FIFA still a cavalcade of opaque intentions

It came as a surprise to no one when former Spurs hirsute (Spursute?) sweetheart, now professional preener, David Ginola, called off his tilt at the FIFA presidency. His campaign, primarily backed by gambling company Paddy Power, ended a few precious, hilarious moments after it commenced, though that isn’t to say there weren’t some fantastic highlights. […]

Australian Spirit Roars, but Chile Prevails.

As the lowest ranked nation in the World Cup Finals, most Australians were pleased to see we had been drawn in a group with the defending champions, the defending runners up, and arguably the third best team in South America. Bets were being made on how many goals Australia would concede; would it be 15 […]

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 […]

Australia vs Croatia: Post Match Review

This warm-up friendly against Croatia, a 1-0 nil defeat, has given the Socceroos both reassurances and worries. In a game where it seemed the opposition was playing thoroughly within themselves, the Socceroos nonetheless left without egg on their faces. Luke Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic et al were content to jog through this match, […]

Looking Ahead: Optimism for the Socceroos

Last night’s 1-1 draw with a second string South Africa side gave no insight as to how the Socceroos will cope with their group in Brazil. Since the draw, the Socceroos have been snickered at by most pundits, as well as, one expects, most of the football following residents from the other nations in our […]