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American justice at work. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

What the FIFA scandal really tells us – about the US

I have lived in the US for over three decades. And I have never seen soccer – that is, real “football” – dominate the front pages of US newspapers for so many days and with so many stories. In that sense…
The FBI’s net may fail to ensnare FIFA’s “teflon don,” but it could inspire other probes. Reuters

FIFA prosecution is worth it, even if the big fish get away

Corruption at the pinnacle of sports sets a tone for all the rest. Targeting its roots is the right thing to do no matter what comes of the FBI's investigation.
An Australian study found certain elite athletes were more at risk of taking drugs than others. Lee Morley/Flickr

Sports stars do take drugs – but not as much as the rest of us

Our study found that 8% of the 1,684 elite Australian athletes we surveyed said they had used at least one of six illicit drugs – including ecstasy, cocaine and cocaine – over the previous year.
The second major sporting event Australia is hosting this summer, cricket’s World Cup, begins on Saturday night. AAP/Paul Miller

Australia’s summer of sporting events – has it been worth it?

The cricket World Cup’s opening game, which pits Australia against England on Valentine’s Day, is the latest twist in a summer in which Australia has played host to two of the world’s biggest sporting…
The Asian Cup, hosted and won by Australia, was both a sporting and cultural success story. EPA/Dean Lewins

Football without enemies: the dual success of the Asian Cup

In a fitting climax to the 2015 Asian Cup, Australia overcame South Korea in extra-time in a frenetic final in Sydney on Saturday night. The tournament carried on from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which…
Socceroos all-time leading goal scorer Tim Cahill shows some of his ball skills to some young fans. AAP/Newzulu/Adam Marsters

The football skills needed for victory in the Asian Cup final

Watch out for some clever footwork and ball skills in this weekend’s Asian Cup final when the Socceroos face South Korea at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Saturday. The championship – played on Australian…
Football fixtures. Handover time for Blatter and Putin. Alexey Nikolsky/EPA/Ria Novosti/Kremllin Pool

FIFA sheds sponsors as it heads into a dangerous decade

The news that three major sponsors have ceased their partnership with FIFA could potentially damage its reputation, and more importantly, its finances. Reports on Friday revealed that Castrol, Continental…

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