Osieck names Socceroos squad for Egypt match

Tuesday November 9, 2010 by  

Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck today named a 20-man squad for the upcoming international friendly match against Egypt at the Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday November 17.

Osieck will be using the match as an important part of the Socceroos preparations for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup 2011 which will be held in Qatar in January.

Socceroos Captain Lucas Neill returns to the squad after missing the last match against Paraguay due to injury along with Brett Holman who has fully recovered from a calf injury that he sustained in the recent international friendly against Poland. Read more

AFC Asian Cup 2015 host to be announced

Tuesday October 19, 2010 by  

The bid to bring Asia’s premier football competition, the AFC Asian Cup 2015™, to Australia continues with the host of the tournament set to be announced on January 6 by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

The decision will be made at a special AFC Executive Committee meeting, following the AFC Congress to be held in Doha, Qatar next year.

Australia is the sole bidder for the AFC Asian Cup 2015 and is required to adhere to the formal bidding process as designed by AFC. Read more

Young Socceroos beaten in AFC U-19 Final

Sunday October 17, 2010 by  

The Young Socceroos have been defeated 2-3 by DPR Korea in the final of the AFC U-19 Championship at the Zibo Sports Center Stadium in Zibo, China.

A hat-trick to Korean striker Jong Il-gwan, with his final goal coming in the last minute of regulation time, was the deciding factor in a match that also saw Kerem Bulut score two goals for the Young Socceroos to give him a total of seven goals and the Golden Boot Award for the tournament.

On a testing wet and heavy pitch, both teams took a little time to establish a tempo and adjust to the difficult conditions. Read more

Young Socceroos through to AFC U-19 final

Thursday October 14, 2010 by  

Two second half goals from Kerem Bulut have helped the Young Socceroos to defeat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in the semi-final of the AFC U-19 Championship at the Linzi Stadium in Zibo, China.

Having already qualified for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup by virtue of progressing to the semi-finals (finishing in the top four) of the AFC U-19 Championship, the pressure was off the Young Socceroos, but Head Coach Jan Versleijen was still keen for his team to continue their winning form and make the final.

Without the services of Mathew Leckie and Dylan McGowan through suspension, Versleijen put Mustafa Amini and Kofi Danning into the starting line-up. Read more

Young Socceroos qualify for FIFA U-20 World Cup

Tuesday October 12, 2010 by  

The Young Socceroos have qualified for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup after defeating the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 4-2 in a thrilling quarter final at the AFC U-19 Championship overnight in Zibo, China.

Kerem Bulut opened the scoring for the Socceroos, following a Marc Warren corner, in the sixth minute of the match before Ahmed Khalil equalised for the UAE from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute.

Mustafa Amini gave the Young Socceroos the lead again three minutes into the second half with a fantastic right footed-volley from the edge of the box that dipped in just under the crossbar. But Ahmed Khalil again equalised for the UAE with six minutes to go in regulation time to force the match into extra time. Read more

Leaping Cahill rewarded

Thursday October 7, 2010 by  

Tim Cahill has been announced this evening as Australia’s most outstanding international player for 2009-10 by the Football Media Association (FMA) of Australia.

Cahill, who played in 10 of the Socceroos 15 games in the period of the award scored seven times in the green and gold including crucial goals in key matches.

“Starting with the match against Japan at the MCG in June last year when he scored two goals, Tim has always managed to ‘bring home the bacon’ for Australia when he’s needed,” said the President of the FMA, Steve Dettre of Infostrada Sports. Read more

Galekovic selected in Socceroos squad

Tuesday September 28, 2010 by  

Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic has been named in the Socceroos squad for the international friendly against Paraguay on Saturday October 9 at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Galekovic joins Australia’s number one gloveman Mark Schwarzer as one of two goalkeepers selected in the 19-player squad by National Head Coach Holger Osieck for the match against Paraguay, the South American nation which reached the Quarter Finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, before going down to eventual champions Spain.

While he is likely to be the backup keeper to Schwarzer, who plays with English Premier League club Fulham, Galekovic is more than happy to just have been called up into the squad. Read more

Olyroos held scoreless by Kuwait

Saturday September 25, 2010 by  

The Olyroos have finished in third place at the Four Nations International Tournament in Hanoi after a nil-all draw against Kuwait in the final match of the competition on Friday night.

Olyroos Head Coach Aurelio Vidmar handed international debuts to goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson and defender Matthew Foschini who relished the opportunity to represent Australia for the first time.

The first half saw the Olyroos start slow but creating opportunities nonetheless, with their best chance of the half coming in the 12th minute when Mirjan Pavlovic dribbled into the box and set-up James Brown whose shot forced the Kuwaiti keeper into making a desperate save. Read more

Olyroos defeat Vietnam in Hanoi

Thursday September 23, 2010 by  

The Olyroos recorded a 2-0 win over Vietnam in their second match of the Four Nations International Tournament in Hanoi courtesy of first-half goals to Jason Hoffman and Tahj Minniecon.

Although originally scheduled to meet the Kuwait U-23 national team, a late fixture change saw the Olyroos line-up against the host nation’s senior national team in front of a vocal home crowd.

The Olyroos started the match at a frenetic pace, dominating possession and came close to scoring in the 4th minute when Mitch Nichols had his shot from inside the box well saved by the Vietnamese goalkeeper Duong Hong Son. Read more

Olyroos narrowly defeated by DPR Korea

Tuesday September 21, 2010 by  

The Olyroos have been narrowly defeated 0-1 by DPR Korea in their opening match of the Four Nations International Tournament in Vietnam.

In extremely oppressive conditions, which saw the temperature over 30 degrees and 80% humidity, both teams shared possession for the opening 15 minutes of the match.

The only goal of the game came in the 16th minute after Scott Neville conceded a free kick just outside the box for a late tackle. The resulting free kick by Park Song Chol was placed over the Olyroos wall, shaved the left post and deflected into goal despite a valiant diving save by goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne. Read more