Matthew Ryan’s clean sheet as Seagulls fly in EPL

Mat Ryan kept a clean sheet in Brighton's win over Newcastle.

Caltex Socceroos keeper Mat Ryan has kept his second clean sheet of the Premier League season to inspire Brighton to a valuable 1-0 win over Newcastle United overnight.

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The Aussie gloveman was faultless in everything he did to ensure Brighton picked up just their second win of the EPL campaign.

Ryan was called into action early at the Amex Stadium, pulling off a superb reflex save in just the second minute to deny the Magpies’ Mikel Merino.

In all, Ryan made five saves for the match, while his distribution was again outstanding.

Brighton carved out the better chances but had to wait until early into the second half to find the breakthrough.

Pascal Gross’s free-kick from the left was headed back across goal by Dale Stephens and Tomer Hemed hooked a close-range shot into the roof of the net.

The Magpies pushed hard to find an equaliser late on but Ryan and Brighton’s defence held firm.

The result sees Brighton jump up to 13th on the EPL ladder after six matches.

Their next assignment is a trip to the Emirates Stadium in London to face Arsenal next Sunday night (AEST).

Ryan will then head into camp with the Caltex Socceroos for the make-or-break FIFA World Cup qualifying playoff matches against Syria.

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Source  :  Football Federation Australia

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

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Aussies Abroad: Matthew Ryan’s Brighton suffer EPL defeat

Mat Ryan played another full game in Brighton's 2-0 EPL loss to Leicester City.

Saturday, 19 August 2017 

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Mat Ryan’s Brighton have fallen to a second straight English Premier League defeat after going down 2-0 to Leicester City overnight.


It took less than a minute for Leicester City to go in front at the King Power Stadium though Japanese international Shinji Okazaki.

Riyad Mahrez’s shot went through a crowd of players before getting to Ryan, who couldn’t keep a hold of the ball allowing Okazaki to tap-in from inside the area.

The second goal didn’t arrive until nine minutes into the second half as Harry Maguire rose highest to power a header in from Mahrez’s corner.

That’s now back-to-back 2-0 defeats for newly-promoted Brighton.


Caltex Socceroos left-back Brad Smith made the bench for AFC Bournemouth for their home clash with Watford.

Smith didn’t get on the pitch as the Hornets scored twice in the second-half to leave the Vitality Stadium with a 2-0 win.

Like Brighton, Bournemouth have yet to register a point from the opening two games.


Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield Town will play their first EPL home game on Sunday night when they host Newcastle United.

The two newly-promoted clubs have enjoyed contrasting starts to life in the top-flight, with Mooy inspiring Huddersfield to a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace last weekend.

Newcastle suffered a 2-0 loss at home to Tottenham Hotspurs.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Ryan’s Brighton prepare for Premier League giants

Caltex Socceroos gloveman Mat Ryan's first EPL game for Brighton is set to be against Manchester City this weekend.

The 2017/18 English Premier League season kicks off this weekend with Caltex Socceroos number one Mat Ryan set to face EPL big guns Manchester City for his new club Brighton and Hove Albion.


Ryan joined newly promoted Brighton for their first season in the Premier League.

The Caltex Socceroos stopper arrived in June for a then club-record five-million pound fee on a five-year deal from his Spanish club Valencia (he spent the last half of last season on loan at a Belgian club).

The ambitious Seagulls have since signed Dutch midfielder Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven for a reported six million pounds, and were active in the transfer market this week as they look to strengthen for what will surely be a massive test of their credentials.

There’ll be a baptism of fire for Ryan as Brighton welcome Manchester City to Falmer Stadium on opening weekend this Sunday morning (AEDT).

Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho.

Imagine that lot running at you with ball at feet! Then there’s Gabriel Jesus.

Ryan will have to draw on all his athleticism and ability to repel their combined forces.


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Following that, Brighton visit Leicester City and Watford.

Then it’s onto Caltex Socceroos duty for crucial World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand before a return to Brighton to round out the first month of the season at home to West Bromwich Albion and away to Bournemouth.

That’s not a bad run of games.

History would suggest a club that’s likely to be among the relegation contenders (as Brighton are) stand a far higher chance of survival if they can collect early points.

That way, they don’t get dragged into a battle late in the season to avoid the trap-door straight back into the Championship.


Ryan will be absolute crucial to the Seagulls’ campaign.

He is a direct replacement for David Stockdale who has moved to Birmingham City after three seasons as undisputed number one at Brighton.

With newly-promoted sides often taking time to adjust to the pace of the Premier League, Ryan’s goal will regularly come under siege.

As he has previously for the Central Coast Mariners, Club Brugge, Genk and the Caltex Socceroos, Australia’s top ‘keeper will have to be at the very top of his game.

A mistake in a friendly against Atletico Madrid wasn’t expected, but Ryan recovered to win the sponsor’s man of the match award.

Mat Ryan has an exciting season ahead as the best in the world come up against this most ambitious of clubs from the south coast of England.

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Caltex Socceroos: club form update

Mathew Leckie in action for Hertha Berlin against Liverpool.

A month out from their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand, we track the club progress of some of the overseas-based Caltex Socceroos.

Tomi Juric (Luzern, Switzerland)

The 2017/18 Swiss Super League season is already underway, and Juric started with a bang, scoring in his side’s very first game, a 1-0 win over Lugano.

The Scottish giants have won through to European Champions League play-off round with a 1-0 aggregate win over Norway’s Rosenborg. Rogic played a full part in the first leg and came off the bench in the second.

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town, England)

Newly-promoted Huddersfield open their English Premier League campaign away at Crystal Palace next Sunday, and have warmed up with friendlies against Italian club Udinese and German outfit VfB Stuttgart.

Milos Degenek (Yokohama, Japan)

The Caltex Socceroos defender played a full 90 minutes in his side’s latest J-League encounter, a 2-2 draw with Shimizu.

Mat Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion, England)

The Caltex Socceroos number one played a full part in his new side’s friendly against Spanish side Girona as they build towards a blockbuster Premier League opener against Manchester City next weekend.

Aziz Behich (Bursaspor, Turkey)

The energetic left-back has caught the eye of Turkish giants Galatasaray who are reportedly keen on signing him ahead of the new Super Lig season starting next weekend.

Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa, England)

The Caltex Socceroos skipper is still battling the groin injury that ruled him out of June’s Confederations Cup and won’t be fit to start the Championship season with Villa this weekend.

Trent Sainsbury (Jiangsu Suning, China)

With his loan spell at Inter Milan over, the Caltex Socceroos defender has returned to China, but hasn’t featured for his club with speculation of a number of offers for his services.

Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin, Germany)

The Caltex Socceroos attacker joined Hertha at the start of July and debuted for his new side last weekend.

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Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Caltex Socceroo Matthew Ryan goalkeeper: ‘we found a way to win’

Caltex Socceroo keeper Mat Ryan was buoyed to see Australia found a way to win against a classy Saudi side on Thursday night

Caltex Socceroo keeper Mat Ryan was buoyed to see Australia found a way to win against a classy Saudi side on Thursday night

Caltex Socceroo keeper Mat Ryan was buoyed to see Australia found a way to win against a classy Saudi side on Thursday night in World Cup qualification action.


“We faced a lot of difficulties [against the Saudis] but good teams find a way to win when they need to.”


“The more we play it [the 3-4-3 formation] the more we get used to it the better we’re going to get. They got in behind a few times tonight but I don’t think that’s down to the formation.”


“We’ve got to better in those clinch moments when they’re timing those runs in behind we’ve got to be better than them and not allow them to get in behind.”

Caltex Socceroo keeper Mat Ryan was buoyed to see Australia found a way to win against a classy Saudi side on Thursday night


“A funny one. At the end of the day you’re human and can only do so much … it was a bit frustrating I wasn’t able to help the team out with one or two of them [goals].”


“They head to Melbourne to begin preparations for the friendly with Brazil at the MCG next Tuesday night. And straight after that, they’ll head to Russia for the Confederations Cup.”



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Who’ll start for the Caltex Socceroos against Saudi Arabia ?

Matthew Ryan; Milos Degenek,Bailey Wright,Trent Sainsbury,Mile Jedinak;Aaron Mooy,Tommy Rogic,Mathew Leckie;Brad Smith,Jackson Irvine,Tomi Juric .


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Caltex Socceroos ‘buying-in’ to 3-4-3: Matthew Ryan

Caltex Socceroos keeper Mat Ryan isn’t sure what formation Australia will play on Thursday night – or even if he’ll play – but he’s convinced the new 3-4-3 set up is the best way to take our national team forward.

Here’s what the Valencia keeper (on loan at Genk in Belgium this season) told the media ahead of Sunday afternoon’s training session and fan day at Adelaide Oval.


We were introduced to that system in the last camp and the boss [Ange Postecoglou] and coaching staff have been planning that for a long time. Getting the team into a position where we can be competitive at the highest level.

Caltex Socceroos players get around Mat Leckie after his late goal iced the 2-0 win over UAE in Sydney.He thought it was the right time to introduce this system and put plenty of thought into it, and in the last camp we didn’t get the result we wanted [in Tehran] but in the second game [in Sydney] we got a nice positive result.

All the boys are buying into it.

Thursday will be another opportunity although we haven’t gone into the tactical side [yet for the Saudi game]. I’d imagine we’d be sticking with that [3-4-3] if the coaching staff believe it’s the best system to get the job done.

Jackson Irvine was involved in plenty of the Caltex Socceroos' most threatening moments.


Like anything, the more time you put it into practice the clearer the roles become. And everyone knows what’s wanted from them. And the more comfortable we’re with it the more progress we’ll make with it.

Persistence [with the system] is what’s going to help make us a better team. And part of being a professional is respecting the coach’s instructions.

We all believe that and hopefully Thursday night will be another example of that.


We’ll try starve them of possession and going forward with relentless attacks. Hopefully creating chances and finishing them [chances] off. We’ve got to be respectful of them but whatever we face, we must overcome that.


I treat every game with the same amount of respect. [But] it’s a vital point of our qualification phase. If we stick to our fundamentals we’re confident we can deliver the performance that we need. We’re in a really good spot in the group. Two home games and one [away] to Japan [remain].


They’re in the position they’re in as a reward for what they’ve done. They’re a good team unit with some dangerous players going forward. They’re similar to UAE but more of a team unit.

I was pretty proud of my performances [for Australia] even when I wasn’t getting regular game time [in La Liga with Valencia]. In saying going to Genk you want to play and I feel towards the end of my loan period at Genk things were coming along more naturally with a flow and rhythm.
The last camp was a clear example of that – my spot is not guaranteed either. I’m not sure what the squad will be for Thursday night. The boss has always said he doesn’t want anyone being relaxed for their position. They’re always up for grabs.

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Hyundai A-League’s influence on Caltex Socceroos squad – Matthew Ryan

Mat Ryan – Another of the Mariners’ great stories, the keeper was thrown in as a teen by Graham Arnold, caught the eye and in a few years was Belgium’s best keeper. Subsequently moved to La Liga big guns Valencia (and is back in Belgium on loan currently).



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Matthew Ryan’s Europa League heartbreak with Genk

Caltex Socceroos keeper Mat Ryan was in fine form but has missed out on the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

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Caltex Socceroos keeper Mat Ryan was in fine form but has missed out on the semi-finals of the Europa League overnight.

The Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper has played a full 90 minutes for his Belgian side Genk in their 1-1 home draw with Celta Vigo in the second leg of their quarter-final tie.

The La Liga side arrived with a slight advantage after a 3-2 win in the first leg a week ago.

Ryan denied Celta midfielder Claudio Beauvue with a pair of superb saves either side of half-time.

In the 44th minute, Beauvue fired a shot towards the bottom corner which the Australian custodian kept out.

Seven minutes after the break, the Vigo man latched onto a precise defence-splitting pass and headed goalwards before a flying Ryan again kept the contest scoreless.

But he could do little about the opening goal after 63 minutes.

Celta’s Danish striker Pione Sisto weaved past some would-be defenders before unleashing a magnificent strike from the edge of the box into the top right corner.

But just four minutes later, Genk equalised, Leandro Trossard making a great solo run before firing into the bottom corner from outside the box.

Despite some late forays, Ryan’s side was unable to find the all-important goal which would have sent them through on the away goals rule.

Instead, Celta Vigo advance to the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate.

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Source : Football Federation Australia