Australia 2-3 Netherlands: Energetic Socceroos Put in Heroic Performance
Australia 2-3 Netherlands: Energetic Socceroos Put in Heroic Performance

Australia stunned the Dutch with their energetic start putting in the clichéd “heroic” performance. With expectation so low any semblance of direction would be seen as a positive. However, in the end the Netherlands prevailed by a 3-2 scoreline. The high press and gung-ho approach by Ange Postecoglou left a […]

Why Manchester City’s Acquisition of Melbourne Heart is a Win-Win
Why Manchester City’s Acquisition of Melbourne Heart is a Win-Win

If someone asked me about A-League team Melbourne Heart a few weeks ago, my reply would have been one of two things — (1) their 19 game winless streak (since broken after last Friday’s win against Newcastle Jets), or (2) that ever growing winless away streak that stretches to late December […]

Australia’s Mark Milligan Close to Agreeing Deal With Crystal Palace
Australia’s Mark Milligan Close to Agreeing Deal With Crystal Palace

Australian midfielder Mark Milligan is close to securing a deal to move from Melbourne Victory to Crystal Palace, according to reports in Australia. Twenty four months ago, Milligan was nowhere near the Australian national team setup. He began to get a reputation as a journeyman among Australian soccer fans, but […]

Are A-League Stars Signing With Bundesliga Clubs A Growing Trend?
Are A-League Stars Signing With Bundesliga Clubs A Growing Trend?

On a cold winter’s day in the city of Düsseldorf, as patrons of the city sat in the Esprit Arena watching their side go up against former Bundesliga champions VFB Stuttgart, the Fortuna faithful looked on worried, as their side may be staring at a fifth successive game without a […]

Last Chance Saloon for Harry Kewell, Australia’s Golden Boy
Last Chance Saloon for Harry Kewell, Australia’s Golden Boy

Almost a decade ago, the world witnessed one of the rising stars in the English game move to Liverpool. His name was Harry Kewell. Fast forward 10 years later, the once sought after and most gifted Australian footballer of his generation recently signed with A-league minnows Melbourne Heart on a […]

Are You For Or Against Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger?
Are You For Or Against Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger?

Following Arsenal’s 2-1 loss in the north London derby, questions have to be asked about Arsene Wenger’s grip on the club he has managed since 1996. Wenger has been regarded as one of the greatest managers in Europe. His revolution of English football and transformation of Arsenal has been recognized […]

Arsenal Have The Players But Not The Mentality To Compete
Arsenal Have The Players But Not The Mentality To Compete

Arsenal is under the microscope yet again. At the beginning of the season, it was “No RVP, no goals, and no Song.” Now it’s cries of “Wenger OUT,” even more-so after the loss at Old Trafford. But, wasn’t this the same Arsenal squad that was apparently the deepest in years? […]

Arsenal Supporters Need to be Patient
Arsenal Supporters Need to be Patient

Arsenal was earmarked as potential dark horses in the title race before the loss of Robin van Persie. Now without Van Persie, the hope for a title challenge has suddenly disappeared and has been replaced with doubts of Champions League qualification for next year. Is this valid or a premature […]

Spain vs Italy Preview, Euro 2012 Final
Spain vs Italy Preview, Euro 2012 Final

With just hours to go until the Euro 2012 final begins, flashbacks to past encounters between the Azzurri and La Furia Roja are coming to mind. Classic football matches, those that have shaped both national times significantly. Do you remember earlier in the tournament, the opening fixture for both sides? […]

Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 Semi-Final Preview
Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 Semi-Final Preview

It was the 1970 World Cup semi-final. Now Italian manager Cesare Prandelli recalls where he was that day. “I watched it at home on TV with my father and it was the greatest emotion I’d got from football.” They’d defeated the Germans to face Brazil in the final. And it […]

Italy, The Obstacle In England’s Path
Italy, The Obstacle In England’s Path

The Azzurri are marching with their heads held high after defying the pre-tournament critics and escaping group C. Coach Cesare Prandelli’s tactical masterstroke against Spain demonstrated his vision. The Catenaccio styled Italy has been absent this tournament, and a new more adventurous side has emerged. The 3-5-2 played by Juventus adopted […]

Prandelli Transforms Italy, But Can They Win With A New Style?
Prandelli Transforms Italy, But Can They Win With A New Style?

Italian football has been criticised for its overtly physical approach. The classic Catenaccio style played in the past has been altered. A fresh faced Italian with the name of Cesare Prandelli is the culprit. Prandelli’s appointment has allowed Italy to change. The ‘old guard’ under Lippi were being transitioned out […]

Will Barcelona Be Remembered As Champions Or Cheats?
Will Barcelona Be Remembered As Champions Or Cheats?

Barcelona in recent seasons has been lauded as potentially the greatest side in modern football. However, does this fluid and total football playing side have any flaws? One may argue the club showered with praise should act accordingly to their stature. But, it’s been disputed frequently that the club is […]

James Perch and Pepe Reina Incident Demonstrates the Flaws in Modern Soccer
James Perch and Pepe Reina Incident Demonstrates the Flaws in Modern Soccer

Yesterday’s Newcastle United against Liverpool match demonstrated the flaws in modern soccer. The simulation by James Perch after a clash of heads between him and Pepe Reina was a prime example of this. The blatant deception of officials seems to be the latest fad in soccer, and more specifically English […]