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

Jedinak declares ‘job done’ as 2018 World Cup looms for Caltex Socceroos

Caltex Socceroos skipper and second half hero Mile Jedinak says the job at hand has been completed – and now it’s onto a “big” 2018. 

Jedinak put on a captain’s performance helping his nation power past Honduras in their second leg intercontinental World Cup playoff.

“It’s hard to describe. It’s unreal. We always knew it’d be a difficult qualification campaign,” Jedinak, draped in the Australian flag, told Fox Sports after the 3-1 win in Sydney.

“But this makes it very special.

“And to do it in front of our home fans in a do-or-die contest – we didn’t want it this way [in an  intercontinental playoff] but it’s happened and grateful now we’re going to another World Cup.”

Mile Jedinak

The Aston Villa midfielder said the result was the culmination of a long and arduous campaign with the goal of qualification in style set early.

“It was our duty as a nation of football players to get this job done.

“We were set out on a task two and a half years ago and we stuck to our guns. And we got here in the end.

“Now it’s time to enjoy this moment and look forward to what will be a big 2018.”

Jedinak could’ve had a hat-trick but his second half free kick to start the goal scoring was adjudged to be an own goal to Henry Figueroa.

In the end Jedinak was credited with two goals though many felt like it was a hat-trick.

“It wouldn’t have mattered who scored. I’m just happy to chip in. We got the job done and that’s all that matters,” he said.


Source  :  Football Federation Australia Website

Postecoglou hails ‘outstanding’ Jedinak

Sydney: Australian coach Ange Postecoglou has heaped praise on his captain Mile Jedinak after the experienced midfielder played a pivotal role in guiding Australia to the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia with a 3-1 win over Honduras in the Intercontinental Play-off at Stadium Australia on Wednesday.

Jedinak only returned to the Socceroos squad for the previous round of play-offs against Syria after being sidelined from national team duty since June with a groin injury.

But the Aston Villa midfielder proved his worth to the team with two impressive displays across the two legs and it was fitting that it was he who scored to take Australia to the FIFA World Cup 2018.

“I think he’s been an outstanding captain, an outstanding leader on and off-the-park and it was great to see him out there tonight,” Postecoglou said after becoming the first Australian coach to qualify the national team for the FIFA World Cup.

“He’s obviously missed the end bit of our campaign, but it was right that he was out there today because the early part of the qualifying that was a real grind for us, and it was the likes of him, and Timmy (Cahill) and Millsy (Mark Milligan) that steered them through it.

“When we started four years ago we literally started almost from zero in terms of experience.

“It was really important to me that the players who did stay on, the experienced players like Mile, like Timmy, like Mark Milligan, they had to be not just good players but good characters and they had to buy in to what I was trying to do, and right from day one Mile stood up.”

Looking drained after an exhausting qualification campaign that is now the longest of any nation to ever qualify for the FIFA World Cup, Postecoglou spoke of the burden of being an Australian coach trying to qualify the nation for the world’s biggest tournament.

“When you’re coaching your own national team there’s an extra layer of burden of responsibility there because you kind of know what it means to the nation and to these players and the staff and management,” he said

“Everyone’s worked awfully hard over the last two and a half years. It’s been 22 long games and you just want them to get rewarded for it. Just seeing them in the dressing room now it’s overwhelming.”

As for the match itself, while the first half was a scrappy affair Postecoglou said he simply reminded the team at half time to remain true to their beliefs, confident the result would follow.

“At half time it was just a reinforcement of making sure we be the team we want to be and if we keep persisting in our football and keep asking them questions then eventually they’ll wilt because that’s the nature of the way we play the game,” he said.

“And the beauty of it is once we got the first goal their only thought was let’s go get a second, and when they got a second it was let’s go get a third. There was never any trying just to hold on to what we have.”

Source  :  Asian Football Confederation Website

Captain Marvel leads Australia to FIFA World Cup 2018

Sydney: A second half hat-trick from captain Mile Jedinak fired Australia to the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia after an emphatic 3-1 win over Honduras in the second leg of their Intercontinental Play-off at Stadium Australia in Sydney.

The Socceroos victory means that in Russia, Asia will be represented by five nations at the FIFA World Cup for the first time ever.

Jedinak, who came into the playoffs under an injury cloud after a lengthy period on the sidelines with a groin problem, converted two penalties and a free-kick off a wicked deflection to score his first hat-trick for Australia at the most opportune time.

The free-kick came about after a barnstorming run from Tom Rogic just seven minutes into the second half, which drew a foul on the edge of the area, after which Jedinak took the responsibility on his shoulders and fired Australia into the lead courtesy of a deflection from Henry Figueroa that left Donis Escobar stranded.

Twenty minutes later Argentine referee Nestor Pitana picked out a handball against Honduran midfielder Bryan Acosta and awarded a penalty to the hosts, with Jedinak converting past Escobar

Less than 10 minutes later he sent the 77-000 strong crowd at Stadium Australia into a frenzy when he fired home from the spot again to extend the Socceroos lead to 3-0.

As was the case in San Pedro Sula in the first leg, Australia looked to take the ascendency and dominate their Central American opponents early in search of an early goal to ease the nerves of the players and the crowd.

But try as they did in the first half, they struggled to play with any fluency against a Honduras side who were prepared to put numbers behind the ball and looked to frustrate the Australians at every opportunity.

In a scrappy first half in which either side struggled to create goal scoring opportunities, Australia’s best chance of the opening half came after 13 minutes when an Aaron Mooy free-kick eluded everyone in the box before being parried away to safety by Escobar.

Aziz Behich was busy down the left flank as Australia looked to direct most of their attack down his side, and on 37 minutes he managed to get in behind the Honduran defence and cut the ball back for Tom Rogic, but the Celtic midfielder’s tame effort was directed straight at Escobar..

While the first half was tight and tense, the second half was a more open affair as Honduras were forced to chase the game after Australia took the lead.

They created little, but scored a late consolation goal after a scramble in the box.

But this was Australia’s night and as the final whistle blew on the longest qualifying campaign ever undertaken the confetti rained down as Australia celebrated qualification for their fourth straight FIFA World Cup.


Source  :  Asian Football Confederation Website

Aussie skipper Mile Jedinak could return for Syria playoff

Mile Jedinak may return for October’s AFC World Cup qualification playoff with Syria.

Skipper Mile Jedinak may return for October’s AFC World Cup qualification playoff with Syria.

Caltex Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou hinted that skipper Mile Jedinak may return for October’s AFC World Cup qualification playoff with Syria.

After a rollercoaster night of emotion and drama across Asia and Australia, the final automatic qualification spots and third places were finalised in Group A and B of the AFC.

Standings — Asian World Cup Qualifiers

Pos. P W D L GD Pts Form


Iran 10 6 4 0 8 22

Korea Republic

Korea Republic 10 4 3 3 1 15


Syria 10 3 4 3 1 13


Uzbekistan 10 4 1 5 -1 13

China PR

China PR 10 3 3 4 -2 12


Qatar 10 2 1 7 -7 7

The two third placed nations Australia and Syria will meet in a two-legged tie.

First leg is away on October 5, potentially in the neutral venue of Malaysia, and five days later the second leg will be played in Australia on October 10.

And the national team leader – who missed the current camp for the Japan and Thailand games because he’d only just returned to full fitness after a groin injury – might be back in the frame.


“You saw last night [against Thailand] what a difference someone like Aaron [Mooy] makes.

“And hopefully Mile [Jedinak] is back up and running to get some experience back in the system,” Postecoglou told media in Melbourne on Wednesday morning.

Mile Jedinak


Australia’s meticulous backroom staff already have data on Syria – as they scout all teams across both groups – so the opposition won’t be completely unknown to the Australian team.

“It’s obviously a more difficult road [now]. So we’ve just got to switch our minds to getting prepared for them as they are virtually in the next window.

“We’ll get organised logistically and get info on the opposition which is something we normally do.

“And we’ll hit the ground running.”


“Obviously it’s the more difficult road. But we’re kinda good at that stuff and if anything it might be an advantage for us because the other team have similar challenges.

“We back our processes in those areas. And the way we’re set up [off the pitch] we can minimise any disruptions.

Caltex Socceroos playmaker Tom Rogic looks to take on a couple of Japanese defenders.

“It’s Malaysia [for the away leg] as far as I know at this point. The first leg over there.”


“We’ve ended up losing one game [in the group] and Japan and Saudi lost two [each].

“And you look at how last night [against Thailand] went and played well enough to win three games so you always want to be better.

“The players have been fantastic throughout the whole qualifying series. And 19 points in the other group would’ve got you easy qualification.

“But we unfortunately miss out

“It won’t affect the belief of the group. I still see a real determination from them to see this through.

“Doing it in the way I want them to.”

Australia defeated Thailand 2-1 in Melbourne on Tuesday night.

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

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.

Socceroos v Thailand panel

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Caltex Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak undergoes surgery

Mile Jedinak has undergone surgery to repair his troublesome groin.

Monday, 10 July 2017 

Staff writer
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is hopeful of having Mile Jedinak fit for the start of the Championship season in England despite the Caltex Socceroos skipper undergoing groin surgery last week.


►Jedinak went under the knife to repair an ongoing groin issue, which kept the midfielder out of Australia’s recent FIFA Confederations Cup campaign.

►As a result of the surgery, the 32-year-old missed Villa’s pre-season training camp in Portugal but Bruce is confident he’ll be back amongst the squad soon.


“Big Mile has had a groin operation so we’re waiting on him. He’s not here in Portugal,” Bruce said on the club’s website.


Caltex Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou will be hoping his skipper is back on the pitch soon, especially with the vital FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Japan (August 31) and Thailand (September 5) fast approaching.

Mile Jedinak

Jedinak won one of Villa’s best players last season, making 34 appearances in all competitions.

And he’ll again be a key figure – along with new recruit John Terry – as the club chases promotion back up to the Premier League.


Source  :  Football Federation Australia

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 .


Source : Football Federation Australia Website