Roar trio named in Olyroos

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Roar trio named in Olyroos

in some good news coming out if Brisbane, three of Brisbane’s brightest young talents have been called up to represent the Australian U23 side next month in their two match tour of Europe. James Donachie, Brandon Borrello and Jamie Maclaren have been picked by Olyroos boss Aurelio Vidmar to take on the Turkey u/22 side on September 4th in Istanbul, before travelling to Skopje to take on FYR Macedonia u/22 three days later. The two games are being used to prepare the side for next years AFC u/23 Championships in Qatar, which double as the qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Olympics. The Australian’s breezed past Myanmar, Chinese Taipei and Hong…

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Is youth the answer?

Experience is invaluable, however is youth the answer? Professional sport can be a very harsh environment and football is no exception. A high pressured environment where a win or loss or an individual mistake is heightened by the media within our game. It’s not an irregular occurrence for players to be adored by the fans to then be dropped within a season of poor performances . There are only a minority group that continue playing well into their 30′s, and in today’s footballing era this is no mean feat considering the number of games, volume of training and travel involved…

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Asian Cup Winners Dominate Socceroos Squad

Ange Postecoglou has today named the Socceroos squad for the opening 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek on 16th June. The 23 man squad which includes 19 members of the successful Asian Cup team will meet in Dubai for a week long camp before travelling to Bishkek. “This is the start of the next chapter in our journey and we are all excited about what lies ahead over the next two years,” Postecoglou said. “We’ve been open in our desire to make an impact at the 2018 World Cup but first we need to qualify and that task is immediately…

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Mrcela holds on to Socceroo hope

For Tomi Mrčela his football story has been one more of hard work and graft rather than a meteoric rise many young players are elevated to so often nowadays. The 24 year old served his apprenticeship in the lower leagues of Croatia before moving up to the top flight – first with relegation battlers Hrvatski Dragovoljac and now at NK Locomotiva where his team is battling for a place in Europe.  A move away from Croatia is inevitable but the real reward for his hard work lies in getting a call up to represent Australia. “I’m very happy with my…

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An Ikonic Moment for Aussie Youngster

Reports from Italy have emerged stating that young Lazio winger Chris Ikonomidis is set to get his first call-up to the senior Australian squad for the friendlies against Germany and Macedonia on the 25th and 30th of March respectively. The Germany match will take place at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern where Tim Cahill created history by scoring Australia’s first World Cup goal and of course was also the stage for a heartbreaking Round of 16 loss to eventual champions Italy. Alessandra Russo of mondoprimavera.it reported that “Australian coach Ange Postecoglou has decided to reward the excellent performance” of the nineteen…

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Australia’s attitude problem

Youth development is to sport what sowing is to agriculture. In a perfect environment with the right conditions you can take a seed of talent and grow it into a fully-bloomed professional footballer, but without these optimum conditions you’re leaving it up to the randomness of chance. The odd gem can spring up against the odds but consistent results are needed to sustain the growth of a footballing nation. Australian football has punched above its weight in this regard by producing talented young players who have consistently held their own against the best youth players around the world. By the…

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New FIFA Now aims to reform football’s governing body

While the Asian Cup was producing exciting football by the bucket load and the farce that is FIFA’s presidential election process degenerated into an even lower form of ‘democracy’, changes were afoot in Brussels. It was there that supporters of a bold organisation named New FIFA Now gathered to set in motion the wheels of reform and bring accountability back to football’s organisers. The brain child of British MP Damian Collins and strategy & public relations advisor turned football administrator Bonita Mersiades, who blew the whistle on Australia’s questionable World Cup bid. Having seen firsthand the ways in which FIFA…

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Schwarzer keeping it real

Australia’s most capped player and the goalkeeper of choice through much of the era known as the Golden Generation, Mark Schwarzer, earned the ire of many fans back in his native Australia last week. In an interview with Australia’s premier football magazine FourFourTwo, it was reported that the Leicester man had less than complimentary remarks to say about the national competition in Australia. No one enjoys hearing a high profile Australian footballer make negative assessments about the A-League or standard of football in Australia, especially the fans. Other stars such as Tim Cahill and Mark Viduka have also faced public…

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Jurić’s proud message sparks unwarranted response

Stretching his long legs to latch onto a swerving pinpoint cross from teammate Mathew Leckie, Tomi Jurić half volleyed past Omani goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi as Australia extended their already commanding lead in their Asian Cup group stage clash. Jurić, a proud Australian of Croatian heritage, then lifted up his shirt to reveal a touching and heartfelt slogan underneath: “Mum, Dad, Brother”. It was just his second goal in the green and gold of the Socceroos, and his first in a match of such magnitude. Jurić’s gesture acknowledged the crucial part his family have played in his development professionally and personally,…

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Postecoglou excited by home advantage

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has declared his team’s morale is high in the lead-up to the opening match of the Asian Cup against Kuwait. Postecoglou praised his charges for their attitude in the build up to the tournament, despite of a poor run of results and the country’s FIFA ranking dropping to a lowly 100. “The spirit’s very good at the moment. Our performances and results have been fairly patchy over the last couple of months. Coming here on the first day of camp I could see they were comfortable, coming in comfortable with the environment and there was a…

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