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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Australia Men's National Soccer Team News

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September 8, 2015 - Mark Milligan & Tim Cahill score in win over Tajikistan
"Socceroos stalwart Tim Cahill extended his Australia international goalscoring record as the AFC Asian Cup holders maintained their 100% record in Group B of the 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup joint-qualifiers with a 3-0 win over Tajikistan on Tuesday. Neither side could take the initiative at the Central Stadium in the Tajik capital until Mark Milligan made the breakthrough after 57 minutes, with the UAE-based midfielder scoring his fourth international goal and first since finding the net against Oman en route to the Socceroos being crowned continental champions on home soil back in January. Australia extended their advantage in the 73rd minute through the evergreen goal-machine Tim Cahill - who had reclaimed the captain’s armband after Socceroos’ skipper Mile Jedinak was ruled out through injury - before the 35-year-old took his international tally to 41 as Tajik keeper Alisher Dodov was beaten for the third time in the match one minute into second-half stoppage time." - AFC

September 3, 2015 - Tom Rogic scores brace in win over Bangladesh
"Australia scored four times in the opening half hour before going on to beat Bangladesh 5-0 on Thursday in an Asian confederation qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup. The Asian Cup champions were never troubled against the world's No. 173-ranked side, opening the scoring after six minutes. A simple cutback from Massimo Luongo found Mathew Leckie in the box, and he swept the ball under the outstretched glove of Bangladesh goalkeeper Sahidul Alam. Midfielder Tom Rogic added the next two goals in the eighth and 20th. Nathan Burns provided the fourth goal just before the half-hour mark, and Aaron Mooy made it 5-0 in the 61st minute with a long-range shot." - The Olympian

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August 19, 2015 - roster named for Bangladesh & Tajikistan qualifiers
  • Goalkeepers: Alex Cisak (Leyton Orient/England), Adam Federici (Bournemouth/England), Mat Ryan (Valencia/Spain)
  • Defenders: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor/Turkey), Jason Davidson (Huddersfield/England), Tarek Elrich (Adelaide United), Ryan McGowan (Dundee United/Scotland), Matthew Spiranovic (Hangzhou Greentown/China PR), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai/Korea Republic), Bailey Wright (Preston/England)
  • Midfielders: Jackson Irvine (Ross County/Scotland), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace/England), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers/England), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Milligan (Baniyas/United Arab Emirates), Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City), Tom Rogic (Celtic/Scotland)
  • Forwards: Nathan Burns (FC Tokyo/Japan), Tim Cahill (Shanghai Shenhua/China PR), Tomi Juric (Roda JC Kerkrade/Netherlands), Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany), Mathew Leckie (FC Ingolstadt/Germany), Tommy Oar (unattached)
June 16, 2015 - Mile Jedinak & Tommy Oar score in win over Kyrgyzstan
"Asian champions Australia were given a stern examination in Bishkek by unheralded Kyrgyzstan before coming through as 2-1 winners in their World Cup qualifying opener on Tuesday. Skipper Mile Jedinak gave the Socceroos a dream start with a second minute free kick that bounced into the corner of the net following a poor effort by goalkeeper Valery Kashuba. The hosts then fought their way back into the Group B encounter and gave Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan plenty of problems as they threatened an unlikely draw.
Jedinak was guilty of giving the ball away on several occasions as Kyrgyzstan used plenty of swift counter attacks to find holes in the Australian backline. However, substitute Tommy Oar gave the visitors and four-times World Cup qualifiers breathing space when he slotted home a 67th-minute goal after good work by Mark Milligan." - EuroSport

May 30, 2015 - roster updates
"Midfield star Massimo Luongo and defender Trent Sainsbury have been ruled out of Australia's 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifier against Kyrgyzstan with injuries, Soccer Australia said on Saturday. Luongo, the star player of the AFC Asian Cup in January, has an ankle injury, while defender Sainsbury is unavailable with a hamstring injury. Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has replaced them with uncapped players Daniel de Silva and Croatia-based defender Tomislav Mrcela." - FIFA

February 24, 2015 - Mark Bresciano retires
"Socceroo legend Mark Bresciano today announced his retirement from international football, bringing the curtain down on an international career that places him in the upper echelon of Australia’s greatest-ever football players. Bresciano made 84 appearances in ‘A’ internationals for the Socceroos, scored 13 goals and played in three World Cups (2006, 2010 and 2014), two Asian Cups (2007 and 2015) two FIFA Confederation Cups (2001 and 2005) and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The 35-year-old made his debut for the Socceroos in the historic 1-0 victory over reigning World Cup Champions France at the 2001 Confederations Cup in Daegu and finished his career by playing a significant role in Australia’s glorious 2015 Asian Cup campaign. He will forever be remembered as Australia’s goalscorer in the 1-0 victory over Uruguay at Stadium Australia in 2005, which catapulted Australia to its second World Cup in 2006 following extra time and a penalty shoot out." - Socceroos  

January 31, 2015 - James Troisi kicks extra time winner over South Korea
"James Troisi scored at the end of the first period of extra-time to give Australia their first-ever senior Asian men’s title with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Korea Republic in the final of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 at Stadium Australia on Saturday. Troisi’s goal in the 105th minute earned Australia the title after Massimo Luongo had put the Socceroos in front in the 44th minute only for Bayer Leverkusen winger Son Heung-min to take the game into extra-time with a stoppage-time equaliser. Played in front of a sell-out crowd of 76,385, the Australians secured their first AFC Asian Cup since joining the Asian Football Confederation in 2006 and four years after losing in the final to a late extra-time winner against Japan." - Asian Cup

January 27, 2015 - Trent Sainsbury & Jason Davidson score in win over UAE
"Australia has reached the 2015 Asian Cup final after a controlled 2-0 win over the United Arab Emirates in Newcastle. Goals came from unlikely sources in Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson as the Socceroos did what was required in front of 21,079 fans to set up a showpiece final against South Korea. Australia brought centre-back Spiranovic back into the fold after his suspension from the quarter-final, and the return to the first XI paid immediate dividends when he ghosted onto a Mile Jedinak corner to nod home Australia's opener in the third minute of the match. The Socceroos looked well on top when full-back Davidson doubled the hosts' lead with his first-ever international goal, side-footing home after Robbie Kruse and Mathew Leckie caused havoc in the box." - ABC

January 22, 2015 - Tim Cahill scores brace in win over China
"Tim Cahill has lit up the Asian Cup with a display of stupendous goalscoring to put the Socceroos through to the semi-finals in a 2-0 win over China in Brisbane. Cahill matched his World Cup screamer against the Netherlands for Australia's opener on Thursday night, prodding in an audacious bicycle kick from close-range four minutes into the second half. The star forward made it 2-0 in the 65th minute in trademark fashion, nodding in a thumping header to secure the win against the unheralded team of the tournament.... The first came as he seized on an opportunity created by Ivan Franjic's opportune header in the box, going airborne before twisting mid-air and prodding past the keeper into the net. The second came in textbook Cahill fashion, as he planted a firm header towards the far post from Davidson's cross." - ABC

January 15, 2015 - Chris Herd out with Achilles injury
"Aston Villa defender Chris Herd has been ruled out of the rest of the AFC Asian Cup with an achilles injury. The 25-year-old underwent scans and received treatment after going down in training before the Socceroos face Oman in Sydney.... Herd cannot be replaced in Australia's squad, meaning the hosts are reduced to 22 players as they go into their final Group A game and next week's quarter-finals, having already qualified for the last eight." - FIFA

January 13, 2015 - McKay, Kruse, Milligan & Juric score in win over Oman
"A second straight four-goal haul means Australia and Korea Republic will battle for top spot in Group A in Brisbane at the weekend after Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos handed Oman a comprehensive 4-0 defeat at Stadium Australia on Tuesday evening to advance to the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.... Tim Cahill – captain for the night in Jedinak’s absence – twice went close with looping headers before Matt McKay, one of the heroes of Australia’s run to the final in Qatar four years ago, put his side in front. Robbie Kruse’s 27th minute corner from the Omani right was headed goalward by Trent Sainsbury and McKay scooped the ball over the line from close range to lift the majority of 50,276 fans to their feet. Three minutes later the Australians doubled their advantage, with Kruse this time starting and finishing a fine move with a run from just inside his own half, laying the ball off to Massimo Luongo, whose return pass the Bayer Leverkusen striker slipped under Ali Al Habsi. Mark Milligan converted from the spot three minutes into first half injury time after Cahill was hauled down by Ali Al Busaidi as the Socceroos closed out an impressive opening 45 minutes with another goal. Cahill and Luongo made way for Juric and Mark Bresciano five minutes after the restart and, with 20 minutes to go, Western Sydney Wanderers’ striker Tomi Juric put the seal on the win with a sliding finish after Leckie’s superb cross from the left with the outside of his right boot gave the Omandefence little chance." - Asian Cup

January 9, 2015 - Luongo, Cahill, Jedinak & Troisi score in win over Kuwait
Massimo Luongo scored his first international goal and provided an assist while Tim Cahill, Mile Jedinak and James Troisi were also on target as hosts Australia recovered from an early setback to begin their AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 campaign with a 4-1 win over Kuwait on Friday. Hussain Fadhel’s eighth minute header had briefly dampened spirits at a sold out Melbourne Rectangular Stadium only for Luongo to set up Cahill to equalise with his 37th international goal 12 minutes before half-time. And after Luongo headed home his first for the Socceroos at the end of the first half, a penalty from captain Jedinak two minutes after the hour mark and a late strike from Troisi secured all three points for the 2011 finalists in the Group A opener." - AFC

December 22, 2014 - Burns, Juric & Antonis called up
"Australian coach Ange Postecoglou has shown his faith in the A-League by selecting three of the competition's brightest talents in the final 23-man squad for the Asian Cup. Leading goal scorer Nathan Burns, Western Sydney Wanderers striker Tomi Juric and Sydney midfielder Terry Antonis are understood to be among the 23 names to be read out by Postecoglou on Tuesday morning when he reveals his final Asian Cup squad. Wellington Phoenix forward Burns appears to have done just enough to earn a recall to the national team after an absence of more than three years. His return is a result of his stunning form in the A-League where he has scored 10 goals in 11 games for the resurgent Phoenix, who moved into fourth spot at the weekend with a 2-0 win over Sydney FC.... The likely selection of Juric will appease many A-League fans who regard the centre forward as one of the brightest prospects of Australian football. Fairly or not, the 23-year-old has drawn many comparisons with the great Mark Viduka due to his style of play and he will have a chance of cementing that perception further in his first international tournament.... In midfield, rising youngster Antonis appears certain to be given a chance to shine on the international stage with the Sydney FC star understood to be selected in the Socceroos squad. Antonis was chosen ahead of the likes of Mustafa Amini and Perth's Danny De Silva as the young bolter in the Australian squad, while Mitch Nichols' hopes of an Asian Cup berth were dashed by injury." - Sydney Morning Herald

November 4, 2014 - roster updates
"Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has called a quartet of A-League midfielders into his squad for the friendly against Japan later this month. Mitch Nichols, Terry Antonis, Matt McKay and Aaron Mooy were rewarded for impressive starts to the domestic season with places in the 23-man squad for the match against the Asian champions in Osaka on Nov. 18. The friendly will be Australia's final match before they host the Asian Cup in January.... Despite the influx of A-League players, all but six of the squad play their club soccer overseas, including totemic striker Tim Cahill and skipper Mile Jedinak." - Yahoo

September 26, 2014 - Bernie Ibini called up
"Australia have called up striker Bernie Ibini Isei of Nigeria parentage to their senior national team for their games against Qatar and the UAE, as part of preparation for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. The Nigerian-born Ibini, 22, is one of just four A-League players in the squad with the national competition getting underway the same time as the matches in Abu Dhabi (11 October) and Doha (15 October). Born in Port Hacourt Nigeria, Ibini immigrated to Australia from Nigeria when he was a child, and grew up in Sydney's western suburbs and at the age of six was registered to play for his local club side Earlwood Wanderers. He started his professional career at Central Coast Mariner where he scored 15 times in 61 games leading to an invitation to the Australia Under-20 team from where he graduated to the under 23. Presently he plays for Sydney FC on loan from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Dongya." - SL10

September 8, 2014 - Cahill, Jedinak & Wright score in win over Saudi Arabia
"Australia defeated Saudi Arabia 3-2 in a hard-fought friendly on Monday to secure their first victory in almost a year.... They got back on track at Fulham's Craven Cottage after surging into a two-goal lead within the opening six minutes thanks to strikes from veteran Tim Cahill and Mile Jedinak. Hassan Muath scored a second half penalty for the Saudis, but Bailey Wright restored Australia's two-goal advantage before Tayseer Al Jassim netted late on to set up a tense finale. Former Everton midfielder Cahill took just three minutes to open the scoring when he bundled home after the Saudi defence failed to clear. That was the 36th goal of Cahill's international career and Australia were soon celebrating again when captain Jedinak doubled their lead on six minutes, the Crystal Palace midfielder rising highest to head home from a free-kick." - ninemsn

June 18, 2014 - Tim Cahill kicks wonder goal in loss to Netherlands
"Australia and New York Red Bulls star Tim Cahill scored on an incredible volley, as an immediate response to Arjen Robben putting the Netherlands ahead in their Group B clash in Porto Alegre. After Robben scored his third goal of the tournament, Australia went right at the Dutch off the restart. Ryan McGowan lofted a cross toward the left side of the Netherlands box, where Cahill was waiting. The all-time leading Socceroo goal scorer unleashed a vicious left-footed volley that tucked under the crossbar and in for a sensational equalizer before he took off for the corner flag for his trademark punching bag celebration. His celebratory mood was mooted later in the half, though, after he picked up his second yellow card of the competition, meaning he'll have to miss Australia's final group game against Spain." - Sports Illustrated

June 13, 2014 - Tim Cahill scores in third consecutive World Cup
"When Tim Cahill climbed high, hung in the air like Michael Jordan then headed home his 33rd goal for Australia, the poster boy of the Socceroos not only pulled the green and gold back into the game against a rampant Chile but he also etched his name in World Cup history. By scoring at his third consecutive World Cup in the Socceroos' opening clash of Brazil 2014, the 34-year-old Socceroo joined a club with cachet and class. This elite group consists of Klinsmann, Matthaus, Baggio, van Persie, Robben and Uwe Seeler. Oh and Pele. These legendary strikers from the annals of world football history past and present have scored in at least three consecutive World Cups. Now our very own Socceroo legend joins this exalted company." - Socceroos

June 3, 2014 - World Cup roster named
  • Mat Ryan (Club Bruges)
  • Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund)
  • Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United)
  • Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo)
  • Matthew Spiranovic (Western Sydney Wanderers)
  • Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar)
  • Bailey Wright (Preston North End)
  • Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng)
  • Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)
  • Oliver Bozanic (Luzern)
  • Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa, Qatar)
  • James Holland (Austria Vienna)
  • Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace)
  • Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory)
  • Dario Vidosic (Sion)
  • Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar)
  • James Troisi (Atalanta)
  • Massimo Luongo (Swindon)
  • Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls)
  • Matthew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt 1899)
  • Tommy Oar (Utrecht)
  • Ben Halloran (Fortuna Duesseldorf)
  • Adam Taggart (Newcastle Jets)
May 26, 2014 - Cahill equalizes in draw with South Africa
"Tim Cahill will take the goal. But he'd happily trade it for a happier feeling in Australia's final home match before heading to Brazil. The New York Red Bulls star bagged the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with South Africa on Monday at Sydney's Olympic Stadium, just one minute after the young Australian backline conceded a soft goal to Ayanda Patosi. Cahill headed in a perfectly weighted cross from Tommy Oar in the 14th minute, extending his lead atop Australia's all-time scoring charts to 32. But the Socceroos will be disappointed not to get a better result against an understrength South Africa side as they prepare for the World Cup's "other" Group of Death, a slate that includes Spain, the Netherlands and Chile." - Red Bulls

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