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

Transfer news: Sydney FC gloveman Danny Vukovic heading abroad

Grand final hero Danny Vukovic has confirmed he will leave Sydney FC to pursue an “unbelievable opportunity” with an overseas club.

Grand final hero Danny Vukovic has confirmed he will leave Sydney FC to pursue an “unbelievable opportunity” with an overseas club.

In a major shock, the 32-year-old is set to move to a top flight overseas club once he has completed his commitments with the Caltex Socceroos at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

“I am very fortunate to have had the best season of my career since joining Sydney FC,” said Vukovic.

“It has been an amazing 12 months for me and my family, a year I will always remember, and I would like to thank the members and everyone at the club for an unforgettable experience.

“The support we have been given by everyone has been phenomenal and it is something that we as a family will hold dear to our hearts for the rest of our lives.

“I’m very sad to leave but to have such an unbelievable opportunity so late in my career is something that I just couldn’t turn down.

“It is something I could not have foreseen and I would like to thank Sydney FC, the board of directors and Graham Arnold for their kindness, understanding and support in allowing me to make this move.

“I am very proud at what we have achieved and with the fantastic squad Arnie has assembled, I believe the club will continue to be successful in the years ahead.”


Danny VukovicVukovic joined the Sky Blues at the start of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season and played a major role in their Premiership-Championship double-winning campaign.

The experienced gloveman also holds the record for the number of Hyundai A-League appearances with 278.

“Danny was superb last season and it’s no secret how highly I regard him as a player and as a person,” Sky Blues boss Graham Arnold said.

“No one at Sydney FC wants Danny to go and we are naturally devastated to lose him but this is a life changing opportunity for him, his wife Kristy and his beautiful son Harley.

“It’s the kind of challenge faced by Australian clubs and we cannot stand in his way.

“I’m very proud of Danny and would like to thank him for his professionalism since he joined Sydney FC and for the fabulous service he gave us.”


Danny Vukovic
Vukovic played 28 Hyundai A-League games and five FFA Cup games for Sydney FC.

He set a Hyundai A-League record for the number of clean sheets in the 2016/17 Season going unbeaten in 16 of his 28 games.

Meanwhile, youngsters George Timotheou and Bai Antoniou have both left Sydney FC to pursue other opportunities.


Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League’s Confeds Cup men – Danny Vukovic

Danny Vukovic (Caltex Socceroos) – The veteran gloveman turned back the clock with Hyundai A-League champions Sydney FC to earn a much-deserved national team call-up.


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Hyundai A-League’s influence on Caltex Socceroos squad – Danny Vukovic

Danny Vukovic – A genuine A-League story. “Vuko” has spent almost his entire career in the A-League, primarily with the Mariners, Glory and Sydney FC as well as stints in Wellington and at Victory.


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Sydney’s shootout hero Danny Vukovic savours Grand Final redemption

Danny Vukovic celebrates with teammates after Sydney FC's Grand Final win over Melbourne Victory.

Sydney FC matchwinner Danny Vukovic described the end of his 12-year wait for Grand Final glory as “pure elation” after starring in Sunday’s penalty shootout triumph.

Three times a beaten Grand Finalist, Vukovic finally clinched his first championship as the Sky Blues overcame a gritty Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium.

The Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper kept out Marco Rojas’ penalty attempt with a stunning low save, setting the scene for Milos Ninkovic to hit the winner.

Danny Vukovic.

“I’ve wanted this for 12 years and it’s finally happened,” Vukovic told Fox Sports.

“I don’t know what I would have done if I’d lost a fourth.

“That whole penalty shootout was a blur. It just went so quickly.

“It’s been a pleasure playing for this team, with this group of boys. You can see out there we fight for each other and we have done all season.

“So grateful that we won and we’ve done it in style.

“We thoroughly deserve this championship and we’re going to celebrate now.”

Vukovic, who previously suffered Grand Final pain with Central Coast Mariners and Perth Glory, paid tribute to mentor and Sydney FC goalkeeping coach John Crawley for his part in the shootout success.

“I think we have to thank John Crawley for the amount of study he put in,” the 32-year-old said.

“He studied [all of Victory’s penalty takers] and he was sending me signals the whole shootout.”


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Grand final analysis: Danny Vukovic v Lawrence Thomas

Goalkeepers Lawrence Thomas and Danny Vukovic could have big roles to play in Sunday's Hyundai A-League Grand Final.
They’re the last line of defence. And their sides have conceded fewer goals than any of the others this season.

We crunch the Opta stats to compare the quality of the Hyundai A-League Grand Final goalkeepers – Sydney FC’s Danny Vukovic and Melbourne Victory’s Lawrence Thomas.


Both men have played 27 games this season; only Perth Glory’s Liam Reddy has played more often among the competition’s goalkeepers.


Thomas has made 92 saves this season, the joint highest in the Hyundai A-League.

Central Coast custodian Paul Izzo also made 92 saves, but in six fewer games.

Danny Vukovic was outstanding in Sydney FC's 4-1 win over Perth Glory.

Vukovic has saved 73 shots at goal, placing him fifth on the overall 2016/17 list.


Vukovic is out on his own here.

The Victory man has saved 86% of the shots that have come his way.

No other goalkeeper has achieved an 80% success rate this season.

Thomas has also been very good, saving three of every four shots to lie second on the percentage charts with 75%.


It’s even harder to beat “Vuka” from outside the box.

He’s saved 92% of efforts from beyond the penalty area.

Thomas has been secure too, keeping out 82% of the long-range strikes fired his way.


Vukovic can thank his team-mates for limiting the chances to opposition players.

Sydney FC allowed just 239 shots at their goal this season, easily the fewest in the competition.

Victory were significantly more generous, allowing 392 shots at their goal.

Only Phoenix, Glory and the Mariners faced more shots than Victory.

Lawrence Thomas couldn't keep out Filip Holosko's header despite his despairing dive.SHOTS ON TARGET

Again, the Sky Blues were the best by some distance in this metric.

Opposition players managed just 87 shots on target all season.

No other team faced fewer than 115.

Thomas and Victory were on the receiving end of 126 on-target efforts.


Sydney FC will play Melbourne Victory in the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Grand Final.
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Caltex Socceroo Danny Vukovic on his Tehran return

Danny Vukovic is relishing his first taste of the Caltex Socceroos set-up.

New Caltex Socceroo Danny Vukovic has arrived in Tehran with a spring in his step, confident that he’ll be ready if called upon by his nation. And it’s a city the keeper remembers well from an earlier trip in green and gold.

Vukovic was part of a successful U-23s campaign for the 2008 Olympics that ended up playing in the Iranian capital on the Road to Beijing.


And Vukovic says there are similarities with the current Socceroos campaign across Asia.

“You need to be together as a team,'” he said when asked to draw parallels.

Danny Vukovic.

“You go to some to some weird and wonderful places trying to get three points and you need to stick together.

“Not only as a group with the players but all the staff as well – so we [the Socceroos] know we’re on a mission this next week to get six points from two games.

“So we need to be together for that and I know we will be.”

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Sydney FC duo Rhyan Grant and Vukovic were amongst the first players to arrive in Tehran after the 20 hour journey on Sunday evening.

Danny Vukovic

They settled straight into their surrounds ahead of Thursday evening’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Iraq.

They will join another 18 team mates at training on Monday afternoon in Tehran after a busy night of Socceroos arrivals into the Iranian capital overnight.

“It feels great. I had feelings I’d never put on this polo shirt again so to be back in the national team is something I’m very proud of and my family’s proud of too,” said Vukovic, who’s been a key part of Sydney FC’s Hyundai A-League stellar season.

He arrived with Sydney FC right back Grant – another green and gold newbie and star with the Sky Blues.

Grant, Borrello

“Everyone’s been very welcoming and obviously I know a few of the staff and a few of the boys but the ones I didn’t [know] straight away come up to me to say hello,” added Grant.

The Caltex Socceroos tackle UAE in a crucial World Cup Qualifier in Sydney on March 28.   Click here for tickets.


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6 uncapped bolters for the Caltex Socceroos

There are players in form in the Hyundai A-League who will be on Ange Postecoglou’s radar for March’s FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and UAE.

We’ve picked six players from the Hyundai A-League who have yet to win a Caltex Socceroos cap that might get the nod.

Andrew Nabbout (Newcastle Jets)

If you mentioned Nabbout as a possible Caltex Socceroos contender at the start of the season, it would’ve seemed a little fanciful.

He arrived back in the A-League from the Malaysian Super League with little fanfare, but now after a sensational run of form by the 24-year-old attacker he’s the name on everyone’s lips.

Has pace, power, great dribbling skill and an eye for goal. And Ange knows tat after giving him his Victory debut a few seasons back.

The forward’s career drifted somewhat since leaving Victory but he’s back in a big way.

Nabbout has scored the most goals (five) and had the most assists (three) for the Jets while he’s won a swag of man-of-the-match awards too.

Brandon O’Neill (Sydney FC)

Don’t let the cheeky smile and perfect hair fool you. The 22-year-old has been an unsung hero in the Sky Blues’ unbeaten season so far, earning a nomination for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award for October.

Has a great engine, can play a killer pass and is a real team man. Would not look out of place among the Caltex Socceroos’ star-studded midfield.

O'NeillDanny Vukovic (Sydney FC)

“Vuka” has been part of the Hyundai A-League right from the start and it’s hard to remember him playing better than he is right now at the Sky Blues. He’s a regular in goal and has come up with a number huge saves this season, a major reason why Sydney has kept 10 clean sheets in 16 games. At 31, he brings loads of experience, a winning culture and exudes confidence.

Ben Garuccio (Adelaide United)

Left-back was supposed to be a problem area for Ange but with the likes of Garuccio (as well as Sydney FC’s 10-capped Socceroo Michael Zullo), the Hyundai A-League is throwing up some genuine options. Garuccio, 21, has been the Reds’ most consistent player in the 2016/17 Season with his gut-busting surges forward and excellent crossing a real feature of his game.

Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC)

No surprise Grant’s name has been thrown around for a possible call-up given his career-best form with the Sky Blues.

The 25-year-old right-back has been given a licence to get forward at every opportunity by coach Graham Arnold and his ability and fitness to get up and back for 90 minutes makes him perfect for Ange’s Socceroos.

Grant has four assists in the 2016/17 Season, the most for any defender in the Hyundai A-League. And he has incredible engines.

Grant, BorrelloBrandon Borrello (Brisbane Roar)

It’s taken a little while for the 21-year-old to get going this season but Borrello has started to catch fire in recent weeks.

Like Nabbout, offers real pace and energy out wide, while his ruthless style could be useful in the cut-throat qualifiers to come against Iraq and UAE. If there are injuries to the likes of Kruse, Leckie and Burns, could be considered.


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Danny Vukovic departs Melbourne Victory

Danny Vukovic has departed Melbourne Victory.

Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has been released from his contract after one season at the club.

Vukovic signed a three-year deal before the start of the 2015/16 season, however the club agreed to release the 31-year-old this week on personal grounds.

“This was a very difficult decision for me to make because I thoroughly enjoyed the time I had at Melbourne Victory last season,” Vukovic said.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to represent Victory and I would like to thank everyone at the club and the fans, who have given me unbelievable support.

“Last season was very difficult off the field for me and my family, and the best decision for us at this time is to be closer to our extended family in Sydney.

“I wish Kevin Muscat and the players all the best for the upcoming season.”

Vukovic made 30 appearances for Victory – 23 in the Hyundai A-League, four in the Westfield FFA Cup and three in the AFC Champions League – and kept nine clean sheets.

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Danny Vukovic set to break Hyundai A-League games record in derby debut

October 14, 2015

Michael Lynch


There were many victims of the Perth Glory salary cap rort, which blighted the 2014-15 A-League season.

The players involved were devastated, even if they knew little about it. The club’s reputation was dragged through the mud and its fans left feeling cheated when their team was thrown out of the finals.

But there were also some beneficiaries, particularly clubs that picked up top players who opted to quit Glory in the wake of the scandal.

Quite a catch: Goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has been an important recruit for Melbourne Victory.

Quite a catch: Goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has been an important recruit for Melbourne Victory. Photo: Getty Images

Melbourne Victory has been arguably the biggest of those, having signed the man generally regarded as one of the top A-League goalkeepers, Danny Vukovic, who was one of the first to declare he wanted out when news of the cheating broke.

And that is why the 30-year-old shot stopper will break the A-League games record in Victory colours in a massive Melbourne derby on Saturday night rather than in Perth tending the Glory goal when they entertain Wellington Phoenix a day later.

In a way there is a certain symmetry about Vukovic breaking the games-played standard as a Victory player, a record he shares with Central Coast Mariners stalwart, former teammate and “good mate” John Hutchinson, who retired at the end of last season.

Vukovic was  an inexperienced 20-year-old in September 2005 when he made his first appearance against his current club in one of the competition’s earliest fixtures.

He had been signed as cover for then Mariners No.1 and goalkeeping coach John Crawley. But in the lead-up to that Friday night game, Crawley suffered a long-term injury and Mariners boss Lawrie McKinna had little alternative but to plunge his young keeper into the firing line.

Vukovic acquitted himself admirably, even saving an Archie Thompson penalty, although the striker netted the rebound as Victory scored twice in the last 15 minutes to win 2-1.

It was the beginning of a long association with the Mariners that had plenty of success, but one massive disappointment that had major personal consequences was when Vukovic was given a long suspension by the FFA for slapping the hand of referee Mark Shield in the frantic final minutes of the 2008 grand final. Vukovic had come forward to try to grab an equaliser as the Mariners tried to get back on level terms with local rivals Newcastle, and emotions blew over.

The suspension was cut, but it did mean Vukovic was forced to miss the 2008 Olympics.

Not that he is reflecting on that now – nor even the fact he is setting a new benchmark.

The 30-year-old is delighted to be at the biggest club in the country and is concentrating simply on establishing himself as the No.1 as Victory look to emulate Brisbane with back-to-back titles.

And, he says, what better game to put in appearance 229 than in a Melbourne derby against local rivals City.

“I am very much looking forward to it. I have watched at home [on TV] and it can be a little bit fiery at times,” he said.

This will be one of the biggest crowds Vukovic has played in front of, but having experienced the tension of a grand final with the Mariners, that will not be any concern. And although he has played in many keenly contested F3 derbies between Central Coast and the Jets, they simply don’t compare with the drama and tension generated by such a big match at Etihad.

The games record does not occupy his thoughts much either.

“It’s something I will look back on later, at the end of the season or my career,” he said.

“I never thought I would play this many when I started out. Saturday night is about the team and the performance and nothing to do with individuals. We are trying to get our season under way and get three points.

“Hutch [the man he shares the record with] is a good mate of mine. He hasn’t sent me any texts yet.”

Vukovic is entering the prime period for a goalkeeper and he wants to play on for another decade if he can, citing the example of Ante Covic, the Asian Champions League-winning keeper with Western Sydney Wanderers who, at the age of 40, has replaced him as Glory’s No.1 one for this season.

“Hopefully I have a few years left. I am fitter than I have ever been. I am 30 years old at the moment, I would love to go for another 10 years.”

Vukovic was, along with Oliver Bozanic, Victory’s biggest off-season signing, and he says that the transition from Perth has been very smooth in most ways, save for the demands of the coaching staff.

“It took me a little bit of time getting used to the training here. The intensity here is a little bit more than what I was used to and the way ‘Musky’ [coach Kevin Muscat] wants me to play and the role I have in the team is a bit different to what I have had in the past,” he said.

He is full of praise for the experienced French defender Matthieu Delpierre, who anchored the Victory rearguard to last season’s title.

“He brings a level of calmness to that back line and it goes throughout the team, myself included. He’s very calm in situations. He’s a brilliant player to have at the back.”

Victory will be without the suspended Leigh Broxham for the derby, but Vukovic was guarded as to whom Muscat might choose to fill in at the heart of defence. Thomas Deng, the young centre-half, came off the bench in Adelaide after Broxham’s dismissal last Friday, while Giancarlo Gallifuoco has just joined the champions, but because the Sydney-born centre-back has been away with the Olyroos he hasn’t even trained with Victory yet.

“He’s got a couple of options. Those two, but he has also put Daniel Georgievski at centre-back in pre-season. We are confident with whoever comes in. It’s a massive game to come in to.”

City look to have improved this season and Vukovic will be especially wary of Socceroo Aaron Mooy’s skills from free kicks.

“He’s a very important player for them and he’s probably playing the best football he’s every played, but you can’t single one person out … you forget about others, you get hurt.

“But from set plays, corners, his delivery is spot on. On their pre-season form you could say they have worked things out in the final third. They put five past Phoenix in the FFA Cup, they have goals in them.”

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