Reus gives Dortmund reason to live

When Dortmund were rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga as German football entered the winter break, even the most stoic supporters were beginning to wonder. Even during that dismal nadir, most still assumed that Dortmund’s issues weren’t a question of talent. Yes, Klopp had been forced to bid farewell to Robert Lewandowski and Mario […]

Going Out In Style

Sport is full of happy endings. There is a reason the old line about headlines writing themselves is so well-worn, a reason why beaming around the commentary box and saying “You just can’t make this stuff up!” is likely to inspire a round of heavy eye-rolling. But, even if they’re laced with sickly sweet clichés, […]

3 Talking Points from the Premier League Weekend

Kevin Nolan’s enforced absence will benefit West Ham Mauro Zarate scored a cracking opening goal against rudderless Crystal Palace, setting West Ham on course for a convincing 3-1 victory. The Argentine played in the hole behind Carlton Cole, and linked up excellently with his team mates, always willing to collect the ball and turn. He […]

A Cleared Path

It was only a few hours before Lionel Messi’s Argentina was due to face Belgium in their quarter final that the news broke concerning the severity of Neymar’s injury; he is to be ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup with a fractured vertebrae. The poster boy, the talisman, Brazil’s (and, really, the […]

Remembering a match against Croatia in 2006

On the eve of the World Cup in Brazil, I revisit one of Australia’s most exhilarating World Cup matches, of which there aren’t many. Our final group game against Croatia in 2006. “Graham Poll, the English referee from Hartfordshire”. Just a casual aside from the commentator, before the kick off. Who knew how big an […]