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Exclusive: Chris Nikou talks to ESPN about re-engaging Australia's fractured football community

Six months into his role as chairman of Football Federation Australia, Chris Nikou has just completed a country-wide roadshow of community forums and now has a fairly clear picture of just how big the challenge is to unite a fractured football community.

No stranger to the game, Nikou has been part of the football family in various guises for most of his life. Starting his playing days at the local level in Victoria, he worked his way through the ranks eventually holding simultaneous club secretary...

Graham Arnold's problems with the Olyroos are of his own making

A hat-trick from David Williams dented the Newcastle Jets' A-League finals hopes as Wellington Phoenix run out 4-1 winners.

"When I watched the Socceroos in Russia, we were thin on depth," Graham Arnold said on Thursday. "The only place the depth can come from is underneath."

It was only minutes into the Socceroos and Olyroos coach's scheduled teleconference with media, following the latter's qualification for next year's AFC Under-23 Championship, but this answer was almost the perfect cue for Luciano Michelini's Frolic -- otherwise known as the theme to Curb Your Enthusiasm.

There was little to contest in terms of...

Hakeem al-Araibi, freed from Thai prison, returns to Pascoe Vale: 'It's a very special moment'

Al-Araibi's return to Pascoe Vale was met with a rich and warm reception. It's expected he'll be fit enough to be back in the team within a few weeks.

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Drums, dancers and a dizzying amount of cameras greeted Hakeem al-Araibi on Friday night as the Bahraini refugee watched his semi-professional football club for the first time since his Thai extradition ordeal ended last week.

The large crowd, many wearing #HakeemSaved shirts, traveled from around the country to Pascoe Vale, in Melbourne's north, to celebrate with a footballer they had campaigned to have released from a Thai prison for more than two months.

"The celebrations...

Socceroos and Matildas rudderless as FFA's search for national technical director goes on

Search for a recently vacant position on the Football Federation Australia website, and you will come across a 404 message.

As far as visual metaphors go, an error message relating to destination on the governing body's official website is almost perfect, even by Australian football's standards.

Yet, the page for that recently vacant position was not the one filled by Ante Milicic with the the Matildas this week. Rather it's that of the national technical director, one of the most important football...

Should A-League shoulder the blame for Australia's Asian Cup failure? Ola Toivonen strikes again

Can issues with Australia's national team be attributed to a lack of opportunities in the A-League? Rob Brooks puts this question to the test after a wild week in Australian football.

Talking point of the weekend

A quite extraordinary and depressing seven days in Australian football, which kicked off with the sacking of Australia women's national team coach Alen Stajcic -- for reasons yet to be fully revealed -- and included the Socceroos' departure from the Asian Cup at the quarter-final stage,...

Australia's Asian Cup exit down to Graham Arnold's reluctance to change tactics

It was almost, while recognising how much of a meme the word has become in Australian football: expected.

There was a pervasive sense of inevitability in Australia's 1-0 loss to the United Arab Emirates on Friday, knocking them out of the Asian Cup. Absent was the fabled "Science of Belief," but in its place stood logic. Ten minutes of injury time could have been 30, and the Socceroos still would have struggled to find an equaliser.

When the agony of defeat is felt in a major international tournament,...