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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Racism in Sport – No Thanks!

Around the world organisations are making an effort to eradicate this cancer from their sport. Every now and then it rears its ugly head. Are we naïve that it was never there to begin with? Perhaps! Racism belongs nowhere. That is the reality. It is for small minds and uneducated neanderthals that lived in yesteryear […]

Anti-Doping in Australian Sports stepped up by NRL

The NRL has announced a new drug testing initiative to make the sport cleaner of performance enhancing drugs. They have introduced the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP), and thus made a commitment to a drug-free sport. The method and way it is conducted will consist of multiple drug tests over time. The NRL advised “even if […]

Challenges developing Australian Rules football in a non-AFL town

How do you attract followers to a sport that is not liked let alone loved? Tough going as the AFL and Greater Western Sydney Giants (GWS) have found out. It is well known that the west of Sydney is a melting-pot for the football many Australians still call soccer. It also has a strong popularity […]

Any Substance in Drugs in Australian Sport Debate?

There is an ongoing inquiry to drugs in sports in relation to Australian sports that involves every major sport. As the dust settles from the early investigations, news of the latest report from Essendon Football Club will fuel more discussion. Is this investigation threatening to destabilise the sporting landscape in Australia? Background In February 2013 a […]