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Verbeek's message: Get out

18 February 2010 | 9:00 - By Matthew Hall

If you want to be selected in the Socceroos World Cup squad you had better be playing overseas, writes Matthew Hall.

The A-League has done its job for Roar's Tommy Oar and he is now off to Dutch club Feyenoord [GETTY]

The A-League has done its job for Roar's Tommy Oar and he is now off to Dutch club Feyenoord [GETTY]

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Rewarding mediocrity: A-League's minor problem

16 February 2010 | 8:00 - By Matthew Hall

Is it right that Newcastle Jets, who finished 14 points behind "premiers" Sydney FC, can still be crowned A-League "champions"?

Sydney FC captain Steve Corica holds the Premier's Plate aloft, but are the Sky Blues the true champions? [GETTY]

Sydney FC captain Steve Corica holds the Premier's Plate aloft, but are the Sky Blues the true champions? [GETTY]

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It seems the goalposts have moved and not all bidders are invited to FIFA's 2018 party, writes Matthew Hall.

Football Federation Australia Chairman Frank Lowy says the furore over 2018 World Cup bids is all a

Football Federation Australia Chairman Frank Lowy says the furore over 2018 World Cup bids is all a "storm in a tea cup" [GETTY]

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The Saints make it easy for Hollywood

09 February 2010 | 6:00 - By Matthew Hall

New Orleans' come from behind victory in Super Bowl XLIV is the kind of fairytale gridiron film that writes itself.

A fairytale ending. Saints quarterback Drew Brees bathes in the glory of a Super Bowl victory [GETTY]

A fairytale ending. Saints quarterback Drew Brees bathes in the glory of a Super Bowl victory [GETTY]

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Hurricanes, gay rights, and hometown pride

04 February 2010 | 0:00 - By Matthew Hall

Super Bowl XLIV will be a typically emotional affair. Matthew Hall previews one of sport's marquee events.

New Orleans Saints look set to be emotional favourites in Monday's Super Bowl XLIV. [GETTY]

New Orleans Saints look set to be emotional favourites in Monday's Super Bowl XLIV. [GETTY]

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CAF's decision to ban Togo has been explained, but is it fair?

The decision to ban Togo has been seen largely as insensitive. [GETTY]

The decision to ban Togo has been seen largely as insensitive. [GETTY]

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Australia Day's green & gold goggles

26 January 2010 | 6:00 - By Matthew Hall

It's time to celebrate our nation, but there are no Aussies left at the Australian Open, writes Matthew Hall.

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Where? Where? Where? [GETTY]

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Where? Where? Where? [GETTY]

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Want to get rich? Play with the big boys

21 January 2010 | 10:30 - By Matthew Hall

The highest-earning Australian sportsperson only plays part-time these days. Surely it can't be that difficult, can it?

Greg Norman is Australia's highest-earning sports person, according to BRW magazine [GETTY]

Greg Norman is Australia's highest-earning sports person, according to BRW magazine [GETTY]

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About this Blog

Sport, without spin, from around the world. Matthew Hall considers the issues behind the headlines and tells the stories that others don't.

Matthew Hall Sport, without spin, from around the world. Matthew Hall considers the issues behind the headlines and tells the stories that others don't. Matt is a writer, author, and filmmaker, originally from Perth, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 
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