Emotional Ange pays tribute to family after resigning as Caltex Socceroos boss

Ange Postecoglou has paid an emotional tribute to both his family and the Australian side as he announced his resignation as Caltex Socceroos coach.

Postecoglou’s tenure has come to an end just days after securing Australia’s fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup appearance with a play-off win over Honduras.

“After a great deal of thought and soul-searching, I’ve decided the journey for me ends as Socceroos coach,” he told a packed media conference.

“As I’ve said many times it’s been the biggest privilege of my life.

“It’s probably not the ending I’d envisaged when we started but it won’t take away from how rich this experience has been.

“I know it’s the right time for me and the right decision.”

Ange Postecoglou

Postecoglou spoke of his pride in being entrusted with the role of Australian football coach and the privilege of playing his part in the football development of the nation’s best players.

“I love coaching Australian players,” he said.

“I’ve often said to them that when you make a choice in this country to play football, and that’s your dream, you’re choosing to take the hardest possible road and it takes enormous courage.

“They’ve shown that in bucket-loads over the last four years.

“I’ve challenged them in many different ways and they’ve never ever taken a backward step and never shown any hesitation in doing what I was asking of them.

“I’ll be forever indebted to them for the faith and belief they showed in me on the journey we started four years ago.”

Ange Postecoglou

Postecoglou fought back tears as he then turned his attention to those closest to him.

“To my family and friends who have ridden this journey with me, the ups and the downs, I always say the journey in life is often measured by the people around you.

“I’m a very successful person in terms of that aspect.

“To my three boys – James, Max and Alexi – you make me smile every day.

“I left 24 hours after Max was born because we were playing Ecuador in London.

“And to my beautiful wife, I’ll never be able to repay the sacrifices she’s made for me to follow my dream over the last four years of coaching the national team.

“Hopefully someday along the track I’ll get the chance to repay her before she realises she can probably do a lot better than me.”

Ange Postecoglou


Source  :  Socceroos Website

‘Thanks Ange’: Football world hails impact of Postecoglou

The football world has been quick to pay tribute to Ange Postecoglou following his shock decision to resign as coach of the Caltex Socceroos on Wednesday morning.

Socceroos players, former players, media personalities and fans have all shown their support for Postecoglou, who enjoyed a hugely successful four-year stint with Australia.

Postecoglou guided the Socceroos at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and helped Australia claim a historic first Asian Cup title on home soil in 2015.

Last week, the 52-year-old helped Australia secure qualification for a fourth straight World Cup following an intercontinental play-off victory over Honduras.


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Want to say a massive thank you to Ange Postecoglou. The last four years have been amazing and he has helped create memories that will last forever for our country. From the World Cup in Brazil, winning the Asian Cup and now to the biggest prize of qualifying for a fourth consecutive World Cup. His leadership and beliefs are infectious and I’m proud that I had the chance to share his journey with him and witness his love for our country. The most important part was the belief he instilled in us to play a style of football that could test any team we came up against. This for me sets Ange apart as someone that stayed strong to his values of changing the game in Australia. His saying that will stay with me forever is NEVER TAKE A BACKWARDS STEP. Want to wish Ange and his family all the very best in the future.

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Source  :  Socceroos Website

Ange Postecoglou Resigns as Caltex Socceroos Head Coach

Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou has resigned from his role with the national team.

Postecoglou met with Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chairman Steven Lowy and Chief Executive Officer David Gallop yesterday just days after leading the Caltex Socceroos to a place at next year’s FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.

He said while he appreciated the total support he had been given by FFA and the offer to discuss a contract extension beyond the World Cup, the time had come to move on.

“This has been a very tough decision for me,” he said. “It has been a privilege for me to coach my country’s national team, to lead them at the 2014 World Cup, to win the Asian Cup in 2015 and now to have qualified for the World Cup next year. I said we would do it and we have done it.

“All this however, has taken a toll on me both personally and professionally. I have invested all I can knowing how important a period it was for Australian football. It is with a heavy heart that I must now end the journey.

“To coach your own country is the greatest privilege but it also has enormous responsibility. I feel now is the right time to pass on that responsibility to someone who will have the energy it requires. I owe this to the FFA, the players and the fans. I look forward to watching the team take on the World next year. I have no doubt that road ahead will have many special moments and no one will be happier than me watching and cheering from afar,” concluded Postecoglou.

Ange Postecoglou

Steven Lowy said he and David Gallop were disappointed by the decision but respected Postecoglou’s reasons for leaving.

“Like all Socceroos fans, we hoped Ange would stay on to the World Cup and maybe beyond. He has done an outstanding job and has always had our total support,” Lowy said. “We wish him well for the future.”

David Gallop said it was hard to think of the World Cup without Postecoglou leading the team. “It’s going to take some getting used to, especially for the players and the national team staff,” he said. “But we always knew this day would come eventually and we have been doing succession planning over the past year.

“We will not rush this process. The Socceroos will not play again until March next year at the earliest so we have time to conduct a thorough process. With a guaranteed place in the World Cup, I am sure we will attract a strong field of candidates.”


Source  :  Socceroos Website

Latin America and Caribbean’s in-service fleet to more than double by 2036

Region’s economy predicted to grow above world’s average in the next two decades

From 2017-2036 Latin America and the Caribbean will need 2,677 new passenger and freighter aircraft to meet rising demand, according to the latest Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF). Valued at US$352 billion, this demand accounts for 2,084 single-aisle and 593 twin-aisle and very large aircraft. This implies that the region’s in-service fleet will more than double from the 1,211 aircraft in-service today to 2,882 in the next two decades. Of these aircraft, 1,006 will be for replacement of older-generation aircraft, 1,671 will be accounted for growth, and 205 are expected to remain in service.

Airbus’ GMF forecasts passenger traffic to, from and within Latin America and the Caribbean to grow 4.4 percent annually until 2036. The region’s domestic and intra-regional traffic will grow even quicker at 4.8 percent per year, while the highest traffic growth is expected to be on routes to the Middle East (6.1 percent) and to Asia Pacific (5.8 percent). A key factor fueling this growth is the region’s middle class which is expected to increase to half a billion people by 2036.

“We are optimistic about the long-term outlook for Latin America’s air transport sector now that we are starting seeing clear signs of economic recovery across the region, signaled by the region’s GDP, which is predicted to grow above the world’s average at three percent,” said Rafael Alonso, President of Airbus Latin America and Caribbean, at the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum. “Also, with long-haul traffic escalating we think Latin American carriers can capture market share that is currently being lost to foreign carriers on routes to Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and North America.”

In Argentina, where the economy is forecasted to increase by 2.6 percent annually in the next 20 years, fleets serving the country will require 330 aircraft by 2036 to meet market demand. This will be driven by an acceleration of traffic growth to and from the country, which has doubled in the last 20 years.

By 2036, the number of aviation mega-cities globally will increase from 58 to 95, and the current regional mega cities of Bogota, Buenos Aires, Lima, Mexico City, Santiago and Sao Paulo will be joined by Cancun, Panama City, and Rio de Janeiro. These nine megacities will account for 150,000 long-haul passengers daily.

A more than doubling in the commercial fleet over the next 20 years yields a need for 49,130 new pilots and 53,800 new maintenance engineers, providing a growth opportunity for Airbus’ regional customer services outposts. In the last three years alone, Airbus has expanded its global network of training locations from five to 16, with two being in Latin America—the Airbus Mexico City Training Center opened in 2015, and the Airbus Brazil Training Center, opened in 2016.

With over 1,000 aircraft sold and a backlog of nearly 450, more than 650 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, representing a 53 percent market share of in-service fleet. Since 1990, Airbus has secured more than 60 percent of net orders in the region and in the past 10 years, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet in Latin America.

The GMF is available as an application for Android and Apple devices. The report is also on www.airbus.com

Note to editors:

The Airbus Global Market Forecast gives a detailed analysis of world air transport developments, covering more than 200 distinct passenger and freight traffic flows, as well as a year-by-year fleet evolution of the world’s aircraft operators, through fleet analysis of nearly 800 passenger airlines and 200 freighter operators over the next 20 years. In doing so, the forecast covers aircraft demand from the regional market to the very largest aircraft available, the A380 today.


Source  :  Airbus Website