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Refreshed Massimo Luongo plots Asian Cup assault after World Cup “write-off”

Football managers tend to give little away tactically before a match, and often his charges know as much about their final starting XI as...

“It’s just fitting” – Socceroos relishing the long road, Mark Milligan...

Stretching from the intriguing central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan to the mysterious surrounds of Honduras, the Socceroos' journey to the World Cup was a long...

A word to define the frustration of a nation

gallant adjective 
1. (of a person or their behaviour) brave; heroic. It is the most frustrating word in Australian football. Why? Because it is a recurring -...

More than numbers – Tim Cahill’s Russian mission statement

It is his fourth World Cup, but Tim Cahill is in Russia for more than just numbers.  Some have argued - and with good reason -...

Who will be left with Les Blues? Milligan and Jurman battle...

With just under 48 hours until the Socceroos open their 2018 World Cup campaign against France, plenty of intrigue still surrounds a number of...

Talking Points: Socceroos 4 Czech Republic 0 – A flattering scoreline?

The Socceroos have earned a major shot in the arm ahead of the World Cup, comfortably dispatching a disappointing Czech Republic 4-0 in St...

Melbourne Victory 2017-18 report card – Outta nowhere!

Melbourne Victory capped off an indifferent 2017-18 A-League season with a remarkable surge to the championship.  What went right Victory peaked at exactly the right time having...

Melbourne City 2017-18 report card – From pass to fail in...

Melbourne City enjoyed a more than fruitful season under Warren Joyce, but all their hard work came to nothing on the final day of...

Generations come together as Bert van Marwijk seeks out Socceroos’ “difference”

Tim Cahill is twice as old as Daniel Arzani, but Socceroos boss Bert van Marwijk sees a common denominator in the pair.  In selecting Cahill...

Carl Valeri on Sydney FC: “I don’t know about this mental...

Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri is not buying into renewed talk of a 'mental edge' held by Sydney FC over Melbourne Victory. In defeating Adelaide...