Caltex Socceroos attacker Nathan Burns has signed with Japanese club Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

Caltex Socceroos attacker Nathan Burns has signed with Japanese club Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

Caltex Socceroo striker Nathan Burns will remain in Japan after signing for Hiroshima Sanfrecce, his new club confirmed today.

NEED TO KNOW

Burns, 29, left Tokyo FC to join Hiroshima after playing 26 league games (and six in the Cup) since signing in 2015 in Tokyo.

He scored three goals during his spell with Tokyo FC, known as the Gas Men.

Caltex Socceroos attacker Nathan Burns is set to part ways with J-League club FC Tokyo, following the conclusion of his contract.Burns won the Johnny Warren Medal for best player in the Hyundai A-League in 2015.

The Aussie striker will join his new teammates from July 18.

WHAT THEY SAID

“I’m honoured to join Sanfrecce Hiroshima, one of the most successful clubs in Japan. I will try my best to contribute to a victorious future for the club,” [translation], said Burns.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

James Jeggo replaced by Nathan Burns for Caltex Socceroos WCQs

Ange Postecoglou gives instructions to Nathan Burns during Australia's 2-2 draw with Thailand.

Austrian-based midfielder James Jeggo has been ruled out of the Caltex Socceroos’ two crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Iraq (March 23 in Tehran) and the UAE (March 28 in Sydney) through injury.

The uncapped Jeggo has been ruled out with a minor glute strain and will be replaced in the squad by Japanese-based Nathan Burns.

The squad includes experienced stars Mile Jedinak, Tim Cahill, Aaron Mooy, Mat Ryan, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Robbie Kruse, Trent Sainsbury and Mark Milligan as well as six Hyundai A-League players.

The team will begin assembling in Tehran on Sunday night ahead of next Thursday’s clash with Iraq.

 

Socceroos v UAE banner2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – MATCH DETAILS

Iraq v Caltex Socceroos

Thursday 23 March

PAS Stadium, Tehran (Iran)

Kick off 4.30pm (11pm AEDT)


Caltex Socceroos v United Arab Emirates

Tuesday 28 March 2016

Sydney Football Stadium

Kick off 8pm

Both matches will be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports and the Nine Network.

TICKET DETAILS (Sydney match)

For more information regarding ticketing please visit www.socceroos.com.au/tickets

 

 

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Nathan Burns says a strong start is vital when they tackle Thailand later this month

Nathan Burns says a strong start is vital when they tackle Thailand later this month.

Caltex Socceroo striker Nathan Burns is ecstatic to be back in the national team and he’s hoping the Australians can dominate their World Cup qualifier with Thailand from the kick off.

After the frustration of missing last month’s two games against Saudi Arabia and Japan, Burns has returned to the fold fresh from his latest J-League season with FC Tokyo.

And now he’s pushing for a spot in the clash with Thailand on November 15 in Bangkok.

 

“It was obviously disappointing,” the J-League forward told FFA TV when quizzed about missing out on Socceroo selection last month.

“Maybe my form in club football was the reason I didn’t get picked. I was battling to get into the squad [at FC Tokyo].

 

“And so that was the expectation that Ange has for the players to be playing week in week out.

“But in saying that it was for about the last 18 months I was in every [Caltex Socceroos] squad, and featured in the majority of the matches.

“So it’s just an eye opener to get back on the pitch and work hard and get your position back.”

The Caltex Socceroos have started arriving in the Thai capital ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier with Thailand on Tuesday 15 November.

Burns and Chinese-based defender Matthew Spiranovic were amongst the first to arrive in Bangkok after their respective domestic competitions ended last weekend.

The FC Tokyo man was relishing the opportunity to train with his Aussie team mates for a full week as opposed to the usual schedule of arrive, recover and play the players usually have to contend with when playing international matches.

 

The Caltex Socceroos head into the clash at the Rajamangala Stadium unbeaten after four games with eight points in their group.

The aim from the Thai clash is to have 11 points from the first five games in what is the final national team game of 2016.

If Australia wins next week, it should solidify their position in Group B heading into the final five qualifiers in 2017. They could even end up on top of the group.

“We’re in a good position,” noted Burns, 28, who has Cup commitments over the coming month in Japan before he ends his season.

“And our football is improving, which is what Ange wants. And the depending on the other match in the group, we could be top of the group, which is where we want to be.”

On the night Thailand host the Caltex Socceroos, Japan welcome Saudi Arabia in Saitama in what is now a group blockbuster.

 

The Saudis are currently top of Group B with ten points, followed by Australia on eight in second spot and the third-placed Japanese on seven points.

“We need to get off to a good start [against Thailand] and then get on top of them and control the tempo because in these conditions you don’t know what the weather will be like.

“So an early goal will settle things,” added Burns.

 

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Caltex Socceroo’s Nathan Burns inside knowledge of Japan’s defence

Nathan Burns on the ball for the Caltex Socceroos against Tajikistan.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Aidan Ormond @AidotheFFAEd
Caltex Socceroo striker Nathan Burns will have some handy insights when Australia face a star-studded Japan in a blockbuster World Cup qualifier in Australia on October 11.

The 28-year-old FC Tokyo forward trains alongside two Samurai Blue defenders each week in the J-League’s top flight.

“Our two [FC Tokyo] centre-backs are in the national team squad of Japan. Masato Morishige and Yuichi Maruyama.

 

“So I know plenty about them.

“I play against them every day…they are quite good defenders,” Burns, a second half substitute overnight as FC Tokyo drew 1-1 with Sanfreece Hiroshima,  told www.socceroos.com.au.

 

October’s clash promises to be titanic and technically high-quality.

Australia, the reigning Asian Cup champions with the likes of Tom Rogic, Aaron Mooy and Japan’s nemesis Tim Cahill meeting a fabulous  Samurai Blue.

It’s a squad that includes EPL winner Shinji Okazaki, Maya Yoshida of Southampton, Borussia Dortmund’a Shinji Kagawa and Inter’s Keisuke Honda and Yuto Nagatomo – as well as the cream of J1 talent.

Before that though, the Socceroos begin their final phase of World Cup qualification on September 1.

They open with a clash against Iraq in Perth on September 1, followed by an away tie against Asian Cup semi finalists UAE on September 6 before another road trip on October 6 to Saudi Arabia.

Burns, and 2014/15 Hyundai A-League Johnny Warren Medallist,  has enjoyed his first year in the top flight of Japanese football after signing for the Gasmen in July 2015.

The NSW country product says the Japanese system has impressed him.

 

“The league in Japan is set up unbelievable. It’s at a really good level, the facilities, fans, sponsors. And there’s a strong J2, with some massive clubs.

“Even J3, our youth team play in that league and it is also professional. And I’ve a friend who is a coach in J5 and it’s unbelievable.

“A lot of the universities have a J5 team. J5 university players tend to go J1 teams so if you watch J5 it’s phenomenal, they are just really young and talented.”

Coincidentally, the Hyundai A-League and J-League have recently signed a MOU to share knowledge, experience and technical know-how.

“(Japan) is different to China and Korea. They put a bit more money into their players’ welfare and they try and take care of them a lot better,” added Burns.

“They have great staff, it’s one thing I’ve noticed between Japan and Korea. In Korea my body was hanging but not so much in Japan.”

 

The former Adelaide United, AEK Athens, Kerkyra (loan), Incheon United, Newcastle Jets (loan) and Wellington Phoenix striker is, perhaps unsurprisingly, hoping to stay longer in the J-League.

“I need a big year this year to hopefully get an extension. I’m quite happy there and the family is loving it. I’m quite happy to stay there for a few years.”

And the former Adelaide favourite was a keen observer of the recent Hyundai A-League Grand Final – albeit on social media.

“I couldn’t watch [the grand final]. We were travelling. I was trying to stream it on the bus on the way to the airport but couldn’t.

“But I was refreshing Twitter and reading all the comments. I’ve seen the highlights. It looked like a great occasion for the club, a great occasion for the A-League.”

 

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Caltex Socceroo’s Nathan Burns inside knowledge of Japan’s defence

Nathan Burns on the ball for the Caltex Socceroos against Tajikistan.

Nathan Burns on the ball for the Caltex Socceroos against Tajikistan.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Aidan Ormond @AidotheFFAEd
Caltex Socceroo striker Nathan Burns will have some handy insights when Australia face a star-studded Japan in a blockbuster World Cup qualifier in Australia on October 11.

The 28-year-old FC Tokyo forward trains alongside two Samurai Blue defenders each week in the J-League’s top flight.

“Our two [FC Tokyo] centre-backs are in the national team squad of Japan. Masato Morishige and Yuichi Maruyama.

“So I know plenty about them.

“I play against them every day…they are quite good defenders,” Burns, a second half substitute overnight as FC Tokyo drew 1-1 with Sanfreece Hiroshima,  told www.socceroos.com.au.

October’s clash promises to be titanic and technically high-quality.

Australia, the reigning Asian Cup champions with the likes of Tom Rogic, Aaron Mooy and Japan’s nemesis Tim Cahill meeting a fabulous  Samurai Blue.

It’s a squad that includes EPL winner Shinji Okazaki, Maya Yoshida of Southampton, Borussia Dortmund’a Shinji Kagawa and Inter’s Keisuke Honda and Yuto Nagatomo – as well as the cream of J1 talent.

Before that though, the Socceroos begin their final phase of World Cup qualification on September 1.

They open with a clash against Iraq in Perth on September 1, followed by an away tie against Asian Cup semi finalists UAE on September 6 before another road trip on October 6 to Saudi Arabia.

Burns, and 2014/15 Hyundai A-League Johnny Warren Medallist,  has enjoyed his first year in the top flight of Japanese football after signing for the Gasmen in July 2015.

The NSW country product says the Japanese system has impressed him.

“The league in Japan is set up unbelievable. It’s at a really good level, the facilities, fans, sponsors. And there’s a strong J2, with some massive clubs.

“Even J3, our youth team play in that league and it is also professional. And I’ve a friend who is a coach in J5 and it’s unbelievable.

“A lot of the universities have a J5 team. J5 university players tend to go J1 teams so if you watch J5 it’s phenomenal, they are just really young and talented.”

Coincidentally, the Hyundai A-League and J-League have recently signed a MOU to share knowledge, experience and technical know-how.

“(Japan) is different to China and Korea. They put a bit more money into their players’ welfare and they try and take care of them a lot better,” added Burns.

“They have great staff, it’s one thing I’ve noticed between Japan and Korea. In Korea my body was hanging but not so much in Japan.”

The former Adelaide United, AEK Athens, Kerkyra (loan), Incheon United, Newcastle Jets (loan) and Wellington Phoenix striker is, perhaps unsurprisingly, hoping to stay longer in the J-League.

“I need a big year this year to hopefully get an extension. I’m quite happy there and the family is loving it. I’m quite happy to stay there for a few years.”

And the former Adelaide favourite was a keen observer of the recent Hyundai A-League Grand Final – albeit on social media.

“I couldn’t watch [the grand final]. We were travelling. I was trying to stream it on the bus on the way to the airport but couldn’t.

“But I was refreshing Twitter and reading all the comments. I’ve seen the highlights. It looked like a great occasion for the club, a great occasion for the A-League.”

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Who’ll start for Caltex Socceroos v Greece? #AUSvGRE @Socceroos

Matthew Ryan ;Alex Gersbach,Trent Sainsbury,Bailey Wright,Ryan McGowan;Mile Jedinak,Aaron Mooy,Tom Rogic;Matthew Leckie,Nathan Burns,Apostolos Giannou

 

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Nathan Burns’ Greek connection still burns bright #AUSvGRE @Socceroos

Alineaciones de Grecia vs Costa de Marfil

Nathan Burns on the ball during the Socceroos' clash with Jordan in March.

 

Caltex Socceroo striker Nathan Burns says his spell in Greek football with AEK were some of the best years of his career.

The 28-year-old FC Tokyo forward made his first overseas move eight years ago when the then Olyroo transferred from Adelaide United to AEK Athens.

Burns was also loaned out during his time with AEK, helping Kerkyra to promotion from the Beta Ethniki.

And as he prepares to face Greece in Sydney and Melbourne over the coming few days for the Caltex Socceroos, Burns says he has some special memories of his four years in the at times chaotic Greek football scene.

“I was very happy with my time in Greece,” the former Hyundai A-League Johnny Warren medalist told www.socceroos.com.au

“I learnt so much as a footballer. To go overseas and to start playing as a professional in Europe is really hard.

“I did the whole on-loan thing and then came back to AEK and we played Europa League.

“Looking back, it was one of the highest points in my career being 21, 22 and playing in the Europa League.

“It was a really good experience. It was just disappointing that my club choice and the country didn’t do so well, which forced me to move on to another country, which is something out of my control the whole economic crisis that hit Greece.”

Burns was teammates with AEK star Kostas Manolas when he arrived in the Greek capital and actually got to play at Allianz in Sydney with AEK, famously scoring the winner for the Greeks in a pre-season friendly tournament against Glasgow Rangers in 2010.

He subsequently moved on to the K-League with Incheon United in 2012 and had a successful spell with Wellington Phoenix before linking with the Tokyo club in 2015.

But looking back, Burns says Greece helped him lay the platform for his overseas career.

“When I got to Greece it was great times. The first one to two years there was money around and the country was buzzing,” said the Blayney-born Aussie.

“Big players like Rivaldo came in. And then all of a sudden it all just crumbled. It was sad to see for Greece.

“I did a bit of charity work for a little bit!” he joked when asked about the at times late salaries in Greek football.

“But you have to expect that when you go to Greece. It’s one of the downsides but yes, a massive connection and I have a few teammates from then who now play for the Greek national team.

“It’s going to be good to see them and play against them.”

Though Burns added banter between him and those Greek players he knows would probably be restricted due to one very good reason.

“As Socceroos, we tend to run a lot so it’s hard to get your breath, so if you have time for banter, Ange is probably looking at you and thinking you’re not working hard enough!”

Burns described the current Greek national team’s story as being very similar to Australia’s cycle of success.

“They had a golden generation who won the Euros in 2004 – a generation of players like we had with our 2006 World Cup squad.

“Now they have a young team slowly making their way into big clubs and starting to build a name for themselves.

“We’re very similar in that we had that golden generation and now we’re in a rebuild with a few players doing really well at clubs and some are close to being at massive clubs in Europe.

“Their Euros team held on to their national team for a long time which our generation did too because they were so good.

“So both nations are similar in that regard with their players and rebuilding.”

Of course much talk around the two Greek games for Australia has been Apo Giannou – the Greece-born former Greek Super League striker and now Caltex Socceroo.

Burns was delighted to reconnect with Giannou in the Aussie national team camp.

“I just remember there being an Aussie guy at PAOK, that was Apo. I knew of him but we never really came across each other.

“But then in Socceroos camp that was when I met him, we spoke and put all the pieces together about same coaches and similar experiences.

“It’s always a laugh exchanging stories like that. And it’s good he got his chance and he’s in the Socceroos now.

“In Greece he would’ve learnt a lot but has moved on now into Asia, like me.”

 

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Flashback: Caltex Socceroos shine in Kaiserslautern – Nathan Burns score 2-1 to Australia

Nathan Burns delivered a wicked ball into the box which Troisi expertly dispatched past German keeper Ron-Robert Zieler.

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Date with destiny: Nathan Burns eyes Jordan revenge

Nathan Burns prepares to re-start the contest when the Socceroos lost to Jordan in Amman.

Striker Nathan Burns says the Caltex Socceroos have had 29 March, 2016 marked in their diaries ever since Jordan humbled the Aussies 2-0 in Amman last year.

The Socceroos’ loss – the only points they’ve dropped on their road to Russia 2018 – stunned Ange Postecoglou’s men and has them itching for Tuesday night’s return leg.

With Jordan and Australia both registering comprehensive wins on Thursday night – the Aussies putting seven past Tajikistan, Jordan eight against Bangladesh – top place in the group is at stake.

 

“I think we’re going to be really hungry for this game. Obviously we want to get revenge for the last game,” Burns told reporters on Friday.

“We were very disappointed we lost that game so we’re going to go there [to Sydney] with an attacking intent.

“We’ve been waiting for this game since we lost there. I think everyone is fired up and it’s going to be a good game.

“They’re obviously going to come here and try to get the points as well because they want to be top of the group so it’ll probably be the game of the round.”

Burns bagged a brace in Thursday night’s comprehensive 7-0 win over Tajikistan taking his career tally in the national colours to three.

 

While the former Adelaide United flyer was proud to give South Australia’s football fans something to cheer about he acknowledged the Socceroos will have to be more efficient in their conversion rate against Harry Redknapp’s Jordan.

“It’s never enough. I always want to score as many goals as I can but at the same time two goals is still two goals for the national team,” he said.

“Every moment I get to wear the badge is a great achievement and a great honour for me so I ‘m just looking forward to the next game now.

“I had a few chances and I want to score with every chance I get. The important thing was not to go into my shell and just keep backing myself and eventually I know one will go in.”

Burns, who was guilty of giving the ball away in Jordan which helped the world no.82 open the scoring shortly after the interval, assured fans the Aussies would look to maintain a high tempo game at Allianz Stadium.

Having been frustrated by Jordan’s delaying tactics last October, the FC Tokyo striker said the Socceroos will be searching for an early goal to take charge of the clash.

“Towards the end of the game they really slowed the game down and killed it off so we were really frustrated,” said Burns.

“We just have to keep the tempo up, keep the ball movement really fast.

“We can’t really control what they do but we can just play our game and stay focused and if we can get an early goal they’re going to have to come out after us.

“That’s the main focus, to have a good start and put them under pressure from the outset.”

 

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Caltex Socceroos 7 x 0 Tajikistan

A dominant Caltex Socceroos have crushed Tajikistan 7-0 in a one-sided FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifier at Adelaide Oval on Thursday night.

In Australia’s first game in Adelaide in five years, the home fans were treated to an attacking masterclass by Australia which the overawed Tajiks had no answer to.

Massimo Luongo and Mile Jedinak scored inside the first 12 minutes to have the Socceroos 2-0 at the break before they ran riot in the second half.

It was carnage for the visitors as Mark Milligan scored another penalty early in the second half before Nathan Burns (two) and substitute Tom Rogic scored a brace within five minutes of coming off the bench.

And it could have been an even bigger win for the hosts, who hit the woodwork an astonishing four times in the second half.

Debutant Apostolos Giannou was one of the Socceroos’ best, finishing with assists for four of the goals and unlucky not to get one himself with an effort that hit the post in the second half.

Playmaker Aaron Mooy continued his incredible run of form with another brilliant display in the middle of the park while local boy Ryan McGowan and Burns were also strong.

But the green and gold didn’t have a bad player as they rarely got out of first gear, now needing only a point against Jordan on Tuesday to confirm their spot in the next stage of qualifying.

New boy Giannou was handed a debut up front and the 26-year-old made an immediate impact, setting up the opening goal inside two minutes.

Burns played the ball into Giannou at the top of the box, with the striker teeing up Luongo who arrowed a powerful shot into the bottom corner.

Soon after it was 2-0 and Giannou was again involved, racing onto a pinpoint through-ball by Jedinak only to be brought down in the box by keeper Alisher Tuychiev.

An ice-cool Jedinak had no trouble sweeping home from the spot for the skipper’s 12th international goal.

 

The Socceroos were playing some sublime attacking football. The passing was slick, the touches were assured and the movement off the ball was first-class.

It was the type of play Postecoglou has been craving with his side enjoying the acres of space and time on the ball afforded to them by the out-classed visitors.

Chance after chance went begging and a one-sided first half with Mat Leckie, Burns, Giannou and Jedinak all squandering excellent chances to add to the lead.

Milligan replaced Jedinak at the break and he had his name on the scoresheet within 12 minutes of the resumption.

Giannou was again in the thick of it, hauled down in the box by Ergashev Davronjon for another penalty, which Milligan dispatched with aplomb.

Burns added a fourth 10 minutes later with a simple tap-in but Mooy deserved all the credit.

The exceptional Melbourne City playmaker mesmerised the Tajikistan defence, showing great strength and skill to hold off two defenders before picking out Burns with a delightful cross.

Rogic came off the bench and made an immediate impact, scoring twice in the space of two minutes.

First he was credited with a goal after volleying home Mooy’s free-kick, although replays suggested it might not have crossed the line before Giannou slammed it in.

 

Before the crowd could catch their breath they were celebrating again as Rogic shimmied past one defender and curled in a classy effort with the outside of his left foot.

Burns then completed the rout three minutes from time with a simple header from McGowan’s cross.

Jordan is now the final hurdle for the Socceroos to overcome to win the group when the two sides meet in Sydney on Tuesday.

Caltex Socceroos 7 (Luongo 2’, Jedinak 12’, Milligan 57’, Burns 67’, 87’, Rogic 70’, 72’)

Tajikistan 0

Crowd: 35,439 @ Adelaide Oval

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