Posts Tagged "Ange Postecoglou"

Greek-born, Australian-raised striker Apostolos Giannou wants to play for the Socceroos despite representing his birth nation at an international level.

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Ange Postecoglou has pulled off a major coup, convincing Greek striker Apostolos Giannou to switch his allegiance to Australia.

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Ange Postecoglou hopes China’s inexorable rise does not adversely impact the Socceroos plying their trade there, expressing concern about the gap in quality between the top and bottom teams.

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It might panic the fans but Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou believes it’s a good thing some of his regular stars have been forced to fight for their starting spots overseas, predicting he’ll have a battle-hardened squad come March’s vital World Cup qualifiers.

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It’s been a crazy old year for the round ball game in Australia. From the highs of the Asian Cup and the win by the Socceroos on home soil in January to the fan walk-outs and boycotts of the A-League earlier this month, drama hasn’t been too far from the surface.

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Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou admits his players are fatigued after a taxing few days, but is glad the road to Australia’s fourth successive World Cup is a great deal clearer.

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At the end of 90 minutes in Canberra Stadium the Socceroos could have perhaps been 5-0 up against Kyrgyzstan. Ange Postecoglou suggested it should have been 10-0.

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Socceroos veterans Tim Cahill and Mile Jedinak have erased the scars of last month’s woeful World Cup qualifying loss to Jordan, scoring a goal apiece to steer Australia to a 3-0 triumph over Kyrgyzstan.

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It wasn’t that long ago that Matt McKay was the Socceroos permanent makeshift solution at left-back and there seemed no immediate specialist in sight. Now it’s the right side of Australia’s defence where the options appear barren.

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Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has applauded the ascension of his players in the world’s top leagues, predicting the pattern will render Australia a force to contend with at the 2018 World Cup.

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Australia’s 100 per cent record in World Cup qualifying so far has been expected, but nevertheless impressive. Next month, however, a trip to Jordan poses as a potential dampener in the quest for a fourth consecutive appearance on the world stage.

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Three points, a Tim Cahill brace and Ange Postecoglou didn’t get sacked. The scoreline may not speak for Tajikistan’s defensive resilience, but the Socceroos’ World Cup qualifying win in Dushanbe ticked as many boxes as you could hope for from another lengthy trip.

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It was the biggest win in Ange Postecoglou’s tenure as Socceroos manager, yet the former A-League coach may find it difficult to take away any valuable lessons from the 5-0 thrashing of Bangladesh on Thursday night in Perth.

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The Socceroos have ripped Bangladesh to shreds in their World Cup qualifier with a ruthless 5-0 victory in Perth.

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Forget the big-name omissions through injury, a controversial build-up, and interrupted preparation – complacency is the biggest worry for the Socceroos as they embark on their journey to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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Those expecting the Socceroos to rattle up a cricket score against cricket-mad Bangladesh on Thursday aren’t paying enough attention.

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It’s a wild beast that refuses to be tamed, deadline day. From sex toys being flung at reporters live on air last year, to De Gea-Gate reaching farcical heights in Madrid. Football clubs have months to do business, but the final day of the summer transfer window never fails to disappoint.

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Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has slammed both sides of soccer’s increasingly ugly pay battle for taking focus away from the team’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

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As the Socceroos continue their path to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, match sharpness and unknown opposition will be the main obstacles in the way of a maximum six points, and with it a perfect start to the Group B qualifiers.

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For so long, the Socceroos were crying out for a top quality number ten. Now the dilemma is in deciding which one should be picked to start.

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