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A-League alert: Hong Kong Harry on fire

A-League alert: Hong Kong Harry on fire

He’s marketable and bang in form. Young Aussie striker Harry Sawyer has scored again as he blitzes the Hong Kong Premier League...although the former Jet is still getting used to a few things in Asia.
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Why doesn’t Australia compete in the AFF Championship?

Australia joined the ASEAN Football Federation, also referred to as the AFF, back in 2013. But the Socceroos have yet to compete in the region’s biggest tournament. With a population of over 650 million, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is one of the largest sub-continents of Asia, and, in fact, the world. With […]
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THEROAR.COM.AU

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Socceroos Greats - Where are they now: Paul Okon

The World Game pays its monthly tribute to the Socceroos stars of yesteryear who left their mark on football down under. Stylish midfielder Paul Okon says the painful World Cup qualifying defeat against Uruguay in 2001 laid the foundations for Australia's epic victory over the South American giants four years later.
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Socceroos focus on tactics ahead of match against Syria

Supplied video obtained Tuesday, January 15, 2019, of Australia's Assistant Coach, Rene Meulensteen speaking to FFA TV ahead of the Socceroos' final Group B match at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 against Syria. Meulensteen talks about the team's preparations and says trainings are now more focussed on freshening the players up, both mentally and physically. "Obviously when you get to this stage of the tournament you need to be very aware and understand the physical state of the players. We haven't trained with a very high intensity, it was more of a looser to get them physically and mentally fresh for the next game against Syria," he says. (AAP VIDEO/Supplied/FFA TV)
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Three A-Leaguers that aren’t utilised properly

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Unfortunately, the sport of football proves no exception, with a significant number of a league players shoehorned into unfamiliar roles in a classic case of square pegs, round […]
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Aust union lobbies for detained footballer

The head of the Australian soccer players union wants the sport's regional governing body to help secure the release of a Bahraini refugee footballer arrested in Thailand in November.
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Australia v Syria: Arnold wants Socceroos to focus on the small details

Australia v Syria: Arnold wants Socceroos to focus on the small details

Australia coach Graham Arnold is confident there is nothing new Syria boss Fajr Ibrahim can do to catch the Socceroos by surprise in their crucial 2019 Asian Cup Group B encounter on Tuesday.  Syria sacked Bernd Stange following Thursday's 2-0 defeat to Jordan, appointing Ibrahim for a fourth term at the helm shortly after.  Ibrahim takes over ahead of their final group game at the tournament, with Syria – who are yet to score – in danger of bowing out.  By contrast, defending champions Australia need just a point to make sure of progression, having responded to their shock opening defeat to Jordan by beating Palestine 3-0.  Syria will be hoping a change of coach can inspire an improvement in their fortunes, but Arnold doubts there is much Ibrahim can alter in such a short period of time.  When asked if their opponents could spring a few surprises, Arnold said: "If he was allowed to replace 23 players, but we know all their players. We do that much analysis.  "We've got a great analysis team. We know their strengths and weaknesses, and at the end of day, it's a short time in charge for him to change too much.  "The whole focus for us is on ourselves. As I said to [the players] before the video session [on Monday], I can show you clips of Syria and it's all down to the small details.  "It's all about mentality, it's all about attitude, it's all about going on the pitch knowing you're playing for your country, but also for your team-mates."  Rene Meulensteen believes the team are set to be both physically and mentally fresh ahead of their clash against Syria. #GoSocceroos #TogetherAsOne #AsianCup2019 pic.twitter.com/d850akuBJr — Socceroos (@Socceroos) January 14, 2019 Syria will be out for retribution after Australia defeated them in the World Cup qualifying play-offs in October 2017.  The Socceroos squeezed through on that occasion, winning 3-2 on aggregate after extra time in the second leg – Tim Cahill ultimately getting the crucial goal.  Ibrahim agrees with Arnold that there is little impact he can make tactically after limited time working with the squad.  "Of course, there is very little you could do tactically and physically at this point," he told Al Kass. "So, it's all about the mental and psychological side for me.  "There are no secrets in football, we have seen Australia and they saw us play, so it's down to getting the most out of your players." PLAYERS TO WATCH Australia – Awer Mabil A box of tricks out on the flank, Mabil was a standout performer in the 3-0 win over Palestine, scoring Australia's second and generally impressing. Syria cannot afford to sit back on Tuesday, meaning the extra space could play right into Mabil's hands. Syria – Omar Al Soma A victory is a must for Syria, so they need to get on the scoresheet. Al Soma is their biggest threat from that perspective, with the physical forward a prolific scorer at club level in Saudi Arabia with Al Ahli. KEY OPTA FACTS - This will be the first encounter at the Asian Cup between Australia and Syria.  - Australia have conceded just 11 goals in 18 Asian Cup games, and only on one occasion have they let in more than one in a single game (3-1 defeat to Iraq in 2007).  - Syria have failed to score in two successive Asian Cup games. They have never a barren run of three consecutive matches in the competition.  - Omar Al Soma has scored the only two goals for Syria in their previous two competitive meetings with Australia, but he did not end on the winning team on either occasion (one loss, one draw).  - Syria are yet to score a goal in the 2019 Asian Cup, despite their players attempting the most shots in both of their matches so far; Al Soma had six efforts against Palestine, and Omar Khrbin had the same number of attempts against Jordan.
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