Saturday, December 5th 2009
The Socceroos have been drawn in a tough but favourable World Cup Group for the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa.
Australia have been drawn with Germany, Serbia and Ghana. Most importantly Australia's group does not contain a South American side who typically prove to be our most difficult opponents in international football.
The order of the group fixtures also favoured Australia.
The first round game is against European heavyweights Germany. Critically, for Australia, Germany face Serbia in the second round and the result of that game will determine what result Australia needs ...
Tuesday, June 16th 2009
Address by Mr Frank Lowy AC
Chairman, Football Federation of Australia
National Press Club, Canberra
15 June 2009
Ken Randall, President of the National Press Club,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you for the invitation to address you today.
I’ve never faced the nation’s media en masse like this before, and I must say that contrary to your reputation, you all look friendly enough!
First - it’s really been a big week for football.
I’m ecstatic that the Socceroos qualified for the 2010 World Cup to be held in South Africa, just the second time we’ve qualified since 1974. ...
Saturday, May 24th 2008
You know there is an embarrassment of Australian footballing riches when a game involving Zinedine Zidane has to play second fiddle.
Super June is the name of an incredible three weeks during which the Socceroos are involved in four 2010 World Cup qualifying matches and Australia's women's team, the Matildas compete in the 2008 AFC Asian Cup.
The month begins with a June 1st exhibition match that sees Zidane lead an invitational XI - comprising several members of France's 1998 World Cup-winning side and coached by Aime Jacquet - against a Socceroos team from the same era, captained ...
Saturday, December 8th 2007
When David Beckham arrived in Sydney earlier this week, I fully expected a big-headed git with no social skills to front our evening news.
One half witted Channel Seven news reporter tried to perpetuate the myth by suggesting Beckham had snubbed a group of kids with cancer who had waited patiently outside his hotel to meet him as he arrived.
She even put it on him in a media conference. “Why did you ignore them” she asked. The answer was pretty simple: “I didn’t even know they were there”.
Beckham could have left it there. ...
Sunday, September 16th 2007
Craig Foster has taken the blowtorch to Graham Arnold in the following article published in the Sydney Morning Herald:
Any Socceroos coach who has to constantly bleat about his credentials, about the players "respecting him", about them "playing for him" - close to the most pathetically insecure comment a coach can make - and about how he has left a legacy, is, clearly, not up to the job.
This is one of the outcomes of putting Graham Arnold in charge of a successful group of professional players who daily operate at the elite end of the game. ...
Saturday, November 4th 2006
The Graham Arnold Debate from The Age.
FOR GRAHAM ARNOLD: Michael Lynch
LAST week it was Leo Beenhakker, the Dutchman now coaching Poland after taking Trinidad and Tobago to the World Cup finals earlier this year. For much of the past year it has been Gerard Houllier, the ex-Liverpool boss now steering Lyons towards another French title. In between, names such as Sven-Goran Eriksson, Felipe Scolari, Martin O'Neill and Carlos Bilardo have been thrown up.
Everyone, it seems, is in the frame for the Australian coaching position bar the man actually doing the job, Graham Arnold. ...