Sebastian Hassett

Sebastian Hassett

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

Sydney FC score 3-1 win over Sydney United in keenly-contested FFA Cup clash

Sebastian Hassett It's been more than decade since Edensor Park was rocking like this. For one night only, the old days – the glory days – felt like they'd never left.

Sydney FC ready to create the next generation of Socceroos

Looking to the future: after luring some of the world's biggest players to the A-League, Sydney FC now want to focus on developing the next Harry Kewell or Tim Cahill.

Sebastian Hassett For all the positive headlines and publicity that Sydney FC might have enjoyed in the A-League's first decade, very little of it has been to do with the development of Australian players.

Western Sydney Wanderers stars courted on the back of Asian Champions League success

A player in demand: Wanderers striker Labinot Haliti.

Sebastian Hassett The brilliant Asian Champions League campaign of the Western Sydney Wanderers has sparked widespread interest from clubs across the confederation eager to prise away some of the squad's best players.

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Sydney FC recruit Bernie Ibini ready to take career in right direction after tough year

Lightning fast: Bernie Ibini has settled in well at Sydney FC.

Sebastian Hassett Bernie Ibini knows he could be chasing riches and fame elsewhere. He certainly has the talent to be on the recieving end of all the luxury that a footballer's life has to offer.

FFA boss David Gallop says football's ticket to the big-time depends on grassroots

Sebastian Hassett Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop has declared the sport must urgently engage with its grassroots or risk never fulfilling the sport's much-vaunted potential.

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Western Sydney Wanderers' star Tomi Juric targeted by Japanese giants

Wanted Wanderer: Western Sydney's Tomi Juric.

Sebastian Hassett The resolve of the Western Sydney Wanderers' new owners is about to be tested with back-to-back J-League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima set to make a bid for their star striker, Tomi Juric.

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Western Sydney Wanderers v FC Seoul

Unfinished business: Shannon Cole is ready to step up for injured Wanderers’ striker Mark Bridge.

Sebastian Hassett All the action live from the Asian Champions League semi-final first leg clash between FC Seoul and the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Ante Covic urges Western Sydney Wanderers to go one better in Asia

Sebastian Hassett For all the feel-good stories about the Western Sydney Wanderers, goalkeeper Ante Covic acknowledges the club needs something to show for it, starting with the biggest prize in Asian football.

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Sydney Olympic relishing an unlikely return to spotlight

Sebastian Hassett A whole decade might have passed since Sydney Olympic played at the elite level of Australian football but don’t think the two-time national champions remain sated by past glories.

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Socceroos to warm up for Asian Cup with Japanese test

Socceroo talisman: Tim Cahill.

Sebastian Hassett The Socceroos will round off their preparations for January's Asian Cup with a friendly on November 18 against arch-rivals Japan, the same team many are expecting they'll face in the final of the...

Unhappy Central Coast Mariners to relent on Michael McGlinchey move to Phoenix

On the move to Wellington ... Michael McGlinchey in action for the Mariners.

Sebastian Hassett The most protracted tug-of-war of the A-League off-season is set to come to an end with the Central Coast Mariners reluctantly conceding in their fight to keep want-away star Michael McGlinchey.

FFA Cup to have six officials from round of 16

Infamous: Manchester United's Roy Carroll drops the ball into his goal in 2005, but it was ruled no goal.

Sebastian Hassett Football Federation Australia has announced it will introduce two extra officials for the remainder of the FFA Cup, a trial that could see the system ultimately implemented into the A-League.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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