• Can Usain Bolt really make it as a footballer?

    Edward Hope     |      September 2, 2018

    What do retired Olympic sprinters do: coach, commentate, agency work, celebrity TV appearances, or just rest on their laurels? Bolt had different ideas, openly expressing his desire to play professional soccer. An Australian club offered him an opportunity – but can he take it?

  • The harsh realities of the global sport industry

    Niko Besnier     |      July 14, 2018

    The World Cup final will no doubt draw millions of enthusiastic viewers around the world, including young men in impoverished regions who dream of sporting success as the only way to escape poverty, however most of these dreams will end in disappointment.

  • Why soccer is falling behind AFL and rugby in Australia

    Steve Georgakis     |      June 18, 2018

    While soccer has a long history in the Australian sporting landscape, soccer has seldom challenged Rugby League and Australian Rules Football in popularity. The early 21st century boom is over but Australian success in the 2018 World Cup and domestic reform could offer a way forward.

  • Putin’s Travails: Hosting the 2018 World Cup

    Amit Gupta     |      June 15, 2018

    As the 2018 World Cup kicks off in Russia, manifestations of ongoing political tension raise the issue of whether a mega-sporting event can be removed from the political, social and cultural imperatives that globalisation has brought.