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My favourite game: Australia v Israel, World Cup qualifier 1989 | Richard Parkin

The Socceroos missed out on qualification for a fourth successive time but the combustible game in Sydney left an indelible mark on this writerGrowing up in country Australia, football was never likely to be my passion. Ricky Walford. Brandy Alexander….

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Socceroos’ World Cup qualifiers postponed due to coronavirus

Kuwait, Nepal, Taiwan and Jordan games affectedFFA hope to keep Kuwait fixture in PerthThe Socceroos’ bid to reach the World Cup has been put on hold after Fifa and the AFC agreed to postpone Asian qualifying matches in March and June due to the corona…

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The A-League’s chicken or egg question: where are the young Australian playmakers? | Richard Parkin

Fifteen years since its inception the great entertainers of the A-League remain overseas imports Diego Castro. Miloš Ninkovi?. Alessandro Diamanti. Ulises Dávila. They’re the entertainers that delight A-League fans – the players that elevate games that…

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David Squires on … the most unlikely potential saviour of Australian football

Our cartoonist takes a look at the curious case of a Shrewsbury Town player with an eye-catching nickname Take a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Olyroos end barren streak, but risk trailing rising Asia | Richard Parkin

Australia’s men’s football team are back at the Olympics – now the challenge is to stay thereAs Mohammed Abdulla’s whistle sounded around the Rajamangala stadium in Bangkok, Australia’s players slumped to their knees – exhausted, relieved, delighted.Th…

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Olyroos end barren streak, but risk trailing rising Asia | Richard Parkin

Australia’s men’s football team are back at the Olympics – now the challenge is to stay thereAs Mohammed Abdulla’s whistle sounded around the Rajamangala stadium in Bangkok, Australia’s players slumped to their knees – exhausted, relieved, delighted.Th…

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Olyroos miss first chance to qualify for Tokyo Olympics, losing to South Korea 2-0

Australia can still qualify for the 2020 Olympics if they beat Uzbekistan in the third place playoff on SaturdayA marauding South Korean frontline lead by Kim Dae-won has cut strips through a timid Olyroos defence to seal a 2-0 victory in their AFC U-2…

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Matildas’ European migration exciting but fanning W-League anxiety

Australian football’s hierarchy must catch the European wave or watch it roll on without themIn the 24 hours between the preliminary squad release and the starting XI announcement for Brisbane Roar’s game against Sydney FC on Thursday night, one W-Leag…

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‘Holocaust game’: Perry Groves sorry for Mat Ryan Premier League remarks

Groves made comment after Brighton’s defeat to Blades‘If I have offended anybody I’m truly, genuinely sorry’Former Arsenal winger Perry Groves has apologised for saying Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan “had a holocaust of a game” for Brighton & Hove A…

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Socceroos given shot at Lionel Messi and Argentina at Copa América

Graham Arnold’s side also face Luis Suárez’s UruguayChile, Bolivia and Paraguay complete Group ASocceroos coach Graham Arnold is daring to dream after Australia were drawn alongside co-hosts Argentina and Lionel Messi for next year’s Copa América. Wedn…

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Socceroos given shot at Lionel Messi and Argentina at Copa América

Graham Arnold’s side also face Luis Suárez’s UruguayChile, Bolivia and Paraguay complete Group ASocceroos coach Graham Arnold is daring to dream after Australia were drawn alongside co-hosts Argentina and Lionel Messi for next year’s Copa América. Wedn…

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Ange Postecoglou on cusp of remarkable J-League title win

Former Socceroos boss one game from J-League crownPostecoglou’s Yokohama F. Marinos still face FC Tokyo Former Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou is just 90 minutes away from becoming the first Australian coach to win the J-League, Japanese football’s top…

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‘An amazing human being’: Tributes flow for former Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek

Dutchman dies from cancer aged 63 ‘A genuinely lovely bloke … gone way too soon’Mark Schwarzer has led tributes to former Socceroos World Cup coach Pim Verbeek who died late on Thursday night four years after being diagnosed with cancer.The 63-year-o…

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Socceroos sit pretty in World Cup qualifying but tougher tests lie ahead | Richard Parkin

An excellent first half showing in Jordan gave way to a poorer second but Graham Arnold’s side still came away with all three pointsFor bleary-eyed Socceroos fans braving an inhospitable midmorning kick-off it was perhaps a tale of smug self-satisfacti…

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Australia hold on for narrow World Cup qualifying win in Jordan

Adam Taggart strikes only goal of the game Socceroos withstand late charge from hostsAustralia held on for a narrow 1-0 win over Jordan in their 2022 World Cup qualifier in Amman. Adam Taggart’s 13th-minute chipped finish was the difference between the…

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Australia hold on for narrow World Cup qualifying win in Jordan

Adam Taggart strikes only goal of the game Socceroos withstand late charge from hostsAustralia held on for a narrow 1-0 win over Jordan in their 2022 World Cup qualifier in Amman. Adam Taggart’s 13th-minute chipped finish was the difference between the…

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Socceroos offered chance to lay down marker against old foes Jordan | John Duerden

Graham Arnold’s side can succeed where their more celebrated predecessors failed against a team this time led by a great admirer of Australian footballWhen Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006 there was the enticing prospect of est…

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Socceroos offered chance to lay down marker against old foes Jordan | John Duerden

Graham Arnold’s side can succeed where their more celebrated predecessors failed against a team this time led by a great admirer of Australian footballWhen Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006 there was the enticing prospect of est…

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Gender pay gap closed as parity confirmed in new Matildas deal

Equal share of revenues for national sidesAgreement is ‘blind to gender’, according to PFAFootball Federation Australia and Professional Footballers Australia have struck a landmark collective bargaining agreement that closes the pay gap between Austra…

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Matildas reportedly secure landmark deal to earn equal pay as Socceroos

Australian men’s and women’s national football teams reportedly to receive even share of commercial revenue under new dealThe Matildas have reportedly secured a groundbreaking deal to earn the same pay as the Socceroos.Football Federation Australia and…