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

7 Caltex Socceroo bolters for vital World Cup qualifiers – Matt Jurman

Matt Jurman – The no-nonsense central defender was an integral part of Sydney FC’s success in the early part of the last Hyundai A-League season and has carried on his consistent form with Korean powerhouses Suwon Bluewings. Has excelled both in the K-League and AFC Champions League and wouldn’t be overawed by playing against Asia’s best.


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Matt Jurman’s Bluewings flying in K-League Classic

Matt Jurman has helped his Suwon Bluewings to a second successive win in South Korea's K-League Classic.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Jason Pine @pineyzb
Fresh from watching his former side Sydney FC reach the Hyundai A-League final, Matt Jurman has helped his Suwon Bluewings to a second successive win in South Korea’s K-League Classic.

The Bluewings have beaten second-placed Jeju United 2-1 to remain sixth in the 12-team league.

Brazilian striker Jonathan scored the winner with eight minutes remaining.

Fellow Aussie Aleksandar Jovanovic wasn’t in Jeju’s match-day squad.

But another Australian defender was on the end of a 2-1 K-League Classic defeat.

Connor Chapman started Incheon’s home game against Ulsan Hyundai.

The former Jets and Melbourne City centre-back was booked after 80 minutes and replaced with two minutes remaining as Incheon searched unsuccessfully for an equaliser.

It was Incheon’s fourth straight loss and leaves them bottom of the table after eight games.

In the second-tier K-League Challenge, Adrian Leijer has anchored a solid performance from Suwon City.

The former Victory defender played the full 90 minutes as his side saw off Daejeon 3-1 at home.

Fellow Aussie Bruce Djite didn’t feature for Suwon City who have moved to third in the 10-team league.

Socceroos v Saudi Arabia.


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Matt Jurman’s message to Sydney FC

Sydney FC players celebrate a goal in their Round 27 win over Newcastle Jets.

Monday, 24 April 2017

John Duerden @JohnnyDuerden
Fresh from scoring both goals in his new team’s first win of the Korea Republic season, new Suwon Samsung Bluewings hero Matt Jurman is tipping former club Sydney FC to go all the way in the Hyundai A-League Grand Final.

The defender joined Suwon in January, leaving the Sky Blues midway through a very successful season.


In the end, Sydney finished 17 points clear of Melbourne Victory in second to seal top spot with weeks remaining.

The Sky Blues now must stave off the challenge of a resurgent Perth Glory this Saturday at Allianz in the semi final to earn a spot in the grand final against either Victory or Roar.


Sydney FC's starting XI was the oldest in the competition on average throughout the 2016/17 season.“I am sure that ‘Arnie’ [coach Graham Arnold] will drive them forward to the end of what has already been a very big season,” Jurman told

“Having been there and knowing the boys and the coaching staff, they will think they can go on and win it. I am sure that the boys will get the job done.”

Jurman may be thousands of kilometers away but has been keeping a close eye on goings on in Sydney.

“Sydney have been playing good football. They have to win it after everything such a great season they have done this season, they have played really well. Arnie has done a great job.”


The key to the team’s consistency this season, according to the defender is the desire.

“There is a real hunger to have success and to keep the wins coming. Not only that, there are plenty of great players not playing and competition is so high.”


Sydney FC players celebrate with the Premiers' Plate after the win over Newcastle Jets on Saturday night.Jurman made 11 appearances this season for Sydney before his move north.

“I was at Sydney most of my career and was proud to play there.”

Never more so than this season. “To see what the boys have done, it is great to play a part in that.”


It is possible that Jurman will see his former team-mates in the 2018 AFC Champions League.

It would be special he admits but is focused on helping his new team get to the knockout stage of the 2017 version.

With two games remaining, the Bluewings, who won two Asian championships at the start of the century, can progress with just a draw against Kawasaki Frontale of Japan on Tuesday.

First though, the team needs to improve its domestic form. “We have been playing well in the cups, the AFC Champions League and the FA Cup, and need to start picking up points in the K-League.”

The defender helped the Bluewings do just that on Saturday, scoring both goals as Suwon came from behind to win 2-1 at Gangwon FC.

“It was great to score the first and then to get the second that won the game was the icing on the cake. The points are the most important thing and we need to keep moving up the table.”

Overall, it has been as exciting a three months for Jurman as it has for Sydney FC.

“Everything is still new and everything is different – training, games and the formation as we play a back three here.

“It has been a challenge and I think I have adapted quite well. I am enjoying it.”


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Matt Jurman has become an integral member of the Sky Blues’ defence.

Matt Jurman has become an integral member of the Sky Blues' defence.
Bed ridden and extremely sick, there was a time earlier this season when Sydney FC defender Matt Jurman thought his campaign was all over. Now he’s a regular in the starting XI as the Sky Blues eye the Championship trophy.

Suffering with a really bad infection following arthroscopic knee surgery, the 25-year-old’s season looked done before it even got off the ground.

After starting in the Sky Blues’ season opener, Jurman went under the knife to clean up a dodgy left knee and expected to miss just over a month.

But things soon took a turn for the worse.

“It was pretty scary. I haven’t been that sick before,” Jurman told

“Not long after the surgery I was back in hospital for almost two weeks with a really bad infection, just bed ridden.

“I then spent another week at home after that not doing much. I didn’t know how my season was going to go after that.

“I wouldn’t want to go through that again. In saying that it gave me the determination to work hard and get back in the team.”

Jurman came through that dark time and returned to training around the same time as the Asian Cup break and worked extremely hard under the club’s fitness coach Andrew Clark.

It was a mini pre-season for the former Brisbane Roar defender, aimed at having him back to full fitness in time for the run home.

And it’s just the way it has panned out, with Jurman playing a significant role in the Sky Blues’ surge up the table since the turn of the year.

“I think I’ve played well but in saying that the team has done well, which helps individually,” Jurman said.

“I’ve got to thank Arnie [coach Graham Arnold] for giving me the chance to play and having the confidence in me. That’s got me playing the way I am.

“About the same time I came back to training Jacques [Faty] came in and ever since then I think we’ve formed a good partnership together and I definitely think we’re getting stronger and stronger every game.

“Sometimes it takes a little while but I think we’ve started really well from day one and looking forward to a big game with him on Sunday.

“Hopefully I can now win something with the boys.”

Jurman already has two championship medals to his name, with the Sky Blues back in 2010 as well as with Roar in 2012.

But he didn’t play in either decider and admits a winners medal on Sunday will be extra special with the impressive defender set to play a pivotal role.

The Sky Blues arrived in Melbourne on Saturday and had a light session, their last before Sunday’s decider.

“It’s definitely exciting knowing you’re going to be on the field this time,” Jurman admitted.

“With Roar I was on the bench and the last time Sydney won in Melbourne I was on crutches.

“I was part of the squads so I’ve got the medals… I really want to get another medal.

“It will be a great feeling personally and as a club to lift that trophy…it would be awesome.”


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Sydney FC defender Matt Jurman to make the most of start against Melbourne Victory

February 10, 2015 – 5:43PM

Dominic Bossi

Sports repórter

Ready for the big blue: Matthew Jurman.

Ready for the big blue: Matthew Jurman.

Sydney FC defender Matthew Jurman is not just content with a starting place against Melbourne Victory on Saturday but hopes to cement a regular place in the first team, having overcome illness and injury.

Jurman is set to make just his third start of the campaign with centre-backs Nikola Petkovic and Jacques Faty suspended. In what he hopes is the beginning of regular first team football the 25-year-old is determined to make up for lost time after missing much of the first half of the season due to injuries and an infection which left him bed-ridden for weeks.

“It’s been bad luck this season for me in terms of injuries and sickness,” Jurman said. “I’m not looking at this as just one game, I want to use this game to put me in the frame to play the rest of the season and then to stay there. That’s what’s on my mind at the moment and I’m very motivated to keep my spot now.”

The central defender survived another injury scare during the week after suffering a minor ankle injury against Perth Glory last week that resulted in heavy swelling and deep bruising. Jurman’s left ankle was swollen to nearly twice its normal size surrounded by a deep purple bruise. However, club medical staff ruled it was little more than the effects of a knock and cleared him of serious injury to be available for the match against Victory on Saturday night.


“A bit of a knock in training on Friday and then Saturday again I copped another in the same spot,” Jurman said. “It was just a knock so there was no ligament damage. I’m positive I’ll be all right for Saturday.”

Jurman spent two years playing alongside Melbourne Victory’s striker Besart Berisha at Brisbane Roar and is confident of not being put off by the Albanian’s mind games. Berisha has a knack of winding up opponents whether it be by his physicality or his volatile on-field persona but Jurman says his experience makes him well equipped to contain Berisha.

“He’s a great guy off the field but on the field it’s going to be 90 minutes of being enemies. It’s going to be an intense game and if we can keep Besart quiet it will go a long way to getting a win,” Jurman. “Knowing him for two years, I know how he is on and off the field but that’s part of his game and I won’t let that get into my head. I’ll concentrate on what I do and keep him quiet.”

The match against Victory represents Sydney’s oldest grudge match and one that is not lost among the players, according to Jurman. When he began his career at the Sky Blues, Melbourne Victory were their main rivals before Western Sydney Wanderers were formed, and he says there is a deep sense of rivalry among players who have been at the club for some time.

“Of course, we’re human as well and we have a lot of emotions in us before the game, during and even after the game. It will be a good feeling to go out there with a packed stadium with a great atmosphere,” he said.

Steve Corica has been appointed the full-time assistant to Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold after Rado Vidosic returned to Queensland for personal reasons in December last year. Corica worked alongside Vidosic as part of the coaching set-up but will now be the sole assistant. Corica will continue to lead the National Youth League team for the rest of the season.



Source : The Canberra Times

Sydney FC signs Socceroo Richard Garcia

Friday, 16 August 2013 8:20 AM

Sydney FC signs Socceroo Richard Garcia

Sydney FC has signed former English Premier League attacker and Socceroo Richard Garcia for the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League.

Garcia joins Sydney FC from Melbourne Heart where he played 24 games during the 2012/13 Hyundai A-League season, scoring 6 goals, following a distinguished career in England highlighted by his 114 appearances for Hull City from 2007-2012, which included two seasons in the English Premier League.

The 31-year-old bolsters the Sydney FC attacking line that also includes Alessandro Del Piero,Corey GameiroJoel ChianeseYairo YauMitch Mallia and Blake Powell.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Sydney FC,” Garcia said. “Sydney FC is a big club with big expectations and that’s something I thrive on. To be playing alongside players like Alessandro Del Piero, Brett Emerton and Nick Carle will be a fantastic experience for me and something I’m very much looking forward to.

“I can’t wait to start pre season training with the team and I look forward to working hard with the rest of the boys to win a spot and then helping Sydney FC push for success this season.”

Sydney FC coach Frank Farina was excited at the signing of Garcia, as he continues the Sky Blues’ preparation for the 2013/14 season in Italy.

“Richie is a great addition to the Sydney FC squad for the 2013/14 season,” he said. “He is a proven performer at the highest levels of the game, has played English Premier League and been to a World Cup.

“He did well last year in the A-League and he fits in with what we are trying to implement and achieve at Sydney FC this season.

“Richie is a leader and a winner on and off the pitch and they are important ingredients when looking at who we bring to Sydney FC. He can play as a striker or a midfielder and I think he will suit our style of game just perfectly.”

The 31-year-old originally hails from Perth but spent two years at the prestigious West Ham youth academy, before he signed his first professional contract with West Ham in 1999. Garcia went on to play 16 matches in the English Premier League with West Ham, followed by a stint at Colchester before playing 41 top flight games for Hull City from 2008-2010.

Garcia was a member of the Australian squad that took part in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and has played 18 internationals for the Socceroos, scoring two goals, as well as making two appearances for the Australian U23 side (Olyroos) in 2003.

The Sydney FC A-League squad is: Ivan NecevskiSebastian RyallMarc WarrenPascal Bosschaart, Matt Jurman, Brett EmertonPedj BojicCorey Gameiro, Alessandro Del Piero, Richard Garcia, Blake PowellTiago CalvanoMitch MalliaTerry McFlynnJoel Chianese, Peter Triantis, Nick CarleVedran JanjetovicYairo YauAli AbbasRhyan GrantHagi Gligor and Daniel Petkovski.


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