Socceroos face new frontiers

Tuesday April 14, 2015 by  

The Socceroos journey to the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take them to Jordan, Tajikstan, Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh after they were drawn in Group B for the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) second round of qualifying in Kuala Lumpur tonight.

Australia faces new footballing frontiers as it has never played Tajikstan, Kyrgyzstan or Bangladesh in a full international and only met Jordan twice, registering a win and loss in the two matches.

Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou attended the draw in Kuala Lumpur and has declared the players and staff will embrace the challenges in front of them. Read more

Socceroos will call Vitoria home

Sunday December 8, 2013 by  

The Socceroos will prepare for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Vitoria, Brazil after accepting an offer by the Governor of the State of Espirito Santo and the Espirito Santo State Football Federation to use the coastal city as its base camp.

The announcement was made today in Vitoria by the Governor of the State of Espírito Santo, Renato Casagrande, Football Federation Australia Chief Executive Officer David Gallop and the President of the Espirito Santo State Football Federation, Marcus Vicente.

As part of the base camp agreement, the State of Espírito Santo and the Espirito Santo State Football Federation will invest heavily in the Estádio Engenheiro Alencar de Araripe (Socceroos training base), which will then be left as a legacy to the people of Vitoria. Read more

Socceroos to take on the world’s best

Saturday December 7, 2013 by  

Australia will take on some of the world’s best football nations after the Socceroos were drawn alongside Chile, Netherlands and Spain in Group B at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil today.

Australia’s fourth appearance at the FIFA World Cup Finals begins against Chile on June 13 before they take on the Netherlands on 18 June and Spain on 23 June.

The group contains the defending World Cup Champions Spain (ranked No. 1), 2010 World Cup runners up the Netherlands (No. 9) and South American powerhouse Chile (No 15). It is a tough group but Socceroos Coach Ange Postecoglou spoke glowingly about the challenge ahead. 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