Socceroos

Bozanic set to lead Olyroos

Monday June 6, 2011 by  

Central Coast Mariners midfield maestros Oliver Bozanic and Mustafa Amini have today been selected for the Olyroos two Olympic qualification matches against Yemen later this month.

The first match of the must win two-legged tie will take place at Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford on Sunday June 19, while Football Federation Australia has reached an agreement with Yemen’s FA to play the second match at Hunter Stadium, Newcastle on Thursday June 23.

Bozanic skippered the aspiring Olympians in an international friendly in Japan last week, anchoring the midfield as the team went down 3-1 to their hosts at the Tohoku Denryoku Bigswan Stadium in Niigata. Read more

Mariners players continue international endeavours

Monday May 30, 2011 by  

All four Central Coast Mariners currently on tour with the Young Socceroos in Europe featured in an impressive 1-0 win over global heavyweights Germany in Kamen-Kaiserau at the weekend.

Trent Sainsbury and Mustafa Amini started the match for Jan Versleijen’s side, with striker Bernie Ibini-Isei and defender Sam Gallagher making appearances in the second 45.

Former Mariner Marc Warren – who now plays for sister club Sheffield United – managed a full shift for Australia’s generation next who defeated the Germans on home soil thanks to a 44th minute strike by Kofi Danning. Read more

Young Socceroos defeat Germany

Saturday May 28, 2011 by  

The Young Socceroos have begun their European tour with a hard fought 1-0 victory over the German U-19 National team in Kamen-Kaiserau, Germany overnight.

Going into the match, Young Socceroos Head Coach Jan Versleijen gave international starting debuts to Corey Gameiro, Jake Barker-Daish and Jason Geria with Bernie Ibini-Isei making his debut as a second half substitute.

The first half saw Germany dominate possession with the Young Socceroos gaining control later in the half. Both teams had early chances to open the scoring, but solid defending from each side held. Read more

McKay relishes home ground advantage

Tuesday May 24, 2011 by  

A rare chance to play in front of a vocal home crowd clad in green and gold is driving Brisbane Roar captain Matt McKay’s push for a starting spot in the Socceroos’ upcoming friendlies against New Zealand and Serbia.

McKay was selected in Holger Osieck’s strong 23-man for the June 5 and June 7 clashes – the team’s first matches back on home soil since their impressive AFC Asian Cup campaign in January, where they reached the final and narrowly lost to Japan.

Just four of McKay’s 14 national team caps have been played in Australia and the 28-year-old was relishing at the prospect of playing in front of parochial home crowds at both the Adelaide Oval and Etihad Stadium. Read more

Socceroos to host Serbia next month

Thursday May 5, 2011 by  

Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Victorian Government today announced that the Socceroos will host Serbia in an international friendly match at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Tuesday June 7.

This will be the second time that the Socceroos will face Serbia having met for the first time at the 2010 FIFA World Cup when the Australians won 2-1 in the group stage of the tournament.

Serbia is currently 16th in the FIFA World Rankings with the Socceroos in 20th position. Read more

Socceroos to face the All Whites in Adelaide

Wednesday April 20, 2011 by  

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced that the Socceroos will face the New Zealand All Whites in an international friendly match at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday June 5.

This match will be the first time that the Socceroos will play in South Australia since the OFC Nations Cup tournament in 2004. Most recently, the Socceroos defeated the All Whites 2-1 last year in Melbourne prior to both teams competing at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

FFA CEO Ben Buckley believes that the upcoming fixture will be a special event in the football calendar. Read more

Australia officially handed hosting rights

Sunday January 30, 2011 by  

Australia was officially handed the hosting rights to the AFC Asian Cup 2015 in a special ceremony marking the conclusion of last night’s AFC Asian Cup.

Football Federation Australia Chairman Frank Lowy, AC, received the AFC flag from AFC President Mohamed Bin Hamman at Khalifa Stadium in a symbolic gesture to show that Asia’s largest sporting event was next heading to Australia.

Football Federation Australia Chairman Frank Lowy, AC, promised Australia would put on a great AFC Asian Cup for the region’s fans, teams and sponsors. Read more

Australia to host AFC Asian Cup 2015

Wednesday January 5, 2011 by  

Australia will host the AFC Asian Cup 2015 after the Asian Football Confederation Executive Committee unanimously voted to support its bid today.

Football Federation Australia Chairman Frank Lowy, AC, said the AFC Asian Cup was the biggest sporting event in Asia and a wonderful opportunity to showcase Australia to Asia and the rest of the world.

“Australia has a long history of hosting fantastic sporting events and the benefits for Australia to host an event of this kind will not only leave a strong legacy for football in Australia, but also cement Australia’s place in the Asian economic community,” Mr Lowy said. Read more

Osieck names Socceroos’ Asian Cup squad

Tuesday December 28, 2010 by  

Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck today named his 23-player squad for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011.

Nineteen overseas-based and four A-League based players constitute the squad.

Twelve players were members of the Socceroos squad that competed at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Read more

World Cup hosting dream shattered

Friday December 3, 2010 by  

Australia’s dream of hosting the Football World Cup in 2022 was shattered overnight with FIFA delegates awarding the hosting rights to Asian neighbours Qatar in the Middle-East.

Thousands of Australians gathered at live sites in each city for the unveiling by FIFA President Sepp Blatter just after 2:30am (AEDT) this morning only to be dismayed to find out that Qatar had snatched majority share of the 22 votes on offer.

Further to the heartbreak was the revelation that the host nations for both 2018 (Russia) and 2022 World Cups had been leaked to social media sites such as Twitter at least an hour before the official announcement was made at FIFA headquarters in Zurich. Read more