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Lucas Radbourne-Pugh is a third year journalism student at RMIT University. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

What scares Wenger more? Retirement or Spending Kroenke’s Money…

    Arsenal‘s not-so ‘Fearless Leader’ and figurehead in perpetuity Arsene Wenger was recently highlighted by The Guardian as revealing two interesting insights into the inner workings of ‘Le Professor’s’ mind. Firstly, the shocker. The longer he remains manager of Arsenal, the harder it will be to say goodbye to the North London giants. This will come as no surprise to …

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Melissa Barbieri – Still Leading by Example

  Melissa Barbieri has become an icon of Australian football since she emerged for the Matilda’s (The Australian National Women’s Football Team) back in 2002.   But an Asian Cup triumph, four World Cups and 86 caps later, being a legend of the Australian game hasn’t affected the mother and goalkeepers desire to compete and to win.   Following an …

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The State of Australian Football – Part 2

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  It is too easy to underestimate the importance of reputation in the world game. In Australia we have done this for too long. It is hard to think of one footballing nation that derives instant respect without a bona fide superstar.   The football identities of entire nations have been built around individuals who have reached the heights of …

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The State of Australian Football – Part 1

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  How can Australian football continue developing if we think we’ve already hit our peak?   Football fans across the world love the idea of a golden era. An epoch of brilliance that in a heartbeat they can identify – ‘I remember where I was when’, best when encapsulated by a moment (‘Aloisi scores’ anyone?) and always available in a …

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The inherent ritualism of a local derby

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Attending football matches can be seen as overtly ritualistic for die-hard supporters. There are pre-game rituals, everything from a pub you visit before every home game to an organised march flowing towards the ground as a sea of passion and colour, both inspiring fellow fans and intimidating opposition.   During a match these ritualised behaviours come to an ultimate fruition, fans exhibit …

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