Caltex Socceroos’ World Cup venues: Kazan Arena

Did you know the Kazan Arena was designed by the same firm of architects as Wembley Stadium and Emirates Stadium in London?

The Caltex Socceroos will kick off their FIFA 2018 World Cup campaign at the stylish Kazan Arena, in Kazan, when they face France on Saturday June 16.

Here’s what you need to know about the stadium in Russia, courtesy of


Kazan Arena was built in preparation for the Summer World University Games in 2013, when it hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.

A football pitch was installed once the games were over.

The stadium hosted its first match in August 2013, when Russian side Rubin Kazan drew 1-1 with Lokomotiv Moscow, and also served as a FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 venue (though the Socceroos did not play at this venue during the tournament).

 Kazan Arena


It has a unique design, which blends seamlessly into Kazan’s urban landscape. Viewed from above, the arena, which stands on the banks of the Kazanka river, resembles a water-lily.

Capacity: 45,000*
Location: Chistopolskaya Street, Novo-Savinovsky district
Home Team: FC Rubin Kazan


Source  :  Socceroos Website

3 key players to face Caltex Socceroos in Group C: Peru

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The potentially decisive third group game for the Caltex Socceroos at the 2018 FIFA World Cup is against South American side Peru.

Depending on previous results, both sides might need to win this clash to book their spot in the knockout phase in Russia.

We’ve picked out three players Australia need to shut down to prevail in Sochi.


A four-time winner of the Eredivisie with former club PSV Eindhoven, the veteran attacker is still getting it done at international level.

Farfan, who now plays in Russia for Lokomotiv Moscow, has scored 23 goals for the national team including one in the recent playoff win over New Zealand.

He brings a wealth of experience and know-how to this Peru squad.

Jefferson Farfan scored a crucial goal in Peru’s playoff win over the All Whites.


The young attacker brings Premier League experience playing with Watford and is a dangerous player inside the box.

He burst onto the scene in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon and then Benfica, where he helped the club win the League, Cup and Super Cup in his first season.

At 26 is in the prime of his career and he brings a real threat with his turn of speed and trickery around the penalty area.

Andre Carrillo brings Premier League experience to Peru’s talented squad.


The skipper is arguably Peru’s most famous player, with his six goals in qualifying a huge reason why Peru snapped their 36-year FIFA World Cup drought.

A quality striker, the 33-year-old is the nation’s all-time top scorer with 32 goals from 83 caps and has clubs like Bayern Munich and Hamburg in Germany on his resume.

While he’s currently serving a provisional ban for a doping violation, if cleared to play he’ll be the man to stop for the Caltex Socceroos.


Source  :  Socceroos Website

3 key players to face Caltex Socceroos in Group C: Denmark

The Caltex Socceroos’ hopes of advancing to the knockout stages at Russia 2018 could hinge on the result of their second Group C game against Denmark.

Here are three players who will be standing in the way in Samara.


Denmark’s standout star showcased his class by firing his country to the World Cup with an outstanding hattrick in the second leg of their qualification playoff against Ireland.

While more noted as a playmaker, the Tottenham attacking midfielder has nine goals in his last eight international appearances.

He’ll be the top priority in any scouting report.

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen is Denmark’s chief creator.


Premier League winner with Leicester, Schmeichel is set to appear at a major tournament for the first time after being an unused member of his nation’s Euro 2012 squad.

The agile shot-stopper conceded only once over the two-legged playoff against Ireland and is good enough to make any opposition work.

Kasper Schmeichel
Kasper Schmeichel is number one for club and country.


Werder Bremen midfielder Delaney is capable of doing a bit of everything in between both boxes.

Having made his name at FC Copehnagen, the 26-year-old is now thriving in the Bundesliga and has established his place in Denmark’s starting side.

He’s physical, a threat in the air and renowned for his leadership qualities.

Thomas Delaney
Thomas Delaney is a midfield danger man.


Asian Cup 2018 explainer: teams, venues, star players

The Westfield Matildas will learn their group stage opponents for the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup when the draw is held this Saturday night.

Alen Stajcic’s side will be heavily fancied to go all the way in Jordan after streamrolling through a record-breaking 2017.

But which challenges will Australia need to navigate in order to be crowned champions for the second time?


The tournament will be contested by eight nations, split into two groups of four.

Hosts Jordan are the least experienced as they have only appeared at one previous tournament, finishing bottom of Group A in 2014.

Japan prevailed on that occasion, edging Australia – now the AFC’s top-ranked nation – 1-0 in the final.

That was, surprisingly, Japan’s first ever triumph. China PR dominated the tournament with seven straight wins between 1986 and 1999.

The other teams to have qualified are South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines.

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Japan are reigning champions.


Amman, the capital of Jordan, is due to spread the hosting of all games between two venues.

One is the Amman International Stadium, which was built in 1964 and was the scene of last year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup final.

The other is the nearby King Abdullah II Stadium, home to the Al-Wehdat Sports Club and able to fit 13,000 people.

Amman International Stadium
Amman International Stadium


While the Westfield Matildas will take plenty of their own big names to the tournament, they will come up against some headline acts in April.

Japan captain Saki Kumagai was one of two players Sam Kerr beat to the title of AFC Women’s Player of the Year last week and it will be fascinating to see Kerr go head-to-head with the Lyon defender.

South Korea star Ji So-yun is one of few other players currently plying her trade abroad, lighting it up for English outfit Chelsea.

The midfielder has almost 100 international caps and is her country’s all-time top goalscorer.

Jordan, meanwhile, will have their hopes pinned on Stephanie Al-Naber, a goalscoring midielder who netted nine times in just five games in qualifying.

Saki Kumagai
Australia will need to find a way past Saki Kumagai.


Source  :  My Football Website

FFA announces details of selection process and timing for new Caltex Socceroos Head Coach

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Former Caltex Socceroos Mark Bresciano, Stan Lazaridis and Mark Schwarzer are among a panel of experts who will advise Football Federation Australia (FFA) on the appointment of a new Head Coach for the Caltex Socceroos that will be contesting the FIFA World Cup in Russia next year.

Lazaridis is also an external member of the FFA Board’s Football Development Committee.

FFA chief executive David Gallop said the trio, who have 253 international caps between them and all represented Australia at the FIFA World Cup, will be working with FFA’s Head of National Performance, Luke Casserly, Caltex Socceroos Assistant Coach Ante Milicic (both of whom are also former Socceroos), FFA’s National Technical Director Eric Abrams and FFA’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Mark Jones. The appointment of two international experts is expected to be finalised in the near future.

FFA has also appointed leading international search and consulting firm SRi Executive to facilitate the process.

SRi’s Sydney-based Managing Partner ANZ, Jonathan Harris, will manage the process in cooperation with SRi’s Global Football Elite & High Performance team, who are based across four continents.

The advisory panel and SRi are working with FFA on the criteria for selecting the new coach and will be involved in initial interviews.

FFA will make the final decision with an appointment to be made by mid-February next year which will give the successful candidate more than a month to prepare before the Caltex Socceroos anticipated next games in March.

“As you would expect, we have had a high level of interest already,” said Mr Gallop.

“As things stand, no-one is ruled in or out. We are open minded about whether the coach is Australian or someone from overseas but they must live in Australia, embrace the progress on and off the field that has been achieved with national teams over the past four years – especially in the areas of technical development and sports science – and be prepared to be an ambassador for our sport here and abroad.

“FFA’s starting point is to appoint a coach for the long term but we will be advised on this and other matters by our expert panel.

“We are confident that we will attract the right person to lead the Caltex Socceroos at the FIFA World Cup and hopefully beyond.”


Source  :  Socceroos Website

3 key players to face Caltex Socceroos in Group C: France

The Caltex Socceroos will need to be at their very best when they take on heavyweights France in Group C’s opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

From a squad dripping with talent, we’ve picked out three key players who will need to be watched closely in Kazan.


The world’s second-most expensive footballer is capable of filling just about any role in midfield, but it’s as a box-to-box presence that he’s at his most damaging.

Skillful on the ball and a threat from range, Australia’s plans will need to be spot on in order to quell the Manchester United man’s influence.

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba will be a tough prospect in Russia.


While he hasn’t been at his best for Atletico Madrid this season, 26-year-old Griezmann remains the jewel in Les Bleus’ star-studded attacking arsenal.

The silky forward eased France’s concerns over their arguable lack of an out-and-out goalscorer by netting six times at Euro 2016, where he was named player of the tournament.

And with Kylian Mbappe still only a teenager, Griezmann’s proven ability to produce in major tournaments means he’ll  again be the go-to man in Russia.

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Antoine Griezmann is key to France’s forward structure.


Real Madrid spotted his talent in 2011 and Varane, still only 24, has developed into the complete defensive package.

Comfortable on the ball, tactically aware and a fine athlete, the Lens product has already won 40 caps and is Didier Deschamps’ first-choice centre-back ahead of the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Samuel Umtiti.

Raphael Varane
Raphael Varane’s achievements belie his age.


Source : Socceroos Website

France clash crucial for Caltex Socceroos: Jurman

Caltex Socceroos defender Matt Jurman believes a positive start against France will be crucial to Australia’s chances of progressing to the knockout stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Australia will face France, Denmark and Peru at next year’s tournament after the draw was conducted on Saturday morning (AEDT) in Moscow.

And with the Socceroos to face France in the opening group game on June 16, Jurman says Australia need to be at their best from the outset.

“The first game is always important. Sometimes you see a lot of teams aren’t at their best in the first game,” Jurman told

“We need to make sure we’re at our best. Hopefully we can catch France when they’re not at their best.

“It’s all up to us. We just need to worry about ourselves and make sure we give ourselves a good chance to get a result, especially in the first game.

“I think if we play at our best hopefully we can get some sort of result in the first game and set ourselves up for the rest of the tournament.”

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Australia (39th) will be considered outsiders to progress from Group C with France (9th), Peru (11th) and Denmark (12th) all ranked above the Socceroos.

But Jurman insists the Socceroos will be competitive and is excited by the prospect of facing some of the world’s best players.

“I think it’s pretty exciting. It’s always going to be tough. Every team that goes to a World Cup, they’re there for a reason, “ Jurman said.

“Every game is going to be tough but we’ve got to be confident that we can go there and get results in all the games.

“The France game will be probably the biggest in our group. If you look at their players, they’ve got some unreal quality in all parts of the field.

“But for us as and a nation, we want to be challenging ourselves against these countries and to see where we’re at.

“I think it’s going to be a great test and I’m looking forward to it

Source  :  Socceroos Website