Who’ll start for the Caltex Socceroos against Thailand?

Socceroos starting XI.

Matthew Ryan;Bailey Wright,Matthew Spiranovic,Milos Degenek ,Alex Gersbach ; Mark Milligan , Massimo Luongo, Aaron Mooy ;Matthew Leckie,Tomi Juric,Jamie Mclaren

Source : Football Federation Australia

Thierry Henry: Mooy’s magical thinking

Caltex Socceroo Aaron Mooy has received some high praise after his man-of-the-match performance for Huddersfield Town against Newcastle United in the EPL.

Monday, 21 August 2017 

Aidan Ormond @AidotheFFAEd
English Premier League legend and French great Thierry Henry singled out Huddersfield Town’s Caltex Socceroos playmaker Aaron Mooy after the Aussie star’s winner against Newcastle United.

See Mooy’s goal here 

Speaking on Sky Sports following Huddersfield Town’s 1-0 home win over Newcastle United on Monday morning (AEST), one in which Mooy starred and scored a spectacular winner, the former Arsenal superstar was effusive in his praise of the 26-year-old.


“We knew it was going to come from Aaron Mooy; thinking, magic, I like when a player thinks,” Henry said of the game’s only goal.

Check out the goal here

Mooy’s cleverness shone through as he played a quick give-and-go on the edge of the box before bending it past the Newcastle keeper.

Henry described the thinking behind the goal: “When Mooy is going to receive the ball, can I make you believe that I’m going to shoot? Yes I can,” the Frenchman said.

“Think, see, execute, go and get your ball back, compose yourself, bend it, 1-0, go and enjoy and celebrate it.”


Henry’s fellow Sky Sports analyst, former Liverpool boss Graeme Souness, added Mooy had qualities that stood out when watching two newly promoted sides.

“There wasn’t a great deal of quality in the final third from either team,” he said, adding the defending of Mooy’s goal by Mikel Merino was poor.

“There was lots of endeavour, lots of organisation, but that’s what you’d expect from teams coming up from the Championship.

Aaron Mooy celebrates after scoring a superb winner for Huddersfield Town in the EPL against Newcastle United.

“It’s that last little bit of imagination, the flair, to get in your team and neither of them have it other than Mooy of Huddersfield.

“You’ve got to stand back and admire the goal, I give you that.”


Henry added Mooy’s now famous shyness and lack of ego was an endearing quality.

“I like his interview at the end [post game]. He was almost embarrassed being man of the match.

“Always talking about the team. Always talking about ‘we’. It’s nice to see that, he does his talking on the field.”

Aaron Mooy curls in a stunning strike as Huddersfield Town beat Newcastle United in the EPL.

Town have now won their first two games in the Premier League. They host Southampton this weekend.

Mooy was named in Ange Postecoglou’s 30-man squad for two crucial World Cup qualifiers in the next fortnight.

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Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Caltex Socceroos fans pick their 23-man squad for Japan and Thailand

The Caltex Socceroos squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand will be trimmed to 23 on Wednesday.

The Caltex Socceroos squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand will be trimmed to 23 on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Ange Postecoglou will pick his 23-man Caltex Socceroos squad for Australia’s upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Japan and Thailand.

With these fixtures to decide Australia’s fate for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, we asked fans who they thought should be chosen in the Socceroos’ final squad.

And the votes are in! Here’s the 23-man Socceroos squad as chosen by the fans.


Mat Ryan, Mitch Langerak and Danny Vukovic.

*Ryan was clearly the most popular choice with almost 38% of the vote with Langerak and Vukovic the next two most preferred between the sticks.

Mat Ryan pulled off some big saves in Brighton's clash with Manchester City.


Trent Sainsbury, Bailey Wright, Matthew Spiranovic, Milos Degenek and Matt Jurman.

*Sainsbury was clearly first choice in the heart of the Socceroos defence ahead of the dependable Bailey Wright and the returning Matthew Spiranovic. Milos Degenek earned a call-up as did former Sydney FC centre-back Matt Jurman.

Caltex Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury clears the danger in the opening group game against Germany at the FIFA Confederations Cup.


Central midfielders – Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo and Mustafa Amini.

Wing-backs – Mathew Leckie, Brad Smith, Aziz Behich, Alex Gersbach.

*Huddersfield star Aaron Mooy was the popular choice amongst the fans just ahead of teammates Mat Leckie and Mark Milligan.

Aaron Mooy celebrates after scoring a superb winner for Huddersfield Town in the EPL against Newcastle United.


Tom Rogic, Tomi Juric, Tim Cahill, James Troisi and Robbie Kruse.

*Celtic ace Tom Rogic was the overwhelming choice of the Socceroos faithful ahead of the improving Tomi Juric and all-time leading scorer Tim Cahill.

Juric celebrates giving Australia a lifeline back into the match.

CALTEX SOCCEROOS 23-MAN SQUAD (as chosen by fans)

Mat Ryan, Mitch Langerak, Danny Vukovic, Trent Sainsbury, Bailey Wright, Matthew Spiranovic, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo, Mustafa Amini, Mathew Leckie, Brad Smith, Aziz Behich, Alex Gersbach, Tom Rogic, Tomi Juric, Tim Cahill, James Troisi and Robbie Kruse.

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Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Aussies Abroad: Matthew Ryan’s Brighton suffer EPL defeat

Mat Ryan played another full game in Brighton's 2-0 EPL loss to Leicester City.

Saturday, 19 August 2017 

Staff writer
Mat Ryan’s Brighton have fallen to a second straight English Premier League defeat after going down 2-0 to Leicester City overnight.


It took less than a minute for Leicester City to go in front at the King Power Stadium though Japanese international Shinji Okazaki.

Riyad Mahrez’s shot went through a crowd of players before getting to Ryan, who couldn’t keep a hold of the ball allowing Okazaki to tap-in from inside the area.

The second goal didn’t arrive until nine minutes into the second half as Harry Maguire rose highest to power a header in from Mahrez’s corner.

That’s now back-to-back 2-0 defeats for newly-promoted Brighton.


Caltex Socceroos left-back Brad Smith made the bench for AFC Bournemouth for their home clash with Watford.

Smith didn’t get on the pitch as the Hornets scored twice in the second-half to leave the Vitality Stadium with a 2-0 win.

Like Brighton, Bournemouth have yet to register a point from the opening two games.


Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield Town will play their first EPL home game on Sunday night when they host Newcastle United.

The two newly-promoted clubs have enjoyed contrasting starts to life in the top-flight, with Mooy inspiring Huddersfield to a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace last weekend.

Newcastle suffered a 2-0 loss at home to Tottenham Hotspurs.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Aussies in the EPL: Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy

Caltex Socceroo Aaron Mooy is gearing up for his first EPL season with newly-promoted Huddersfield Town.

The most exciting and high profile league in the world is set for an added Aussie flavour with Caltex Socceroo Aaron Mooy kicking off his English Premier League adventure this weekend for newly promoted Huddersfield.

Many fans and pundits are excited to see how Mooy, a classy, skilful playmaker, adapts to the fast-paced, non-stop action of Premier League football.



After playing a major role in helping them win promotion last season while on loan from Manchester City (who signed him from Hyundai A-League sister club Melbourne City), Huddersfield were quick to secure Aaron Mooy’s services full-time.

The Caltex Socceroos playmaker – who played 48 league games for Town – was signed permanently from Manchester City for a club-record fee.

Shortly afterwards that record was broken again, with Montpellier’s Steve Mounié arriving for 12 million pounds.


Huddersfield finished fifth in the Championship, after a strong start which saw them top the table in eight of the first 11 weeks.

22 of the Terriers’ 25 wins were by one goal.


They then beat both Sheffield Wednesday and Reading on penalties in the playoffs to win promotion to the top flight for the first time.


On paper, it’s not a particularly daunting opening for Mooy’s Town.

They open their campaign away to Crystal Palace this Sunday morning (AEDT).

Their first home game is the following weekend against also-promoted Newcastle United before a visit from Southampton.


After that first trio of games, Mooy is set to jet off to Japan to join the Caltex Socceroos for a crucial World Cup qualifier on August 31.

The 26-year-old is now one of the first picked in Ange Postecoglou’s starting XI. Here he is using his head against Japan in the qualifier in Melbourne last year.

Following that, the side comes home to Melbourne for their final group game against Thailand on September 5.


Once back, October shapes as a testing month, with games against Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool.


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Caltex Socceroos: club form update

Mathew Leckie in action for Hertha Berlin against Liverpool.

A month out from their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand, we track the club progress of some of the overseas-based Caltex Socceroos.

Tomi Juric (Luzern, Switzerland)

The 2017/18 Swiss Super League season is already underway, and Juric started with a bang, scoring in his side’s very first game, a 1-0 win over Lugano.

The Scottish giants have won through to European Champions League play-off round with a 1-0 aggregate win over Norway’s Rosenborg. Rogic played a full part in the first leg and came off the bench in the second.

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town, England)

Newly-promoted Huddersfield open their English Premier League campaign away at Crystal Palace next Sunday, and have warmed up with friendlies against Italian club Udinese and German outfit VfB Stuttgart.

Milos Degenek (Yokohama, Japan)

The Caltex Socceroos defender played a full 90 minutes in his side’s latest J-League encounter, a 2-2 draw with Shimizu.

Mat Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion, England)

The Caltex Socceroos number one played a full part in his new side’s friendly against Spanish side Girona as they build towards a blockbuster Premier League opener against Manchester City next weekend.

Aziz Behich (Bursaspor, Turkey)

The energetic left-back has caught the eye of Turkish giants Galatasaray who are reportedly keen on signing him ahead of the new Super Lig season starting next weekend.

Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa, England)

The Caltex Socceroos skipper is still battling the groin injury that ruled him out of June’s Confederations Cup and won’t be fit to start the Championship season with Villa this weekend.

Trent Sainsbury (Jiangsu Suning, China)

With his loan spell at Inter Milan over, the Caltex Socceroos defender has returned to China, but hasn’t featured for his club with speculation of a number of offers for his services.

Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin, Germany)

The Caltex Socceroos attacker joined Hertha at the start of July and debuted for his new side last weekend.

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Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Aaron Mooy heartened by Australia’s second-half in Sochi

Caltex Socceroos beaten by Germany

Aaron Mooy is encouraged by the Caltex Socceroos’ second half performance in their 3-2 loss to Germany at the Confederations Cup in Sochi.


The World Champions scored an early goal before Tommy Rogic equalised for Australia, only to see Germany restore their lead from the penalty spot.

The Germans scored again shortly after the break, with Tomi Juric’s 56th minute goal not enough for the Caltex Socceroos to grab a point.

Caltex Socceroos winger Mat Leckie battles hard for possession with a German defender.

“We didn’t keep the ball well enough in the first half,” Mooy told FIFA TV.

“Germany are a good team and they made it difficult for us in the first half to find any fluency.

“Maybe we rushed too much, trying to penetrate too fast rather than waiting for the right opportunity to play forward.

“Second half, we did it much better – we kept the ball better and waited for the right chance to play forward and cause Germany a problem.

“We played our style of football and we dominated the ball for a long time but couldn’t get another goal.”



The Caltex Socceroos next face African champions Cameroon on Thursday in Saint Petersburg, needing a win to keep their semi-final hopes alive.

“Every game we play, we want to win – that’s how we play,” Mooy said.

“Hopefully we can play like we did in the second half [tonight] for longer parts of the next game and get a win.”

Source :  Football Federation Australia

Tom Rogic and Aaron Mooy loom large for Caltex Socceroos

Playmakers Tom Rogic and Aaron Mooy loom as crucial figures to the Caltex Socceroos' hopes at the FIFA Confederations Cup.


In the Caltex Socceroos’ media guide for the FIFA Confederations Cup, the player profiles of Aaron Mooy and Tommy Rogic sit side-by-side.

That’s almost fitting, as this supremely gifted pair are set to combine in their national colours for many years to come.

And Russia 2017 is their time to shine.

At 26 and 24 respectively, Mooy and Rogic represent the exciting face of modern-day Australian football.

Aaron Mooy celebrates Tom Rogic's goal against Saudi Arabia.Mooy has just helped Huddersfield Town win promotion to the English Premier League, cramming his mantelpiece with awards and accolades along the way, including selection in the EFL Team of the Season.

Rogic was part of the Celtic side that swept all before it in Scotland in 2016/17 and scored a dramatic late winner in the Scottish Cup Final in front of nearly 50-thousand fans at Hampden Park.

After their standout domestic seasons, the focus now shifts to Russia.

Both are certain starters in Australia’s strongest eleven.

Within Ange Postecoglou’s new system, Mooy is likely to be one of the holding midfielders.

Brazil and Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is a big fan of Aaron Mooy and hopes to play alongside the Caltex Socceroo in the EPL next season.His part becomes even more important in the absence of experienced captain Mile Jedinak.

Rogic plays a more advanced role and – as he showed against Saudi Arabia recently – is capable of both scoring and creating goals for his country.

Passes between the two players will be both frequent and important.

Freeing up Rogic to weave his magic is a crucial part of Australia’s attacking strategy and Mooy’s ability to accurately find him in the area between the opposition midfield and defence is key to that.

If Rogic has time and space, he can hurt any team.

Tom Rogic on the ball during Australia's 3-2 win over Saudi Arabia.Mooy can give him that.

And these two are no longer the new boys on the block.

Both now have five years’ experience in the Caltex Socceroos, racking up well over 20 caps each.

They’re at the heart of what Australian football will look like both at Russia 2017 and – all going well – Russia 2018 and beyond.

Both are reaching the peak of their footballing powers and each could represent their country for the best part of the next decade.

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.

Aaron Mooy and Tommy Rogic could feasibly play in the next two, or even three World Cups.

Their faces will certainly adorn the Caltex Socceroos media guide for the foreseeable future.



Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Who’ll start for the Caltex Socceroos against Saudi Arabia ?

Matthew Ryan; Milos Degenek,Bailey Wright,Trent Sainsbury,Mile Jedinak;Aaron Mooy,Tommy Rogic,Mathew Leckie;Brad Smith,Jackson Irvine,Tomi Juric .


Source : Football Federation Australia Website

Hyundai A-League’s influence on Caltex Socceroos squad – Aaron Mooy

Aaron Mooy – The man of the moment. A return to Australia truly did supercharge his career. After beginning with Wanderers in 2012, a move to Melbourne City was the launchpad for the EPL with promoted Huddersfield.


Source : Football Federation Australia