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Roger Sleeman

Old school and loving it!

Roger was introduced to football by his elder brother when he was nine years old. After watching the 1960 European Cup Final between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt, a lifelong love affair ensued. 

From the 1960s, he witnessed the great imports Baumgartner, Jaros, Ninaus and Campana fill grounds in the NSW State League against local heroes Johnny Warren, John Watkiss and Brian Smith. He remembers vividly the night of 11 November 1973 when Jimmy Mackay scored that piledriver in Hong Kong against South Korea which put Australia into its first World Cup finals in West Germany in 1974 - and also ended the career of Ray Baartz. 

An accountant by profession, Roger started writing about football in 1992 after Australia was thrashed 6-1 by Poland in the Barcelona Olympics semi-final, and no-one else wrote a thing about Australia's weaknesses. He has since written for Super Soccer, Australian and British Soccer Weekly, Inside Soccer, Soccer International, Australian Football Weekly, the Johnny Warren Foundation and Goal Weekly. Roger played amateur football for 45 years, but belives he has been truly blessed to meet his heroes in the last 25 years and written stories on many of them. Roger says that a life without football would be tragic.

Features by Roger Sleeman

A place called home

Is Mitchell Duke the ‘forgotten Socceroo’?

Rob Wheatley - a humble champion

Book Review 2: The Death and Life of Australian Soccer

Book Review: ‘Changing the Game’ by Ange Postecoglou

Book Review: ‘Political Football’ - Lawrie McKinna’s Dangerous Truth

Book Review: Fully Committed - the Ben Sigmund Story

Review: ‘Legacy’ - the Tim Cahill Story

Craig Johnston - always a winner