Janek is a former Newcastle Herald journalist who has moved to Berlin to work abroad as a freelance writer.
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Unpaid player wages, snubbing competitive football matches, an uncertain financial future and corporate sponsors fleeing. No, Gold Coast United have not returned to the A-League, welcome to the current daily existence of the Brisbane Roar.
A late scrappy goal may have ended the Matildas’ World Cup dreams in the early hours of Sunday morning, yet their memorable campaign has given women’s football its biggest push yet in the rush for column inches and relevancy in Australia.
In the pre-game presser, Kyrgyzstan coach Aleksandr Krestinin admitted that some of his players were nervous ahead of their match against the Socceroos and that the team would “pay more attention to the defence”. Yet apart from a jittery opening minute his players were anything but overawed on Tuesday night.
Hurtling down Chui Prospekt in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, my taxi driver points to a towering figure fitted in battle attire mounted atop a galloping horse. “Manas,” he explains, language barriers preventing further discussion.
On July 16, 2014, 300 Juventus fans protested against the appointment of Maxi Allegri as the club’s new manager. About six months later, on January 6, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was under fire amid rumours of squad discontent at the Catalan club.
The innocuous action of performing an Indigenous war dance has sent Australian sports fans and media into a frenzy. Adam Goodes’ celebration on the weekend in the Swans’ victory over Carlton, which should have been applauded, has managed to showcase the worst of Australian society.