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

This week our resident cartoonist turns his attention to the issue that everyone who has ever come into contact with the coach has an opinion onTake a look back through David’s archive of Australian cartoons Continue reading…

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World Cup play-offs: where the four European ties will be won and lost

Will Switzerland build on their form in qualifying? Are Italy going to a 15th straight World Cup? Will Croatia beat Greece? And will the Irish enjoy some luck?By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkSwitzerland have a right…

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World Cup 2018 play-offs: how do you rate your team’s chances?

Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Republic of Ireland and Greece are vying for four places at the World Cup. Who will make it?Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Republic of Ireland and Greece a…

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How Croatia, Italy and Ireland fared in Europe’s first World Cup play-offs in 1997

A few of the teams facing play-offs for next summer’s World Cup have been here before. Croatia and Italy qualified 20 years ago … unlike the Republic of IrelandBy Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport NetworkOf the eight …

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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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Sports quiz of the week: World Cup debutants, caps, dogs and Harrys

Who broke a record? Who is going to Russia? And who barked twice?Three players called Harry started for England against Lithuania on Sunday (Kane, Winks and Maguire). Which Harry has the most caps for England?Harry HibbsHarry Bedford Harry Allen Harry …

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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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Will missing out on the World Cup kill US soccer … or save it?

The US will remain an influential country regardless of how its men perform, but how can the Americans graduate from hosting elites to joining them?

Could the US ultimately emerge from the wreckage of its failed attempt to reach the 2018 World Cup finals as a bigger power?

“Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” striker Jozy Altidore wrote on Twitter on Wednesday night.

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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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USA’s World Cup failure was a catastrophe years in the making

The worst defeat in the history of the US national team is a catastrophe for the sport’s growth in America, but should come as no surprise

The worst defeat in the history of the United States national team, the record will show, played out over an hour and a half on a sweltering weeknight before a few hundred spectators at Ato Boldon Stadium, confines so modest even its namesake questioned why it was chosen for a World Cup qualifier, and ended with the Americans walking off in a soft parade of stunned silence and thousand-yard stares.

But truthfully Tuesday night’s loss to Trinidad & Tobago was a failure years in the making, an outcome undeserving of the surprise it was received, given the manner in which the Americans stumbled from the gate in Concacaf’s qualifying hexagonal, prompting the dismissal of Jurgen Klinsmann with a not-insignificant $6.2m golden handshake. Even after the constellation of factors limited the United States to a scant 12 points in nine qualifiers, Bruce Arena’s side needed only a draw with the world’s 99th-ranked team to be virtually certain of securing at least a play-off spot. Instead, a stunningly torpid defeat, paired with Panama’s last-gasp win over Costa Rica, leaves the US out of the World Cup for the first time in 32 years and represents a disastrous setback for the sport’s growth here.

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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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Arjen Robben: how Holland will miss the wonderful master of cutting inside

The winger could be annoying at times with his tendency to fall over too easily but after 14 years of playing for the Oranje he will be remembered for what he is: a simply outstanding footballer

“Fourteen years is a long time. ‘The Man of Glass’ lasted the longest” – Arjen Robben probably summed it up best himself. After an international career with 37 goals in 96 matches for Holland the 33-year-old bade farewell to the Oranje on Tuesday night. Early on in his career, he had been mocked for getting injured too often but in the end there was just a sense of loss. The Dutch had not only failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer, they now have to try to regroup without the one outstanding player they have at their disposal. Because make no mistake, Robben is an extraordinary player and, as with so many others, perhaps he will only be fully appreciated now that he has left.

Related: Portugal and France reach World Cup as Holland and Arjen Robben bow out

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Stubbornness and lack of talent: the factors that doomed USA’s World Cup

Bruce Arena’s team will not be at Russia 2018. It doesn’t take long to discover why they failed so badly in their bid to qualify for the tournament

The shock is just now beginning to subside after the US men’s national team was eliminated from contention for the next summer’s World Cup in Russia. Every result that could have doomed them on Tuesday night came about, with Honduras and Panama’s respective wins combining with the US’s own 2-1 loss at already eliminated Trinidad & Tobago to knock Bruce Arena’s men out.

The list of what didn’t doom the United States’ qualifying campaign is lengthy – vastly greater resources and spending power relative to the rest of the Concacaf region, first and foremost – but before the autopsy begins in earnest, below are four things that consigned the US to desperate failure.

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Bruce Arena accepts responsibility for USA’s World Cup failure – video

USA head coach, Bruce Arena, says he is to blame for his side’s failure to reach next year’s tournament. The US  were defeated 2-1 by Trinidad & Tobago in their final qualifier and will miss the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986. …

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World Cup 2018: which teams have made it to Russia and who can still qualify?

The full list of qualifiers is shaping up before the World Cup finals draw in December but there are still nine places up for grabsAfter a qualification process involving 209 national teams and lasting more than two years, the list of 32 sides who will…

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Messi hat-trick secures World Cup place for Argentina – video highlights

Argentina qualified for the 2018 World Cup with a 3-1 win over Ecuador on Tuesday night. The 2014 runners-up were outside the four South American qualifying spots going into the match and went behind in the first minute, but a Lionel Messi hat-trick guaranteed his side’s progress

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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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Woeful USA fail to make 2018 World Cup after loss to Trinidad & Tobago

After one of the most devastating nights in the history of American soccer, the US will not be going to Russia next summer after a shock 2-1 defeat to lowly Trinidad & Tobago saw them finish fifth in Concacaf World Cup qualifying.

It was going to take an unlikely combination of results for the US to miss out on the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986, and that is exactly what happened, though the Americans only have themselves to blame for squandering a strong position with this catastrophic performance.

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