Socceroos to face Germany in March 2011

Friday September 17, 2010 by  

Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Deutscher Fussball-Bund (DFB) today announced that the Socceroos will meet the German National Football Team “The Mannschaft“, in an international friendly match at Borussia-Park in Mönchengladbach in Germany on Tuesday March 29.

FFA CEO Ben Buckley said the match was part of a strategic plan aimed at getting the best competition possible for the Socceroos over the next four years.

“As we saw at the FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa Germany is one of the best teams in the world,” Buckley said. Read more

Osieck named new Socceroos coach

Wednesday August 11, 2010 by  

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today named Holger Osieck as the new Head Coach of the Socceroos.

Osieck joins FFA at a time where the Socceroos are going through a period of rejuvenation and transition and his blend of working with elite youth teams in Europe, coaching winning teams at Championship level, including being part of a FIFA World Cup™ winning coaching team and his work at the forefront of technical development for FIFA means he is an ideal choice to take the reins at this point in time.

Osieck has demonstrated his ability to win major tournaments. He was assistant coach to Franz Beckenbauer with the German team that won the FIFA World Cup™ in 1990, head coach of the Canadian national team that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2000 and the head coach of the Urawa Red Diamonds, the largest club in Asian football, when they won the AFC Champions League only three years ago. Read more

Socceroos to face Paraguay this October

Thursday August 5, 2010 by  

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced that the Socceroos will play an international friendly match against Paraguay at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday October 9.

FFA Chief Executive Officer Ben Buckley said that this match was ideal opportunity for Australian fans to see the Socceroos in action.

“This is a great opportunity to be part of the official welcome home for the Socceroos after the FIFA World Cup in South Africa,” Buckley said. Read more

Socceroos squad to play Slovenia named

Tuesday August 3, 2010 by  

Acting Socceroos Head Coach Han Berger has selected a squad of 20-players for the upcoming international friendly fixture against Slovenia in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Wednesday August 11 (Kick-Off 8:45pm local, 4:45am AEST).

Thirteen members of the Socceroos squad that represented Australia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa have been selected along with James Holland, Shane Lowry, Jade North and Tommy Oar who were named as part of the preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Nathan Burns will receive his first Socceroos call up after some impressive performances for AEK Athens at the recent Sydney Festival of Football. Read more

Young Socceroos crowned Champions

Saturday July 31, 2010 by  

The Young Socceroos were last night crowned Asean Football Federation (AFF) U-19 Champions after an enthralling 1–0 victory over Thailand making it Australia’s second success in three years.

The huge investment in Thailand football development in recent years was clearly starting to pay dividends as the highly organised and skilled Thailand team were more than a match for the more traditional powerhouses in Asia, South Korea and Australia throughout the tournament.

Thailand started the game in a confident manner knowing that the Australians had not managed to beat them on three separate encounters over the past two years with each of their previous games finishing in a draw. Read more

2015 AFC Asian Cup Bid submitted

Thursday July 29, 2010 by  

On the back of a glowing report from the FIFA inspection team that visited Australia to examine its Bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Football Federation Australia (FFA) today submitted Australia’s bid to host the AFC Asian Cup 2015.

FFA Chairman Frank Lowy, AC, CEO Ben Buckley and Head of AFC Asian Cup 2015 Bid Rob Abernethy handed over the Bid Book to AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam at 9am at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur.

“We at the FFA are dedicated, honoured and privileged to make AFC Asian Cup bigger, better and more successful than the previous editions,” Lowy said. Read more

Young Socceroos advance to the final

Thursday July 29, 2010 by  

The Young Socceroos will take on defending champion Thailand in the AFF U-19 Youth Championships 2010 Final after a convincing 4-1 win over the previously unbeaten Vietnam team.

With Australia already guaranteed a place in the final due to the earlier game between Korea Republic and Thailand ending in a nil-all draw the Young Socceroos put on their best performance against a Vietnamese team searching for a draw that would have booked their passage in the final.

With a large vocal crowd still getting to their seats, 17-year-old Mustafa Amini opened the scoring for the Young Socceroos in the opening minute after Nikola Stanjevic played a tremendous ball into the box for Sunderland FC striker Matthew Fletcher to flick the ball to an onrushing Amini. Read more

Young Socceroos held to draw by Thailand

Tuesday July 27, 2010 by  

In a rematch of the 2009 Asean Football Federation (AFF) U-19 Youth Championships final, the Young Socceroos looked to make amends for their 2009 loss to Thailand.

With two changes to the starting squad from the previous game, the Australian team was looking to cement their place in the final again this year.

In hot and humid conditions the Young Socceroos looked to put Thailand on the back foot from the opening whistle, with Benjamin Halloran having a strike on goal in the opening few minutes after some good lead up play. Read more

FFA welcomes FIFA inspection delegation

Monday July 26, 2010 by  

Australia welcomed a delegation of FIFA inspectors this morning as they arrived in the country to examine the credentials of Australia’s Bid to win the right to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2022.

The FIFA inspection team consists of six delegates and is led by Chilean Football Federation President Harold Mayne-Nicholls and includes CEO of 2010 South Africa Local Organising Committee Danny Jordaan, FIFA Head of Event Management Jurgen Muller, FIFA Marketing representative David Fowler, FIFA Competitions representative Julio Avellar and FIFA Media Officer Wolfgang Eichler.

Australia is the third stop on tour of the nine countries that are bidding to host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™ tournaments. They will be in Australia for three days. Read more

Chairman praises Socceroos

Thursday June 24, 2010 by  

Football Federation Australia Chairman Frank Lowy, AC, said the Socceroos represented Australia with courage and pride and matched their skills with the best teams in the world.

Speaking after they bowed out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, Mr Lowy said the whole nation should be proud of the Socceroos’ performance.

“Only 16 teams go through to the knock out rounds and it is unfortunate that we are not one of them this time but the Socceroos have further established their reputation as consistent performers at the highest international level,” Mr Lowy said. Read more