Cahill gets one match for straight red card

Thursday June 17, 2010 by  

Socceroo Tim Cahill has been suspended for one match after being given a straight red card in the 2010 FIFA World Cup group D match against Germany on June 13 in Durban.

Cahill will miss the Socceroos’ next group match against Ghana on Saturday, June 19, in Rustenburg before being available for selection for the match against Serbia in Nelspruit on June 23.

A FIFA Disciplinary Committee today ruled that Cahill should get the minimum one match suspension for the straight red card. Read more

Australia to focus on 2022

Friday June 11, 2010 by  

After several months of dialogue with FIFA and Members of its Executive Committee, FFA Chairman Frank Lowy, AC, and FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke have issued a joint statement today pertaining to Australia’s Bid for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) in a joint statement with FIFA, announced today that it will focus its bidding campaign on 2022.

The decision, which was coordinated with European Executive Committee Members, has been welcome by FIFA, whose CEO Jerome Valcke said: “The FFA and my office as well as the FIFA President have been in constant dialogue about Australia’s bidding intentions since last autumn. Read more

Socceroos squad cut to 23 for World Cup

Thursday June 3, 2010 by  

Socceroos Head Coach Pim Verbeek announced overnight the 23 players that will form his squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup which begins later this month in South Africa.

Verbeek has chosen a very experienced squad with fourteen members having been in the final selection for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany.

Missing out on final selection, from the group of Socceroos that travelled from Melbourne to South Africa last week, were youngsters James Holland, Shane Lowry, Tommy Oar and Rhys Williams.

Verbeek also indicated that, although the players omitted are not officially included in the 23-man Socceroos squad, they would continue to train with the main squad to get valuable experience, with the exception of Rhys Williams who will return home to Australia to receive treatment for his groin injury. Read more

New Zealand supports Australia’s bid

Tuesday May 25, 2010 by  

New Zealand today officially announced their support of Australia’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022 with the New Zealand All Whites unveiling a banner with the words ‘FIFA, pass us the ball and Come Play!’.

Australia’s unique location bridges Oceania and south-east Asia, providing significant commercial and development opportunities.

New Zealand Football Chairman Frank van Hattum said an Australian-hosted FIFA World Cup would be a unique opportunity for New Zealand sporting fans.

“World Cup participation has done wonders for the game in Australia and the signs are it could have a similar effect in New Zealand, but having the world’s biggest sporting event in our neighbourhood would take the game to new heights on both sides of the Tasman,” van Hattum said. Read more

World Cup Bid Book successfully submitted

Friday May 14, 2010 by  

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today submitted Australia’s Bid Book at FIFA Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Bid Book, detailing Australia’s pitch to FIFA to host either the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™ was presented to FIFA President Mr Sepp Blatter at 9am (local time) by FFA Chairman Frank Lowy, AC, Australian Federal Sports Minister Kate Ellis and FFA Chief Executive Officer Ben Buckley.

Australia’s proposal details plans for three new stadiums and upgrades to nine others – making it the country’s biggest single sporting infrastructure investment project outside of the Sydney Olympics.

Mr Lowy said that the presentation of the Bid documentation to FIFA was an exciting milestone in Australia’s history. Read more

Milligan fires Socceroos into Asian Cup finals

Wednesday March 3, 2010 by  

A goal from Mark Milligan, his first goal at international level, was enough to see the Socceroos confirm their place in the 2011 Asian Cup with a 1-0 victory against Indonesia on a wet Wednesday night at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

The Socceroos began brightly and on five minutes Jason Culina’s corner found Simon Colosimo who fired wide and two minutes later Scott Jamison’s cross from the left was headed wide by Josh Kennedy.

After the early onslaught the Indonesian’s settled and a good run from Budi Sudarsono ended with a shot from the edge of the box on 11 minutes, which was easily saved by Eugene Galekovic.

It was one-way traffic as the Socceroos dominated possession and on 24 minutes Shannon Cole’s cross from the right picked out Kennedy who rose above Nova Arianto but his header was straight at Indonesia keeper Markus Rihihina. Read more

World Cup Draw review

Saturday December 5, 2009 by  

SBS called ‘Group D’ the group of death and it may well be, but resident journalist Paul Johnson disagrees, dishing that label out to ‘Group F’. Australia’s draw is tough but manageable. For a full review, read on.

Australia will kick off their World Cup campaign in earnest against three-time Champions Germany on June 13 in Durban. While South Africa will get proceedings under way against Mexico on June 11 in Johannesburg.

The Socceroos landed in Group ‘D’, which didn’t quite stand for death, but it wasn’t a good night for Pim Verbeek’s team as they drew one of the toughest groups.

Aside from the stoic defence and overall good record of Germany, the Australians will have to contend with the flair of a Michael Essien inspired Ghana team and a Serbian side which has been on the rise. Read more

Undermanned Socceroos prevail in Oman

Sunday November 15, 2009 by  

Author: Beth Newman – Australia are one win away from qualifying the for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup at the top of their group after an against-the-odds 2-1 win in Oman tonight.

While the Socceroos dominated the match early, a red card to midfielder Rhys Williams 15 minutes in spelt disaster for the Australians, with the match being played at a frenetic pace.

The Socceroos managed to stay in the match mainly due to the Omanis failure to capitalise on their one-man advantage, despite having far more possession and 13 more shots than Australia.

Both team started the match at a frenetic pace, desperate to push the ball forward and create scoring opportunities. Read more

Korea stuns the Socceroos

Saturday September 5, 2009 by  

South Korea continued their impresses recent form by defeating the Socceroos 3-1 in the international friendly at the Seoul World Cup Stadium tonight.

Early goals from Park Chu-Young and Lee Jung-Soo gave the home side a perfect start, and although Patrick Kisnorbo reduced the margin just before half time, a goal three minutes from time by Fulham’s Seol Ki-Hyeon earned the home side the victory.

It was a tremendous start for the home side and they were ahead on five minutes. Shane Stefanutto lost possession midway in his own half and Lee Chung-Yong sprinted clear and sent Park Chu-Young in on goal, and the Monaco striker beat Mark Milligan to the ball and finished clinically past Mark Schwarzer. Then four minutes later Cho Yong-Hyung’s long-range shot flew wide as the Koreans continued to dictate proceedings. Read more