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Australia stun 10-man Argentina at Olympics with goals from Wales and Tilio

Australia have seized top spot in Group C with a 2-0 victory over Argentina, who had Francisco Ortega sent off before half-timeA first-half goal from Lachlan Wales and a second in the 80th minute from the substitute Marco Tilio stunned 10-man Argentina…

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Socceroos’ road to Qatar still pockmarked with potential potholes | John Duerden

There is a sense in Saudi Arabia and China that Australia, who were not really tested in the second round, are vulnerableA long-awaited rematch with Iran would have been more fun but Australia’s draw in the final round of World Cup qualification means …

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Socceroos drawn with Japan, Saudi Arabia in World Cup qualifiers

Group A: Iran, South Korea, UAE, Iraq, Syria, LebanonGroup B: Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, China, Oman, VietnamFor the fourth straight World Cup qualifying campaign, the Socceroos have been pitted against Asian powerhouse Japan. Australia on Thursda…

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Socceroos wrap up perfect World Cup qualifying phase with win over Jordan

Harry Souttar header gives Australia 1-0 victory in KuwaitGraham Arnold’s side top group with eighth straight winThe Socceroos completed a perfect first phase of 2022 World Cup qualification after defeating Jordan 1-0 to make it eight wins from eight g…

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Australia ease past 10-man Nepal to secure World Cup qualifying progress

Nepal 0-3 Australia (Leckie 6, Karacic 38, Boyle 57)Socceroos earn seventh straight win in AFC groupThe Socceroos have progressed smoothly into the third round of qualifiers for the World Cup, guaranteeing top spot in Group B with a 3-0 win over Nepal….

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Australia ease past 10-man Nepal to secure World Cup qualifying progress

Nepal 0-3 Australia (Leckie 6, Karacic 38, Boyle 57)Socceroos earn seventh straight win in AFC groupThe Socceroos have progressed smoothly into the third round of qualifiers for the World Cup, guaranteeing top spot in Group B with a 3-0 win over Nepal….

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Ajdin Hrustic points to bright future as Socceroos dust off cobwebs in Kuwait | Emma Kemp

In his first start the playmaker gave coach Graham Arnold food for thought as Australia posted a fifth straight World Cup qualifying win Graham Arnold has a general policy of trying to play his personnel in the positions they play for their clubs. It s…

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Socceroos rejoin long and winding road to Qatar with focus unchanged | Emma Kemp

Australia are heavily favoured to progress in Asian World Cup qualifying, with four rapid-fire matches to determine their fateIt has been 567 days since the Socceroos last played, 567 days during which the world has been altered irrevocably and, yet, i…

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Ange Postecoglou has credentials to deliver at Celtic if he is given time | Jonathan Howcroft

The former Socceroos coach is a serial winner ready to prove himself with the Scottish giantsAnge Postecoglou, who has been linked with the vacant manager’s post at Celtic, has proved a controversial candidate for some, but the Australian coach is a th…

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Ange Postecoglou has credentials to deliver at Celtic if he is given time | Jonathan Howcroft

The former Socceroos coach is a serial winner ready to prove himself with the Scottish giantsAnge Postecoglou, who has been linked with the vacant manager’s post at Celtic, has proved a controversial candidate for some, but the Australian coach is a th…

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Former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou in line for Celtic post

Celtic have been without a manager since Lennon’s exitClub announced discussions with Eddie Howe endedFormer Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou is on the verge of an historic appointment with bookies installing him as favourite to take charge of Scottish …

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New faces as Socceroos prepare for first matches since 2019

Australia’s World Cup qualifying campaign resumes after 550 daysSeven uncapped players called into Graham Arnold’s squadAustralia’s bid to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will finally resume next month when they take on Kuwait with several new …

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Socceroos to complete World Cup qualifiers in ‘suitable’ hub location

Games against Nepal, Jordan, Kuwait and Taiwan remainAustralia have not played since November 2019 due to CovidThe Socceroos will play their four remaining preliminary World Cup qualifiers at a “suitable location” between 31 May and 15 June due to Covi…

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Mat Ryan seals ‘surreal’ loan move to Arsenal

Australian international loaned to Arsenal from Brighton and Hove Albion until the end of the seasonGoalkeeper signed as competition for Bernd Leno after losing his starting place at AlbionAustralian goalkeeper Mat Ryan has hailed his move to Premier L…

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Return to Australia beckons for Daniel Arzani after stagnant two years in Europe | Emma Kemp

A homecoming, however brief, could provide a circuit breaker for the under-utilised 22-year-oldOn the eve of Saturday night’s 2-1 derby win over Western United, Melbourne City head coach Patrick Kisnorbo fielded a media query he had probably been expec…

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Frank Arok taught us Australians are not second-class footballers | Paul Wade

Not a perfectionist but perfectly unorthodox, Arok was a master coach and a man always in the momentIn late 1985, the year before my international debut, Australia played a World Cup qualifying play-off against Scotland. The Socceroos were beaten 2-0 i…

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FFA scraps plans for Socceroos game against England at Wembley

Worsening Covid-19 crisis also does for game with USMatildas European training camp called off due to virusFootball Federation Australia has called off a training camp in Europe and scrapped plans for matches against England and the United States in Lo…

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Graham Arnold sticks with Socceroos after turning down FC Seoul offer

Coach had received ‘great offer’ from Korean clubArnold has not led Socceroos in a match since last yearGraham Arnold has turned down an offer from K League powerhouse FC Seoul and will remain in charge of the Socceroos and Olyroos, with his agent Tony…

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Football in Australia is doomed to be a marginal sport unless its leaders show vision | Simon Hill

After many false dawns, football in Australia must finally realise its vast potential by learning from past failuresTo understand the latest existential crisis facing football in Australia, one must start at its genesis, which strangely coincided with …

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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….