soccer

basketball   December 23, 2023

Top of the table for 2023

It’s been a year of nailbiting NRL and AFL grand finals, wonderful world cups, Ashes accusations and Novak Djokovic winning yet again. But four things ranked above all others.

soccer   December 2, 2023

Terry Venables and the Socceroos’ World Cup heartbreak

While eulogies for former England manager Terry Venables describe a colourful character,  in Australia he will be best remembered for one dream-shattering night in 1997.

soccer   October 14, 2023

Does the Beckham docuseries kick any goals?

A docuseries that could have been a deep dive into soccer superstar David Beckham’s fame and frailties delivers very little other than celebrity interviews and slick montages.

soccer   October 7, 2023

Ange Postecoglou: the Premier League’s romantic

As the first Australian to manage an English Premier League team, Ange Postecoglou is used to being underestimated. But he’s seizing opportunity, and is about to be taken a lot more seriously.

soccer   September 9, 2023

Spain’s Me Too moment plays on

While Spain played a glorious final to claim the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the victory has been overshadowed by the ensuing fallout from an unwanted kiss and animosity towards the coach.

soccer   August 17, 2023

The Matildas’ wonderful ride

A breathtaking goal from Sam Kerr wasn’t enough to seal the finals for the team that has made this World Cup such a memorable national experience – at least the country is spared a tedious debate over a holiday.

soccer   August 2, 2023

The Matildas come back from the brink

As the FIFA Women’s World Cup leaves Matildas fans veering from despondency to euphoria, uncertainty over the status of the talismanic Sam Kerr remains.

soccer   July 29, 2023

The Matildas’ moment of truth

The Matildas’ depiction as the saviours of grassroots women’s soccer risks patronising them as a ‘source of inspiration’ rather than the hard-nosed professionals they need to be.

soccer   July 1, 2023

Powerchair footballer breaking down the barriers

Having been born with a rare neuromuscular condition, Rebecca Evans faced a world of challenges and inequality. But her discovery – and ensuing love – of powerchair football has enabled her to play sport at the highest level.

soccer   June 17, 2023

Emily van Egmond’s high hopes for the World Cup

Matildas stalwart Emily van Egmond has watched women’s soccer in Australia come into its own, and she hopes this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, the first to be played on home soil, will unleash its full potential.

soccer   June 10, 2023

The A-League struggles as Ange Postecoglou shines

The latest A-League Men’s season may have finished with a whimper not a bang, but the star of former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou continues to rise.