Could Korea change propel Jurman into Ange’s starting XI?

The defensive set up at Matt Jurman’s Korean club may prove handy to Caltex Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou when he ponders his defensive selections for Syria on Thursday night in Malaysia.

In-form Jurman, 27, a former Sydney FC favourite, switched to K-League Classic outfit Suwon Bluewings last January.

And with the Aussie defender’s K-League coach employing a back three, Jurman is suddenly a handy addition to Postecoglou’s defensive options ahead of Thursday night’s first leg World Cup qualifier playoff against the Syrians.

“It’s been a blessing in disguise that my club actually plays with a back three,” Jurman told reporters on Tuesday.

“It’s helped me to learn how to play in that system. And if I’m picked to play I’ll have that experience.

“It’s different to what I’ve played in before in Sydney with Arnie [Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold,” he added.

“But once you get games under your belt everything is a lot easier.”

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The defensive set up at Matt Jurman’s Korean club may prove handy to Caltex Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou when he ponders his defensive selections for Syria on Thursday night in Malaysia.

In-form Jurman, 27, a former Sydney FC favourite, switched to K-League Classic outfit Suwon Bluewings last January.

And with the Aussie defender’s K-League coach employing a back three, Jurman is suddenly a handy addition to Postecoglou’s defensive options ahead of Thursday night’s first leg World Cup qualifier playoff against the Syrians.

“It’s been a blessing in disguise that my club actually plays with a back three,” Jurman told reporters on Tuesday.

“It’s helped me to learn how to play in that system. And if I’m picked to play I’ll have that experience.

“It’s different to what I’ve played in before in Sydney with Arnie [Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold,” he added.

“But once you get games under your belt everything is a lot easier.”

Jurman has been playing on the left side of a back three for his club the Bluewings, who’ve had a successful season using this defensive set up.

Bluewings are currently fourth on the K-League Classic ladder with Jurman playing solidly over the last six months in the helter-skelter Korean competition.

His form and fitness gives him a real chance of starting on Thursday night.

Jurman was picked in the 30-man squad for the last Socceroos camp. But this time, he made it to the 23 with Postecoglou electing not to call up China-based central defender Matt Spiranovic.

“I’m looking forward to it. It’s exciting,” added Wollongong-born Jurman.

“It’s a dream to play for the Socceroos.”

Jurman has been playing on the left side of a back three for his club the Bluewings, who’ve had a successful season using this defensive set up.

Bluewings are currently fourth on the K-League Classic ladder with Jurman playing solidly over the last six months in the helter-skelter Korean competition.

His form and fitness gives him a real chance of starting on Thursday night.

Jurman was picked in the 30-man squad for the last Socceroos camp. But this time, he made it to the 23 with Postecoglou electing not to call up China-based central defender Matt Spiranovic.

“I’m looking forward to it. It’s exciting,” added Wollongong-born Jurman.

“It’s a dream to play for the Socceroos.”

 

Source  :  My Football.com.au

Caltex Socceroos: 3 key men in Melaka

The Caltex Socceroos enter make-or-break territory with their play off World Cup qualifier first leg against Syria this Thursday night.

Now is a time for cool heads and a composed approach to a tricky opponent in humid, potentially rainy, conditions on a heavy surface the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka.

Here are three Socceroos who’ll be extra important in helping lay the platform for the second leg in Sydney on October 10.

MARK MILLIGAN

Whether he plays as part of a back three or in the more favoured number six position in place of captain Mile Jedinak, Milligan’s experience (he’s now 32 with over 60 caps to his name) quality and composure will be absolutely vital.

Milligan will surely start and could even captain (not that a captain really matters, there should be 11 leaders on the park).

If he plays as a six, he’ll push forward when he can but helping to shield the back three from Syrian counters will be his most important job.

His tackle success rate in the last 15 World Cup qualifiers is 72.4%. And Milligan’s successful pass rate is almost 90%. The stats alone show how important he can be.

Mark Milligan on the ball against Japan.

TIM CAHILL

The national team great will be much fitter after a pre-season ahead of this week’s new A-League season. And like Milligan, his experience and know-how will be crucial in such a situation.

One chance is all it takes. He’ll have the composure to take it when that opportunity arises.

He may not start but he’ll certainly play a role in some way.

If Australia is chasing the game, his leadership and nous will be key in such scenarios.

Tim Cahill chats with Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou.

MAT LECKIE

On a heavy pitch, “Lecks” will have his work cut out if he’s playing the wing-back role. But he is so important to the overall game plan.

His work-rate is extraordinary and it powers the team down one side- can he do it in these conditions? That’s the question.

Good news is, he’s in fabulous form in the German Bundesliga with four goals so far for Hertha Berlin.

Whether in the box or down the flanks Leckie’s contribution on this kind of night is vital to Australia’s cause.

Leckie has started in 15 of 16 World Cup qualifiers in this campaign, playing 1212 minutes with two of his four goals from his head. He also has a successful passes rate of 77.3%.

 

Source  :  My Football.com.au

Jackson Irvine energised by Hull move and fresh for WC playoff

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In encouraging news for the Caltex Socceroos, Jackson Irvine believes he’s taken his game to a new level since signing with Hull City.

Irvine’s form for the national team in 2017 has been eye-catching, with key goals and strong performances during the group qualification stage.

It’s been his breakthrough year in the green and gold, and after his recent club switch from Burton Albion to the much bigger Hull City Irvine says he’s already reaping the benefits of the move.

And Irvine will go into Thursday night’s first leg playoff World Cup qualifier with Syria in Malaysia fresher than previous camps, he said.

“This is probably the best I’ve felt coming into a camp. It’s probably the first time I didn’t play on a Saturday [prior],” he told reporters on Tuesday.

“Playing with top players, in a big club environment [at Hull]; It’s the reason I wanted to make the move – a new challenge.

“And the standard technically and the day to day of the club is different.”

Monday’s Socceroos’ training sessioni in Melaka was a 50-minute one with a dozen players involved.

Some Socceroos arrived late, so they stayed back at the hotel to recover.

Last arrivals today (Tues) were Tomi Juric, Craig Goodwin and Nikita Rukavytsya to make up the 23-man squad.

“I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone. And playing alongside other international midfielders [at Hull City] there’s competition to get a game,” added Irvine.

“I can feel it lifting my game already.”

 

Source  :  My Football.com.au

Hayden Foxe named Wanderers new caretaker coach

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Western Sydney Wanderers have announced Hayden Foxe as the club’s caretaker coach following the departure of Turkey-bound Tony Popovic.

Wanderers Academy Technical Director Ian Crook has been named as assistant and Davide Del Giovine as goalkeeping coach.

Following the departure of foundation coach Tony Popovic, assistants Zeljko Kalac and Andres Carrasco have also departed the club with immediate effect.

Wanderers Chief Executive Officer John Tsatsimas said Foxe will provide strong leadership and continuity while the club conducts its due-diligence on identifying a new head coach.

“Hayden Foxe has done an outstanding job in our coaching staff since he joined us in 2015 and we look forward to seeing him lead the group while we continue our work behind-the-scenes finding the best candidate to take our club forward,” said Tsatsimas.

“As a Blacktown boy, Hayden embodies the culture and vision we have at the Wanderers and we have no doubt he will lead the team strongly during this period.”

Tsatsimas also praised Wanderers Technical Director Ian Crook and goalkeeping coach Davide Del Giovine while thanking Andres Carrasco and Zeljko Kalac for their time with the club.

“We look forward to having Ian Crook take up the assistant’s role during this key period. As someone who has taken our club philosophy into his role as Academy Technical Director for the past two seasons his experience and knowledge of this football club is invaluable,” continued Tsatsimas.

“Davide will continue with his role working across our Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League and Academy teams as he has since joining the club. We look forward to seeing him take the next step in his impressive career with us.

“Today we also say farewell to Zeljko Kalac and Andrès Carrasco who have both served this club with the utmost professionalism and passion during their time here – we wish them well in their future coaching careers.”

 

Source  :  My Football.com.au

His Majesty donates supply of dog food to Pathum Thani shelter

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Around Thailand October 03, 2017 16:14

By The Nation

His Majesty the King on Tuesday graciously donated a supply of packaged dog food to a stray-dog shelter in Pathum Thani’s Rangsit municipality.

His Majesty had AVM Thawatchai Srikaew represent him to donate the food to the Klong Sib Song Dog Shelter in Nong Sua district.

The donation was made in the name of the Khun Foofoo Foundation.

Pathum Thani Governor Dr Pinij Boonlert, Pathum Thani Red Cross chairwoman Dolwasa Boonerlt, Rangsit municipality mayor Thirawut Klinkusoom and Pathum Thani chief livestock officer Ponsamitthi Klangnapha were present during the ceremony to receive the donation.

The shelter, which was set up by the municipality on May 17, 2010, takes care of some 600 stray and abandoned dogs.

 

Source  :  The Nation

Robbers seize nearly 200m yen in Bangkok hours after cash brought from Japan

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Kingdom Grieves October 03, 2017 18:07

By KORNKAMON AKSORNDECH
THE NATION

A GROUP OF five hooded armed men robbed Bt197.96 million yen (about Bt60 million) in cash and a brand-new Ford pickup truck from a diamond merchant’s employees at a Bangkok condominium parking lot on Monday night.

Newly appointed city police chief Lt-General Charnthep Sesawet on Tuesday led police officers to inspect the robbery scene, while all city precinct superintendents were alerted to inform money-exchange shops in their jurisdictions to watch out for and alert police about anyone bringing 10,000 yen banknotes to exchange.

Gold and jewellery exporter Pattharit Taerattanachai, 34, filed a complaint at almost midnight on Monday stating that his employee Narongchai Sawadipol had been instructed to bring the cash in carry-on luggage and a backpack in a flight from Japan to Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The money was declared to the Customs Department.

Narongchai handed the bags to two other employees, Jirapat Pithakkitwattana and Kiatipong Peungyims, at the airport before he left with his girlfriend, while the two men went to Pattharit’s Ratchada Pavilion condominium in Soi Ratchadapisek 30.

The two men driving two separate cars – the Ford pickup truck and a BMW sedan – reached the condominium’s fifth floor parking lot at 11.15pm.

They were carrying the bags containing the money towards the building’s entrance when the five men carrying weapons assaulted them.

The assailants covered the two men’s heads with sacks, tied their hands and feet, and left them behind a pillar before making off with the cash and the truck.

Kiatipong, who was wounded in the attack, managed to untie himself and Jirapat and alerted Pattharit about the robbery. Kiatipong was sent to the hospital where he received 20 stitches to a head wound while Pattharit then filed a police complaint at the Paholyothin precinct.

The daring robbery took place only hours after Charnthep began working as city police chief on Monday.

He said he had assigned Pol Maj-General Sompong Chingdounf to lead the case investigation.

The initial probe found that Pattharit had for about five years conducted a jewellery business, which involved the transfer of money in various foreign currencies into Thailand by plane, although usually up to 10 people would be present to safeguard the money.

Police will question people formerly involved in money transfers, the details of which were supposed to be confidential and known only to group members. Police suspected the motive was simple theft but did not rule out a business conflict.

Police will also compare the robbery with another of an Indian businessman involved in a money exchange in 2012, when assailants got away with Bt50 million in the Bang Rak area, based on certain similar aspects.

 

Source  :  The Nation

Panthongtae’s lawyer makes another objection to DSI case

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Breaking News October 03, 2017 17:59

By The Nation

A lawyer representing Panthongtae Shinawatra, son of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has urged the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to terminate plans to question Panthongtae in connection with a money-laundering charge, due to the lack of evidence cited in a previous investigation.

Lawyer Chumsai Sriyapai said the now-defunct Asset Examination Committee had accused Panthongtae of receiving ill-gotten money, but the statute of limitations had already expired after a 10-year period.

Chumsai added that his client had never been charged with money laundering concerning state-owned Krungthai Bank’s multi-billion-baht fraudulent loans extended to Krisada Mahanakorn Group.

The loans were backed by highly-inflated collateral resulting in a massive financial damage to Krungthai Bank in 2005 while Thaksin was prime minister.

Panthongtae earlier petitioned the DSI to also investigate another 150 people and organisations that had also received ill-gotten funds from Krisada Mahanakorn Group.

Chumsai said his client had earlier faced only one charge of receiving Bt10 million in ill-gotten funds from Krisada Mahanakorn as there was no evidence about money laundering. It was unusual for the DSI to pursue a money-laundering case at this time, he added.

He said Panthongtae would be ready to meet DSI investigators on October 24 if the agency insisted that he prove his innocence

Money-laundering charges have a statute of limitations of 15 years, which means the case can still be prosecuted.

 

Source  :  The Nation