Tim Cahill is not scared

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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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Japan v Australia – match report

Australia’s run of disappointing results continued against Japan in the Yanmar Nagai Stadium on a brisk Tuesday evening. After an encouraging first half performance from the Socceroos, the home crowd of 46,312 were eventually treated to a 2-1 win by the Samurai Blue. Japan went in with a strong line up that included the big names Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda with only FC Schalke defender Atsuto Uchida missing out from the established foreign legion. Australia’s coach Ange Postecoglou decided to leave the Golden Generation veterans of Tim Cahill and Mark Bresciano on the bench, opting to take a look…

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Postecoglou focused on the bigger picture

On the eve of the next installment of the Japan-Australia rivalry, the message from Ange Postecoglou remains steadfast about building the pool of players and being ready for January. “I’m quite happy how we are progressing,” Postecoglou told the press. “We are slowly creating more depth. We found if we had key injuries in the past we had trouble replacing them but we are getting better in that regard. “From tomorrow night we will see who stands up. We’re at a point of regenerating the team. We are confident we will have a good pool of players to take us through…

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A Brief History of the Australia-Japan rivalry

Australia versus Japan as a rivalry of note arguably came to the fore in Kaiserslautern on June 12, 2006. The game where Tim Cahill pulled Australia from a one nil deficit to a 2-1 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining, punctuated by John Aloisi adding the finishing touch in injury time, will live long in the memories of Socceroos and Samurai Blue fans alike. Australia joining the Asian Football Confederation that same year just added fuel to the fire. It was back on November 27, 1956 at the Melbourne Olympics that the two countries first faced off in the…

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Australia’s stuttering March to the Asian Cup

In 2011, the Socceroos lost the Asian Cup Final in heartbreaking fashion, the victims of a thumping Tadanari Lee volley in extra time handing the Japanese the crown as Asia’s top footballing nation. It was the last ride of the ‘golden generation’ and it was somewhat poetic, though no less gut wrenching, that an ageing Socceroos team with their weary legs and tired minds was unable to match the energy of their opponents. The Socceroos head into the 2015 edition of the Asian Cup with expectations at their lowest ebb since Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation. As hosts there…

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Questions the Socceroos need answered in their upcoming friendlies

The Socceroos face World Cup quarter finalists Belgium in Liege on Friday September 5 (4.45am AEST) and play Asian rivals Saudi Arabia at the now traditional home away from home for Australian football, Fulham’s Craven Cottage on Tuesday September 9 (5am AEST). But what issues does coach Ange Postecoglou need to resolve in these games? Who is the future in defence? Left-back Brad Smith will almost certainly make his debut although it is worth pointing out the England youth international will not be tied to the Socceroos until he plays a competitive match — for example, an Asian Cup fixture….

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Football Central’s World Cup show: Post-WC Analysis

What’s on this weeks episode: Part 1: We discuss the World Cup aftermath with Andrew along with what the World Cup means for the Socceroos. Part 2: Chat to FOX Sports commentator Simon Hill about his experiences in Brazil. Part 3: We’re joined to end with FOX Sports’ Tara Rushton to get her opinion on what next for the Socceroos and how to move onto to the Asian Cup in a few months time. Host: Ahmed Yussuf - @ahmedyussuf10 - FCAU co-founder Panellist: Andrew Cussen – @Cussen91 – FCAU contributor How to subscribe/ the webcasts: Subscribe to The Football Central Network on iTunes Listen to The Football Central Network on…

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Verbeek: Australia will not score a single goal

Four years on from Pim Verbeek leading Australia into it’s third appearance in the World Cup, the Dutchman still has a lack of faith in the next generation of players which was evident during his tenure. When asked by a Dutch presenter whether Holland would walk away winners in Porte Alegre, he answered with absolute cetainty. “Oh, (Holland) will win this game, not a single doubt,” Verbeek said. “I don’t see any possibility that Australia will score a goal against the Netherlands.” Verbeek criticised Australia’s defense labeling it “vulnerable” and “inexperienced”. “(Holland) should go for an extra attacker. We have…

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Jedinak: It’s Probably The Biggest Honour I’ll Receive

Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou said today was significant as he announced Mile Jedinak as the national team captain for the upcoming World Cup. With 43 international caps, Jedinak, becomes the Socceroos fourth World Cup skipper after replacing Lucas Neill. Peter Wilson (1974) and Mark Viduka (2006) have also led Australia at World Cups. The 29 year old was seen to be in a ‘two horse race’ with Tim Cahill being the other candidate. What put Mile ahead in the eyes of Postecoglou was his current efforts as captain of English Premier League side Crystal Palace. “All three are outstanding…

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