Posts Tagged "Football World Cup"

After sweating their way through the longest World Cup qualification route in their history, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has raised the prospect of Australia not attending June’s tournament.

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Australia were one of the last nations to dawdle into qualification for Russia 2018. Well, it was less a dawdle and more a beleaguered galumph, albeit one made with a strong, clenched jaw and a determined look.

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Did the 2026 World Cup expansion to 48 teams take you by surprise? Have you speculated on how big the World Cup could become?

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‘Right, so what we’re planning to do is have 48 teams in 16 pools of three.’ ‘That’s a nice idea, all the kids will get to have a go.’

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The Socceroos squad to face Thailand in their upcoming World Cup qualifier during November has been named on Wednesday, with seven new faces in a 30-man training group.

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It’s 3:00am and I’m walking along Copacabana beach. It’s the sort of night that belittles winter as we know it. It’s lukewarm and gentle, and there’s a shorts-and-thongs type breeze flowing across the bay.

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Sydney FC marquee signing Alex Brosque has applauded Ange Postecoglou’s efforts at the World Cup despite the coach overlooking him for the tournament.

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Xherdan Shaqiri’s hat trick has put Switzerland into the second round of the World Cup, and kept coach Ottmar Hitzfeld employed for at least a few more days.

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Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is out of the World Cup after being handed a nine-match ban by football’s world governing body FIFA.

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As the world was judging Uruguay’s Luis Suarez for biting a player in the World Cup, his teammates, coaches and fans in his soccer-crazy country defended the star, blaming the foreign media, his Italian opponents and uneven treatment.

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Uruguay star Luis Suarez could be facing a lengthy ban after he was charged by FIFA for allegedly biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

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FFA boss David Gallop has rated the Socceroos’ World Cup campaign a “win”.

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The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica and Colombia are already assured of advancing into the World Cup knockout stages before the last round of group games.

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Hosts Brazil’s controversial 3-1 win over Croatia in the opening game of the World Cup generated massive Twitter traffic with more than 12.2 million tweets, the social network site said.

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FIFA opens a congress on Tuesday with under-fire president Sepp Blatter in a combative mood after saying racism was partly behind corruption allegations engulfing Qatar’s winning bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

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Mark Bresciano never dreamt of Australia competing at a World Cup. “I was born in the 1980s and Australia was never in the World Cup, so I couldn’t even have that dream,” he says.

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Midfield maestro Mark Bresciano has declared he’s ready to play with pain and see out the full 90 minutes when the Socceroos open their World Cup campaign against Chile.

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Ange Postecoglou put Australia on the path to regeneration and he is not turning back, with the Socceroos coach defending his decision to omit experienced defender Luke Wilkshire from his final World Cup squad.

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The Socceroos began training in earnest on Friday with their World Cup opener against Chile exactly two weeks away.

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Tommy Oar took the advice too seriously. Trying to stop getting beaten up by his older brothers on makeshift soccer pitches at his Gold Coast home, his dad got in his ear.

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