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March 20, 2021
Soccer coach Arthur Papas
Melbourne-born soccer coach Arthur Papas has plied his trade in the far corners of the globe. Will his current stint in Japan set him up for a prominent future on the world stage?
August 22, 2020
Craig Foster, agent of change
Once best known as SBS’s face of soccer, Craig Foster has parlayed his multicultural education from the game into passionate work for human rights and social justice, becoming a genuine ‘change agent’ not just for sport but for society.
March 28, 2020
Lisa De Vanna tackles soccer lockdown
For star Matildas veteran Lisa De Vanna and other Australian players, the worldwide shutdown of soccer is having devastating consequences – both financially and psychologically.
January 25, 2020
Clout of Africa
Where once Australia’s soccer success rode on the shoulders of European migrants, a new generation of African Australians has started to kick serious goals.
November 23, 2019
Pay equity for elite athletes
While the recent Matildas pay deal is a welcome boost for gender equality in sport, women athletes – Ash Barty aside – still have a long way to go to reach equal pay with their male counterparts.
July 6, 2019
Lydia Williams, the conqueror
An early exit from the FIFA Women’s World Cup left the Matildas bitterly disappointed. But for Indigenous goalkeeper Lydia Williams it just offers another opportunity to overcome adversity.
June 22, 2019
Matildas live their ‘never say die’ motto
After a tumultuous few months marred by speculation and scrutiny, the Matildas’ fightback against Brazil showed a team determined to prove its critics wrong.
May 4, 2019
Soccer duo’s World Cup dream
As firm friends playing soccer in Spain’s women’s league, Australians Aivi Luik and Alex Chidiac both have a higher honour in their sights – a spot in the Matildas’ World Cup squad.
February 2, 2019
The Hakeem al-Araibi case
How politics, power struggles and the 2022 FIFA World Cup are all at play in the detention of Melbourne-based soccer player and Bahraini refugee Hakeem al-Araibi.
January 26, 2019
The sacking of Matildas head coach Alen Stajcic
The dumping of Matildas coach Alen Stajcic has polarised Australia’s soccer community, with claims of everything from a psychological damaging team culture to a manipulative ‘lesbian mafia’.
November 10, 2018
Zahli Currie, 18, futsal player
Teenage futsal player Zahli Currie on international competition and the Deadly Dancers.
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