The restlessness of the aspirationals

In February 2014, FFA chief executive David Gallop made an announcement that would ignite the promotion and relegation movement. FFA granted the nine Australian A-League franchises a 20-year licence extension, a move to curry favour with the owners, although Wellington Phoenix would have to wait until last week to be granted a 10-year licence filled with clauses. “Today’s decision is consistent with our long-term strategy. The extension will give the clubs the certainty they need over a 20-year timeframe to [...]

By | February 29th, 2016|Features|5 Comments

Gallop’s virtuous cycle

Up until the launch of the Whole of Football Plan, FFA chief executive David Gallop’s impact on football had been mainly the result of fortuitous timing and diligent execution of plans created mainly by his predecessors. As Gallop took the stage in front of the media on Sydney’s harbour on Tuesday, he finally presented an outline of what his legacy for football could be. Gallop's arrival into the top job in November 2012 could not have come at a better time. A [...]

By | May 6th, 2015|Features, Football Business|1 Comment

I Am Not a Professional Historian: I’m a Human Being

I am not a professional historian. Yes, I get paid to research and write. And yes, I write history. But I am not a professional historian. I came to my history work through the back door. More interested in rhetoric, literature and the politics and poetics of language (with a PhD in Literature), I married these to my love of sport – particularly soccer and cricket. I started to notice and analyse the way language was used in sporting media discourse [...]

By | March 6th, 2015|Features, History|0 Comments

Home-based Socceroos back in vogue

After more than a decade of overseas-based players dominating selection for the Socceroos, Australian-based players are back in significant numbers. Seven players from Australia’s 2014 World Cup squad were based in the A-League. While still by no means a majority, it is a substantial shift from the previous three World Cup campaigns where Australian-based players hardly got a look-in for the big matches. The 2015 Asian Cup squad also included seven A-League players – most whom appeared in the winning final [...]

By | February 20th, 2015|Features|0 Comments

RADIO | Interview with James Gardiner and Vince Rugari about Tinkler and the Jets

Host Richard Parkin interviews Newcastle Herald's James Gardiner and Leopold Method's Vince Rugari about the crises unfolding at Newcastle Jets. Kate Cohen analyses the Socceroos Asian Cup final win over South Korea and Scott McIntyre takes a look at the tournament. Click here to listen to iTunes version.

By | February 4th, 2015|Features|0 Comments
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