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Mike Tuckerman

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That it is. I think we sometimes forget how expensive the other codes can be.

Daniel Sturridge's signing is huge, but it seems old habits die hard in new football

I suppose it’s to be expected given how vocal Tony Sage has been about the ongoing costs of keeping Perth Glory afloat.

Daniel Sturridge's signing is huge, but it seems old habits die hard in new football

I think you make a very fair point, Roberto, and I certainly don’t think South Melbourne owe the A-League or Western United anything.

But looking at the bigger picture, I also don’t think football clubs fighting with other football clubs paints the game in a flattering light within the rest of the Oz sporting landscape.

Daniel Sturridge's signing is huge, but it seems old habits die hard in new football

I don’t think I’ve played down anything.

As for talking to Danny Townsend, I tried to set up an interview with him weeks ago and have been told a couple of times “I’m on the list.”

My point being… we tend to blame guys like me for a lack of desire to speak to these administrators when the reality is it’s usually those working in the A-League who don’t want to talk.

Daniel Sturridge's signing is huge, but it seems old habits die hard in new football

None of that has anything to do with the fact that rugby has done well to cultivate its old boys network, does it though?

The astonishing funding gap between rugby and football: Will Aussie politicians ever give round ball code a fair go?

Doesn’t football suffer for lack of grassroots investment as well?

The astonishing funding gap between rugby and football: Will Aussie politicians ever give round ball code a fair go?

I think the truth is a little more prosaic. Football Queensland posted an infographic on Friday afternoon, on Saturday afternoon the editor of The Roar asked me to write about it, I wrote about it on Sunday and we ran this opinion column on Monday like we always do.

But you’re not asking for New York Times-style reporting because of a deep-seated interest in journalism. What you want is for me to write something that confirms your own deep-seated worldview; namely that your sport (rugby, AFL, whatever it is) is better than football.

I’m sure my subverting the status quo and suggesting that maybe football does deserve a second look is annoying to you guys, but we all know why you’re really here. You want football to be kept in its place as a second-tier sport.

That’s your prerogative and you’re entitled to believe whatever you want, but let’s not get all high-and-mighty about the tenets of journalism when what you really want to tell football fans is to sit down and shut up.

The astonishing funding gap between rugby and football: Will Aussie politicians ever give round ball code a fair go?

Perhaps the inferiority complex stems from one code being treated differently to all the others?

The astonishing funding gap between rugby and football: Will Aussie politicians ever give round ball code a fair go?

PeterCtheThird, I appreciate the responses, however football has lobbied various levels of government for years to no effect. Perhaps it’s a surprise to you because your sport of choice doesn’t struggle to be treated equally like football does?

The astonishing funding gap between rugby and football: Will Aussie politicians ever give round ball code a fair go?

He’s been fantastic. Incredible insight. I’d be really interested to hear his thoughts on football.

Who doesn't wish the incredible Ian Thorpe was an expert commentator for their favourite sport?

I called New Zealand dark horses before the tournament, mentioned their progress to the knock-out stage on the live blog last night and congratulated them elsewhere on the achievement.

But for what it’s worth this is an Australian website, I’m an Australian and so are the majority of the readers here. I’m pleased for the Kiwis but the job I’m employed to do is analyse Australia’s performance. Good on them, though.

Are you 'Arnie In' or 'Arnie Out' when it comes to Australia's national teams?

I’m not so sure about that!

One of the ten most intriguing Tokyo Olympic athletes is a 13-year-old skater girl

Great read, Luca. I’ll be interested to see how Pessina goes this season on the back of such a great summer.

Underrated Azzurri: Three under-the-radar Italians to keep an eye on

Don’t worry, I’m sure we’ll all be up at the crack of dawn to see whether Celtic can beat those giants of world football Midtjylland in – consults atlas – Herning on Thursday morning.

A 2-0 win over Argentina! Is that Arnie's best-ever result?

There absolutely was a live blog. It was written by yours truly.

Olyroos stun Argentina: See how one of Olympic football’s great boilovers unfolded

Make sure you’re checking the Olympics tab as well as Football. We’ll be doing it all again tomorrow night.

A 2-0 win over Argentina! Is that Arnie's best-ever result?

It’s a joke.

A 2-0 win over Argentina! Is that Arnie's best-ever result?

Every team’s in the same boat. Last night the better team won. Sometimes it’s as simple as that.

A 2-0 win over Argentina! Is that Arnie's best-ever result?

Future Socceroos pairing.

A 2-0 win over Argentina! Is that Arnie's best-ever result?

He was immense. Deserved a goal for his all-round contribution, but played a pivotal role in the two that were scored anyway. He really is the experienced campaigner they need.

A 2-0 win over Argentina! Is that Arnie's best-ever result?

It’s been a terrific start to the football. Good on the Kiwis for springing another big upset!

A 2-0 win over Argentina! Is that Arnie's best-ever result?

They’ve got a good chance to get out of their group. If they do that, they’ll want to be in medal contention for sure.

Seriously, how stacked is Spain? Frightening prospect facing Olyroos in Tokyo

Great read.

Retro playground: A memoir of football fields in Sydney

Great video! What a player.

The two romantic reasons I'm an Italian in disguise

I think that’s what he’s saying, pacman. When I first saw Italy on a map, it did my head in that Sardinia was Italian, but Corsica was French!

Incidentally, Toto Schillaci was a legend in Japan. He scored 65 goals in 93 total appearances for Jubilo Iwata and eventually won the J. League (although he barely played that season). He was a real trailblazer over there.

The two romantic reasons I'm an Italian in disguise

Excellent. I’ll take it!

The two romantic reasons I'm an Italian in disguise

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