Posts Tagged "World Cup"
On Tuesday night, thousands of Australian football fans will have to put their hands up and in unison say, “I’m sorry, Holger.”
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I realise this idea seems absurd. Even ridiculous! But ponder it for a second. Australian cricket team has reached the nadir, especially in batting and leg-spin.
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The Socceroos are much better with classy midfielder Mark Bresciano back in the fold.
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Dead rubber? No such thing, if tonight’s Australia versus Saudi Arabia game is anything to go by. This was by no means the best performance by a Socceroos team.
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The Socceroos head into tonight’s World Cup Qualifier already destined for the next round, but for opponents Saudi Arabia this is anything but a dead rubber. Join us live from AAMI Park at 8:30pm for Australia vs Saudi Arabia.
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New Zealand’s World Cup winning captain Richie McCaw insists he won’t be following Jonny Wilkinson into Test retirement or accept a lucrative European club offer that could end his international career.
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The chorus of disquiet after Australia’s narrow win in Bangkok was as predictable as a scything Mile Jedinak tackle. But six years after that magical night in Sydney, do Socceroos fans now take World Cup qualification for granted?
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Australia’s first World Cup winning skipper Nick Farr-Jones believes Will Genia will ultimately rank alongside the legendary Ken Catchpole, and declared New Zealand are scared of the dynamic halfback.
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Built by a ferocious first half and capped by a clinical finish, the Wallabies have vowed to use their Tri Nations breakthrough as a perfect World Cup launch pad.
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World Cup-winning Springboks coach Jake White suspects his controversial successor will recall his stars for South Africa’s two home games of the Tri Nations series.
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Something is happening in the Philippines. In a nation of contrasts, where vicious regional politics and insurgencies lie hand-in-hand with white sandy beaches, cold beer and warm smiles, football is stirring.
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Sweeping reform across Western Europe throughout the 1990s has gone a long way towards eradicating violence on the terraces. But for Euro 2012, co-host Poland’s continued acts of football hooliganism are blighting the country’s reputation, and the calls for action are growing louder.
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This whole “ICC preferring a 10-team Test-nation-only World Cup” business has got me thinking on a real left-field tangent of late.
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Tall, bespectacled and analytical, John Buchanan, 58, is facing the strongest challenge of his roller-coaster career. He has been appointed the Director of New Zealand Cricket (NZC). From 1999 to 2007 he had coached the Australian cricket team with distinction. Under him as the coach, Australia lifted World Cups in 2003 and 2007.
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If the Wallabies are to win the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Matt Giteau must be the first choice inside centre. The much-maligned Brumbies playmaker has recently found himself on the outer of coach Robbie Deans’ selection plans, though for the Wallabies to succeed on the world-stage, Giteau must wear the number 12 jersey.
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Now, this is more like it! Pakistan hosting Afghanistan and England hosting Holland – arrangements that look set to bolster claims to get the “world” back into the 2015 World Cup.
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I usually keep myself away from controversies, especially match-fixing in cricket. I leave that to News of the World and other papers who relish printing such items. However, when a former Test captain says there was match-fixing, I stop burying my head in the sand, ala an ostrich, and look up.
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By now, we are familiar with the Anzac Day football rituals. Since 1995, Collingwood and Essendon have battled for Anzac supremacy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
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I am the kind of football fan that the FFA needs. I don’t come from a family of immigrants where football was the main sport they played in their home country. Neither my mother, nor my father played football into their adult life.
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It’s hard to say how different the local football landscape would be now if Australia was readying itself to host a World Cup. Football wouldn’t be working any differently to how it does now and the A-League would still be struggling this year like it was last year and the year before that, but, I [...]
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