Sebastian Hassett

Sebastian Hassett

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

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal's direction deserves praise, not just points

Sebastian Hassett For a side widely identified as being vulnerable to a group-stage exit, the Netherlands are doing a fine job – specifically coach Louis van Gaal – of making many look rather silly.

Confident Mathew Leckie has even surprised himself

Striker Mathew Leckie has started in both of Australia’s matches in this tournament and with Tim Cahill sidelined from Monday’s match against Spain in Curitiba through suspension, the 23-year old may arguably end up being the Socceroos’ most consistent player in Brazil.

Sebastian Hassett Socceroos striker Mathew Leckie admits he was "a little bit" shocked with his outstanding performance at the World Cup.

Socceroo Ben Halloran relishing World Cup chance

Ben Halloran is tackled during Australia's friendly against Croatia in Brazil on Friday night.

Sebastian Hassett Socceroo Ben Halloran determined to grab World Cup dream with both hands.


Melbourne Heart's bid to become sky blue blocked after Sydney FC object

Marcelo Carrusca of Adelaide gets away from Massimo Murdocca of Melbourne Heart.

Sebastian Hassett The proposed colour change of Melbourne Heart from red and white stripes to an all-sky blue kit has fallen through after an objection by Sydney FC was upheld by FFA and an independent arbitrator.

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Western Sydney Wanderers sold

Paul Lederer is expected to be named chairman of the Wanderers.

Sebastian Hassett One of the most protracted ownership handovers in Australian sport has finally been concluded with the Western Sydney Wanderers officially going into private ownership on June 30.

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Ryan McGowan keen to take Socceroos spot held by Lucas Neill

Ready to step up: World Cup-bound Ryan McGowan has lofty ambitions.

Sebastian Hassett In the race to replace the gaping hole left by Lucas Neill in the heart of the Socceroos' defence, Ryan McGowan is hoping coach Ange Postecoglou looks favourably in his direction.


Patched-up Australian Matildas on brink of glory in Asian Cup

Elise Kellond-Knight (second left) of Australia celebrates with her team-mates after she scored the winning goal.

Sebastian Hassett Barely a few months ago, the Australia womens football team looked a chaotic mess, shattering the sides famous family-like unity into countless pieces.


Socceroos fans prepare for mass migration to World Cup in Rio

Looking forward: Socceroos fans meet in a Melbourne restaurant to plan their trip.

Sebastian Hassett The journey of Australian football fans flocking to the World Cup was once thought to be a once-in-a-lifetime jaunt. Now it's become a full-scale quadrennial mass migration.

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Mark Milligan hoping to finally play for Socceroos at a World Cup

In: Mark Milligan made the cut.

Sebastian Hassett It might be a hat-trick of World Cup selections for midfielder Mark Milligan but unlike the past two, when he failed to play in either, the Melbourne Victory skipper is hoping it’s a case of...


Socceroos set for a wild ride in Brazil

Tim Cahill will lead the line once again for the Socceroos.

Sebastian Hassett While Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou has picked a 30-man squad for next month's World Cup with an eye to the future, he is promising they are good enough to deliver a 'wild ride' in Brazil.

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Western Sydney Wanderers believe in Asian Champions League miracle

Sebastian Hassett They might be considered rank outsiders to qualify for quarter-finals of the Asian Champions League but Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic believes his players can pull off a minor miracle...


Ange Postecoglou set to announce Socceroos' 30-man World Cup squad

Coach Ange Postecoglou has dispensed with all but a few ageing relics for his upcoming Brazilian exhibition.

Sebastian Hassett Whether or not it is a subtle pointer to the change taking place within the Socceroos, the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sydney’s waterfront will make a fitting backdrop for the unveiling of...

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Graham Arnold makes Bernie Ibini his first Sydney FC signing

Reunited: Bernie Ibini is looking forward to working with Graham Arnold again at Sydney FC.

Sebastian Hassett Graham Arnold’s first move as coach of Sydney FC has been to swoop in on one of the players he helped turn into a star, Central Coast forward Bernie Ibini.

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Trent Sainsbury out for Socceroos as Bailey Wright juggles World Cup dream

Bailey Wright.

Sebastian Hassett The World Cup dreams of Trent Sainsbury are all but over while fellow defender Bailey Wright’s Brazil aspirations could hinge on the outcome of his English club’s push for promotion.

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Who will make the Socceroos' World Cup squad?

Generation next: The Socceroos, likely to be led by Mile Jedinak (centre) in Brazil, will be virtually unrecognisable to previous World Cup squads.

Sebastian Hassett When Ange Postecoglou names his 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup next Wednesday, he will maintain the dreams of a select few and confirm the nightmares of many.

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Graham Arnold pledges to take Sydney FC back to the top

Graham Arnold.

Sebastian Hassett New Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has promised to take the Sky Blues back to the promised land after inking a three-year deal with the two-time champions.


Ange Postecoglou ends Lucas Neill's World Cup dream

Ange Postecoglou and Lucas Neill.

Sebastian Hassett After months of debate about Lucas Neill's future, Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has officially ruled the defender out of next month's World Cup.

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New Matildas coach Alen Stajcic confident ahead of Asian Cup mission

Cut: W-League Goalkeeper of the Year Melissa Barbieri.

Sebastian Hassett New Matildas coach Alen Stajcic believes his side can put the dramas of the past few months behind it to put in a bold showing at this month's Asian Cup in Vietnam.


Wanderers' Iacopo La Rocca takes little comfort from Marston Medal

Fire and ice: Wanderers midfielder Iacopo La Rocca was a thorn in the side for Brisbane, especially the combustible Besart Berisha.

Sebastian Hassett He might have played the game of his life in the biggest game of the season but Western Sydney Wanderers midfielder Iacopo La Rocca says there’s no silver lining to Sunday’s grand final defeat.

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Injury to Wanderers' Nikolai Topor-Stanley pivotal in A-League grand final

Sorely missed: Defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley left the field in the second half after suffering a leg injury.

Sebastian Hassett If big games turn on big moments, then the turning point of Sunday’s A-League grand final occurred when Western Sydney Wanderers’ defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley dived into a tackle midway...

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