Asian Cup Winners Dominate Socceroos Squad

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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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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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Wilkinson’s whirlwind year

To say it’s been a whirlwind year for Socceroos defender Alex Wilkinson would be an understatement. At the start of 2014, the former Mariners’ captain was looking to consolidate his spot in the starting line-up at cashed-up Korean side Jeonbuk Motors. Not even the most optimistic of people could have predicted what would happen over the course of the next 12 months. In March, Wilkinson made his national team debut against Ecuador at the relatively late age of 30. He then proceeded to win 10 more caps and establish himself as one of Ange Postecoglou’s first choice defenders, starting all…

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How Australia can win the Asian Cup

With the Asian Cup kicking off in less than 50 days Australia still has some work to do before their first match of the tournament, against Kuwait in Melbourne, on January 9. Prior to Ange Postecoglou’s appointment as coach the national team had been dismantled 6-0 in consecutive matches against Brazil and France. With the ageing golden generation dominating the team sheet and the dressing room, Postecoglou’s mission of regenerating the national team was always going to be a challenging task, something he acknowledged at the time of his appointment. Prior to travelling to the World Cup, I asked Postecoglou…

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Socceroos focus turns to Asian Cup

Much has been made of the Socceroos form since their spirited but ultimately fruitless World Cup campaign. A string of lacklustre performances and an opaque selection policy from coach Ange Postecoglou have many fans fearing that January’s Asian Cup on home soil could end in embarrassment. The Socceroos’ latest result was a 2-1 defeat to Asian rivals Japan in Osaka on Tuesday night. A promising first half was followed by a poor second, with set pieces Australia’s undoing for both goals. So where do the Socceroos go from here? At the time of writing Postecoglou has 51 days before his…

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Tim Cahill is not scared

Following the Socceroos 2-1 defeat to Japan in Yanmar Nagai Stadium a bullish Tim Cahill fronted the media full of confidence, convinced the team were heading in the right direction. “I thought the performance was brilliant. I thought the first half was excellent, I thought the football was really good. I thought we caused them problems, we restricted them to playing the long ball. “The only thing is we didn’t reward ourselves with the result overall, and two set plays were probably the difference tonight. “They punished us really badly because I felt that we had control of this game tonight, and I…

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The gap between Asia’s two giants

The much-anticipated final hit out for Australia against Japan before the Asian Cup ended in a 2-1 loss for the Socceroos. There were positive moments in the game, but the gap between the two footballing nations was present for all to see. Creativity in the final third was a problem throughout, while with the continual reliance on Tim Cahill is endemic of the issues the Socceroos’ face going forward. The lack of defensive discipline is another issue that the Asian Cup hosts face less than two months away from the showpiece event. Conceding from a set piece with a man unmarked isn’t…

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