Tag: australia

The Coaches’ Forum talks to Matt Smith

During his 18-year career, Matt Smith has juggled life and football during stints at the top as a young player in England and professional in Australia and Thailand. Host Jon Townsend caught…

The Australian footballers looking to Asia for a career boost

AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL MADE A SEISMIC SHIFT in 2006, moving to a different continent as the country left the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and joined the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It wasn’t the…

The origins of football: a game born of savagery

Football, in the contemporary sense of the term, can be traced back no further than the mid-19th century, after it became, in 1863 to be precise, a game of clear structure. Though…

The colossal impact of Mark Viduka

Illustration by Federico Manasse The abiding memory of Mark Viduka in the Premier League is that of a brooding bulldog forward, lazily monikered with the ‘good touch for a big man’ tag. The…

Johnny Warren: the godfather of Australian football

“We should be trying to win the World Cup, not just qualify for the finals.” The date was 13 February 2003, and Australia had just beaten England 3-1 at Upton Park. In…

The Socceroos’ quest for footballing parity

THROUGHOUT ITS GLORIOUS HISTORY, many of the beautiful game’s most revered talents have cemented their sacred status by transcending the limits of domestic football, discovering an altogether more elusive form of heroism…

A Tale of One City: Melbourne

This feature is part of A Tale of One City You don’t have to journey very far back to encounter the last thrilling Melbourne derby. Just last week, in fact, as Victory overcame City…