish. Tommy Oar took the man-of-the-match and did himself a favour as the eyes and scouts of the world watched on. The World Cup Qualifier contested by experienced coaches Alberto Zaccheroni and Holger Osiek saw the points shared. The point was better for Japan […]