Posts Tagged "Socceroos"
These next few weeks are crucial for the Australian men’s national football team and their desperate need to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
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It was a message that reverberated around the room last Thursday night, as fans from around New South Wales met at FFA headquarters in Sydney.
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Defender Jade North admits the Socceroos have their back against the wall as they eye a World Cup berth but says it’s Asian heavyweights Japan who’ll be fearful heading into their key clash next month.
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Tim Cahill’s declaration that too much inexperience in the Socceroos side has left them with an uphill battle to Brazil will fuel the squad’s tyros to succeed, Central Coast young gun Trent Sainsbury says.
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Only one month to go until June’s three vital World Cup qualifiers for the Socceroos and already my fingernails are down to stubs.
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The Socceroos have commenced preparations for next month’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Asian heavyweights Japan as they attempt to rebound from their poor showing against Oman.
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One day A-League fans will know the pain of relegation, which seems to be a curious obsession of the oft-bewildering Asian Football Confederation.
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What an A-League season it has been. Ratings up, crowds up, net hits up, media coverage up.
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The criticism of loyalty in sports has usually been about players not honouring the full term of their contract, usually because they are enticed to another club for more money, more prestige or greater chances of success and winning trophies.
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Winning a World Cup bid is difficult enough without the endemic corruption in football, so the fact that a $462,000 Football Federation Australia donation has allegedly been stolen is hardly stunning news.
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The Last Post sounded up and down the country yesterday as Australians remembered those soldiers who never returned from battle. The question is, should it have sounded at a football game?
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Tony Popovic might have been named coach of the season, but Graham Arnold will be the happier man after winning his first A-League grand final.
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Millwall’s West Australian defender Shane Lowry might have missed out on making history in the FA Cup on Saturday but he is still eyeing off breaking into the Socceroos side.
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As my children are now entering the age where my weekends are going to be gleefully jam-packed with trips between local sporting grounds, and I have started to learn what friends of mine have been saying about junior football in this country.
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With an A-League grand final qualifier looming, Central Coast Mariners coach Graham Arnold says he can’t afford to stick with his winning side for next week’s Asian Champions League return against Guizhou Renhe.
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Residing under a permanent wet blanket, the throng of armchair managers that plague our country and the media have been quick to blame the current generation of young Australian footballers as the source of our problems.
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Australia’s clash with Oman in the Asian World Cup Qualifier on Tuesday night was disappointing on numerous levels.
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Ever since the AFC Asian Cup 2011, Australia has been playing poor football.
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In most other football nations, Holger Osieck would be cleaning out his desk following the Socceroos’ fortunate draw against Oman.
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The Socceroos’ desperate 2-2 draw with Oman was unacceptable. Given the quality of their group this result would be an acceptable setback against Japan only.
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