3 years ago : @Socceroos win AFC Asian Cup 2015 defeating South Korea in final

The Socceroos celebrate Massimo's Luongo's opening goal in the Asian Cup final.

The Socceroos are the Asian champions after completing a fairytale tournament by beating Korea Republic 2-1 after extra-time in a gripping Asian Cup final on Saturday night.

In an epic decider substitute James Troisi struck a truly golden-goal in the 105th minute, blasting home from close range after Kim Jin Hyeon spilled Tomi Juric’s cross into his path.

Australia looked like they would win the match in normal time, leading right until the death through midfielder Massimo Luongo’s first half scorcher.

But deep in stoppage time at the end of the match, Korean superstar Son Heung Min stunned Ange Postecoglou’s side with a powerful finish to save his team and send the match to extra-time.

Somehow the Aussies regrouped and found some more energy with the two substitutes combining for a superb winner.

Juric looked well-shackled by two defenders on the by-line but flicked the ball between the legs of Kim Jin Su before regaining possession and crossing, with Troisi in the right spot to smash it in and secure an historic victory.

Beaten finalists four years ago the Socceroos weren’t to be denied this time, reversing the defeat to Korea from the group stage a fortnight ago as well as vindicating Postecoglou’s regeneration of the squad since he took over 14 months ago.

While Troisi was the match-winner the home side had contributors all over the park.

Luongo – who has emerged as the Socceroos superstar at this tournament had another brilliant game, skipper Mile Jedinak immense in the middle of the park, while central defenders Matthew Spiranovic and Trent Sainsbury thwarted a  host of Korean attacks.

For the visitors – who hadn’t conceded a goal in the tournament until Luongo struck – their 55-year wait for an Asian Cup crown will go on for another four years at least.

A sell-out crowd of almost 77,000 made for a cracking atmosphere in Stadium Australia, giving all the ingredients for what was to be a special night.

Socceroos defender Ivan Franjic overcame a hip problem to start and was in the action straight away, picking up a yellow card for a cynical tug-back on Park Joo Ho.

It was the hosts who fired the first warning shot through Jedinak, his powerful free-kick from 25-metres out dipping just over Jin Hyeon’s crossbar.

With so much at stake it was no surprise that there was plenty of feeling in the opening exchanges as both sides were guilty of some crunching challenges.

The match then sprung to life midway through the first half with chances at either end in the space of a minute.

First it was the Koreans who were inches away from taking the lead, Kwak Taehwi heading wide from close range from a pinpoint Ki Sung Yueng free-kick.

Before the visitors had time to rue that miss they were almost behind themselves.

Robbie Kruse got free down the right and put in an early cross with Tim Cahill getting in front of his marker and then firing off a shot which Jin Hyeon did well to parry wide.

The Koreans then enjoyed a dominant spell with star winger Son at the centre of most of their dangerous moments.

The Bayer Leverkusen man saw a superb volley float just wide of Mat Ryan’s post eight minutes before the break and a minute later it was only a sliding Luongo challenge that deflected his goal-bound shot over the bar.

A free-kick right on the edge of the box soon after presented the next scare for the hosts but Ki’s effort didn’t have enough power to trouble Ryan.

Just when it seemed like the Socceroos would be happy to hold on until half-time, their new star delivered a gem.

Receiving the ball in traffic 30-metres from goal, Luongo turned with the ball, took one step forward then unleashed a thunderous shot into the bottom corner.

The Stadium Australia crowd – nervous just minutes earlier – erupted with joy as the entire Socceroos side wheeled off to celebrate.

Postecoglou’s men now had just 45 minutes to hold on to secure the crown.

Chasing the game it was no surprise the Koreans lifted the tempo on the resumption. They were getting plenty of joy down the flanks but the Socceroos were doing well to repel the danger.

Set pieces were causing Australia trouble and Kwak got on the end of another free-kick and this time headed straight at Ryan.

The Socceroos weren’t about to park the bus and Mathew Leckie forced a smart save on the hour mark before Trent Sainsbury headed just wide  from the ensuing corner.

As fatigue started to set in Postecoglou called on the fresh legs of Tomi Juric and James Troisi for Cahill and Kruse.

Franjic lasted 74 minutes before his troublesome hip gave way, forcing a reshuffle with Mark Milligan reverting to right-back and Matt McKay coming on in midfield.

The Koreans continued to apply the pressure without seriously threatening Ryan’s goal but just when it looked like the Socceroos would hold on, Son pounced in stoppage time.

The Australian defence failed to clear a bouncing ball with Ki sliding in Son who produced a classy finish past Ryan to send the final into extra-time.

It was their substitutes Juric and Troisi combined to get the Socceroos back in front and this time there would be no late fight-back from Korea.

Australia (Luongo 45’, Troisi 105’)

Korea Republic (Son 90+2)

Crowd: 76,385

Source  :  Football Federation Australia Website

3 years ago : @Socceroos defeats Kuwait 4-1 in opening match in AFC Asian Cup 2015

Tim Cahill celebrates his goal against Kuwait

The Socceroos have overcome a nervy start to lay down an impressive marker for their Asian Cup campaign, winning their opening match against Kuwait 4-1 in Melbourne.

Goals to Tim Cahill, Massimo Luongo, Mile Jedinak and James Troisi cancelled out Ali Hussein Fadhel’s early strike as a raucous crowd found full voice on a rainy night at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

Expectation circled the Socceroos before kick-off, with a good result seen as essential to get off to a positive start after a poor run of results since the 2014 World Cup.

But the opening of the match hardly went to plan for the Socceroos. Appearing more than a little nervous on such a big occasion, Kuwait took its opportunity to steal ahead from a smart set piece in the eighth minute.

As a number of Kuwaiti players peeled off to the back post, causing their Socceroos markers to follow them, Fadhel held his position at the front post and dived ahead of Cahill to nod home.

It was a cleverly created and smartly taken goal, and succeeded in rocking both the home crowd and players as the tempo dropped and Australia looked the weaker team.

In time, though, the Socceroos found their groove, making a number of confident surges into the penalty area and winning fouls in dangerous areas, only for the chances on goal to dissapate.

But if anybody was going to make the difference for Australia, it was going to be Cahill.

The veteran was the beneficiary of some outstanding work by Luongo in the 33rd minute, who skipped past a handful of defenders to get the byline and square up towards Cahill who was, of course, perfectly placed.

The finish was as unerring as expected, the New York man slamming home with his right boot to set off the trademark celebration and settle Australia’s nerves.

The Socceroos stayed on the front foot for the rest of the half, and were rewarded again just before the whistle when Luongo met Ivan Franjic’s expertly weighted cross in Cahill-esque fashion to take the lead in the 44th minute.

Any thoughts the break came at a bad time for Australia were quickly dispelled as the Socceroos started the second half as it finished the first, immediately going on the attack and closing in on a crucial third goal.

Mathew Leckie hit the bar, and a few other chances fizzled out, but when Robbie Kruse was clipped in the area in the 62nd minute and the referee awarded the penalty, Jedinak was unerring with the finish.

Kuwait came back into the game as Australia made changes from the bench, with keeper Mat Ryan called on to make one stunning save to keep the two goal buffer, but the hosts always looked likely to find another goal.

Recalled Nathan Burns hit the bar with a stunning header, Tomi Juric fired shots straight at the keeper but Troisi found a way through in the final moments, belting one inside the near post from a tight angle after Leckie’s tricky build up play in the 91st minute.

While it was far from a perfect Socceroos performance, Kuwait was left wanting at crucial times thanks to the home side’s power of will and pace on the counter, and next opponent Oman will have its hands full to stop the momentum.


Source  :  abc.net.au

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

We surprised our Socceroos with a visit from their dads, thanks to NAB

Bailey Wright is surprised by his old man on Father's Day

With some help from our friends at NAB, we flew Trent Sainsbury, Robbie Kruse, Massimo Luongo and Bailey Wright’s dads to Melbourne for Father’s Day to surprise their Socceroo sons!

A very happy Father’s Day to all the dads in the football family!

Check out the videos below to see our Socceroos surprised by their dads!





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.

Caltex Socceroos v Thailand banner

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Early goal key to unlocking Saudis: Massimo Luongo

Massimo Luongo says an early goal is vital for the Socceroos against Saudi Arabia.

Massimo Luongo says an early goal is vital for the Socceroos against Saudi Arabia.

Massimo Luongo is expecting stalling tactics from Saudi Arabia, which is why an early goal for the Caltex Socceroos, he says, will be key to unlocking Bert Van Marwijk’s Saudis.


With three games left, Saudi Arabia will be happy with a draw.

Australia desperately need a win to keep pressure on the top two automatic qualification spots with just two games left after this Saudi clash (away to Japan, home to Thailand).

Standings — Asian World Cup Qualifiers

Pos. P W D L GD Pts Form
Japan 7 5 1 1 9 16

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia 7 5 1 1 8 16


Australia 7 3 4 0 5 13

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates 7 3 0 4 -3 9


Iraq 7 1 1 5 -3 4



Thailand 7 0 1 6 -16 1

With this in mind, the Caltex Socceroo midfielder Luongo hopes the referee will allow the game to flow, and he’s expecting Saudi stalling tactics on Thursday night at Adelaide Oval.


In the previous games the refs have been quite good … at keeping the game flowing to disrupt the game.

We’re going to get that [stalling tactics] or they’re going to try to interrupt our momentum.

Caltex Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak battles for possession in the previous qualifier against Saudi Arabia, which ended 2-2.

A draw might be good enough [for Saudi Arabia].


If we get a goal – or when we get a goal – it’s just going to unlock  them and they’ll need to come out and try to play and get another goal.

That’ll benefit us even more.

And we’ve practised against teams sitting off and trying to disrupt us and we’ve done pretty well so far.

I wouldn’t say it’s a game plan – we’ll just go out and try unlock them. As we normally do.

Mat Leckie was all smiles after his goal.

A goal early would ruin their game plan. And they’d be forced to come out and try score.


Yes, I feel the pressure [for places]. I know I have to be on the top of my game in training.

I was injured the last game, Azza [Mooy] was suspended and Tommy Rogic was injured, and Jackson Irvine came in and scored and looked incredible. We’ve loads of depth in [ in midfield].

Massimo Luongo will miss this month's World Cup Qualifier against Thailand through injury.HOME COMFORTS

Everyone can say when we play at home, we’re a lot more comfortable.  We’ve got an edge before we’ve kicked a ball.


The pitch is alright. It seems alright. I wouldn’t complain about it.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BU3kHHoD2s_/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=7#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A26710%7DThe 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

Queens Park Ranger’s Massimo Luongo primed for Socceroos’ June qualifier

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Jason Pine @pineyzb
The curtain has come down on Massimo Luongo’s English Championship season, meaning he can now give his full attention to Australia’s exciting upcoming international programme.

The Caltex Socceroos midfielder was a regular in the Queens Park Rangers side, playing 35 of their 46 Championship matches and three Cup games.

He found the net just once, scoring the fourth goal in a 5-1 rout of Rotherham in mid-March.

Following that game though, QPR went into free-fall, losing seven of their last eight matches to eventually finish 18th, just two points clear of the relegation zone.

Luongo has been a fixture in the Australian side during this World Cup cycle, appearing 25 times and scoring five goals since his debut in 2014.

He will be a key member of the Caltex Socceroos squad to face Saudi Arabia in a crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Adelaide Oval on June 8.

Following that, Russia beckons for the 2017 Confederations Cup, where Australia will meet Germany, Cameroon and Chile in group play.

Socceroos v Saudi Arabia.

Source : Football Federation Australia

Caltex Socceroos trio seal Championship safety

Caltex Socceroo Bailey Wright is celebrating survival in the English Championship with club Bristol City.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Matt Dorman @Matt11Dorman
Three Caltex Socceroos mainstays are celebrating Championship survival after helping their sides to important results in England’s second tier overnight.

Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo and Bailey Wright all passed the examination of high-tension affairs as their teams officially avoided the drop.

Irvine’s Burton achieved their season objective with a 1-1 draw away to an Australian-led Barnsley.

The energetic midfielder went close with a header before being withdrawn at the break, while Sydney product Callum Elder and Perth-born Wales youth international Gethin Jones started at left and right fullback respectively for the hosts.

Ryan Williams watched from the bench as the Reds settled for a point.

At Loftus Road, Luongo supplied the assist for QPR’s opener in their much-needed 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

The R’s scored both goals after half-time to dispel the uncertainty caused by a six-game losing run.

Meanwhile, Wright was central to Bristol City’s 1-0 upset of would-be champions Brighton while Aaron Mooy came off the bench as a heavily-rotated Huddersfield lost 2-0 at Birmingham.


Socceroos v Saudi Arabia.https://twitter.com/bfc_official/status/858310727240749056

Source : Football Federation Australia

Massimo Luongo’s strugglers Queens Park Rangers lose at home

There's been another loss Massimo Luongo in his latest English Championship outing.

There’s been another loss for Caltex Socceroo midfielder Massimo Luongo in his latest English Championship outing.

The Caltex Socceroos midfielder played a full game for Ian Holloway’s Queens Park Rangers in their 2-1 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

All the scoring came in the first 31 minutes.

QPR have now lost their last five matches to slump to 17th in the Championship, six points clear of relegation with three games to play.

Meantime, Aiden O’Neill is on the verge of League One safety, despite defeat in his latest outing.

The Australian midfielder played 65 minutes in Oldham’s 1-0 loss at Bristol Rovers.

The result sees Oldham remain 17th in League One, six points clear of the relegation zone with two games remaining.

Socceroos v Saudi Arabia.

Source : Football Federation Australia