Palestine 0-3 Australia

Dubai: Australia got their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 title defence up and running, earning three crucial points with a 3-0 win over Palestine in their Group B clash at Rashid Stadium on Friday.

Sunday’s defeat to Jordan seemed a distant memory when goals to Jamie Maclaren and Awer Mabil had the Socceroos 2-0 up within 20 minutes, before substitute Apostolos Giannou added a late third.

The result sees Australia leapfrog Palestine and Syria into second place in the group, with Noureddine Ould Ali’s side dropping to fourth with one Matchday remaining.

An energetic Australia controlled possession and territory from the off, and their new-look attacking trio of Maclaren, Mabil and freshly-promoted Chris Ikonomidis emerged as a regular source of early headaches for the Palestinians.

Maclaren spurned a glorious early chance when he failed to make solid contact after being supplied by Ikonomidis, but he atoned in style with a superbly placed header from Tom Rogic’s cross to score his first international goal and give the holders a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute.

Australia’s first AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 goal had been 108 minutes in the making, but they took just two more to add to their tally, doubling their lead when Mabil found his way in behind the defence to complete the relatively simple task of side-footing home a superb angled pass from the lively Ikonomidis.

With the onus now on Palestine, Ould Ali’s side looked to find a way back into the contest, but it was Australia who looked more likely to add to the scoring; particularly when Mabil was neatly teed up by Maclaren in the dying moments of the first half, only for the winger to blaze his effort high and wide from close range.

Graham Arnold’s men continued their ascendancy into the second half, with an attempted 54th-minute cross from Rhyan catching the woodwork after a heavy deflection off Abdallah Jaber, while Palestine’s Musab Battat added to his growing number of important defensive interventions moments later.

Buoyed by the lion’s share of support from a vocal crowd, Palestine remained competitive but – despite the best efforts of their industrious centre-forward Mahmoud Wadi – a regular lack of bodies in attacking areas meant scoring chances of their own were few and far between.

The Socceroos sealed their win in the 90th minute, with substitute Giannou rising high to head home a pinpoint Ikonomidis cross following an Australian set-piece to cap off a memorable afternoon’s work.

Australia’s win is a significant boost to their hopes of knockout stage football, but they will still need to achieve a positive result against Syria in Al Ain on Tuesday to make sure of it – and will be without defensive lynchpin Trent Sainsbury who was booked for a second successive match.

Palestinians also remain in contention, though they are likely to need all three points from their encounter with in-form Jordan in Abu Dhabi to keep their chances alive.

 

Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation Website

Jamie Maclaren: Refreshed and focused Socceroos are ready to fire

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Socceroos forward Jamie Maclaren believes the day’s break granted to the players by Graham Arnold and staff has freshened up the squad ahead of their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™ clash with Uzbekistan.

Australia face the White Wolves knowing a win will earn them a quarter-finals berth against either hosts United Arab Emirates or Kyrgyz Republic.

Maclaren believes a day off prior to three days of training ahead of the match has paid dividends and will put the squad in good nick ahead of the do-or-die encounter.

“It’s important — seeing family and the stuff that really matters, and we’re only as good as the people around us,” Maclaren said.

“I think for us to have the family so close, it was great.

“It’s so important for us to freshen the minds, but now we’ve hit the ground running and we’re just fully focused on Monday night [Tuesday morning AEDT].”

Maclaren praised the attacking approach Arnold has introduced to the squad, reaping the rewards himself after he grabbed his maiden Socceroos goal in Australia’s 3-0 win over Palestine.

The Hibernian marksman hasn’t been the only player to benefit under this style, with the likes of Awer Mabil and Chris Ikonomidis enjoying some of the best form of their lives.

Maclaren insisted the squad were focused solely on their own performance and would not diverge from their path as they prepared to take on Uzbekistan.

“We’ve seen a bit about Uzbekistan (and how they set up), but for us it’s just completely worrying about us, the way we attack, the way we defend,” Maclaren said.

“I feel like the squad’s so confident, whether it’s from start to finish, we’re always creating chances, we’re always scoring goals.

“I think people were talking about how we wouldn’t create chances and score goals, but we’ve done that.

“The squad’s confident and we’re really looking forward to Monday.”

All hands on deck

Arnold’s shake-up has seen the Socceroos employ a three-pronged attack which gives the team more avenues to wreak havoc on opposition defences.

And with Australia’s six goals coming from five different players, the bold plans appear to be paying dividends.

“For the boys who play out wide, it’s almost like a little bit narrow,” Maclaren said.

“For us, it’s about having guys there who just give you support and obviously with the coaching staff giving us that sort of freedom to go out there and enjoy your football.

“The boys are confident, whether it’s boys coming off the bench, Apo (Giannou) is doing fantastic off the bench, hitting the post the other night.

“So everyone chipping in with appearances is creating something.”

Source : Socceroos WEBSITE

#AFCAsianCup2019 Palestine 0-3 Australia

Dubai: Australia got their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 title defence up and running, earning three crucial points with a 3-0 win over Palestine in their Group B clash at Rashid Stadium on Friday.

Sunday’s defeat to Jordan seemed a distant memory when goals to Jamie Maclaren and Awer Mabil had the Socceroos 2-0 up within 20 minutes, before substitute Apostolos Giannou added a late third.

The result sees Australia leapfrog Palestine and Syria into second place in the group, with Noureddine Ould Ali’s side dropping to fourth with one Matchday remaining.

An energetic Australia controlled possession and territory from the off, and their new-look attacking trio of Maclaren, Mabil and freshly-promoted Chris Ikonomidis emerged as a regular source of early headaches for the Palestinians.

Maclaren spurned a glorious early chance when he failed to make solid contact after being supplied by Ikonomidis, but he atoned in style with a superbly placed header from Tom Rogic’s cross to score his first international goal and give the holders a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute.

Australia’s first AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 goal had been 108 minutes in the making, but they took just two more to add to their tally, doubling their lead when Mabil found his way in behind the defence to complete the relatively simple task of side-footing home a superb angled pass from the lively Ikonomidis.

With the onus now on Palestine, Ould Ali’s side looked to find a way back into the contest, but it was Australia who looked more likely to add to the scoring; particularly when Mabil was neatly teed up by Maclaren in the dying moments of the first half, only for the winger to blaze his effort high and wide from close range.

Graham Arnold’s men continued their ascendancy into the second half, with an attempted 54th-minute cross from Rhyan catching the woodwork after a heavy deflection off Abdallah Jaber, while Palestine’s Musab Battat added to his growing number of important defensive interventions moments later.

Buoyed by the lion’s share of support from a vocal crowd, Palestine remained competitive but – despite the best efforts of their industrious centre-forward Mahmoud Wadi – a regular lack of bodies in attacking areas meant scoring chances of their own were few and far between.

The Socceroos sealed their win in the 90th minute, with substitute Giannou rising high to head home a pinpoint Ikonomidis cross following an Australian set-piece to cap off a memorable afternoon’s work.

Australia’s win is a significant boost to their hopes of knockout stage football, but they will still need to achieve a positive result against Syria in Al Ain on Tuesday to make sure of it – and will be without defensive lynchpin Trent Sainsbury who was booked for a second successive match.

Palestinians also remain in contention, though they are likely to need all three points from their encounter with in-form Jordan in Abu Dhabi to keep their chances alive.

 

Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation Website

Jamie Maclaren joins Caltex Socceroos in Turkey

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Football Federation Australia (FFA) can confirm that attacker Jamie Maclaren has joined the Caltex Socceroos’ pre-2018 FIFA World Cup™ training camp in Antalya, Turkey.

Maclaren – who was selected in van Marwijk’s 32-player preliminary squad ahead of the tournament – joined the Caltex Socceroos on Sunday evening (local time).

Australia, as well as the 31 other nations competing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, must name its final 23 player squad on or before June 4.

This week Maclaren will be given the opportunity to show his ability to van Marwijk and his staff as the Caltex Socceroos continue to train in Antalya, and play an international friendly match against Czech Republic in St. Polten, Austria.

“Tomi Juric has had a knee issue over the last three weeks which is being monitored by our medical team,” said van Marwijk.

“We hope that Tomi will be able to train and play this week, but his recovery might also take longer. That is why we have decided to bring in Jamie Maclaren now so that he also has a fair chance to display his qualities before the final 23 player squad must be announced.”

Caltex Socceroos 27-player squad for pre-tournament training camp (Turkey) and friendly (vs. Czech Republic in Austria):

Name

Club, Country

A-International Caps (Goals)

Daniel ARZANI

Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

0 (0)

Aziz BEHICH

Bursaspor, TURKEY

21 (2)

Joshua BRILLANTE

Sydney FC, AUSTRALIA

5 (0)

Tim CAHILL

Millwall FC, ENGLAND

105 (50)

Milos DEGENEK

Yokohama F. Marinos, JAPAN

17 (0)

Jackson IRVINE

Hull City AFC, ENGLAND

17 (2)

Mile JEDINAK

Aston Villa FC, ENGLAND

75 (18)

Brad JONES (Gk)

Feyenoord Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS

5 (0)

Tomi JURIC

FC Luzern, SWITZERLAND

34 (8)

Matthew JURMAN

Suwon Samsung Bluewings, KOREA REPUBLIC

4 (0)

Fran KARACIC

NK Lokomotiva, CROATIA

0 (0)

Robbie KRUSE

VfL Bochum, GERMANY

62 (5)

Mathew LECKIE

Hertha BSC, GERMANY

51 (6)

Massimo LUONGO

Queens Park Rangers FC, ENGLAND

34 (5)

Jamie MACLAREN

SV Darmstadt 98, GERMANY

5 (0)

James MEREDITH

Millwall FC, ENGLAND

2 (0)

Mark MILLIGAN

Al Ahli SC, SAUDI ARABIA

66 (6)

Aaron MOOY

Huddersfield Town AFC, ENGLAND

32 (5)

Andrew NABBOUT

Urawa Red Diamonds, JAPAN

2 (0)

Dimitri PETRATOS

Newcastle Jets, AUSTRALIA

1 (0)

Josh RISDON

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, AUSTRALIA

6 (0)

Tom ROGIC

Celtic FC, SCOTLAND

35 (7)

Nikita RUKAVYTSYA

Maccabi Haifa FC, ISRAEL

18 (1)

Mathew RYAN (Gk)

Brighton & Hove Albion FC, ENGLAND

42 (0)

Trent SAINSBURY

Grasshopper Club Zurich, SWITZERLAND

33 (3)

James TROISI

Melbourne Victory, AUSTRALIA

37 (5)

Daniel VUKOVIC (Gk)

KRC Genk, BELGIUM

1 (0)

Caltex Socceroos pre-2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Friendlies:

Caltex Socceroos v Czech Republic
Date: Friday, 1 June 2018 (local time)
Venue: NV Arena, St. Polten, Austria
Kick-off: 1pm local (9pm AEST – Friday, 1 June 2018)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS and Network Ten

Hungary v Caltex Socceroos
Date: Saturday, 9 June 2018 (local time)
Venue: Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary
Kick-off: 5.30pm local (1.30am AEST – Sunday, 10 June 2018)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS and Network Ten

Caltex Socceroos 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Group C Matches:

France v Caltex Socceroos
Date: Saturday, 16 June 2018
Venue: Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia
Kick-off: 1pm local (8pm AEST – Saturday, 16 June 2018)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on SBS and Optus Sport

Denmark v Caltex Socceroos
Date: Thursday, 21 June 2018
Venue: Samara Arena, Samara, Russia
Kick-off: 4pm local (10pm AEST – Thursday, 21 June 2018)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on SBS and Optus Sport

Caltex Socceroos v Peru
Date: Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Venue: Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia
Kick-off: 5pm local (12am AEST – Wednesday 27 June 2018)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on SBS and Optus Sport

 

Source : My Football

Hyundai A-League’s impact on Confederations Cup -Jamie Maclaren

Jamie Maclaren (Darmstadt) – The ex-Roar striker was used sparingly at the tournament and saw just under half an hour of game time in Australia’s final group match.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League’s Confeds Cup men – Jamie Maclaren

Jamie Maclaren (Caltex Socceroos) – While he’s now made the move to Germany, Maclaren made the 23 after banging in the goals all season in the Hyundai A-League to finish alongside Besart Berisha with the Golden Boot.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Jamie Maclaren: Saudi clash ‘biggest game in two years’

Caltex Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren talks to the media in Adelaide on Saturday.

Caltex Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren talks to the media in Adelaide on Saturday.

Caltex Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren is very clear on how important Thursday night’s World Cup qualifier with Saudi Arabia is to the national team.

It’s Saturday and most of the Caltex Socceroos are now in Adelaide and have begun preparations for Thursday night at Adelaide Oval.

Maclaren, who inked a deal with German Bundesliga outfit SV Darmstadt FC last month, fronted the media before training on Saturday.

On Thursday night’s opponents Saudi Arabia

“I know they’ll come here wanting to get a result but for us we’re at home. We want the fans to come [to Adelaide Oval] in numbers. We need that, when you have the whole country behind you. They’ll be prepared but we’ll be even more prepared.”

Group B Standings

Pos. Pts P W D L GD Form
1

Japan

Japan 16 7 5 1 1 9
WDWWW
2

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia 16 7 5 1 1 8
DWLWW
3

Australia

Australia 13 7 3 4 0 5
DDDDW
4

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates 9 7 3 0 4 -3
WLWLL
5

Iraq

Iraq 4 7 1 1 5 -3
LWLDL
6

Thailand

Thailand 1 7 0 1 6 -16
LLDLL
Pts
Points
P
Played
W
Win
D
Draw
L
Lose
GD
Goals Difference

Vibe in the Aussie camp

“There’s a lot of confidence in the group.A lot of the boys have done some really good things this year.”

Importance of Thursday night for Australia’s chances of automatic qualification to the next World Cup

“It’s the biggest [game] of the last two years of qualifying. Just huge. People actually don’t realise this is a massive game in Australian football.”

Saudis’ game plan

“We’ll just worry about ourselves. With the new structure [3-4-3], which I think the boss will stick with though changing our style, we can do that. We’re not too fussed about them [Saudi Arabia] – we know we have one goal which is three points.”

Pressure

“You don’t embrace it. You enjoy it. And there are a lot of big game players in the [Australian] squad.”

Jamie Maclaren in action against England.

Maclaren’s current fitness

“I trained at AAMI Park after the A-League season with [physio] Les Gelis but when you play 35 games in the A-League season, having 10 days off isn’t a problem. And I stayed injury free this season [at Brisbane Roar] which I’m pretty proud of.”

The Caltex Socceroos tackle Saudi Arabia in a crucial World Cup Qualifer in Adelaide on June 8. Click Here for Tickets

 

Socceroos v Saudi Arabia banner.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League’s influence on Caltex Socceroos squad – Jamie Maclaren

Jamie Maclaren – His Socceroos call up entirely comes off the back of two stellar seasons at Brisbane Roar. Now he’s joined the Aussie contingent in Germany at Darmstadt 98.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Inside Jamie Maclaren’s new German club

Jamie Maclaren has signed with German club SV Darmstadt.

Jamie Maclaren has signed for German club SV Darmstadt 98 from Hyundai A-League side Brisbane Roar. The Caltex Socceroo’s new club have had a rollercoaster decade and are coached by a German great.

Here are a few things you need to know about the new home of the recently crowned NAB Young Footballer of the Year.

 

THEY NEED GOALS

Darmstadt will play in German football’s second-tier next season after finishing bottom of the Bundesliga table in 2016/17, winning just seven of their 34 matches.

They scored fewer goals than any other side (28), while also conceding the most (63).

The side’s leading goalscorer was Croatian striker Antonio-Mirko Colak, who scored just four times.

Germans Jerome Gondorf and Marcel Heller contributed three apiece.

The Darmstadt faithful will be hoping Maclaren brings his red-hot goalscoring form to Germany.

Striker: Jamie Maclaren - With Tomi Juric and Tim Cahill both absent, the Brisbane Roar youngster is likely to get his chance from the start.

In the 2016/17 season, “Macca” became the first player to score 20 goals in successive Hyundai A-League campaigns.

THEY’RE COACHED BY A GERMAN LEGEND

Darmstadt’s boss is former German international Torsten Frings.

Frings played in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, including the 2002 World Cup final loss to Brazil.

He was also a member of the German teams at the 2004 and 2008 European Championships and played 79 times for his country.

Frings took over at Darmstadt in January, replacing fellow German Norbert Meier who lasted just five months in charge.

SV Darmstadt.

Before Meier, Dirk Schuster was the club’s coach for four years.

THEY’VE HAD AN INCREDIBLE DECADE

Darmstadt’s relegation this season came at the end of a remarkable ten years for the side.

In 2006/07 they were relegated to the fifth tier of German football, before winning instant promotion the following year.

In 2010/11 they were promoted to the third tier as champions and in their third season in 3.Liga (2013/14) they were promoted to 2.Bundesliga after finishing third and beating Arminia Bielefeld over two legs in a promotion-relegation play-off.

Incredibly, they finished second in their first season in the second-tier to earn automatic promotion to the top-flight for the first time in 33 years.

They finished 14th in their maiden Bundesliga season before their disappointing 2016/17 campaign.

The Caltex Socceroos tackle Saudi Arabia in a crucial World Cup Qualifer in Adelaide on June 8. Click Here for Tickets

Socceroos v Saudi Arabia banner.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia