Time to shake up the FIFA Club World Cup

For one reason or another I took a particular interest in last year’s FIFA Club World Cup held in Japan. It may have been the involvement and respectable performances of two of Asia’s leading clubs – Sanfrecce Hiroshima from the host nation and Chinese squillionaires Guangzhou Evergrande – or the relatively friendly timeslots in which…

Who is Hakan Calhanoglu?

Anyone who happened to watch Bayer Leverkusen’s UEFA Champions League qualifying triumph against Roman giants Lazio this week may quite easily be able to answer the question posed in my title. However if you happened to miss the German’s aggregate 3-1 win to reach the Group Stage proper of Europe’s premier club competition, or are…

Inside the Socceroos: Who is Ben Coonan?

When the Socceroos took to the field against Germany at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern last March, there was one man inside the venue atop the Betzenberg that would have appreciated being at the match more than most.  That man wasn’t Alex Wilkinson, the Australia and Jeonbuk Hyundai defender lining up in the heart Ange Postecoglou’s…

A lot of time for… @MatyRyan

I can vividly remember standing against a fence waiting for a training session to finish on what is now the site of the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence some four years ago. I had not long started working with the Mariners, and while I had met most of the playing squad one player I…

1400 words: Paris Saint-Germain

When a Club of the fame and fortune of Paris Saint-Germain opens its doors to a virtual unknown at relatively late notice, there’s a lesson to be learnt. That lesson is that you can never, ever, be too busy or feel too important to share your experiences and knowledge with others, in this case for…