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soccer April 29, 2017

Victory’s secret: Kevin Muscat, 43, soccer coach

I will never take working for this football club for granted. I just love what I’m doing here at this club. I’ve surrounded myself with good people, and am well supported by the chairman and his board. I know I’m at the best possible place, and I’m...

soccer December 17, 2016

Defence force: Laura Alleway, 27, soccer player

All these beautiful new facilities at Melbourne City, it makes you feel more valued as a player. You’re in a professional environment. You step onto that field knowing you’ve got a club that’s behind you. They back us 100 per...

soccer November 19, 2016

Jersey boy: Tarek Elrich, 29, soccer player

There are no excuses. We [Adelaide United] should have started the season a lot better. We did lose a lot of good players. We gained some too – Sergio Guardiola, James Holland, Henrique – but they came in late and are still...

soccer November 12, 2016

FFA, FIFA, match-fixing and sports integrity

He landed at Tullamarine just before kick-off, scrambled through customs, raced to the taxi rank and told the driver to head for the stadium. He was writing the inside story of an international match-fixing syndicate for a...

soccer September 24, 2016

FIFA pushes for Football Federation Australia reform

Football Federation Australia top brass found themselves in rare company in Sydney this week, with a delegation from one of the most corrupt organisations to ever put on a sporting event here to lecture them on good governance...

soccer July 16, 2016

The playmaker: Elise Kellond-Knight, 25, soccer player

This is the first time in 12 years the Matildas have qualified for the Olympics. Which is a very long time. Only one of us, Lisa De Vanna, our captain, has been to an Olympics in the past. The rest of us have failed in...

soccer June 4, 2016

All around the world: Bailey Wright, 23, soccer player

The second of these games against Greece, in Melbourne, will be my first as a Socceroo back in my hometown. So that’ll be nice. Against England last weekend, we showed what we’re capable of. In an ideal world we would have won...

soccer January 30, 2016

Playing for peace: Ali Abbas, 29, soccer player

I don’t mind if people think of me as a refugee – but it’s better if they think of me as a footballer. Or they can call me whatever they want. I came here with a dream in my mind and everyone said, “Oh, you can’t do it, you...

soccer November 7, 2015

Golden boot: James Troisi, 27, soccer player

It’s pretty full-on in Saudi Arabia. All-male crowds, obviously. It’s something different. Makes it a lot louder and a bit more rowdy. And it’s nonstop. They are chanting, they are screaming, they are shouting. One of the...

soccer October 17, 2015

From the sidelines: Tony Popovic, 42, soccer coach

The FFA Cup competition is unique. Any cup competition is special, and the excitement is that the lower league teams have an opportunity to maybe knock out an A-league side. We learnt that last year when we lost to Adelaide...

soccer August 29, 2015

Wing man: Tommy Oar, 23, soccer player

It’d be awesome to have a soccer State of Origin. Every player would want to play it too. And Queensland would be pretty confident. There’s actually a lot of us Queensland boys in the Socceroos: Robbie Kruse, Mitch Langerak,...