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Ian aims to provide his own unique perspective. This comes from a lifelong passion covering many and varied sporting activities world-wide concerning balls of all shapes and sizes to those involving pure individual achievement and effort, together with the enjoyment that comes with observing the sporting characters that make this all the more fun. He has attended many major international events including World Cups in Cricket, Soccer/Football and Rugby Union but nothing was better than the two biggies at Sydney's Olympic Stadium. For him witnessing Cathy Freeman's 400m final at Sydney 2000 was right up there for its sheer exhilaration, passion and excitement. But nothing quite beats the experience of watching John Aloisi sink that penalty against the hapless Uruguayans to get the Socceroos through to Germany 32 years after their first appearance in the World Cup in 1974.



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Double standards at Leicester City Football Club

Two months ago, recently promoted English Premier League club Leicester City sacked three players (including James Pearson, the son of the club’s manager, Nigel Pearson), after footage of them emerged taking part in what the British tabloids called a “racist orgy” during a post-season tour to Thailand.

Some good analysis in article.

No matter what we think about the decision, the powers that be, have made the appointment.

For better or worse we all need to get behind Ange and not undermine him, at the slightest hint of failure.

Football in this country is but a teenager in the global growth cycle to becoming a top 10 nation.

There will much acne and hormone explosions on the journey as we reach adolescence.

Has Ange Postecoglou been set up to fail? (part1)

Whilst I have been vocal in a recent article ( about my objection to appointing any one of these inexperienced World Cup Finals A-League coaches, I will be right behind Ange and the team, hoping that I am proven wrong, and that he becomes a raving success.

One can draw some solace from some of parallels with the USA experience when Bob Bradley was appointed as its head coach with a similar profile to Postecoglou, following USA’s disappointing WC2006 performance in Germany. .

Like Ange, Bradley was a home grown coach with local knowledge and who immediately went about building a strong foundation for the team, introducing younger players to the squad.

He had a successful almost 5 year tenure at international level with a 54% win-loss record from 80 games.

In 2009, Bradley led the U.S. team to a 2nd place finish in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and reached the second round of WC2010 losing to Ghana AET.

He was replaced by Jurgen Klinsmann in 2011 when USA appointed the man they had prerred in the first instance.

However, that nagging feeling remains, that this decision was mainly made with the heart not the head by FFA following the emotionally lead clamour fromthe traditional football media including some of Ange’s Socceroo peers, and also by people working at FFA withou backgrounds in the game.

But who am I to doubt the judgement of Mr Lowy who has such a marvellous track record so far since he has been at the helm of FFA.

Postecoglou the man to give Australia its team back

Dhoni’s knock was extraordinary, especially his “helicopter” shot.

He reminds me of Sir Viv Richards in his prime.

Well done to the Aussies.

Its a tough place to visit and win.

Faulkner heroics save the day for Aussies

Fozzie’s post today is a good read as always

No more Socceroos coaches with ''L-Plates''

JB. I stand corrected as mentioned above

No more Socceroos coaches with ''L-Plates''

I stand corrected corrected about the great man, chaps

No more Socceroos coaches with ''L-Plates''

“I told you so”

To quote the Late Johnny Warren

Finally, football is in the mainstream media

A wonderful piece.

All Blacks, welcome to Johannesburg

No player is above the team.

JOC should be made an example of no matter how talented he is

The integrity of the Gold jumper needs to be preserved

O'Connor thrown out of Perth airport for being drunk

A lofty ideal, that unfortunately cannot not realistically be expected in modern professional sport together with the change in society’s values.

One just has look at the way Quade Copper is treated by the New Zealand public to see another example of this, which is astonishing considering that he is a born and raised Kiwi.

Games between the two rugby super powers have traditionally marred with controversy, probably because of the importance of Rugby is in the community and how much the outcome means to each nation.

Results between the Boks and AB’s are often disputed by the losing team claiming that they were hard done by.

e.g. Kiwis still feel cheated after the All Blacks were food poisoned before that RWC95 final by a mysterious waitress known as ‘Suzie,’

and there is that dodgy penalty that SAfricans fans often remind you.

Ref Norling gave the Abs a controversial free kick in the 11th minute of injury time in the Springbok half of the flour bomb final test of that controversial 1981 tour.

Norling changed the free kick into a penalty kick – apparently because Gerrie Germishuys way down the wing did not fall back fast enough Allan Hewson proceeded to slot the winning penalty for the AB’s.

For those aggrieved Springbok fans out there, check out Zapiro’s cartoon on the controversial yellow card handed to Bismarck du Plessis

” New Zealand media have criticised French referee Romain Poite for incorrectly red-carding South African hooker Bismarck du Plessis in the Springbok – All Black rugby test match. New Zealand comprehensively won the top-of-the-table Rugby Championship clash 29-15 with South Africa playing the second half with 14 men. Dan Carter – the All Black on the end of a rattling du Plessis hit that ended his Rugby Championship campaign came to his rival’s defence by tweeting ‘Nothing wrong with the tackle. Fell awkwardly and popped my AC joint’. While the hooker’s shoulder-charge on Carter looked dodgy, replays showed the hit was legitimate and that referee Romain Poite had over-reacted. With so much technology available, why did the referee not refer to video footage before taking his decision. The International Rugby Board (IRB) found fault with Poite’s decision to award the first of two yellow cards against Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis” – (reference Zapiro)

Who’d want to be have the thankless job of being a referee,. with the lack of respect given to them.

Players can make atrocious errors, but referees have to perfect?

Wasn't rugby supposed to be a gentleman's game?

Topo, what you are telling us, beggars belief?!

Thanks for sharing with us.

SPIRO: The Wallabies claim a win (just) but the scrum is terrible

Many of the Australian national sides seem to be suffering from the same problem

The quality of the cattle available


The Baggy Green

The Wallabies

The Socceroos ……

Socceroos need change to save World Cup embarrassment


When suggesting that “normal service may have been resumed” I was referring to the following:

Prior to the 1984 Grand Slam Tour the Wallaby Winning % was 34% against All Comers compared to the 65% winning percentage from that water shed tour to today.

Using your inference it would mean that for the first 85 years of Australian Test Rugby History those worse performing (by half), “predominantly Australian born and bred” teams did not also care for the Gold jumper?

IMO when exploring that avenue of conversation- that you are inferring – one needs to act with caution.

SPIRO: Wallaby boys get monstered by Springboks men

“Normal service” may have resumed for Australian Rugby to the pre-1984 Grand Slam levels of performance?

Spiro speaks much sense in his analysis.

SPIRO: Wallaby boys get monstered by Springboks men


I can certainly empathize with those dedicated journalists like Mike who have done and are still doing a great service to the game

I do however find most interesting, the insinuation that the “blogger” community are somewhat less “educated,” especially when reading some of the quality work written by the “crowd”

What's the difference between a sports journalist and a blogger?

Thanks to all for an interesting and thought provoking conversation (and please forgive me if I appear to go off at a tangent by
attempting to address the bigger picture).

Sad as it is, as change occurs, traditional journalism has been impacted by the information revolution much like most other “art
forms,” such as musicians, photographers, movie makers etc.

Each has had their traditional income sources severely impacted by the digital revolution and the inability and virtual impossibility to
effectively implement copyright laws.

Traditional journalism is now having to adapt from having control of basically a “closed shop” as the barriers of entry have been virtually eliminated.

It is not unlike the impact of every revolution before it, be it industrial or otherwise.

For example:

“During the Industrial Revolution, the social structure of society changed dramatically. Before the Revolution most people lived in small villages, working either in agriculture or as skilled craftsmen”

There were also other major shifts in politics, the arts and commerce that emanated from it.

Whilst I will leave it up to the sociologists and anthropologists and others much more qualified than I am, to properly analyse this, I will
however subject you to my 5 cents worth, a little further.

I was just thinking the other day how we now as a society have changed the way we communicate with each other in just the past decade. Telecommuting has also significantly change the way many work.

Personal contact has been reduced to such an extent that it has had a huge an impact on the way we relate to and empathise with others. In some ways we have been dehumanised.

Anyone born after 1994 when the internet was globalised know the world to be no different than it is today.

Adapt or die.

What's the difference between a sports journalist and a blogger?

“Socceroos welcomed like heroes by football-mad Brazilian public ahead of friendly in Brasilia

The Socceroos need to make amends in Brazil next week


Debugging the Robbie Deans myth

Robbie Deans………. “had two very public distinct key performance indicators – first, to bring back Bill and second, that big cup named after a Kiwi Governor-General”

Both were announced publically by ARU chief, John O’Neil.

………….After six years he departed, having achieved neither”

Seems pretty clear cut to me.


Debugging the Robbie Deans myth

Thanks for highlighting that, Charging Rhino

I stand corrected.

It probably should have read:

“they have won seven out of the past 9 tests against the Boks”

Nevertheless the Wallabies have had the edge over the Boks the last few yers, although this may very well change from this coming weekend.

I can’t wait for the talking to stop and action to commence………

Why Springbok dominance has been cut short in the pro era

QC has yet to prove he has the composure, consistency and all round tactical game that makes a world class five eight.

Actions speak louder than words: O'Connor

Great article.

Tis time for Football in this country to become more self assured.

There are not many countries going to their 3rd WC in a row.

It Milligan keeps playing well other offers that better reflect his worth will come.

His career planning has also been a little all over the place.

Victory's Milligan stance shows maturity

IMO Brendan Rodgers out-coached Moyes on Sunday tactically.

Liverpool hired him for this reason.
But I agree that Moyes does need some time to stamp his authority and style on the team

Moyes must be bold to earn Manchester gold

Jimmy, by Sir Alex’s own admission he under achieved in UCL.

Moyes must be bold to earn Manchester gold

Steven, good article

I have never thought Moyes has the tactical nouse to manage a big club like United in EPL, never mind the UCL where even Sir Alex was found out.

I sincerely hope that I am proven wrong, but IMO he is a light-weight

Moyes must be bold to earn Manchester gold