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soccer June 18, 2022

Socceroos head to the World Cup

Just when it looked as though the Socceroos would be watching the 2022 FIFA World Cup at home on their tellies, a penalty shootout pulled victory from the jaws of defeat.

soccer March 26, 2022

Roman Abramovich’s crumbling web

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has thrown soccer powerhouse Chelsea FC’s future into limbo, with its billionaire saviour, Roman Abramovich, entangled in sanctions against his homeland.

soccer February 26, 2022

Looking back on Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch

Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch captures a singular love of soccer. Although the game may have evolved enormously in the 30 years since its release, the book still has much to say about masculine frailties and obsessive fandom.

soccer October 23, 2021

Newcastle United and the enduring power of sportswashing

A Saudi-led consortium’s takeover of EPL club Newcastle United has buoyed the spirits of long-suffering fans, reaffirmed the power of sportswashing, and driven a financial stake through the heart of the Beautiful Game.

soccer June 12, 2021

Success at last for Melbourne City

When it comes to cash, City Football Group has plenty to kick around. Now the owner of Melbourne City may, finally, be able to add the A-League’s biggest title to its collection.

soccer 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?

soccer 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.

soccer 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.

soccer 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.

tennis 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.

soccer 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.