Deni Juric eager to excel for Australia U23s

Australian U23 National Team attacker Deni Juric, brother of Caltex Socceroos striker Tomi, believes the work that Ante Milicic’s squad puts in over the next seven days will play a big part in determining the team’s fortunes at the 2018 AFC U23 Championship in China this month. 

Juric, who is currently contracted to Croatian heavyweights HNK Hajduk Split, was one of the first players to arrive in Shanghai for the squad’s pre-tournament camp, which will include an international friendly against Thailand in Shanghai on Saturday.

The versatile forward – who will room with Central Coast Mariners flyer Trent Buhagiar throughout the 2018 AFC U23 Championship – told from China that everyone involved must treat each session with the utmost professionalism if the team is to excel on the continental stage.

“We have quite a new team here in China so it’s going to take some time for us to gel, but hopefully not too much (time),” Juric, who scored three goals and made three assists on loan at NK Solin in the first half of the Croatian league season, said.

“All the teams at this tournament are here for a reason, they had to qualify like us, so we cannot underestimate anyone.

“It’s always an honour to represent your country, your national team, so we have to be professional every session and give 110 per cent on and off the pitch while we are here,” he said.

The Australian U23 squad will hold their first training session in Shanghai on Wednesday afternoon (local time) as the players commence their preparations under Caltex Socceroos Assistant Coach Milicic.

Juric, 20, was part of an Australian Development Squad that toured Spain last year, and it was there that he featured against youth selections from Finland and Austria.

“That was a really good experience,” Juric added. “I don’t know what it’s like against Asian teams, but the European sides were a different level.”

“That experience (in Spain) should help me at this tournament,” he said.

Australia has been pooled in Group D for the 2018 AFC U23 Championship in China alongside Syria, Vietnam, and Korea Republic.

Milicic’s men will play all of their group games at the Kunshan Stadium in Jiangsu Province, and will require a top two finish in Group D to advance to the Quarter Finals of the competition.

Deni Juric

Earlier this week, Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced that all three of Australia’s matches at the 2018 AFC U23 Championship in China will be broadcast LIVE, EXCLUSIVE, and ad-break free during play on FOX SPORTS.

Australia’s results at the 2018 AFC U23 Championship will impact the team’s seeding for the 2020 AFC U23 Championship, which will double as the qualification tournament for the 2020 Summer Olympics to be held in Tokyo, Japan.

Australia U23 v Syria U23
Thursday 11 January 2018
Kunshan Stadium, Kunshan
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 7pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Second half LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on FOX SPORTS 501 following ‘Just For Kicks’

Vietnam U23 v Australia U23
Sunday 14 January 2018
Kunshan Stadium, Kunshan
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 7pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Full match LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on FOX SPORTS 506

Korea Republic U23 v Australia U23
Wednesday 17 January 2018
Kunshan Stadium, Kunshan
Kick-off: 7.30pm (local); 10.30pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Full match LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on FOX SPORTS 501

Source  :  Socceroos WEBSITE

Caltex Socceroos: take our 10 question quiz

The Caltex Socceroos are set to play in this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia after sealing qualification after a two-legged playoff against Honduras in November.

It was the highlight is a huge 2017 for the national team, where they faced some serious pressure to qualify, but achieved their goal in memorable fashion.

But how well do you know the Caltex Socceroos of 2017? Well, try our quiz.

Answers at the bottom of the page. No cheating!


  1. Who scored the Caltex Socceroos first goal of 2017?
  2. The Caltex Socceroos played 13 matches in 2017. What was their record?
  3. Four players made their Caltex Socceroos debuts in 2017. Can you name them?
  4. Who scored Australia’s goal in the 1-1 draw with Chile at the FIFA Confederations Cup?
  5. Which Caltex Socceroos star plays his club football in Switzerland with FC Luzern?
  6. How many shots at goal did the Caltex Socceroos have in their 2-1 win over Thailand in Melbourne?
  7. Tim Cahill became the first outfield player to reach 100 caps for Australia in 2017. Who was it against?
  8. How many clean sheets did the Caltex Socceroos manage in their 13 games in 2017?
  9. Who scored the winning goal in the 3-2 triumph over Saudi Arabia in Adelaide in June?
  10. In December’s draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Caltex Socceroos were pitted against France, Denmark and Peru. Which nation will they play first in Russia?


  1. Matt Leckie in the 1-1 draw with Iraq in March
  2. 5 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses
  3. Mustafa Amini, Ajdin Hrustic, Dylan McGowan and Matthew Jurman
  4. James Troisi
  5. Striker Tomi Juric
  6. 45
  7. Chile at the FIFA Confederations Cup
  8. Two
  9. Tom Rogic
  10. France


Source  :  Socceroos WEBSITE

Caltex Socceroos set for March match against Norway in Oslo

The Caltex Socceroos will continue their preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with an international friendly against Norway in Oslo in March.

The match against Lars Lagerbäck’s side will be played at the 28,000-capacity Ullevaal Stadion on Friday 23 March 2018 (local time), and will represent the third meeting between Australia and Norway at senior men’s international level.

The Caltex Socceroos first played Norway in Sydney in January 1997, a game Australia won 1-0 thanks to Robbie Hooker’s 72nd minute strike.

Australia also met Norway in London in November 2004, a year prior to the team’s successful qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Goals to Tim Cahill and Josip Skoko ensured Australia departed Craven Cottage with a 2-2 draw to their credit.

The Caltex Socceroos’ match against Norway in Oslo will be the first of two friendlies that Australia will play in March’s FIFA window. Football Federation Australia (FFA) is close to finalising the second international friendly, and will announce further match details soon.



FFA Chief Executive Officer, David Gallop, believes that playing Norway in Norway, followed by another strong opponent elsewhere in Europe, will provide the Caltex Socceroos’ soon to be appointed Head Coach with a strong platform to commence their tenure.

“We are excited to have secured this international friendly match against Norway and would like to thank the Norwegian Football Association for the opportunity to play in Oslo,” said Gallop.

“Norway are especially strong on home soil and last year managed wins over Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan, as well as 1-1 draws with both Czech Republic and Sweden in Oslo.”

“For the March window we identified the need to play friendlies in Europe where the bulk of our players are based to minimise the travel demand on the players selected, as well as their Clubs.

“Throughout the qualification process our players had a heavy travel and match schedule, so playing in Europe will lighten their loads leading up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

“We’re sure that our match schedule in March will provide our new Head Coach with a great chance to test the squad against quality opponents,” concluded Gallop.

The Caltex Socceroos’ international friendly match against Norway will be broadcast LIVE and EXCLUSIVE in Australia on FOX SPORTS, as well as Network Ten.

The match kick-off time is yet to be confirmed.

2018 International Friendly – Norway v Caltex Socceroos
Date: Friday 23 March 2018 (local time)
Venue: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway
Kick-off: To be confirmed
Broadcast: LIVE & EXCLUSIVE in Australia on FOX SPORTS and Network Ten


Source  :  Socceroos Website