Ange Postecoglou : fitness key over two legs against Syria

Caltex Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou has stressed the importance of fitness saying Syria will have to “work pretty hard to keep up with us” over the two legs of their their 2018 FIFA World Cup play-off qualifier.

Australia face Syria in neutral Malaysia next week (Oct 5), before the home second leg in Sydney five days later.

Fitness will be vital for both sides – particularly as the first leg is set to be played in steamy, potentially rainy conditions on a heavy pitch in Melaka.

Ange Postecoglou

Postecoglou told media at Sydney’s Opera House today (Wed) that the high-octane, positive approach wont’ change at the Hang Jebat Stadium.

“The beauty of the home and away fixture is they’re [Syria] going to have to work pretty hard to keep up with us,” he said.

“That’s in the first game and then they’re going to have to back it up in the second game [five days later]

“Most teams only get one shot at us.

“They’ll have to have two shots at keeping up with us for two games rather than just one.

“So we’ll go hard in that first game and see if they cope with that. And we know at home we’re going to be strong.

Ange Postecoglou has named a 23-man squad for the Caltex Socceroos' play-off against Syria.

With this in mind, Postecoglou said he’ll bring in fresh legs in the second leg to further ramp up the pressure on the Syrians.

“We’ll take the game to them,” he added.

“That’s from our perspective hopefully going to put us on the front foot when we come back here,” he said.

“What we do know is we’re very strong at home.”

Still on fitness and skipper Mile Jedinak misses out on this squad due to an on-going groin issue.

Postecoglou praised his captain for soldiering on with the injury over the last 12 months


Source  :  Socceroos Official Website

Ange Postecoglou finalises 23-player squad for Syria series

Tom Rogic, Aaron Mooy


Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou has promoted five fresh faces to his final 23-player squad for next month’s crunch 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers against Syria.

Former Hyundai A-League players Aziz Behich, Craig Goodwin, Nikita Rukavytsya, and Matthew Jurman, have each been promoted to Postecoglou’s latest 23-player squad, as has current Western Sydney Wanderers FC defender Josh Risdon.

18 of the players originally named in Postecoglou’s 23-player squad for the team’s recent FIFA World Cup Asian Qualification matches against Japan and Thailand have retained their spot in the latest Caltex Socceroos squad.

The Caltex Socceroos will aim to take a step towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will be hosted by Russia, by securing a two-legged play-off victory over Syria following games in Melaka, Malaysia on October 5, and Sydney, Australia on October 10.

“I am confident that we have a group of players capable of achieving our goal of progressing to the next stage of qualification,” Postecoglou said.

“As I have mentioned on many occasions, it is important for us to have a large and vocal home crowd for the second match of this series, and I’m sure the boys will appreciate all the support from the local fans.”

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The Caltex Socceroos will begin to assemble in Melaka, Malaysia from Sunday 1 October 2017. Following the away leg on neutral territory, the group will arrive home in Australia on Friday 6 October 2017.

Caltex Socceroos 23-player squad for the following matches:

2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers – Asian Play-off v Syria (Melaka, Malaysia – Thursday 5 October 2017 and Sydney, Australia – Tuesday 10 October 2017)

Name Club, Country A-International Caps (Goals)
Mustafa AMINI Aarhus Gymnastikforening (AGF), DENMARK 2 (0)
Aziz BEHICH Bursaspor, TURKEY 16 (2)
Tim CAHILL Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA 102 (48)
Milos DEGENEK Yokohama F. Marinos, JAPAN 12 (0)
Craig GOODWIN Sparta Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS 3 (0)
Jackson IRVINE Hull City AFC, ENGLAND 14 (1)
Tomi JURIC FC Luzern, SWITZERLAND 28 (8)
Matthew JURMAN Suwon Samsung Bluewings, KOREA REPUBLIC 0 (0)
Robbie KRUSE VfL Bochum, GERMANY 57 (4)
Mitchell LANGERAK (GK) Levante UD, SPAIN 8 (0)
Mathew LECKIE Hertha BSC, GERMANY 46 (6)
Massimo LUONGO Queens Park Rangers FC, ENGLAND 30 (5)
Mark MILLIGAN Melbourne Victory FC, AUSTRALIA 61 (6)
Aaron MOOY Huddersfield Town AFC, ENGLAND 27 (5)
Josh RISDON Western Sydney Wanderers FC, AUSTRALIA 3 (0)
Tom ROGIC Celtic FC, SCOTLAND 29 (7)
Nikita RUKAVYTSYA Maccabi Haifa FC, ISRAEL 13 (1)
Mathew RYAN (GK) Brighton & Hove Albion FC, ENGLAND 37 (0)
Trent SAINSBURY Jiangsu Suning FC, CHINA 29 (3)
Brad SMITH AFC Bournemouth, ENGLAND 18 (0)
James TROISI Melbourne Victory FC, AUSTRALIA 34 (5)
Daniel VUKOVIC (GK) KRC Genk, BELGIUM 0 (0)
Bailey WRIGHT Bristol City FC, ENGLAND 19 (1)


Match Details:

2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers – Asian Play-offs – 1st leg
Syria v Caltex Socceroos

Thursday 5 October 2017
Hang Jebat Stadium, Melaka, Malaysia
Kick-off: 8.30pm (local) / 11.30pm (AEDT)

2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers – Asian Play-offs – 2nd leg
Caltex Socceroos v Syria

Tuesday 10 October 2017
Stadium Australia, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW, Australia
Kick-off: 8pm (AEDT)


Source  :  Socceroos Official Website

Ange Postecoglou’s final message ahead of Thailand clash

Ange Postecoglou runs his eye over a Caltex Socceroos training session.

Caltex Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says the familiar environment in Melbourne will lift his players as they search for a decisive win against Thailand to help secure automatic qualification to Russia 2018.

Standings — Asian World Cup Qualifiers

The Australians face the bottom side in Group B at Melbourne’s Rectangular Stadium on Tuesday evening needing a win – and a goal glut preferably – to help their cause for automatic qualification.

But even if the Green and Gold win and win well, they won’t know their fate officially till the early hours of Wednesday morning after the Saudi home game with Japan.


“We’ve been in this sort of situation over the last two games where every game becomes crucial when you get to the tail end of qualification,” Postecoglou told the media at the official pre-game press conference.

“And this game’s no different.

“Being at home certainly helps just from the players adjusting and feeling at home in the conditions.

“It’s exciting knowing tomorrow night or the early hours of the following morning we’ll know whether we’re in the World Cup.”


Postecolgou added the players were still in high spirits despite the 2-0  loss to Japan last Thursday in Saitama, one which he conceded was a disappointing result.

“I haven’t sensed morale needs lifting.

“Obviously everyone was disappointed but that’s the nature of what we do. There are highs and lows and you deal with them and you move on.”

Postecoglou was flanked by Tim Cahill for the press conference fuelling speculation that the legendary striker might be in the starting line up, though the starting XI hasn’t been decided on said the coach.

“We’ve analysed the [Japan] game like any other game and were disappointed both with some aspects of our performance and the result.

“And now it’s about making sure come kick off tomorrow we’re in good shape to get the job done.”

Source :  Football Federation Australia

Ange Postecoglou game plan will reap goals, vows James Troisi

James Troisi is absolutely adamant there’ll be no change whatsoever in the Ange Postecoglou game plan for Tuesday night’s Thailand clash.

James Troisi is absolutely adamant there’ll be no change whatsoever in the Ange Postecoglou game plan for Tuesday night’s Thailand clash.

Group B table

Fresh from a 2-0 loss to Japan on Thursday night, the Australians must win next Tuesday night – and ideally by an avalanche of goals – to put the pressure back on Saudi Arabia who face Japan a few hours after the clash in Melbourne.

But questions about the Ange game plan were swiftly dispatched by the Victory player.


“I think everyone knows the boss by now. Nothing’s going to change.

“It works [the game plan and new 3-4-3 formation]. It’s shown it works,” Troisi told reporters at a Tag Heuer store event shortly after landing in Melbourne.

“Obviously against different opposition it’s a little more difficult. And on Thursday night it was quite difficult and all credit to the Japanese.”


“We’re in a little tricky situation,” the attacking midfielder conceded.

“The last couple of days have been a little bit tough. But we know what we have to do and to get done.

Caltex Socceroos players celebrate the equaliser.

“I guess it’s a bit of a do-or-die situation.

“Not that we don’t have anything to lose, but we have everything to gain.

“And on Tuesday night we have no choice but to be on fire.”


Troisi conceded playing at his home stadium and in adopted home city was something he was relishing. And that’s not all.

“And we’ll have a lot of support. There’s been a lot of negativity but we’re pretty strong and all been through a lot things before and we’ll come together.

“I’m sure we’ll try put on a performance.”

Caltex Socceroos v Thailand banner

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Ange Postecoglou verdict on Caltex Socceroos’ Confederations Cup

Ange Postecoglou has reflected on the Caltex Socceroos' exploits during a massive June in a chat with FFA TV.

Caltex Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou admits he’s disappointed with Australia’s premature exit from the Confederations Cup but insists the tournament will provide valuable experience for the players.

Caltex Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou admits he’s disappointed with Australia’s premature exit from the Confederations Cup but insists the tournament will provide valuable experience for the players.

The Socceroos finished third in Group B after securing draws against Cameroon (1-1) and Chile (1-1), which followed a 3-2 loss to Germany in their opening match.

Speaking to FFA TV, Postecoglou said he was happy with the progression of the team but believes there is work to do for his side to compete with the world’s best.


“I’m disappointed it’s all over,” Postecoglou told FFA TV.

“We kind of knew that this month would be important for us because whenever we’ve had the guys for an extended time whether that was the last World Cup or Asian Cup, we really see some great strides and improvement.

“We certainly got that through the month of June but it just would have been great to have a couple more games.

Ange Postecoglou congratulates his players after the 1-1 draw against Cameroon at the FIFA Confederations Cup.


“If you look at the last World Cup we put some guys through it like Mat Ryan and Mass Luongo and we really benefited from that in the Asian Cup.

“And the Asian Cup exposed us to players like Trent Sainsbury and we’re getting the benefits now.

“It is different at a major tournament at this level. Having guys like Aaron (Mooy) and Tom Rogic and others getting exposed to it, it just adds to our depth.

“The most stark thing that came out of the last World Cup for me was that by the time we got to the Spain game we were literally out on our feet and just had nothing to give.

“If you fast-forward three years, our third game (against Chile) was the strongest in the group in terms of our performance. It means we’re adding to those layers of depth where we can call on a number of players.”


“We want to be consistently competitive against the world’s best. There are certain things that need to happen for us to get to that level.

“One is continuing to develop our game style and game plan, and really embedding it into DNA of the side. I think on that part we’re a fair way down the track.

The Caltex Socceroos celebrate taking a first-half lead in their FIFA Confederations Cup clash against Chile.

“The key component is how the players go individually over the next 12 months in their club football.

“It’s still the missing ingredient for us. We’re facing teams that have individuals that are playing at a consistently high level which produces a certain type of footballer.

“We still have some guys that are not playing at the highest level. [Some] are not playing regularly.

“It’s going to be very hard to bridge that gap unless that happens. With performances like we’ve had in this tournament hopefully the opportunities open up for our players.”


Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Ange Postecoglou proud of ‘brave’ Socceroos in Sochi

Brave Socceroos beaten by Germany

The Caltex Socceroos went down 3-2 against world champions Germany in their FIFA Confederations Cup opener in Sochi.

Caltex Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou said he was proud of his team’s fighting spirit after an eye-catching second half in Tuesday morning’s 3-2 loss to Germany at the Confederations Cup.

Australia opened their FIFA Confederations Cup campaign with a 3-2 loss to Germany in Sochi.

They recovered from a slow start to really push the reigning world champions.


“First half they were too good for us, and we struggled to get control of the game.

“And we made it too easy for them and probably lucky to go in 2-1,” Postecoglou told SBS TV.

Caltex Socceroos midfielder Massimo Luongo fights for the ball with Germany's Leon Goretzka.BETTER SECOND 45

“Second half was better. Absolutely I thought we matched it with them for periods of the game.

“And the character and resilience they showed is unquestionable.

“And from that point of view I’m always proud of them. And I wanted them to be brave.

“And we had a few opportunities to get another one.”

The Caltex Socceroos celebrate Tom Rogic's goal in the first half against Germany.


“We weren’t making enough forward runs and that’s what Krusey [sub Robbie Kruse] gives us.

“I felt if we got the ball to our midfield in good areas and with Krusey making some forward runs causing them problems. It worked okay.”


Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Ange Postecoglou : Aussies ready for Germany at Conferations Cup

Ange Postecoglou said there were positives to take from Australia's friendly loss to Brazil.

Ange Postecoglou said there were positives to take from Australia’s friendly loss to Brazil.

Caltex Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou got plenty out of Tuesday night’s 4-0 friendly loss to Brazil as he prepares for Australia’s first group game at the Confederations Cup against Germany.

Australia fly to Russia on Wednesday with Germany their first opponent early next week in the group stage.

The games come thick and fast with Cameroon then Chile over the ensuing seven days.

Postecoglou spoke to Fox Sports after the Brazil game.

Preparation for Confeds Cup

“For us as I said, this game was preparation for what we’re going to face.

Robbie Kruse on the ball during Australia's 4-0 loss to Brazil.

“We needed to do some things tonight in terms of getting some game time into players and we go that.

“There were quite a few that hadn’t played for a while, and for guys like Jimmy Troisi, Bailey Wright, Krusey we got some minutes into them.

“We’ll be ready for the first game.”

Debutants Ajdin Hrustic and Dylan McGowan

“It was important that those two boys got a run.

Australia’s display

“It wasn’t a great start. First half was decent. We were pretty happy with the way we were structured and the way we put some pressure on them and kept our possession well. So at half time it wasn’t too bad.

“Second half fell away to be fair. I made some changes and we got a bit disjointed and we got a bit stretched and they [Brazil] are a good side and they took advantage of that.”

Brazil proved too classy for the Caltex Socceroos at the MCG on Tuesday night.

Milligan for injured Jedinak

“Millsy was good. He’s had a rough couple of days after he lost his grandfather yesterday.

“And it’s been a tough time for him … but you know what you’re going to get with Millsy, he’s a very strong character and a very good footballer.

“He’s going to have to fill that breach now [with Jedinak injured and out] and he’ll do well.”

Mark Milligan says Tuesday's clash with Brazil is ideal preparation for the upcoming Confederations Cup.


Source : Football Federation Australia