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Socceroos chasing a rare double for Australia

Australian football has a glorious opportunity to rewrite history and usher in a golden era of the game.
Less than three months after Western Sydney Wanderers completed a true fairytale by beating Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal to win the AFC Champions League, Australia is nicely poised to win the AFC Asian Cup....

Cahill's heading ability truly out of this world

Time and again we have seen Tim Cahill step up on the biggest stages in football, and last night’s performance for Australia against China in the Asian Cup quarter-finals was again out of this world.
His wonder goal, a bicycle kick to put the Socceroos in front in the 49th minute, adds to a stunning catalogue of moments, including that brilliant volley against Netherlands at last year’s FIFA World Cup that was among the best in the tournament...

What to do about Jedinak and Milligan

The almost certain return of captain Mile Jedinak for the AFC Asian Cup quarter-final against China is giving Australia coach Ange Postecoglou a new headache.
The Socceroos came a cropper in their final Group A match against Korea Republic at Brisbane Stadium and a 1-0 loss has forced them to put up once more with the 'field of frustration' that has caused organisers plenty of embarrassment....
While the Asian Cup has captured the attention of its host nation, and for good reason, across the other side of the world a junior tournament in Uruguay has scouts from the world's biggest clubs clamoring to snare the next big thing in football.
I hope, and I’m sure, that Australian fans are enjoying their country’s first hosting of the Asian Cup. Being in the middle of a tournament can be a wonderful thing, giving the intoxicating feeling that you are at the centre of the football world...

The swagger returns

As the Socceroos' 2015 Asian Cup journey gathers momentum in a way that is capturing the attention of fans around the country, we can look with renewed optimism to the greater challenges that lie ahead for Ange Postecoglou's team.
'What did you think?' my friends asked after we watched Australia in Ange Postecoglou's first game in charge, a 1:0 home win over Costa Rica in October 2013. 'I like what Ange is trying to do,' I replied....

Why Postecoglou gets an A-plus for Socceroos' Asian Cup

Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos are playing the type of football we want to see and growing in belief with each 2015 Asian Cup outing.
Two matches in to the Socceroos' 2015 Asian Cup campaign, Ange Postecoglou gets full marks. The Oman performance was outstanding and shows the team is ready for Korea Republic and beyond. [sbsondemand video="383596099787"] There is a long way to ...

Oman nemesis Cahill holds the key for Socceroos

Oman has every reason to dread the prospect of having to face Australia's goalscoring hero Tim Cahill once again as the two teams prepare for their crucial AFC Asian Cup Group A clash in Sydney.
Victory for the Socceroos, who crushed Kuwait 4-1 in their first match in Melbourne, would virtually guarantee them a spot in the quarter-finals. Oman, on the other hand, lost 1-0 to Korea Republic in Canberra and must get something from the matc...

Socceroos vault first hurdle

The opening match of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup had the potential to be problematic for Australia, but having seen off Kuwait 4-1, the Socceroos can now take greater certainty into the remainder of the tournament.
The first match always has a significant unknown factor. Australia knew only what Kuwait showed in the recent Gulf Cup and leadup matches, which gave an overall picture, but the Kuwaiti coach then left out key players as the approach to a tournam...

Embrace the Asian Cup for the love of football

With the countdown to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup finally over, I took the days leading up to it to develop a much deeper and alternate understanding of how important a tournament of this magnitude really is to Australia - courtesy of two of the...
So much of what we have consumed in the media about the event has indicated that the success of it will hinge on crowd attendances, the money earned and spent, as well as the subscription and delayed free-to-air television ratings....

Asian Cup can bring Australia closer to the continent

As Australia gears up to host Asian football's showpiece event for the first time, a window of opportunity exists to connect with the continent and fundamentally change perceptions in the host nation, which will leave a lasting legacy.
Two days ago I spoke with Jaka Ihbeisheh, a midfielder for the Palestine side who was raised in Slovenia. His family separated when he was three and it wasn’t until 18 years later, via Facebook, that he ‘found’ his father. The 28 year old flew to...