Young Socceroos bow out of World Cup

Sunday August 7, 2011 by  

The Young Socceroos are out of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup Colombia 2011 after they were defeated by Spain 5-1 at the Estadio Palogrande in Manizales.

Spain were four goals up in the opening 18 minutes of the match with three of the goals coming from Alvaro Vazques. Kerem Bulut managed to pull a goal back for the Young Socceroos in the 27th minute but Sergio Canales was on target from the penalty spot to score Spain’s fifth goal of the match just after the half hour mark.

As promised, Young Socceroos Head Coach Jan Versleijen made a couple of changes to the starting line-up with Bernie Ibini-Isei and Mustafa Amini coming on in place of Ben Kantarovski and Dimitrios Petratos and goalkeeper Mark Birighitti given the captain’s armband in the absence of the suspended Kantarovski. Read more

Sydney to showcase FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Sunday August 7, 2011 by  

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced a four-year partnership with the NSW Government that features the hosting of three 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Asian qualifiers in Sydney.

The first game under the new agreement will see the Socceroos play Oman on Tuesday October 11, at a venue soon to be announced giving Sydney their first match since the Socceroos defeated Paraguay 1-nil nearly one year ago to that same date.

Under the agreement, the Socceroos will also play two home games in the fourth Round group stage in NSW, subject to qualification. Read more

Road to Brazil 2014 begins in Brisbane

Friday August 5, 2011 by  

Football Federation Australia today announced that the Socceroos will kick off their campaign on the road to the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brisbane.

The opening match of the third Round Asian FIFA World Cup qualifiers will see the Socceroos play Thailand at Suncorp Stadium on Friday, September 2, 8:00pm kick off.

The event is part of a long-term partnership between FFA and Events Queensland to host major football matches in a region where football is growing at a rapid rate. Read more

Young Socceroos beaten by Costa Rica

Thursday August 4, 2011 by  

The Young Socceroos have been defeated 2-3 by Costa Rica in their second match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011 at the Estadio Palogrande in Manizales.

Although it was a much improved performance in comparison to the 1-1 draw against Ecuador, the Young Socceroos were unable to contain Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell. Campbell scored twice in the first half and contributed with an assist for Costa Rica’s winning goal.

Going into the match, Young Socceroos Head Coach Jan Versleijen made two changes to the line-up that started against Ecuador with Brendan Hamill coming in for Dylan McGowan and Terry Antonis in for Mustafa Amini. Read more

Oar scores a stunner to help Young Socceroos

Monday August 1, 2011 by  

Tommy Oar’s spectacular free kick late in the second half gave the Young Socceroos a 1-1 draw in their opening Group C encounter of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011 against Ecuador in Manizales today.

Juan Govea gave Ecuador the lead in the 24th minute but the Young Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Birighitti was outstanding in goal, denying Ecuador from scoring their second goal on numerous occasions. With one minute left on the clock, Oar rocketed home his free kick from 30 metres out to salvage a point for Australia.

The Young Socceroos almost had a dream start to the match. From the kick off, Mustafa Amini set up a pass to Oar on the left wing. Oar’s looping cross found Kofi Danning unmarked at the back post but Danning blasted his shot high with only the keeper to beat. Read more

Brisbane duo in Young Socceroos

Wednesday July 13, 2011 by  

Brisbane Roar duo Kofi Danning and Matt Acton will be shooting for World Cup glory after being selected in Jan Versleijen’s 21-man squad for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia.

The Young Socceroos will face a stern test in their group Ecuador, Costa Rica and Spain in an effort to qualify for the Round of 16 knock-out stage.

Brisbane new boy Danning said he was relishing in the opportunity to represent his country. Read more

Joeys knocked out of FIFA U-17 World Cup

Thursday June 30, 2011 by  

The Joeys are out of the FIFA U-17 World Cup after they were defeated 0-4 by Uzbekistan in the Round of 16 match played at Estadio Torreon.

Starting the match without Yianni Perkatis (suspension) and Jesse Makarounas (injury), Luke Remington was rewarded for his goal against Denmark with his first start of the competition.

The Joeys were also forced to play the match with only a one day rest after their last Group F match had to be replayed. Read more

Neill accepts Murray’s apology

Wednesday June 29, 2011 by  

Socceroos captain, Lucas Neill, has accepted the public apology issued by SBS football analyst Les Murray in a statement which confirmed that the allegations made against Neill were false.

Murray has retracted from his claim that Lucas Neill instructed his team mates to defy the orders of the then Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek immediately prior to the World Cup game against Germany in Durban last year.

Lucas Neill, who is currently on holidays in the US, had the following to say, “I am obviously still disappointed that my name has been wrongly attached to these allegations, but I accept the apology that has been issued by Les Murray.” Read more

New Perth Stadium announcement

Tuesday June 28, 2011 by  

Premier Colin Barnett today announced Perth’s new multi-purpose stadium would be built on the Burswood Peninsula and is scheduled for completion in 2018.

The new Perth Stadium will have the third-biggest capacity in Australia and will be the second largest AFL home stadium.

It will have a capacity of 60,000 seats with provision for future expansion to 70,000 seats in the style of Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium, with similar views, amenities and comfort. Read more

Olyroos holds advantage against Yemen

Sunday June 19, 2011 by  

The Olyroos have defeated Yemen 3-0 in the first leg of their London 2012 Olympic Games Asian Qualification matches held today at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford.

A double from Jason Hoffman and a goal from Mitch Nichols will give the Olyroos a comfortable lead going into the second leg of the tie to be played on Thursday at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle.

The Olyroos took only 15 minutes to open the scoring. From a Marko Jesic’s short corner on the left, Matthew Jurman’s header was blocked by a Yemeni defender. Ryall was on hand to pick up the rebound to cross the ball to Hoffman for an easy header from the goal-line into the empty net. Read more