Technology was meant to be the panacea that cured all of sport's problems, but recent controversies in both rugby codes have shown that it is not the case.
Arguably Australia's most important soccer player ever rules out an A-League swansong and plots a future in coaching after calling time on his record-breaking international career.
France have the advantage, but don't underestimate this heroic Croatian side whose willpower, bravery, mental toughness, pride and passion has already stunned the world, writes Branko Culina.
The World Cup has caught the imagination of casual football fans but will this again fail to translate into greater interest in the A-League and the sport in Australia, asks Richard Hinds.
As Australian football looks for answers as to why the Socceroos suffered another early World Cup exit, is enough being done to properly nurture our elite young talent?
The Socceroos are now done and dusted. Comedian Ed Kavalee looks at how Aussie fans can survive the remaining games of the World Cup.
Former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou adds his voice to the ongoing World Cup post-mortem, urging the nation as a whole to shed its "comfortable position" as an eternal footballing underdog if genuine progress is to ever be made.
The Socceroos' World Cup exit has nothing to do with their formation on the field — Football Federation Australia never gave them a chance to advance in Russia, writes Richard Hinds.
SBS has agreed to show all remaining World Cup matches as Optus's struggles continue.
Just as a heatwave hits England and its football team proves itself surprisingly adept at the World Cup in Russia, disaster hits — the production of beer is under threat due to a shortage of carbon dioxide.