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Van Marwijk’s Socceroos appointment shows lack of long-term direction

The Dutchman has no incentive to invest in the future of Australian footballBert van Marwijk made a solid first impression as Socceroos coach last week. He lobbied persuasively for his career to be appraised without such laser beam focus on the notorio…

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International tug of war prompts calls to hand Daniel Arzani Socceroos cap

Melbourne City midfielder torn between Australia and IranPFA chief John Didulica says call-up is a ‘no brainer’It’s a no-brainer to give Daniel Arzani a Socceroos cap before the teen revelation is snapped up by Iran, players union chief John Didulica s…

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Bert van Marwijk vows to do it his way as Socceroos coach

‘I like creative football … but I also like to win’ says new Australia boss, signalling shift from Ange Postecoglou era Any Australian football fans retaining hope the new Socceroos coach, Bert van Marwijk, might continue on Ange Postecoglou’s philosop…

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David Squires on … the impact of new Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk

Our cartoonist looks at the man who will lead Australia at the World Cup and the next chapter of Tim Cahill’s careerTake a look back through David’s archive of Australian cartoonsAnd David’s only got another book out. More details here Continue reading…

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Unfit Tim Cahill made to wait before making Millwall return

Australian not ready for ‘a couple of weeks,’ says Neil HarrisStriker introduced to home crowd before draw with DerbyMillwall manager Neil Harris has hailed the return of Tim Cahill to the club but cautioned against rushing the Socceroos star into acti…

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Tim Cahill ‘comes home’ to Millwall 14 years after leaving the club

‘The romance of the story is definitely not lost on me,’ says CahillSigns deal till end of season after which Australia play at World CupMillwall have signed the Australia international Tim Cahill 14 years after the striker left the New Den to join Eve…

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Bert van Marwijk: why has FFA again opted for philosophical opposite of predecessor? | Ante Jukic

The Socceroos’ lack of continuity from an ideological standpoint in the coaching role raises questionsUninspiring, pragmatic, Dutch. These three words have dominated the initial response to Bert van Marwijk’s hire as Socceroos coach for this year’s Wor…

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‘World class’ Bert van Marwijk named new Socceroos coach

Dutchman to lead Australia at this year’s World Cup‘A compelling choice,’ says FFA chairman Steven LowyBert Van Marwijk has been confirmed as the man to lead Australia in their World Cup campaign later this year in Russia.The Dutchman took Holland to t…

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Socceroos to play Colombia in London as part of World Cup preparations

New coach to run rule over players on 27 March Game comes four days after friendly against Norway in OsloThe Socceroos’ preparations for the 2018 World Cup will take in a friendly match in the familiar surrounds of Craven Cottage against Colombia on 27…

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Socceroos to play Colombia in London as part of World Cup preparations

New coach to run rule over players on 27 March Game comes four days after friendly against Norway in OsloThe Socceroos’ preparations for the 2018 World Cup will take in a friendly match in the familiar surrounds of Craven Cottage against Colombia on 27…

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Mathew Ryan: ‘English pundits tend to be critical of goalkeepers’

Brighton No 1 has matured in the two years since he conceded seven goals against Messi and co in BarcelonaMathew Ryan smiles in a self?deprecating way. Brighton’s goalkeeper is thinking back to the night when Barcelona pummelled Gary Neville’s rag…

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David Squires on … the runners and riders to become Socceroos coach

This week our cartoonist runs the rule over the candidates to replace Ange Postecoglou after a speedy (in FFA terms) initial consultation processTake a look back through David’s archive of Australian cartoonsAnd David’s only got another book out. More …

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FFA settles on shortlist for new Socceroos coach

Small number of local and international names in frameFormal interviews with candidates to begin soonThe next Socceroos coach will be appointed in mid-February after Football Federation Australia confirmed it was in the final stages of its selection pr…

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FFA settles on shortlist for new Socceroos coach

Small number of local and international names in frameFormal interviews with candidates to begin soonThe next Socceroos coach will be appointed in mid-February after Football Federation Australia confirmed it was in the final stages of its selection pr…

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Graham Arnold is the standout candidate and should already be Socceroos coach

Coach of every national team should be the same as the players, a free market off the field of play is contrary to the idea of country vs countrySix weeks on from Ange Postecoglou’s resignation and a month since the announcement of a many-handed recrui…

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Australia’s sporting year in review – success stories and slip-ups of 2017 | Paul Connolly

It has been a rollercoaster year across the codes but women’s sport has gone from strength to strength‘This moment is for you’: how women’s sport rocked 2017Australian sports quiz of the year 2017In the 43rd minute of the Matildas’ 30 July match agains…

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World Cup qualification to FFA crisis: Australian football’s ‘weird’ year

Postecoglou’s legacy is unclear and the A-League in decline, but evolution of FFA is an opportunity to alter the status quo2017 was a weird year for Australian football. It was the best of times and it was the worst of times, occasionally simultaneousl…

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Ange Postecogelou admits there is more to story of Socceroos exit

Coach will not reveal reasons for departure just yetDenies a falling out with FFA contributed to move to JapanFormer Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou has revealed there is more to the story behind his sudden and mysterious departure but feels divulging …

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Socceroos field widens with Tony Popovic facing the sack in Turkey

Reports in Turkey claim coach will lose job after string of poor resultsPopovic recently said he dreams of one day coaching national sideTony Popovic’s first foray in European management may be nearing a premature end with reports in Turkey the Austral…

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Tim Cahill has next club lined up, says Kevin Muscat

Cahill walked away from Melbourne City on Wednesday after agreeing terms to rip up his contract Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat says he knows Tim Cahill well enough to believe he has his next playing deal stitched up.Cahill sensationally walked fr…