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David Squires on … speculation over Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos reign

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Socceroos rise to 43rd in latest Fifa world rankings

Ange Postecoglou’s side move up seven places after Syria winRanking means Australia could be seeded at tournament in RussiaAustralia’s progress to the brink of the World Cup finals has been recognised by Fifa with a rise up the world rankings to 43rd f…

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Ange Postecoglou speculation ‘not ideal’, says FFA’s David Gallop

CEO says Socceroos coach has ‘not necessarily made a decision’Postecoglou remains focused on getting Socceroos to World CupQuestions remain over the Socceroos future of Ange Postecoglou after Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop r…

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Tim Cahill may face Fifa investigation for ‘sponsored’ goal celebration

‘T’ gesture suggests striker was plugging a commercial dealCahill’s two goals put Socceroos into intercontinental World Cup playoffTim Cahill’s goal celebrations are well known around the footballing world, but his latest effort could land him in hot w…

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Ange Postecoglou’s influence will last despite unsure end to tenure | Ante Jukic

Whether he takes the Socceroos to Russia or not, the coach has promoted a more developed sense of thinking around football

For better or worse, what an individual does at international level generally leaves the most lasting legacy in football. How followers of the game view Lionel Messi, or Zico for historical relativity, in comparison to Maradona is only one example.

Although his success with South Melbourne and Brisbane Roar will be respected, Ange Postecoglou’s tenure with the Socceroos will ultimately overshadow it. Amid a turbulent period for Australian football in both technical and administrative senses, Postecoglou’s ideology at the game’s pinnacle will have the greatest impact. His successors, ultimately, will have to live up to it.

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Tim Cahill dismayed by timing of Ange Postecoglou speculation

  • Cahill says talk is ‘not affecting players’ ahead of World Cup playoff
  • Australia coach will reportedly quit after tie with Honduras

Socceroos forward Tim Cahill has said he is disappointed that talk of Ange Postecoglou’s coaching future has overshadowed Australia’s win over Syria. Postecoglou will reportedly walk away from his position next month even if the Australia make it through to next year’s World Cup by beating Honduras in an intercontinental playoff.

Related: David Squires on … Tim Cahill’s rescue of Australia and Ange Postecoglou

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David Squires on … Tim Cahill’s rescue of Australia and Ange Postecoglou

Our resident cartoonist looks back over an eventful 24 hours for the Socceroos, starting with their World Cup qualifier against Syria

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Crushed but for 120 minutes united: qualifier lets Syrians forget war

The national team’s progress into a World Cup play-off was a chance to focus on something other than division and destruction

For a moment on Tuesday, Ahmad Mohammad Mohammad, a 19-year-old Syrian from Aleppo, was able to forget about the war.

The Syrian national football team bowed out of 2018 World Cup qualification after a 2-1 loss to Australia on Tuesday, after an unlikely run that saw them progress to a qualification play-off.

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Socceroos to play Honduras for place in World Cup finals

  • Honduras upset Mexico 3-2 in dramatic final round of matches
  • Teams to meet over two legs in November for place in Russia next year

Australia will face Honduras for a spot at next year’s World Cup, their intercontinental fate confirmed after a drama-packed final Concacaf matchday. A two-legged play-off against Panama or Honduras before Wednesday’s last set of fixtures loomed large, with the United States in the box seat to qualify directly in third spot.

Related: FFA to make statement after report Ange Postecoglou will quit Socceroos

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Ange Postecoglou’s ‘sole focus’ on World Cup qualification amid reports he will quit

  • Coach reportedly to leave post before World Cup even if Australia qualify
  • Postecoglou says he will ‘not let anything compromise team’s journey’

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has refused to confirm or deny reports he is planning to quit his post before next year’s World Cup final, even if the Socceroos qualify.

News Corp reported on Wednesday the national team coach would walk away following next month’s final qualifying playoff against Honduras that will determine Australia’s fate.

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Socceroos take bumpy route to World Cup as Cahill’s head prevails

Australia’s qualification journey has been as circuitous and wrenching as a budget flight to Europe

Ange Postecoglou normally fronts the cameras with all the enthusiasm of a long-necked man walking to the gallows. Last night, however, after the Socceroos squeaked past Syria 2-1 to reach the final stage of World Cup qualifying – a play-off against, most likely, Honduras or Panama – he allowed himself the indulgence of a smile. Though only a wry one, mind. “We always find a difficult way to do things,” he said.

He’s not wrong. Since their journey to Russia 2018 began in June 2015 with a twitchy 2-1 away win against Kyrgyzstan, the Socceroos’ World Cup qualification journey has been as circuitous and wrenching as one of those budget flights to Europe in which the layovers are longer than many marriages and the flight paths resemble the etchings of a lunatic.

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Tim Cahill double keeps Australia alive with extra-time win over Syria

  • Australia 2-1 Syria (aet); Socceroos win 3-2 on aggregate
  • Tim Cahill brace books place in final Asian qualifying play-off

They appear hellbent of making qualification for the World Cup as difficult as possible, but at least the Socceroos’ hopes of reaching Russia are still alive. After falling behind to an early hammer blow at ANZ Stadium, Ange Postecoglou’s side recovered to beat Syria 2-1 by the skin of their teeth in extra-time and book a place in a final qualifying play-off. The bad news for followers of Australian football is that, inevitably, another gut-wrenching 180 minutes of tension awaits.

Tim Cahill, restored to the starting lineup having been left on the bench for last week’s first leg in Malaysia, sparked the revival early in the first half and then sealed the win deep in extra-time, both with trademark headers. The second, in the 109th minute, was the talismanic forward’s 50th for his country. You could say it was one of the more important goals of his international career.

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Australia v Syria: World Cup 2018 qualifying – live!

  • World Cup qualifying updates (first leg: Socceroos 1-1 Syria)
  • Get in touch with Jonathan on email or via Twitter @JPHowcroft

9.40am BST

No Aaron Mooy! A 3-3-3-1 formation!? Loud Noises!

Blimey O’Riley, for the game of his life Ange Postecoglou isn’t taking the conservative route.

It’s make or break. #AUSvSYR
: Stadium Australia, Sydney Olympic Park
: 8.00pm AEDT kick-off
: Fox Sports Football / 9Go! pic.twitter.com/YO4vpuj9sm

9.38am BST

Australia’s opponents tonight provide one of the most complex narratives of any international side imaginable.

Related: ‘How can I support this team?’ Divided loyalties for Syrians haunted by civil war

Police intervening, getting a bit hairy amongst rival Syrian fans pic.twitter.com/Xd5v51AwWD

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Australia v Syria: World Cup 2018 qualifying – live!

  • World Cup qualifying updates (first leg: Socceroos 1-1 Syria)
  • Get in touch with Jonathan on email or via Twitter @JPHowcroft

9.40am BST

No Aaron Mooy! A 3-3-3-1 formation!? Loud Noises!

Blimey O’Riley, for the game of his life Ange Postecoglou isn’t taking the conservative route.

It’s make or break. #AUSvSYR
: Stadium Australia, Sydney Olympic Park
: 8.00pm AEDT kick-off
: Fox Sports Football / 9Go! pic.twitter.com/YO4vpuj9sm

9.38am BST

Australia’s opponents tonight provide one of the most complex narratives of any international side imaginable.

Related: ‘How can I support this team?’ Divided loyalties for Syrians haunted by civil war

Police intervening, getting a bit hairy amongst rival Syrian fans pic.twitter.com/Xd5v51AwWD

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‘How can I support this team?’ Divided loyalties for Syrians haunted by civil war

Like the country itself, feelings about Syria’s national football team, who play Australia tonight, are complex

When the Syrian national football team walks onto the pitch in Sydney tonight , Obay Al-Akul won’t be inside the stadium cheering but outside protesting.

He won’t be alone. A Syrian national who grew up in Damascus before arriving in Australia in 2014, Al-Akul is one of the 5.1 million people who have fled Syria’s civil war as refugees.

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Pressure peaks on Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos in era-defining Syria clash | Kieran Pender

A dozen years since the Socceroos made it to their first World Cup in three decades, the momentum that has sustained the game is at risk of dissipating

It is remarkable, given the Socceroos’ long history of not qualifying for the World Cup, that the prospect of defeat to Syria on Tuesday evening seems so unfathomable. Australia have participated in only four of the 20 World Cups held since the tournament’s inception; until 2006, the Socceroos had qualified just once.

Yet since joining the Asian Football Confederation, qualification has swiftly become the expected norm. The Socceroos were a class above distant Tajikistan and tiny Bhutan, so it was thought, and a ticket to Fifa’s biggest quadrennial event was now a formality. Even regional heavyweights, like Japan and Saudi Arabia, could be no match for Tim Cahill and company.

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Football: Postecoglou’s tactical decisions leading to risky outcomes

After a positive start against Syria, the Socceroos gradually lost control in the middle and left the defence exposed

When Las Palmas faced Real Madrid in September 2016, a significant point about football resurfaced.

In charge of Las Palmas at the time, chess enthusiast Quique Setién said this about Luka Modrić: “Modrić would be the queen [on the chess board] because he’s so versatile and understands all the little nuances of the game. He controls the midfield and dominates all possible situations and has the mobility of a chess queen.”

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Syria boost World Cup hopes after Al Soma’s late leveller against Australia

  • Syria 1-1 Australia
  • Al Soma 85pen; Kruse 40

Syria’s hopes of reaching their first-ever World Cup are alive and kicking after they came from behind to grab a controversial first-leg draw against Australia in Malacca.

The Socceroos held a solitary one-goal lead for 45 minutes after Robbie Kruse’s strike in the first half but a disputed penalty, tucked home by Omar Al Soma with five minutes left, gave the Syrians a lifeline going into the return leg in Sydney.

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Syria v Australia: World Cup 2018 qualifying play-off – live!

1.48pm BST

16 min: A beautifully-placed lob from Aaron Mooy found Robbie Kruse on the run, but he couldn’t make anything of it.

1.47pm BST

Adrian Lane emails in: “No idea what is going to happen today, but left disheartened and frustrated by Australia being in this position. Is there any sign of hope?”

Well, Adrian, early signs have been mixed. The Socceroos have not looked uncomfortable, but Syria are not shaping up to be a walk-over either. If I had to cast an early prediction, I’d say we might see a scoreless first-half followed by a late flurry in the second stanza: 2-1 Australia. Now I have said that, expect Syria to score five.

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Football: ‘This is not Assad’s team, it’s Syria’s team’

Syria’s players have much more than football on their mind in tonight’s World Cup playoff against Australia

Syrian midfielder Zaher Midani and his colleagues will have more than football on their mind in tonight’s first leg World Cup playoff against Australia.

“We have a huge motivation: to make the Syrian people happy,” Midani said. “The players and management hope we’ll be able to unify our people.

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