Sebastian Hassett

Sebastian Hassett

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

Asian A-League plans worth pursuing, claims expansion agent Jon Smith

Sebastian Hassett The man charged with exploring the ambitious plan to expand the A-League expanding into south-east Asia, former player agent John Smith, has hit back at claims from Football Federation Australia boss...

Coach Aurelio Vidmar says Olyroos must improve further to secure place at Rio Olympics


Sebastian Hassett Olyroos coach Aurelio Vidmar admits his side "still has some work to do" to qualify for the 2016 Olympics despite cruising through their pre-qualification group.

Jonathan Aspropotamitis the silver lining to Western Sydney Wanderers' injury clouds

Teen on the rise:  Jonathan Aspropotamitis.

Sebastian Hassett When the Western Sydney Wanderers began this ill-fated season, Jonathan Aspropotamitis was in the youth team at Sydney Olympic, still dreaming of one day turning his football aspirations into...

Jacques Faty and Mickael Tavares hoping to stay on at Sydney FC

In love with the Harbour City: Sydney FC defender Jacques Faty.

Sebastian Hassett They might have only come for a short holiday, but Sydney FC duo Jacques Faty and his cousin Mickael Tavares are keen to turn their stay in the city into a permanent one next season.

Magnificent seven to become six of the best as A-League finals close in

Chase to the top: Roy Krishna of the Phoenix evades Sebastian Ryall, left, and Jacques Faty of Sydney FC during the A-League match on Saturday.

Sebastian Hassett A comprehensive review of the run home for the seven A-League teams still fighting for the finals.

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold re-shaping the Sky Blues

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Sebastian Hassett Five things we learned - A-League round 23

Tony Popovic says lengthy injury list has killed any chance of Wanderers fightback

Losing cause: Labinot Haliti of the Wanderers controls the ball against Josh Risdon of the Glory.

Sebastian Hassett Dismayed Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has never lost faith in his players but admits their crippling injury list is making it almost impossible to put together successive wins.

Perth Glory v Western Sydney Wanderers – The Lowdown

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25:  Kerem Bulut of the Western Sydney Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal during the round 21 A-League match between Brisbane Roar and the Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium on March 25, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Sebastian Hassett No matter what you think of Bulut, you can't deny his talent. He can make things happen.

High-flying Phoenix about to face biggest stress test yet, says Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold

Injury cloud: Sydney FC striker Shane Smeltz.

Sebastian Hassett The Wellington Phoenix might be four points clear on top of the A-League and on track for their their first ever Premiers' Plate but Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold feels the final five matches will...

Roar thumping gives Tony Popovic belief Wanderers can salvage season

Sebastian Hassett The Western Sydney Wanderers are finally off the bottom of the A-League table - now coach Tony Popovic wants to make sure they're never in that position again.

Football 'overload', cricket hurting Sydney FC crowds, says Tony Pignata

Tony Pignata

Sebastian Hassett Sydney FC are playing some of the most attractive, high-scoring football in the A-League this season – which is why club chief executive Tony Pignata is understandably puzzled by the club's...

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Wet and wild: right decision to call off Brisbane Roar-Wellington Phoenix match

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Sebastian Hassett Five things we learned from round 22 of the A-League.

Terry Antonis and Kwame Yeboah ruled out of Olyroos' qualifiers

Terry Antonis.

Sebastian Hassett A last-minute plea from Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold to have Terry Antonis withdrawn from Olyroos duty this week has been successful.

Terry Antonis, Kwame Yeboah out of Olyroos' qualifiers

Terry Antonis.

Sebastian Hassett Sydney FC star Terry Antonis and German-based forward Kwame Yeboah have been ruled out of the Olyroos squad which begins its bid to qualify for the Rio Olympics this week.

Graham Arnold begs FFA not to take Terry Antonis on Olyroos duty

Unhappy: Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold.

Sebastian Hassett Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold will ask Olyroos coach Paul Okon not to take Terry Antonis away on international duty, insisting the midfielder has a knee injury that will only be made worse by playing.

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Sydney FC stunned by Melbourne City as James Brown nets late winner

Bernie Ibini of Sydney FC competes for the ball against Paulo Retre.

Sebastian Hassett With their finals' hopes hanging by thread, Melbourne City would need a little miracle if they were to head to Allianz Stadium and defeat Sydney FC, a side looking to advance to the top of the table.

FFA sees fresh TV opportunity if SBS follows threat to dump football

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Sebastian Hassett Football Federation Australia believes it is "very well placed" to find a new free-to-air broadcast partner should its existing contract with SBS come to an end at the conclusion of the current...

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SBS planning to scrap football in shock programming upheaval

Cup gone? Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring against the Netherlands during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Sebastian Hassett The spiritual home of football on Australian television, SBS, is in advanced plans to cut ties with the sport as part of a dramatic programming overhaul.

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Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold looks to stamp out concentration lapses and complacency

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold reacts to a decision during the match against Brisbane Roar on Sunday.

Sebastian Hassett Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold says his players cannot afford to become complacent or lose their concentration as they did on Sunday if they want to make a run at this year's A-League title.

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Sydney FC celebrates decade of success as Steve Corica leads first inductees into Hall of Fame

Club legend: Sydney captain Steve Corica holds aloft the minor premiership trophy after the match against Melbourne Victory in 2010.

Sebastian Hassett It seems another lifetime ago that Steve Corica had a mop of shiny black hair, likewise the moment he fired Sydney FC to their maiden title in the A-League's very first season.

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