Kennedy fit for Socceroos World Cup qualifiers

Josh Kennedy has finally declared himself fit and firing for Australia’s World Cup qualifier against Oman. Premier forward Kennedy had doubts about his readiness for the Socceroos clash with Oman in Muscat tomorrow and a June 12 date with Japan in Brisbane after pulling up sore from Nagoya’s 1-0 domestic loss to Cerezo Osaka last … [Read the full story]

Julia Gillard backs the A-League move

If the reaction of Canterbury-Bankstown is any guide then rugby league is confident they don’t have anything to fear from the A-League’s move into western Sydney. AFL club Greater Western Sydney Giants though have taken a more diplomatic view, welcoming the extra competition into an area that co-captain Luke Power says already has plenty to … [Read the full story]

Socceroos are top 20 in the FIFA world rankings

Australia rise two places and are the top-ranked Asian country. The Socceroos are also top seed in a 10-nation draw for the final round of 2014 World Cup qualifying. World and European champions Spain remain top of FIFA’s rankings, while the Netherlands have regained second spot and Argentina return to the top 10. The Dutch, … [Read the full story]

Osieck will use A-League players for qualifier

Socceroos coach Holger Osieck is expected to yield to common sense by using a largely A-League-based squad for Australia’s dead rubber World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia in Melbourne on February 29. Despite suggesting late last year during a press conference to announce AAMI Park as the venue for the game that he would play … [Read the full story]

Harry Kewell gets rid of long-term manager

Socceroos and Melbourne Victory star Harry Kewell has split from long-term manager Bernie Mandic. Mandic has managed Kewell since he was a youngster in Sydney’s West, before securing Kewell’s move to Leeds United in the Barclays Premier League, while handling his moves to Liverpool, Galatasaray and to the A-League. The news continues a tumultuous week … [Read the full story]

Tim Cahill wants Australian soccer to improve

Tim Cahill insists he’s not the saviour of Australian football but is determined to improve the production line of future talent coming through to the national team. The Socceroos World Cup qualifier against Oman should be relatively easy…but you can never be too over confident. The 31-year-old, who plays in the Barclays Premier League with … [Read the full story]

Emerton is far better than Harry Kewell

Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson admits that he sometimes can’t believe that his club has brought Socceroos star Harry Kewell to the Hyundai A-League. Thompson, who has played in three title deciders, winning two of them, has likened Saturday night’s season kick-off against Sydney FC as “grand final level” and says he’s as nervous as … [Read the full story]

Mark Schwarzer in head collision

Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has been involved in a “nasty” incident in Fulham’s Barclays Premier League fixture against Blackburn Rovers, with calls for the Australian to have been shown a red card after a head clash foul in the dying minutes of the game. Rovers striker Junior Hoilett came out second best in the 90th-minute … [Read the full story]

Brett Emerton is a better signing than Kewell

Much was made of Harry Kewell’s move to Melbourne Victory, but Socceroos star Tim Cahill believes Sydney FC’s Brett Emerton coup is the “biggest catch in the history of Australian football”. However, seeing not one but two of the Socceroos’ biggest names return to the A-League will not make Cahill homesick any time soon. Cahill … [Read the full story]

Do us all a favour Holger, and drop Kewell

Harry Kewell’s international future is up in the air after he was omitted from the Socceroos squad to face Wales in a friendly in Cardiff on August 11. But Socceroos coach Holger Osieck recalled Barclays Premier League player Tim Cahill and Mark Schwarzer to his squad after they missed the June friendlies against New Zealand … [Read the full story]

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