Ange Postecoglou’s top six games with the Caltex Socceroos

Ange Postecoglou took over the national team in November 2013. After his resignation today, we look at some of his stats and spotlight six great games during his time in charge of the Caltex Socceroos.

Here are six times the Aussies showed the world their quality under Ange.

Bossing the Netherlands in Brazil World Cup 2014 Group Stage (June 18, 2014)

Barely seven months into his tenure, and with a completely remodelled and refashioned national team, the Aussies stunned Louis van Gaal’s side, leading 2-1 at one stage after an outrageous goal from Tim Cahill.

Australia eventually lost 3-2 but made a huge statement on the biggest of stages in Porto Alegre with a stylish, energetic and skilful performance.

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Australia took it to Netherlands in 2014.

Drawing with world champions Germany in a friendly (25 March, 2015)

The new Asian champions met the world champions in a friendly. Plenty of interest around this friendly and, again, Australia looked the part against the classy Germans, going close to winning the game.

Like the Dutch group stage match at the World Cup, the manner in which Australia played caught the eye in Kaiserslautern.

Mile Jedinak with an absolute pearl of a set piece and Jimmy Troisi’s smart header for the Green and Gold in the 2-2 draw.

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The Socceroos impressed in drawing with Germany.

Defeating UAE away in a World Cup qualifier (6 September, 2016)

The UAE had defeated Japan in the group opener and were full of confidence. The heat and humidity was incredibly difficult (Ange famously sweating out his business shirt on the sidelines).

But it was the Aussies who rose to the occasion in front of a full house at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. They won 1-0 thanks to Tim Cahill’s late poacher’s goal 15 minutes from time.

A fabulous result on the road given the conditions and the fact Australia had played in Perth five days earlier.

Tim Cahill
Tim Cahill scored a vital goal against UAE.

Defeating Honduras in 2018 World Cup Intercontinental playoff qualifier second leg (15 November, 2017)

With the first leg a 0-0 draw – an excellent display and a good result – it set up the finale to a 22-game campaign. And it all went to plan.

Australia ran Honduras into the ground, scoring three times in the second half (led by skipper Mile Jedinak) to confirm World Cup qualification after a 3-1 victory.

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Victory over Honduras sealed World Cup qualification.

Drawing with Chile in the 2017 Confederations Cup Group Stage 2017 (25 June, 2017)

High intensity. Skilful. Technical. Well structured. Positive.

Just some of the descriptions of Australia’s display in the 1-1 draw against the South American powerhouse in Moscow.

James Troisi’s first half strike, a clever dink over Claudio Bravo, looked to have won the points but the Chileans found a way back.

Australia needed to win by two goals to advance but just fell short.

However, the Australians had made a powerful statement a year out from the World Cup and showed how much they’d progressed after losing to the Chileans in game one of the World Cup in 2014.

James Troisi
James Troisi scored another big goal as Australia went toe-to-toe with Chile.

Defeating Korea Republic in the Asian Cup Final 2015 (31 January, 2015)

Ange’s now infamous full-time speech heading into extra time was special.

After Korea had scored a late equaliser in front of a full house at Stadium Australia, he told the players to look at the Korean side – they looked fatigued. He reminded the Aussies how fit they were.

And Troisi was the man in extra time. Australia triumphed 2-1 after Son Heung-Min on 90 minutes cancelled out Massimo Luongo’s first half strike.

Australia were champions of Asia!

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Asian Cup winners in 2015.

SUMMARY

During Ange’s reign, Australia played at a World Cup in 2014, a Confederations Cup in 2017 and an Asian Cup in 2015.

As well as that, he was manager for 22 qualifiers for Russia 2018, for which he qualified his nation to a fourth consecutive World Cup.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Caltex Socceroos won four straight games under Postecoglou from 2015–2016. Only once in the last decade have they won more in succession.

2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING STATS

  • 22 Games
  • 14 Wins
  • 6 Draws
  • 2 Losses
  • 51 Goals Scored
  • 18 Goals Conceded
  • 9 Clean Sheets

 

Source  :  Socceroos Website

Ange Postecoglou leaves an indelible mark on Australian football

Ange Postecoglou has brought the curtain down on his tenure as Caltex Socceroos coach.

And what a ride it’s been.

He came into the job in unique circumstances.

Rarely, if ever, has a coach guided his nation to a World Cup and not been given the opportunity to take them to the tournament.

But back-to-back 6-0 losses to France and Brazil made Holger Osieck’s position untenable and it was Postecoglou who was shoulder-tapped to take the reins.

His first match in charge was a friendly against Costa Rica in Sydney, with Tim Cahill scoring the game’s only goal.

Tim Cahill

Four years and three days later, Postecoglou will leave Cahill and his fellow Caltex Socceroos in the hands of someone else for the climax of their 2018 World Cup journey.

There is a small parallel with Osieck in that Postecoglou too has guided Australia to a World Cup and also won’t be with them at the Big Show, but the similarity ends there.

He could have – if he’d wanted – taken Australia to Russia next year.

Unlike Osieck, he walks away completely on his own terms.

It’s a selfless decision.

The prospect of a World Cup – the pinnacle of the sport he’s devoted his life to – would have been impossible for most coaches to turn down.

He would have become the first man to coach the nation at two World Cups.

Instead, Postecoglou has given his heart and soul to getting Australia to Russia, but his investment ends here.

He spoke of the toll it has taken on him professionally and personally.

He talked of a heavy heart as he brought the curtain down.

Looking back four years, it was an inauspicious start as coach.

After that first win over Costa Rica, Australia lost six and drew one of their next seven matches including three defeats at the 2014 World Cup, albeit in a very difficult group.

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But upon his return from Brazil, Postecoglou set about planning for what would become his greatest triumph as national boss.

The 2015 Asian Cup in Australia became his sole focus and despite a limited build-up, the Caltex Socceroos arrived at the start of the tournament with a game plan and team culture firmly entrenched.

Postecoglou led the side on a wonderful three-week rollercoaster which had its climax in front of 76,000 fans at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium.

South Korea – who had beaten Australia in pool play – were defeated 2-1 in extra-time with James Troisi’s winner widely celebrated and enjoyed.

Ange’s Australia were Asian Cup champions.

Socceroos Asian Cup

The next World Cup qualification cycle quickly arrived and while the first phase was easily negotiated, a succession of drawn matches in the final qualification group eventually saw Australia finish third, feeding them into four extra matches in order to punch their ticket to Russia.

In testing conditions, Syria were overcome, as were Honduras and a fourth straight World Cup appearance was secured.

But that’ll be all for Ange.

The final whistle which signalled Australia’s two-leg victory over Honduras will also be the final whistle of Postecoglou’s tenure as coach.

It’s almost fitting he leaves on the cusp of a milestone, having been coach for 49 matches.

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He’ll have no regard for bringing up his 50.

It would mean nothing to him.

He probably didn’t even know.

Just as he was at Brisbane Roar, he’s driven by performances, not statistics.

His advocacy of results being a by-product of the way his team plays has been unwavering.

In the face of a furnace of ferocious feedback to his significant formation change halfway through Australia’s 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, he remain utterly steadfast in his belief.

And it turns out he was right.

He said he would get Australia to the 2018 World Cup and he has.

He said he would play a certain way and he did.

He said he would leave on his own terms and he does.

And he does so with a legacy others would be proud to have alongside their name.

But knowing Ange, he won’t think too much about that.

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Source  :  Socceroos Website

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.”

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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.

 

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.

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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

Postecoglou proud of passing Caltex Socceroos’ biggest test

An “overwhelmed” Ange Postecoglou has described Australia’s successful FIFA World Cup qualification campaign as the most difficult challenge of his managerial career.

The Caltex Socceroos impressively negotiated the final hurdle by brushing aside Honduras 3-1 in the second leg of the intercontinental playoff on Wednesday.

“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, these last four years,” Postecoglou told Fox Sports.

“Having to go to the World Cup [in 2014] with really a rookie squad, knowing we had to win the Asian Cup and then taking a group of players on a journey they’ve pretty much never been on in terms of qualification.

“When you’re coaching your own nation the burden of responsibility is even greater.

“We deserve to be there, the players deserve to be there. They’ve done it the hard way but they got their rewards tonight. I’m just delighted for each and every one of them.”

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Mile Jedinak’s penalties allowed Ange Postecoglou to celebrate.

After a nervy first half finished scoreless, captain Mile Jedinak came to the fore by scoring twice from the spot and seeing an earlier free-kick deflected in for the opener.

Postecoglou revealed his half-time message to the team was to be strong in their convictions.

“I think it’s important you stand for something,” he said.

“[Before the match] I showed them the interview I did when I got the job. I said that day we weren’t going to take any backward steps the next four years.

“As I keep telling the guys, if we really believe in what we’re doing and we’re resilient in it we’ll break most teams down.

“It’s been our attitude all the way through.”

 

Source :  Football Federation Australia Website

Ange: Experience to benefit Caltex Socceroos against Honduras

Ange Postecoglou says the experience within the Caltex Socceroos squad will prove crucial in next month’s winner-takes-all FIFA 2018 World Cup Intercontinental play-off against Honduras.

On Tuesday, Postecoglou named a 25-man squad for the two-legged tie scheduled for November 11 (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) and November 15 (Sydney).

Having established a core group of players and a relatively settled squad over the past 12 months, Postecoglou is confident his side are battled-hardened for the knockout tie against Honduras.

“It’s been a long journey since the starting point. There’s a core group of players that have been through those experiences,” Postecoglou told FFA TV.

“When we get to the most crucial stage, which is obviously now, the majority of these players have experienced how tough international football is, both home and away, and also the consequences of big pressure games.”

Should Australia qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Socceroos will have played a total of 22 matches in qualifying, the most of any nation to have ever made the tournament.

Trent Sainsbury celebrates the Caltex Socceroos win over Syria.

While admitting he would have preferred direct qualification, Postecoglou is adamant the longer journey has helped steel the playing group.

“You don’t always want to take the longest route but the experiences gained along the way have been good for this group,” the Caltex Socceroos boss said.

“We’ve travelled far and wide, we’ve had to deal with all sorts of conditions both on and off the pitch and for the most part the players have handled it very well and have grown every time we’ve gone through that sort of process.

“It’s felt like a really long campaign and it obviously has been but when you get to the crucial stage and the big games such as now you kind of want to know that the players already have an idea of what it’s going to be like.

“We’ve certainly experienced that through this two and a half years.”

Skipper Mile Jedinak has been named to return from a lingering groin issue, while Mark Milligan and Mat Leckie will miss the trip to Honduras through suspension.

 

Source :  Football Federation Australia Website