Posts Tagged "Ange Postecoglou"

Speaking after the Jordan game, Socceroos captain (on the night) Tim Cahill was honest, direct, positive, political and almost confrontational in an era of pre and post-game platitudes.

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As the Socceroos walked off the pitch last night, having topped Group B to reach the third round of World Cup qualifying, the 2-0 defeat to Jordan in Amman last October seemed an age ago.

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Ange Postecoglou says he isn’t concerned with who the Socceroos are drawn against in the final phase of World Cup qualifying.

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It is indeed “about bloody time” a footballer was honoured with a statue outside Allianz Stadium, as the late Johnny Warren was this weekend.

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During the Socceroos’ comprehensive 7-0 victory over Tajikistan on Thursday, it was obvious that without Tim Cahill in the line-up there was a distinct lack of composure in front of goal.

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Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou knows the best way to break a Tajikistan wall.

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Skipper Mile Jedinak insists the word ‘complacency’ is taboo in the Socceroos camp, but they’ll be forgiven for taking plenty of confidence into tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier against Tajikistan.

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For three years now Australian football fans have lamented the FFA’s failure to attract a major sponsor for their flagship team, the Socceroos.

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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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