Sebastian Hassett

Sebastian Hassett

Sebastian Hassett is a football reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald.

Bring on the champions: tiny Balmain Tigers ready to steal FFA Cup show

Sebastian Hassett The Western Sydney Wanderers' FFA Cup campaign will kick off exactly how their A-League season will - at home to Brisbane Roar - while Sydney FC must trek to the other side of the country to face...

Western Sydney Wanderers sign Lionel Messi's former Barcelona teammate Andreu

Sebastian Hassett Fresh from losing Iacopo La Rocca to Adelaide United, the Western Sydney Wanderers have moved quickly to replace the Italian by signing veteran Spanish midfielder Andreu - who spent several years...

Salary cap impasse between FFA and players' union no closer to resolution

A-League boss Damien de Bohun at a press conference.

Sebastian Hassett As of Wednesday morning, the collective bargaining agreement between Australia’s professional footballers and the game’s governing body has expired – and shows no signs of being...

Socceroos goalkeeper Mitch Langerak on the cusp of Stuttgart deal

Sebastian Hassett Mitchell Langerak appears set to leave Borussia Dortmund, with a deal to join fellow Bundesliga club VFB Stuttgart reportedly on the brink of being completed.

A-League 2015-16 fixture list goes back-to-basics after year of mayhem

One more to go: Graham Arnold and Alex Brosque front the media on Saturday.

Sebastian Hassett Experimental matches at ANZ Stadium and Geelong, a Thursday night start, football on Christmas Eve and Asian Champions League-friendly fixturing are some of the talking points of next season's...

Matildas' World Cup heroics inspiring a new generation to embrace the round ball

Sebastian Hassett If everything goes to plan for Bethany Curl and Bianca Samperi by 2023, they'll be well-paid professional footballers, regularly appearing on mainstream television and key members of a Matildas squad...

How the Matildas' World Cup deeds can unlock soccer's female potential

On the ball: Servet Uzunlar tries to intercept a pass by Katrina Gorry in training.

Sebastian Hassett Such has been the momentum generated by Australia's performance in the Women's World Cup, where interest in the Matildas campaign for glory has grown from niche to nationwide, it's hard not to think...

From Sydney to Switzerland: Marc Janko signs for FC Basel

Sebastian Hassett Departed Sydney FC marquee Marc Janko hasn't waited too long to find a new home, with the prolific striker signing for Swiss club FC Basel.

Sydney FC defender Nikola Petkovic joins Belgian side Westerlo

Nikola Petkovic of Sydney FC (right) and John Obi Mikel of Chelsea compete for the ball and run past a paper plane thrown on to the pitch by a fan.

Sebastian Hassett Sydney FC have reluctantly accepted an offer for Nikola Petkovic from Belgian Pro League side KVC Westerlo after the defender told the club he wanted to return to Europe to be closer to his family.

Stunned ex-Socceroo ready to hit back at FFA over gambling sanction

Sebastian Hassett Former Socceroo Robbie Hooker says he will appeal Football Federation Australia's decision to sanction him for betting on A-League matches while a registered player, albeit in an over-35s amateur...

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A-League to introduce three professional referees next season

Professional refs: A-League chief Damien de Bohun.

Sebastian Hassett After years of criticism about the standard level of refereeing in the A-League, Football Federation Australia has bowed to public pressure and will appoint three full-time professional referees from...

Scott Jamieson says Western Sydney Wanderers will challenge for A-League title

Sebastian Hassett The Western Sydney Wanderers might have fallen off the pace last season but new signing Scott Jamieson insists the team is ready to charge back up the A-League ladder.

Tough start but Tim Cahill out to put Chinese woes behind him

Tough start: Tim Cahillduring the match against Kyrgyzstan.

Sebastian Hassett Socceroos star Tim Cahill admits he's had an underwhelming to start to life in the Chinese Premier League with Shanghai Shenhua but is committed to turning things around in the second half of the...

Ange Postecoglou: Socceroos will 'learn a hell of a lot' from close shave against Kyrgyzstan

Sideline chat:  Ange Postecoglou speaks with Mark Milligan during match between Kyrgyzstan and the Socceroos.

Sebastian Hassett While Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou accepts his team didn't play to their potential in Tuesday night's 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Kyrgyzstan, he believes they'll be vastly improved for the...

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Socceroos' match-winner Tommy Oar rues costly team turnovers

2-0 ... Socceroos celebrate after Tom Oar, centre, finished a penetrating run superbly.

Sebastian Hassett He might have won the game for his team with a superb second-half cameo but Socceroos winger Tommy Oar said his teammates gave the ball away too much during the 2-1 win over Kyrgyzstan in their...

Freak opening Socceroos goal no fluke, says captain Mile Jedinak

No fluke:  Mile Jedinak says he was playing for a bad bounce off the pitch when he hit his free kick.

Sebastian Hassett While it would take a mere mortal a lifetime to replicate Mile Jedinak's first-minute goal for the Socceroos against Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday night, the Australian captain says there was a method to how...

Socceroos down Kyrgyzstan 2-1 in World Cup qualifying match

2-0 ... Socceroos celebrate after Tom Oar, centre, finished a penetrating run superbly.

Sebastian Hassett When the Socceroos collectively spoke about the importance of a fast start to start their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign, they couldn't have imagined it would involve taking the lead in the...

Socceroos hitman Tomi Juric could follow Aussie exodus to Belgian club Standard Liege

Close to deal: Tomi Juric has been in demand in Asia and Europe.

Sebastian Hassett Clubless Socceroos striker Tomi Juric might finally be on the cusp of sealing his dream move to Europe with powerful Belgian club Standard Liege understood to have opened contract negotiations.

Socceroos determined to race out of the blocks in Bishkek, says Ivan Franjic

Ready to go: Ivan Franjic is taking nothing for granted as the Socceroos prepare to play Kyrgyzstan.

Sebastian Hassett Tempting as it may be for Australia to think of Tuesday's opening World Cup qualifier as three easy points, defender Ivan Franjic says the Socceroos' mentality couldn't be more different.

Adham Elrich, brother of Socceroo Tarek Elrich, dies

Tarek Elrich has made himself available for selection in the Socceroos' opening World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday.

Sebastian Hassett The Socceroos will go into Tuesday night's opening 2018 World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan with a heavy heart after learning that Tarek Elrich's brother, Adham, passed away on Friday.