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Hrustic makes Australia squad for football World Cup qualifier

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Sydney (AFP) – Dutch-based youngster Ajdin Hrustic was a surprise pick in Ange Postecoglou’s 30-man squad named Monday for Australia’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia followed by the Confederations Cup.

The 20-year-old Melbourne-born Groningen winger could make his debut in a squad that contains 24 overseas-based players and just six from the domestic A-League for the match at Adelaide Oval on June 8.

Hrustic makes Australia squad for football World Cup qualifier

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Sydney (AFP) – Dutch-based youngster Ajdin Hrustic was a surprise pick in Ange Postecoglou’s 30-man squad named Monday for Australia’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia followed by the Confederations Cup.

The 20-year-old Melbourne-born Groningen winger could make his debut in a squad that contains 24 overseas-based players and just six from the domestic A-League for the match at Adelaide Oval on June 8.

Brazil recall Luiz for Argentina, Australia friendlies

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazil coach Tite on Friday recalled Chelsea defender David Luiz to his squad for two upcoming friendlies despite his team having secured nine wins in nine games without him.

The former PSG defender last played for Brazil in March 2016 when Dunga was still at the helm and he was blamed for two errors in a 2-2 draw with Uruguay.

US women’s football to host Japan, Aussies, Brazil in new event

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Chicago (AFP) – Reigning Women’s World Cup champion United States will host top-10 rivals Australia, Japan and Brazil in a new tournament this year and next, the US Soccer Federation said Wednesday.

The first Tournament of Nations will be staged July 27 to August 3 in Seattle, San Diego and suburban Los Angeles with a second round-robin event involving the same four nations to be staged in 2018.

Brisbane stay alive in Asian Champions League, Bluewings soar

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Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Brisbane Roar kept their AFC Champions League hopes flickering with a 2-1 win over Kashima Antlers as Thailand’s Muanthong United took advantage to go clear at the top of Group E.

Goals from striker Jamie Maclaren and midfielder Brett Holman gave the Roar a 2-0 lead before the Japanese champions pulled a goal back near the end in Brisbane.

Brisbane stay alive in Asian Champions League, Bluewings soar

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Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Brisbane Roar kept their AFC Champions League hopes flickering with a 2-1 win over Kashima Antlers as Thailand’s Muanthong United took advantage to go clear at the top of Group E.

Goals from striker Jamie Maclaren and midfielder Brett Holman gave the Roar a 2-0 lead before the Japanese champions pulled a goal back near the end in Brisbane.

Football: Brisbane stay alive, Utd go clear, Bluewings soar

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Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Brisbane Roar kept their AFC Champions League hopes flickering with a 2-1 win over Kashima Antlers as Thailand’s Muanthong United took advantage to go clear at the top of Group E.

Goals from striker Jamie Maclaren and midfielder Brett Holman gave the Roar a 2-0 lead before the Japanese champions pulled a goal back near the end in Brisbane.

Football: Brisbane stay alive, Utd go clear, Bluewings soar

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Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Brisbane Roar kept their AFC Champions League hopes flickering with a 2-1 win over Kashima Antlers as Thailand’s Muanthong United took advantage to go clear at the top of Group E.

Goals from striker Jamie Maclaren and midfielder Brett Holman gave the Roar a 2-0 lead before the Japanese champions pulled a goal back near the end in Brisbane.

Brisbane upset Kashima in Asian Champions League

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Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Australia’s Brisbane Roar kept their Asian Champions League hopes flickering with a 2-1 win over Japanese champions Kashima Antlers in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Goals from striker Jamie Maclaren and midfielder Brett Holman gave Brisbane a 2-0 lead before Kashima pulled a goal back near the end.

Brisbane upset Kashima in Asian Champions League

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Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Australia’s Brisbane Roar kept their Asian Champions League hopes flickering with a 2-1 win over Japanese champions Kashima Antlers in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Goals from striker Jamie Maclaren and midfielder Brett Holman gave Brisbane a 2-0 lead before Kashima pulled a goal back near the end.

Video ref to be used in Australia’s A-League

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s A-League will become the first top-level domestic football league in the world to implement the video assistant referee system, officials said on Monday.

After six months of training and lower-tier live trials, Football Federation Australia’s director of referees Ben Wilson said he was confident most teething issues had been resolved.

Iran beat China, Australia get crucial win

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Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s Mehdi Taremi dealt China’s World Cup hopes a major blow on Tuesday, as Australia grabbed a crucial win over UAE to stay in the hunt for an automatic spot at Russia 2018.

Japan ended Thailand’s campaign with a 4-0 victory in Saitama, and South Korea squeezed past Syria 1-0 to get back on track after last week’s upset to China.

Iran beat China, Australia get crucial win

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Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s Mehdi Taremi dealt China’s World Cup hopes a major blow on Tuesday, as Australia grabbed a crucial win over UAE to stay in the hunt for an automatic spot at Russia 2018.

Japan ended Thailand’s campaign with a 4-0 victory in Saitama, and South Korea squeezed past Syria 1-0 to get back on track after last week’s upset to China.

Australia beat UAE to boost World Cup hopes

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia boosted their World Cup qualifying hopes on Tuesday with a tense, 2-0 win over UAE, whose under-pressure coach Mahdi Ali announced his resignation after the match.

Goals from Jackson Irvine and Mathew Leckie handed Australia a crucial victory which kept them in touch with the top two spots in Group B and an automatic berth at Russia 2018.

Australia keep faith with Cahill for World Cup qualifiers

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia coach Ange Postecoglou kept faith with team talisman Tim Cahill Wednesday by including the veteran in his squad for two pivotal World Cup qualifiers despite a lack of match practice.

The 36-year-old record scorer now plays for Melbourne City after 18 years abroad but has been unable to string together a series of games due to suspension and not being picked.

Gamba Osaka off to AFC Champions League flyer in Adelaide

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Adelaide (Australia) (AFP) – Japan’s former winners Gamba Osaka dominated their AFC Champions League Group H match, outclassing Australia’s Adelaide United 3-0 in Adelaide on Wednesday.

Gamba, the last Japanese club to lift the trophy with their final victory over Adelaide in 2008, were too organised and skilful for the inexperienced Reds team.

Gamba Osaka off to AFC Champions League flyer in Adelaide

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Adelaide (Australia) (AFP) – Japan’s former winners Gamba Osaka dominated their AFC Champions League Group H match, outclassing Australia’s Adelaide United 3-0 in Adelaide on Wednesday.

Gamba, the last Japanese club to lift the trophy with their final victory over Adelaide in 2008, were too organised and skilful for the inexperienced Reds team.

Australian football star Cahill apologises over bizarre red card

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s Tim Cahill has apologised for swearing at a referee after he was bizarrely sent off before he even made it onto the pitch in last week’s explosive Melbourne derby.

The former Everton forward, now with Melbourne City, was about to come on as a substitute when he made his comments to the referee following Melbourne Victory’s controversial winner.

Australian football star Cahill apologises over bizarre red card

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s Tim Cahill has apologised for swearing at a referee after he was bizarrely sent off before he even made it onto the pitch in last week’s explosive Melbourne derby.

The former Everton forward, now with Melbourne City, was about to come on as a substitute when he made his comments to the referee following Melbourne Victory’s controversial winner.

Premier League giants Chelsea to play Perth Glory in Australia

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Sydney (AFP) English Premier League giants Chelsea will play the A-League's Perth Glory in a friendly next year in the team's only Australian appearance, officials said Sunday.

The match will take place in late July or early August at Perth's new 65,000-capacity stadium, Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett said in a statement.

Australia winger Kruse joins China exodus

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Berlin (AFP) Australian international winger Robbie Kruse has left Bayer Leverkusen to join Chinese Super League side Liaoning Whowin FC, the German club said on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Kruse, just the latest European-based player to be enticed by the riches on offer in China, has already passed a medical at his new club in a deal which will reportedly cost Liaoning about 500,000 euros ($535,000).

Australia winger Kruse joins China exodus

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Berlin (AFP) Australian international winger Robbie Kruse has left Bayer Leverkusen to join Chinese Super League side Liaoning Whowin FC, the German club said on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Kruse, just the latest European-based player to be enticed by the riches on offer in China, has already passed a medical at his new club in a deal which will reportedly cost Liaoning about 500,000 euros ($535,000).

Fresh faces for Australia’s Thai football World Cup game

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Sydney (AFP) Australia coach Ange Postecoglou on Wednesday named two uncapped midfielders and a handful of A-League players in an extended squad for their World Cup qualifier against Thailand, where cheering has been banned.

There was uncertainty about whether the game would go ahead after the death of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, with fans advised to wear white, black or grey clothing.

Fresh faces for Australia’s Thai football World Cup game

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Sydney (AFP) Australia coach Ange Postecoglou on Wednesday named two uncapped midfielders and a handful of A-League players in an extended squad for their World Cup qualifier against Thailand, where cheering has been banned.

There was uncertainty about whether the game would go ahead after the death of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, with fans advised to wear white, black or grey clothing.

Grieving Thai footballers may play Australia behind closed doors

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Bangkok (AFP) The Football Association of Thailand has said it may hold a World Cup qualifier behind closed doors while the nation mourns King Bhumibol Adulyadej and all forms of entertainment are reined in.

The venue for the November 15 tie against Australia was cast into doubt after the Thai king, the world's longest-reigning monarch, died last Thursday and plunged the kingdom into intense grief.

Australia come back to secure draw in Japan World Cup qualifier

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Melbourne (AFP) Australia came from behind through a Mile Jedinak penalty to grab a 1-1 draw against Japan to remain unbeaten in Asian World Cup qualifiers in Melbourne on Tuesday.

The Blue Samurai rocked the Socceroos with a fifth-minute goal from midfielder Genki Haraguchi but skipper Jedinak retrieved a point in a tense game with his spot kick.

Australia come back to secure draw in Japan World Cup qualifier

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Melbourne (AFP) Australia came from behind through a Mile Jedinak penalty to grab a 1-1 draw against Japan to remain unbeaten in Asian World Cup qualifiers in Melbourne on Tuesday.

The Blue Samurai rocked the Socceroos with a fifth-minute goal from midfielder Genki Haraguchi but skipper Jedinak retrieved a point in a tense game with his spot kick.

Saudis deny Australia with late equaliser

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Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) Saudi Arabia's Nassir Al Shamrani scored late to deny Australia a crucial victory in Thursday's World Cup 2018 qualifier between the top two sides in Asian zone Group A.

The entertaining 2-2 draw ensured both sides maintained their unbeaten start after three matches in the final round of qualifying for Russia.

Brazil

Ticket details for US Women’s National Team summer tournament against Brazil, Japan and Australia

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Tickets will go on sale soon for this summer’s Tournament of Nations competition featuring the women’s teams of the United States, Brazil, Japan and Australia.

The round-robin tournament will feature three doubleheaders that will celebrate some of the world’s premier women’s soccer players, many of whom compete in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Ticket details for US Women’s National Team summer tournament against Brazil, Japan and Australia

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Tickets will go on sale soon for this summer’s Tournament of Nations competition featuring the women’s teams of the United States, Brazil, Japan and Australia.

The round-robin tournament will feature three doubleheaders that will celebrate some of the world’s premier women’s soccer players, many of whom compete in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Sydney FC

A-League: Western Sydney Wanderers Ban 14 Members Of Supporters Group Responsible For ‘Oral Sex’ Tifo Banner

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Western Sydney Wanderers have issued banning orders to severalmembers of their most prominent supporters' group after an offensive banner was unfurled during last week's feisty derby encounter against Sydney FC.

In fact, Wanderers confirmed that 14 members of their Red and Black Bloc (RBB) fan group have beengiven 18-month stadium bans for their parts in organising and performing the mini-tifo in question.

Washington Spirit striker Francisca Ordega joins Sydney FC on loan

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The Nigerian international will spend the winter playing in Australia's W-League

After reports in Australia broke overnight, the Washington Spirit confirmed that Francisca Ordega will play the rest of the W-League season on loan with Sydney FC this morning. Ordega has joined Sydney already, and will stay in Australia through the end of the W-League season in February before returning to rejoin the Spirit for the preseason.

Sydney FC ‘Keeper Danny Vukovic Rescues Injured Seagull From Pitch During FFA Cup Final (Video)

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Tim Cahill scored the only goal of the game as Melbourne City beat Sydney FC 1-0 to win the FFA Cup Final, the Aussie equivalent of the FA Cup, on Thursday night.

However, the real action came in the second half when Sydney goalkeeper Danny Vukovic was forced to savetheonly gull of the game (geddit?

Spain

3 To See: Manchester City v Arsenal team news, Melbourne derby and Barcelona’s must win game

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World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Updated Standings, Results and Talking Points

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The calendar year 2016’s last international break provided the setting for the latest stop in the long road to qualification for the 2018 World Cup. 63 matches were played across six continents, as the qualification picture for the finals in Russia became clearer after the latest round of matches.

Thailand

Thailand bans cheering at World Cup qualifier

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Bangkok (AFP) Thailand's football association said Friday it would ban cheering at next month's World Cup qualifier against Australia as the nation mourns the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Thailand initially tried to change the venue of the November 15 match after the Thai king, the world's longest reigning monarch, died last Thursday, plunging the kingdom into grief.

Thailand bans cheering at World Cup qualifier

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Bangkok (AFP) Thailand's football association said Friday it would ban cheering at next month's World Cup qualifier against Australia as the nation mourns the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Thailand initially tried to change the venue of the November 15 match after the Thai king, the world's longest reigning monarch, died last Thursday, plunging the kingdom into grief.

Australia wait on fate of Thailand World Cup tie

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Sydney (AFP) Australia could play their World Cup qualifier against Thailand on neutral territory if efforts fail to keep the match in Bangkok following the death of King Bhumibol, Football Federation Australia said on Monday.

The venue for the November 15 match has been in limbo since the world's longest-reigning monarch died Thursday aged 88, after years of ill health, plunging Thailand into mourning.

The Rest

Kyah Simon won’t return to Breakers in 2017

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Simon will remain in Australia this season.

Longtime Boston Breaker Kyah Simon will not return to the Boston Breakers in 2017.

"I love the city, the club, my teammates and most importantly the fans, but for me I need to put my personal needs first and make 2017 a year to freshen up here in Australia, to get my mind and body back to 100 percent health and fitness, and be ready for the next season," Simon said via team press release.