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Australia considers joint bid with Indonesia to host 2034 World Cup

FFA confirms it has held talks with Asian nationAustralia is bidding to host 2023 Women’s World CupAustralia and Indonesia are exploring the possibility of a joint bid to host the 2034 World Cup after officials from FFA and their Indonesian counterpart…

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FFA confirm Socceroos to play at next year’s Copa América

Qatar also invited to South American tournamentGraham Arnold: ‘We crave these opportunities’The Socceroos will broaden their horizons next year after accepting an invitation from the South American confederation, Conmebol, to take part in the 2020 Copa…

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Inexperienced Socceroos fall to defeat in South Korea

Australia again draw blank in defeat in BusanHwang Ui-jo breaks deadlock in 76th minute An inexperienced Socceroos side have been beaten 1-0 by South Korea despite dominating large periods of their friendly international in Busan.Australia were unbeate…

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Concern but no panic as Matildas wilt under intense Oranje spotlight

The intense scrutiny of the World Cup has already begun, forged in the furnace of a friendly in EindhovenFor Australian fans accustomed to cavernous multi-purpose stadiums, the steep raking stands of Philips Stadion in Eindhoven is a magnificent and im…

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Concern but no panic as Matildas wilt under intense Oranje spotlight

The intense scrutiny of the World Cup has already begun, forged in the furnace of a friendly in EindhovenFor Australian fans accustomed to cavernous multi-purpose stadiums, the steep raking stands of Philips Stadion in Eindhoven is a magnificent and im…

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Brandon Neill gets nod in unfamiliar Socceroos squad to face South Korea

Midfielder joined by five other new facesTwenty-year-old Harry Souttar also includedBrandon O’Neill’s sterling domestic from this season has been recognised with a first international call-up into the Socceroos squad for their friendly against South Ko…

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Toddler rescued by Aussie Rules player after running on to pitch during match – video

A two-year-old girl was rescued by a player after she ran on to the field during an association Aussie Rules match. St Bernard’s Alex McLeod told foxfooty.com.au that the incident during their defeat to the Old Melburnians was ‘one of th…

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David Squires on … a forgettable week in Australian football

Australia’s exit from the Asian Cup and the shock sacking of the Matildas’ coach make for dark daysTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Socceroos’ Asian Cup campaign a disappointment at best | Stephen Ganavas

At worst it was an abject failure and Graham Arnold’s over-confidence sticks in the mindSocceroos manager Graham Arnold has described the 2019 Asian Cup as part of his squad’s “four-year journey” that will culminate with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, bu…

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Australia controlled possession in the Asian Cup, but just couldn’t score

Socceroos fail to score in three of their five matchesQuarter-final exit matches Graham Arnold’s first stint as coachSome will point to the absence of injured or suspended stars, some to the hectic schedule and many to Milos Degenek’s howler but in the…

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Sister of Socceroos forward Awer Mabil killed in car crash

Tragedy happened when footballer was playing in the Asian Cup being held in United Arab EmiratesThe sister of Socceroos forward Awer Mabil has been killed in a car accident in Adelaide while he was playing in the Asian Cup in Abu Dhabi.Bor Mabil, 19, d…

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Son Heung-min heading back to Spurs as Qatar shock South Korea at Asian Cup

South Korea 0-1 Qatar (Abdulaziz Hatem 78’)Australia play UAE in Friday’s other quarter-finalQatar’s Abdulaziz Hatem scored with a stunning late strike to send the 2022 World Cup hosts to their first Asian Cup semi-final – and hand Mauricio Pochet…

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Son Heung-min heading back to Spurs as Qatar shock South Korea at Asian Cup

South Korea 0-1 Qatar (Abdulaziz Hatem 78’)Australia play UAE in Friday’s other quarter-finalQatar’s Abdulaziz Hatem scored with a stunning late strike to send the 2022 World Cup hosts to their first Asian Cup semi-final – and hand Mauricio Pochet…

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Mat Ryan stands tall but shootout euphoria fails to mask Socceroos’ problems | Scott McIntyre

Australia’s base was solid but they again had trouble breaking down well-organised opponentsAt the end of a tight, scoreless, 120 minutes in Al Ain it took penalties to split Australia and Uzbekistan with Mathews Ryan and Leckie standing up when it mos…

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Australia beat Uzbekistan on penalties to reach Asian Cup last eight

Socceroos prevail 4-2 in shootout after 0-0 drawMat Ryan saves twice to book quarter-final spotAustralia stumbled into the Asian Cup quarter-finals after a gritty, but unconvincing penalty shootout victory over Uzbekistan in Al-Ain.Mat Ryan was the her…

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Australia v Uzbekistan: Asian Cup last 16 – live!

Updates as the Socceroos seek a quarter-final placeAny thoughts? Email or tweet @NickMiller79 1.23pm GMT Ryan; Grant, Degenek, Sainsbury, Behich; Irvine, Rogic, Milligan; Mabil, Maclaren, Ikonomidis 1.13pm GMT The group stage is all about getting throu…

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Australia v Uzbekistan: Asian Cup last 16 – live!

Updates as the Socceroos seek a quarter-final placeAny thoughts? Email or tweet @NickMiller79 1.23pm GMT Ryan; Grant, Degenek, Sainsbury, Behich; Irvine, Rogic, Milligan; Mabil, Maclaren, Ikonomidis 1.13pm GMT The group stage is all about getting throu…

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Attacking momentum builds as Graham Arnold forges clear identity for Socceroos | Stephen Ganavas

This Asian Cup campaign has taught Australia’s players how their coach wants them to playThere is no doubt the Socceroos group stage campaign at the Asian Cup was a disappointment. Despite being placed in a tricky group comprised of Middle Eastern team…

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David Squires on … the Socceroos’ progress at the Asian Cup

Our cartoonist reflects on Australia’s late win over Syria – and the tournament’s outrageously large accreditation lanyardsTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Refereeing decisions blight wild match as Socceroos advance | Scott McIntyre

The official played a part but, inspired by Tom Rogic, Australia were deserving winners over SyriaIn the middle of 2018 an influential Saudi royal adviser bought an unheralded Egyptian football club, renamed it Pyramids FC and then proceeded to create …