Confirmed: Wellington Phoenix unveil new coaching team

Wellington Phoenix are proud to officially announce Darije Kalezić and Rado Vidošić as their new head coach and assistant coach.

Wellington Phoenix have announced their new coaching team for the next Hyundai A-League season, unveiling Darije Kalezić and Rado Vidošić as their new head coach and assistant for the 2017/18 campaign.

The club unveiled the pair at a press conference on Wednesday morning.

Kalezić has success winning titles in the Netherlands, while is known for fostering promising young talent and has a proven track record in player recruitment.

After a professional playing career spanning almost two decades with over ten seasons in the Dutch first division under managers such as Martin Jol, Kalezić rose through the ranks at De Graafschap, first as a youth coach, then reserves coach, first team assistant then head coach, returning the club to the top division in his first full season in charge.

Educated in the Dutch style of football, Kalezić has been instrumental in bringing through young talent, helping unearth and develop players such as Dutch international Luke De Jong, former Liverpool recruit Oussama Assaidi and former Southampton winger Steve De Ridder.

“While the world is becoming ever smaller and more interconnected there is no substitute for a coach with such wide-reaching connections and networks, especially within top European clubs,” General Manager David Dome said.

Darije KalezicIt was Kalezić who through discussions with his old De Graafschap Technical Director Hans Berger that recommended Jordy Buijs to Sydney FC last season.

The Dutch coach also consulted in bringing Romeo Castelen and Youssouf Hersi to Australia.

Vidošić is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced assistant coaches in the competition’s history.

He’s a premiership winner and back-to-back championship winner during his time at Brisbane Roar alongside Ange Postecoglou, while he won another championship from his time at Melbourne Victory.

“Last season we spent more on the club – both on and off the field – than we have ever done previously,” said Dome.

 

“We invested significantly into players, a new training facility at Martin Luckie Park with the support of the Wellington City Council, and resources off the field.

“This season will will continue to invest strategically – and we believe Darije and Rado have the skills and passion to achieve very highly at the Phoenix.”

Coaches background:

Darije Kalezić

– 47-year-old Dutch manager with eight years head coaching experience across the top two divisions in the Netherlands, England, Belgium and Saudi Arabia

– a former professional player with a nineteen-year career as a defender in Bosnia and the Netherlands, including more than ten seasons in the Eredivisie (top flight).

– won the Eerste Divisie title with De Graafschap in 2010 in his first full season as head coach, helping the club bounce straight back from relegation

– extensive experience coaching and developing youth talent, at De Graafschap, at Roda JC and with Jong PSV (second division based youth team of PSV Eindhoven)

– pivotal in the development of young players such as Dutch international Luke De Jong, former Liverpool recruit Oussama Assaidi and former Southampton winger Steve De Ridder

– signed Australian players Tomi Juric, Daniel De Silva, Rostyn Griffiths whilst working in the Dutch first division with Roda JC, also coached Sydney FC’s Jordy Buijs at De Graafschap

– coached against Louis van Gaal as well as John van ‘t Schip in the Eredivisie, and as a player learned under former Tottenham coach Martin Jol

– spent seven years at De Graafschap, first as a player, then as a youth coach, was promoted within the club environment to reserves coach, assistant coach and then head coach

– is a firm believer in the methods of world-renowned Dutch fitness & conditioning coach Raymond Verheijen and his theories of periodisation

Rado Vidosic will be Kevin Muscat's assistant at Melbourne Victory.Rado Vidošić

– 55-year-old Croatian-born Australian coach with a decade’s experience coaching in the A-League as a head coach, assistant coach and technical director with Brisbane Roar, Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory

– a three time A-League championship winner, twice with Roar and once with Victory, with a premiership won at Brisbane as well

– incredibly well-regarded for his knowledge of the Australian player market and his contacts inside Australian football

– responsible for bringing Besart Berisha to the A-League, scouted him for Brisbane Roar while the Albanian was training at Arminia Bielefield alongside his son Dario

– since leaving Melbourne Victory has been working extensively translating the footballing philosophies of Portuguese master Dr Vitor Frade

 

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Japan v Caltex Socceroos ticket info

The Caltex Socceroos have a huge World Cup qualifier with Japan on August 31 in Tokyo.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Staff Writer
The Caltex Socceroos have a huge World Cup qualifier with Japan on August 31 in Tokyo. Ticket information for fans has now been released.

This game is huge.

Two of the region’s heavyweights in a clash that will have a major bearing on the current World Cup qualification phase for Russia 2018.

Japan and Australia games are always a highlight and with the history between these two nations – who can forget the 2006 World Cup – this is a special fixture on the calendar.

For fans wishing to attend the game in Saitama in Northern Tokyo, see information below.

Japan v Australia – Ticketing Information

Venue: Saitama Stadium 2002, SAITAMA
On sale date: 11am (AEST) 16 Friday June to 00:59am (AEST) 23 Friday June
Ticket Price: Category 5 Away Zone – 4100 yen + 1000 yen transaction fee (approximately $62 AUD)
Ticket link:  http://w.pia.jp/v/aq0831saitama/
Please note: Purchase of ticket does not guarantee a seat, please read below for further details.

The Caltex Socceroos have a huge World Cup qualifier with Japan on August 31 in Tokyo.

Important details:

*   Tickets must be purchased between the period of 16th June to 22nd June.
*   3000 tickets will be available for Australian supporters only.
*   If all 3000 tickets have been allocated during this period, the tickets will be selected by a random draw.
*   If less than 3000 tickets have been allocated during this period, all fans will receive a ticket.
*   If there are any remaining tickets after 22nd June, this will be distributed to the normal draw with Japanese fans and tickets must be purchased through the Japanese website.
*   Children aged 7 and older will need to purchase a ticket.
*   Tickets must be collected at the ticket box office on the day of the match and you must show your Australian passport and copy of your email to show that you have purchased a ticket.

FAQs:

*   Are there any ticket limits per transaction?
You may purchase 7 tickets per transaction.

*   Who can I contact if I am having trouble purchasing tickets?
There will be an email address listed on the website if you have any issues with purchasing tickets.

*   If a random draw is required when will this take place and how will I know whether I am successful or not?
All ticket purchasers will receive an email stating whether you have been successful. The date of the draw will be confirmed shortly.
Tomi Juric in action for the Caltex Socceroos against Japan in October.

*   If I am successful, when will the amount be deducted from my credit card?
The payment will be made almost immediately upon confirmation.

*   How do I collect my tickets?
Tickets must be collected at the ticket box office located at the south side of Saitama Stadium. You will need to show your Australian passport and a copy of your email to show that you have won the ticket. The box office will be open from 11am (local time) on match day.

*   I was not able to purchase a ticket during the designated window, how can I purchase tickets?
If there are any remaining tickets after 22nd June, this will be distributed to the normal draw with Japanese fans and tickets must be purchased through the Japanese ticket website.For further information click here  http://www.socceroos.com.au/tickets

 

Socceroos v Saudi Arabia banner.

 

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Signing news: Key midfielder Kearyn Baccus commits to Wanderers

Kearyn Baccus has re-signed with the Wanderers for the next two seasons.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Western Sydney Wanderers have locked up impressive young midfielder Kearyn Baccus until the end of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season.

The 25-year-old midfielder will enter his fourth season at the Wanderers having first joined the club in 2014 from Blacktown City.

The Kings Park local has now notched up 54 appearances in Red and Black following an impressive 2016/17 season where he featured in all but two of the Wanderers’ Hyundai A-League fixtures.

Kearyn Baccus

He also played every single minute of the Wanderers’ AFC Champions League 2017 campaign and was named the club’s AFC Champions League Player of the Tournament.

“I’m very thankful and excited to be spending next two years of my career at the Wanderers,” Baccus said.

“The coaching staff have taken my game to another level over the last three years and I plan to continue working hard and helping the team.”

Wanderers contracted Hyundai A-League squad 2017/18:

Goalkeepers:  John Hall (Injury Replacement Player), Vedran Janjetovic, Jerrad Tyson
Defenders:  Jonathan Aspropotamitis, Keanu Baccus, Aritz Borda, Jack Clisby, Robert Cornthwaite, Brendan Hamill, Josh Risdon, Michael Thwaite
Midfielders:  Kearyn Baccus, Roly Bonevacia, Steven Lustica, Jacob Melling
Attackers:  Jumpei Kusukami, Brendon Santalab, Lachlan Scott, Jaushua Sotirio
Scholarship Players: Jackson Bandiera, Abraham Majok, Nicholas Suman

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Lionel Messi surprises young CanTeen heroes in Melbourne

Messi Group shot

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Two young people from adolescent cancer charity CanTeen received the shock of a lifetime on Wednesday, as they were greeted by a surprise visit from Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi at the City Football Academy in Melbourne.

Teenagers Georgia-Mae and Denis enjoyed an unforgettable day, receiving a special tour of the City Football Academy from Melbourne City FC CEO Scott Munn, before their afternoon took an unexpected twist.

Wearing their brand-new Argentina jerseys, the teenagers were gearing themselves up for a routine kickabout on City’s elite training pitch, where they were greeted by none other than five-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Messi.

Messi 2

The surprises didn’t stop there, with Messi presenting both teens with a brand-new pair of football boots, and signing their new jerseys.

For Georgia-Mae and Denis, spending time with the world’s best footballer was a deserved time-out. Georgia-Mae’s sister was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when Georgia was 11 and she has been supported by CanTeen ever since, becoming part of the leadership group and a mentor for other young people.

Denis’ mum was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was 11. A huge football fan, he has grown up with CanTeen and is now part of their leadership group.

CanTeen is the Australian national support organisation for young people aged 12-24 living with cancer.

About CanTeen

We help young people cope with cancer in their family. Through CanTeen, they learn to explore and deal with their feelings about cancer, connect with other young people in the same boat and if they’ve been diagnosed themselves, we also provide specialist, youth-specific treatment teams.

To find out more, click here to visit CanTeen’s website.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Ange Postecoglou praises Caltex Socceroos’ strength in depth

Ange Postecoglou spoke to the media in Adelaide ahead of Thursday's vital FIFA World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia.

Ange Postecoglou spoke to the media in Adelaide ahead of Thursday’s vital FIFA World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia.
Ahead of their crucial World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia on Thursday night, Caltex Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou has pinpointed his midfield as perhaps his side’s area of greatest strength.

NOT JUST MILE AND MILLSY ANYMORE

“It’s probably developed in the last two-and-a-half years since the Asian Cup,” Postecoglou told the assembled media in Adelaide.

“Guys like Luongo, Mooy, Rogic, Irvine and Troisi are getting to the stage of their careers where they’re progressing and playing at a good level.

Jackson Irvine“They’re also now getting between that 10 and 20 appearances for Australia.

“When you back that up with the experience of Mile and Millsy, we’ve got some real depth there.

“I could literally put two or three different formations out there and I’d be pretty comfortable putting them all out there to get the job done.

“That’s the kind of position we wanted to be in and it’s certainly a strength of ours,” he said.

Group B Standings

Pos. Pts P W D L GD Form
1
Japan
Japan 16 7 5 1 1 9
WDWWW
2

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia 16 7 5 1 1 8
DWLWW
3

Australia

Australia 13 7 3 4 0 5
DDDDW
4

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates 9 7 3 0 4 -3
WLWLL
5

Iraq

Iraq 4 7 1 1 5 -3
LWLDL
6

Thailand

Thailand 1 7 0 1 6 -16
LLDLL
Pts
Points
P
Played
W
Win
D
Draw
L
Lose
GD
Goals Difference

YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET

While his immediate focus is on gaining three precious points against the Saudis, the Caltex Socceroos coach also has an eye to the future.

And it’s looking bright for many of his midfield brigade.

“Their best football is ahead of them – they’re nowhere near in their peak period,” Postecoglou declared.

“Hopefully they keep getting the right encouragement to continue on and have the same mindset and all those guys are very motivated to improve their football.

“It’s exciting for tomorrow and it’s exciting for beyond tomorrow.”

Ange Postecoglou

FRESH FACES LEADING THE WAY

It’s not just his midfielders who have Postecoglou excited about the future.

There are others who have the world at their feet, too.

“You look at Sainsbury, Juric, Leckie, Smith,” said Postecoglou.

Mathew Leckie controls the ball in the recent qualifier against UAE.“All these guys are 23, 24.

“We’ve invested two or three years into them and I think over this next period it will be exciting to see how far they can go as footballers and how far the team can go.

“At the same time, Ajdin [Hrustic] has come in and looked really good at training and we had Riley [McGree] in the last camp, so we’re constantly challenging things in that area as well.”

Socceroos v Saudi Arabia banner.

Source : Football Federation Australia

Mile Jedinak: preparation and focus remain the same

Caltex Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak spoke to the media in Adelaide ahead of the clash with Saudi Arabia on Thursday night.

Caltex Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak spoke to the media in Adelaide ahead of the clash with Saudi Arabia on Thursday night.

Just another game. That’s how the Caltex Socceroos are approaching their vital World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia in Adelaide, says skipper Mile Jedinak.

Group B Standings

Pos. Pts P W D L GD Form
1

Japan

Japan 16 7 5 1 1 9
WDWWW
2

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia 16 7 5 1 1 8
DWLWW
3

Australia

Australia 13 7 3 4 0 5
DDDDW
4

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates 9 7 3 0 4 -3
WLWLL
5

Iraq

Iraq 4 7 1 1 5 -3
LWLDL
6

Thailand

Thailand 1 7 0 1 6 -16
LLDLL
Pts
Points
P
Played
W
Win
D
Draw
L
Lose
GD
Goals Difference

APPROACH DOESN’T ALTER IN ADELAIDE

A win would be a huge step along the road to automatic World Cup qualification.

Anything less would make things much more difficult.

But Australia’s talismanic skipper isn’t going “all-in” on one 90-minute performance from his side.

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Mile Jedinak press conference“It’s just as important as every other game,” Mile Jedinak told reporters on the eve of the game at Adelaide Oval.

“There are three points at stake.

“I don’t think [our preparation] changes too much from what we normally do.

“We prepare, we analyze accordingly as we do with anybody, as we have done up until this point.

“We take a look at how they might set up and what they might try and do.

“We obviously work on our own stuff more importantly – how we’re going to try to dominate the game and break through them.

“Then you put that into practice on the training pitch.

“We’ve done that the last few days and it’s been really good,” he said.

STARTING SPOTS UP FOR GRABS

While Jedinak’s place in the side is assured, matters elsewhere are far from certain.

Only Mark Milligan (suspended) is unavailable, with coach Ange Postecoglou set to keep his players guessing before naming his line-up just hours before kick-off.

“From what I’ve seen in the last couple of days, everyone is raring to go,” said Jedinak.

“It’s going to be a tough job for [Ange] picking the eleven.

Tomi Juric says the success of Caltex Socceroos Aaron Mooy and Tommy Rogic can’t help but have a positive flow-on effect for the national side.

“But I think he knows that and enjoys that because everybody really is chomping at the bit.

“Hopefully that will show tomorrow night.”

OVAL CROWD CAN ROAR ROOS HOME

Jedinak is calling on the South Australian football faithful to show up in numbers.

“We’re at home which we haven’t been all that often in this qualification campaign but we get another chance to play in front of the locals here.

“Last time round it was a great atmosphere and we’re hoping and expecting more of that tomorrow night.

“I have no doubt with what we’ve set out to do and how we’ve gone about it so far, we’ll give it our all and hopefully be on the positive side of that result.

“It’s up to us to make sure we get the job done,” he added.

Socceroos v Saudi Arabia banner.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia