Posts Tagged "2011 Asian Cup"
Reports of Melbourne Victory’s audacious bid to lure Socceroos superstar Harry Kewell to the Hyundai A-League may prove to be unfounded, but if the move eventuates, it could be a massive boost for Australian football.
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Brisbane Roar midfielder Matt McKay began the 2010/11 A-League season with the reputation of being a pretty handy footballer, but wasn’t considered a superstar of the league. All that was about to change – and at a rapid rate.
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Socceroos defender Jade North has hit out the decision to play the 2022 World Cup in the middle of summer in Qatar.
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With the benefit of hindsight that eight days since the passing of Australia’s defeat by Japan can give, here are some thoughts on three key areas of the campaign in Qatar.
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Most Melbourne Victory fans will be aware that rising star Robbie Kruse’s contract expires at the end of this campaign. The striker, who has just returned from Socceroo duty at the Asian Cup, has delayed contract talks with the club – a sign he is perhaps weighing up a more lucrative deal in Asia or [...]
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There’s little wonder why people have lost faith in the Asian Football Confederation. Only a few days ago we witnessed the pinnacle of the Asian football calendar – the final of the Asian Cup between powerhouse Asian rivals Australia and Japan.
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Well, the dream of winning the 2011 Asian Cup and hosting the event as defending champions in 2015 is over.
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Any loss in extra time of a major final is a bitter pill to swallow, particularly when the defeated had more opportunities than the victor to seal the match in regular time. But the Socceroos’ loss to Japan in the 2011 Asian Cup final resulted in an extra degree of hurt.
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The contrasting emotions of Australia’s agonising Asian Cup defeat may run the gamut between pride and despair and everything else in between, but there’s a vital sentiment which shouldn’t be overlooked from an unforgettable night in Doha – the Socceroos should have won.
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In a final of the finest margins, after 120 odd minutes of gripping, contrasting football, it was Japan who ultimately came out on top, winning their fourth continental title from the past six thanks to a superb extra time strike from Tadanari Lee.
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When Holger Osieck, a name previously unfamiliar to most Australian football fans, took over the reins as Socceroos coach in August last year, one of the first things he declared was that he wanted to win the 2011 Asian Cup. At the time, it split opinions. But here we are now, hours away from playing [...]
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Tim Cahill, the man who we have relied so heavily on for the past four years, is now struggling to keep up with his Socceroos teammates.
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The Socceroos will face Japan in Sunday morning’s (AEDT) Asian Cup final after delivering an Australia Day present with a stunning 6-0 demolition of Uzbekistan in their semi-final in Doha.
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One of the enduring benefits of Australia’s acceptance into the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has been the improved opportunity to engage with other nations in the confederation.
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Brisbane coach Ange Postecoglou says midfielder Matt McKay should be a permanent fixture in Socceroos’ teams for years to come following his breakout performances at the Asian Cup.
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You know that feeling when something is so close yet so far? That’s how I feel about the Socceroos right now and their quest to be the champions of Asia.
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Harry Kewell’s extra-time header sent the Socceroos into the Asian Cup semi-finals, sealing a 1-0 win in a thrilling clash with Iraq at the Al Sadd Stadium in Doha on Saturday.
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Contrary to the last Asian Cup, I am not pleased Australia finished top of the group. Thanks to the misfiring North Koreans, Australia will play Iraq in the quarter-finals. Australians know only too well how fragile the Socceroos were against Iraq in the 2007 Asian Cup.
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Okay, the performance wasn’t great, but the Socceroos achieved the desired outcome with a 1-0 win over Bahrain on Tuesday to clinch top spot in Group C. And from the way several senior Socceroos have been speaking, you get the sense there’s a steely determination to achieve more outcomes and make history in Qatar.
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The Socceroos face an anxious wait to see how several first team players recover from injury ahead of their final Asian Cup Group C clash against Bahrain.
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