Posts Tagged "Lucas Neill"

After a holiday in Iran in 2012, my wife had a conference in Dubai, leaving me with three days on my own that I decided to fill by watching some football.

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When you think about Lucas Neill in action, you think of a player always ready to make a challenge, lead from the front and bring the ball out of defence. As captains go, he was a heart-on-the-sleeve lead-by-example kinds guy who meets a challenge head on.

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It is not long now until the Socceroos run out against some of the best teams in the world. Teams that boast the attacking talents of Robin Van Persie, Alexis Sanchez and Pedro Rodriguez.

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The next Australian captain will only gibber to media and toss a coin, Socceroos great Paul Wade says.

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It was the decision Ange Postecoglou’s predecessor Holger Osieck couldn’t or wouldn’t make, but one that had to be made in order to move the Socceroos forward.

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Lucas Neill has reportedly been told he has not been selected in the Socceroos’ 30 man World Cup squad, bound for Brazil.

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Socceroos veteran Lucas Neill’s signing with English Championship side Watford appears to have done him no favours in the eyes of Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou, who has omitted the defender from the national side’s friendly again Ecuador on 5 March.

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One of the interesting topics likely to come out of today’s Socceroo squad announcement for their friendly against Ecuador is who will be the side’s captain.

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Lucas Neill’s signing with Championship club Watford is an optimistic turn of events for the Socceroos skipper, and one which should be received by the football community as a positive event in World Cup preparations.

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Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill admits he’s unsure if his return to English football will be enough to earn him a spot in Ange Postecoglou’s squad for the World Cup warm-up match against Ecuador.

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When Holger Osieck was at the helm of the Socceroos, there were three certainties in life: Death, taxes and players being picked on reputation rather than form.

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Socceroos captain Lucas Neill has signed for England Championship club Watford for the remainder of the 2013/14 season.

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Embattled Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill is in discussions with state league side Sydney Olympic, the club confirmed, with the veteran defender becoming increasingly desperate to secure a deal before the World Cup.

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Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill faces a monumental battle to go to the World Cup with coach Ange Postecoglou casting serious doubt over his selection for Australia’s international friendly in March.

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Lucas Neill will not last forever. He is 35 years old and should be thinking about golf and a midlife crisis, not continuing to captain the Socceroos.

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If Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill is without a club come March, he’ll be risking his World Cup spot warns coach Ange Postecoglou.

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Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has made it clear to World Cup aspirants that they need to be playing regular football if they want to be on the plane to Brazil.

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Nearly two weeks have passed since the latest drama involving Socceroos captain Lucas Neill. Although the media coverage has died down, the question remains: Is Neill’s spot in the side still tenable?

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The one-time golden boy of Australian football cannot seem to take a trick. No sooner has Lucas Neill shaken off claims he might be overlooked by Ange Postecoglou, then the Socceroos skipper lands himself in hot water again.

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Socceroos captain Lucas Neill has dodged claims he abused his home-town crowd after a 1-0 win against Costa Rica on Tuesday night.

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