Category Australia

Palestinian fans (don't yet) celebrate hosting the 2019 Asian Cup.

Good Morning Israel, Palestine wants to host the next Asian Cup

Buried way down deep in a press release from the Asian Football Confederation was a real life actual scoop. The maligned and almost non-existent Palestine Football Association wants to host the next Asian Cup.

Joe Marston Preston North End

Over 113 years of GLOBAL player transfers on a map and video

The increase in the number of transfers, Dollar/Euro values, and the sheer weight of the north-south migratory patterns reveal just how much the “World Game” has become the, erm, world game.

A Lot Of Money Goes Missing… And No One Wants to Talk About It

The recent investigation by CONCACAF’s Integrity Commission into the disaster its former management created for the organization produced an amazing document. The two stars of the show are Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer. The rap sheet is formidable. Blazer, CONCACAF’s former General Secretary allegedly: Misappropriated CONCACAF Funds Breached Fiduciary Duty to CONCACAF Violated the CONCACAF […]

Meet The New Guy, Same As The Old Guy

If the Asian Football Confederation, the ASEAN nations, and especially Australia, want to distance themselves from Bin Hammam and a very murky way of doing business then in pushing Worawi Makudi they have clearly – quite clearly – gone for the wrong man.

If Qatar 2022 Goes Down In Flames, So Too Do Football’s Prominent & Powerful

One thing is for sure. If the Qatar bid does go down (or up in flames) then a lot of very prominent and powerful people in football will go down with it. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing.

Heartbroken, The End Of The Affair

In response to this earlier mini-memoir, Frank Farina has tweeted:

The Story Behind This Picture: South Africa & A World Cup Bid Flop

The photo being used for this blog’s title picture was taken in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup in a small township outside Johannesburg called Mohklakeng. Football Federation Australia was, at the time, bidding to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup and thought it would create great publicity to deliver 9,000 “lap desks” […]

In The Beginning…

The subsequent published story suggested Farina may one day coach the national team, a theory shot down in the article by the Australian legend Johnny Warren and the-then Australia coach Eddie Thomson. But the story did win an award…