3 years ago : @Socceroos defeats Oman 4-0 in AFC Asian Cup in second match

Sydney: A second straight four-goal haul means Australia and Korea Republic will battle for top spot in Group A in Brisbane at the weekend after Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos handed Oman a comprehensive 4-0 defeat at Stadium Australia on Tuesday evening to advance to the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.

A draw will be enough for the tournament hosts on Saturday evening to win the group on goal difference and set up a quarter-final clash with the runners-up in Group B, after two goals in three minutes from Matt McKay and Robbie Kruse sent Australia on their way to an impressive victory.

A penalty from Mark Milligan and a close range strike from second-half substitute Tomi Juric added to Oman’s woes in a game in which Paul Le Guen’s side were totally outclassed.

Coupled with Korea’s 1-0 win over Kuwait earlier on Tuesday, the two quarter-finals berths from Group A have now been filled, with only the positions at the top of the table left to be determined.

McKay was drafted into the starting line-up as Postecoglou made three changes to the team that handed Kuwait a 4-1 thrashing in the opening game, with injured captain Mile Jedinak replaced by Mark Milligan, and McKay and Jason Davidson came in instead of James Troisi and Aziz Behich.

The changes did little to disrupt the rhythm of the Socceroos, who steadily took control of the game after an early scare, when Raed Saleh’s third minute thunderbolt from long range was brilliantly palmed to safety by Mat Ryan.

However, the Socceroos – just as they did against Kuwait in the tournament opener in Melbourne – slowly took control of the game and by the time the clock had ticked past the halfway point in the opening period, Australia were in total command.

Tim Cahill – captain for the night in Jedinak’s absence – twice went close with looping headers before McKay, one of the heroes of Australia’s run to the final in Qatar four years ago, put his side in front.

Robbie Kruse’s 27th minute corner from the Omani right was headed goalward by Trent Sainsbury and McKay scooped the ball over the line from close range to lift the majority of 50,276 fans to their feet.

Three minutes later the Australians doubled their advantage, with Kruse this time starting and finishing a fine move with a run from just inside his own half, laying the ball off to Massimo Luongo, whose return pass the Bayer Leverkusen striker slipped under Ali Al Habsi.

Milligan converted from the spot three minutes into first half injury time after Cahill was hauled down by Ali Al Busaidi as the Socceroos closed out an impressive opening 45 minutes with another goal.

Cahill and Luongo made way for Juric and Mark Bresciano five minutes after the restart and, with 20 minutes to go, Western Sydney Wanderers’ striker Juric put the seal on the win with a sliding finish after Leckie’s superb cross from the left with the outside of his right boot gave the Omandefence little chance.

Photo: WSG


Source  :  Asian Football Confederation Website

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 Socceroo Robbie Kruse signs with German club

Robbie Kruse has signed with German club VFL Bochum.

Saturday, 22 July 2017 

Josh Bennett @JoshBennett50
Caltex Socceroos winger Robbie Kruse has secured his club future after signing with German second-tier club VFL Bochum.


*Kruse has signed with VFL Bochum, who play in Germany’s 2.Bundesliga.

*The 28-year-old joins the club after parting ways with Chinese club Liaoning Whowin in May.

*The Socceroo has had previous stints in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen, Stuttgart and Fortuna Dusseldorf.

*Joins fellow Socceroo Jamie Maclaren in Germany’s second tier, with the striker playing at Darmstadt.


“The club is very professional, the stadium is great and the atmosphere awesome,” Kruse told Bochum’s club website.

“I remember that from matches I have played against VfL. The club aims high and I hope that I can contribute my bit to reach their goals.”


“Robbie Kruse is a very fast player. He prefers coming over the wings and therefore meets the requirements perfectly,” VfL’s Director of Sports Christian Hochstätter said.

“We have been keeping an eye on him for a while now and at the recent Confed Cup he reached a more public representation.

Robbie Kruse on the ball during Australia's 4-0 loss to Brazil.

“He played in Bundesliga before, so he is aware of the demands in Germany. He also speaks German. The integration should not be a problem.

“We are happy that we were able to sign him in the second attempt.”


Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Robbie Kruse: Socceroos chasing complete performance against Chile

Robbie Kruse says the Caltex Socceroos are seeking an elusive 90-minute performance against Chile.

With it all to play for in Monday morning’s (AEST) final group match against Chile, Robbie Kruse says the Caltex Socceroos are seeking an elusive 90-minute performance.

Ange Postecoglou’s side must be the South American powerhouses to keep their faint hopes alive of progressing to the semi-finals.

And while three points is the main goal at the Otkrytie Arena, Kruse knows a consistent performance across the entire match will be key to Australia’s hopes against Alexis Sanchez and co.


“We’re playing really well in patches,” 54-cap Caltex Socceroos veteran Robbie Kruse told FFA TV.

“We’re keeping possession well and working our opponents around.

“We probably just need to be a bit more ruthless and take some chances when we’re dominating,” he said.


The Caltex Socceroos know exactly what is required if they are to progress to the semi-finals of the “Tournament of Champions.”

“We need to win the game by two goals,” explained Kruse.

“They’re number four in the world, so of course it’s going to be difficult.

“They’re littered with world class players.

“We’re still alive in the tournament, but it’s going to have to be a good performance collectively and from everyone individually,” he said.


The playing and travelling timetable for the Caltex Socceroos has been extremely taxing, with the side moving from Saint Petersburg to Moscow for their final pool match.

Robbie Kruse against Cameroon.

The game kicks off less than 72 hours after the final whistle in the Cameroon clash.

“It’s very demanding,” Kruse admitted.

“Some players have had to play two full games and it’s very demanding for them.

“I’m sure the boss and the coaching staff will assess everything.

“Hopefully the team we put out on the park will get the job done,” he said.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Robbie Kruse: loss a learning curve for Confederations Cup

Robbie Kruse on the ball during Australia's 4-0 loss to Brazil.

After Brazil eased past Ange Postecoglou’s men 4-0 in a friendly on Tuesday night, Caltex Socceroo striker Robbie Kruse said the loss was a good learning curve ahead of the Confederations Cup.

Kruse spoke to Fox Sports after the game.

Kruse on Australia’s display “We tried to be brave and play out from the back, which we did a lot. “We were good in patches. We played pretty well considering they are the number one team in the world.

“But we’ll learn from this for the Confederations Cup.” Two set-piece goals conceded “It’s disappointing we lost 4-0. And two set pieces, which we shouldn’t concede [from]. “But we’ll take the positives and negatives and build on this.


“The coaching staff will analyse the game thoroughly and hopefully we’ll do better in the first game of the Confederations Cup [against Germany] where it becomes about winning games and getting through the group stage.”

On the early Brazil goal

“It’s disappointing they score inside the first 30 seconds.

“It obviously sets the tone but we recovered well from that and the first half was really good.”

Brazil players celebrate a goal in their win over the Caltex Socceroos.


Source :  Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League’s influence on Caltex Socceroos squad – Robbie Kruse

Robbie Kruse – A product of Brisbane Roar, he’s been to Germany and China but really shone at Melbourne Victory. Currently uncontracted.


Source : Football Federation Australia

Caltex Socceroo duo exit Chinese club

Robbie Kruse has left Chinese club Liaoning Whowin.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Staff writer
Caltex Socceroos pair Robbie Kruse and James Holland have parted ways with Chinese Super League club Liaoning Whowin FC.

In a statement, Professional Footballers Australia confirmed Kruse and Holland have terminated their employment contracts with immediate effect.

“The PFA has provided ongoing support to James and Robbie following the club’s repeated failure to honour its contractual obligations to the players,” said PFA Chief Executive John Didulica.

“The players had placed the club on notice to remedy the situation, however the club has failed to do this.

Robbie Kruse in action in a World Cup Qualifier against Jordan.

“As a result, both players have terminated their respective contracts for just cause, in accordance with FIFA regulations.

“As a consequence, they are now free agents and entitled to sign with clubs of their choosing,” he said.

The pair joined the Chinese club in January with Kruse making the switch from Bayer Leverkusen while Holland moved from Adelaide United.

James Holland has signed with a German club.

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Source : Football Federation Australia

UAE clash: WC pressure nothing new for Robbie Kruse

Robbie Kruse in action in a World Cup Qualifier against Jordan.

Robbie Kruse in action in a World Cup Qualifier against Jordan.

Ahead of a pressure-filled World Cup qualifier with UAE on Tuesday, Australian striker Robbie Kruse pointed to the previous World Cup campaign for Brazil 2014.

Kruse was part of the last qualification campaign for Brazil 2014, one in which Australia took it to the last group game (ironically against Iraq in Sydney) before they qualified.

In their last three games, Australia drew 1-1 with Japan in Saitama (only conceding in the final minutes), thumped Jordan 4-0 in Melbourne and beating Iraq, famously, courtesy of Josh Kennedy’s powerful late header.


Former Socceroos striker Josh Kennedy celebrates scoring the goal that sealed Australia's place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.So, pressure World Cup ties are nothing new for the China-based forward as he looks to the clash with UAE on Tuesday, also in Sydney.

“The last qualifying phase we were under pressure too. We had to win two and draw the last one and one game was in Japan.

“And we managed to do that.

“I’ve been part of a qualifying campaign before and nothing’s easy.

“There’s no easy game in world football anymore.


Robbie Kruse“You look at teams in Europe, they struggle to so-called lesser nations as well.

“We have to try and adapt and it’s still firmly in our own hands.”



Australia’s best result so far in this group qualification campaign was a hard-earned 1-0 win over UAE in an extremely hot Abu Dhabi last September.

It gives the Australians a clear mental advantage.

“Yes, it was a difficult game. It was 45 degrees and difficult the style you want to play in those conditions.


Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring against the UAE in World Cup Qualifying.“But we managed to do that quite well.

“They lost their [last] game so they’re needing to win this game.

“We know that, so I’m sure playing at home in hopefully good conditions on a decent field is going to help us a lot,” he said.

The Caltex Socceroos tackle UAE in a crucial World Cup Qualifier in Sydney on March 28.  Click here for tickets


Source : Football Federation Australia

Caltex Socceroos weekend update-18/March/2017-19/March/2017

Winger Mat Leckie has a date with Borussia Dortmund this weekend before joining up with the Caltex Socceroos.

Winger Mat Leckie has a date with Borussia Dortmund this weekend before joining up with the Caltex Socceroos.

It’s the crucial weekend before the Caltex Socceroos meet up in Tehran ahead of next week’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Iraq.

Australia tackles Iraq in Tehran on March 24 (AEDT) before returning home to host UAE at the Sydney Football Stadium on March 28.

We take a look at the players’ schedule over the coming days for their clubs.

Mustafa Amini

AGF, in the Danish Superliga, next play in the early hours of Monday morning (AEDT) against OB.

Aziz Behich

Played 90 minutes for Bursaspor last weekend and could see more action on Monday (AEDT) with his side at home to Alanyaspor in the Turkish league.

Tim Cahill

Had the week off due to the split round in the Hyundai A-League but will be hopeful of some more minutes as Melbourne City host Newcastle Jets in the Hyundai A-League on Saturday night.

Tim Cahill

Milos Degenek

Yokohama F Marinos host Albirex Niigata on Saturday afternoon in the J-League.

Rhyan Grant

Will come into camp fresh but fit with the Sky Blues having a tough week on the track with no game due to the split round in the A-League.

Jackson Irvine

The ultra-consistent Burton Albion midfielder is set to play on Sunday (AEDT) at home to Brentford.

Mile Jedinak

The Socceroo skipper was immense in Aston Villa’s win over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend with Steve Bruce’s side next in action on Sunday away to Wigan Athletic.

Mile Jedinak's Aston Villa proved too strong for Bailey Wright's Bristol City overnight.

James Jeggo

The former Adelaide midfielder’s Sturm Graz travel to tackle Admira this weekend.

Tomi Juric

The powerful striker’s FC Luzern host third-placed Sion this weekend.

Robbie Kruse

The winger has started in both of Liaoning’s first two Chinese Super League fixtures but won’t have a chance to add to that tally before coming into camp.

Mitch Langerak

The Stuttgart shot-stopper has been in fine touch in Germany and will get another chance to impress on Saturday away to Greuther Fürth.

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 Mathew Leckie

The Socceroo flyer has been a regular for FC Ingolstadt in the Bundesliga this season. Leckie’s side travel to tackle giants Borussia Dortmund on Saturday (AEDT).

Massimo Luongo

Luongo’s QPR are next in action on Sunday at home to struggling Rotherham.

Riley McGree

The shock inclusion in the squad, McGree’s Adelaide host Brisbane Roar on Sunday in the Hyundai A-League.

Mark Milligan

The versatile midfielder has been playing regularly with UAE club Bani Yas but saw red in his side’s 6-2 loss to Al Wahda last weekend. Won’t see any further action before coming into camp.

Aaron Mooy

Arguably Australia’s most important player, Mooy has enjoyed a sensational season in the English Championship with Huddersfield Town and could feature more prominently in Saturday’s fixture away to Bailey Wright’s Bristol City.

Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy.

Mat Ryan

The keeper played 90 minutes in Genk’s Europa League Round of 16 second leg tie against Gent on Friday (AEDT) before linking with the national team.

Trent Sainsbury

Hasn’t seen any game time since his loan move to Serie A giants Inter Milan in January.  The classy defender’s next chance of match action is on Sunday with Milan away to Torino.

Brad Smith

The flying left-back has struggled for game time at EPL outfit AFC Bournemouth, who are at home to Swansea City on Sunday morning (AEDT).

James Troisi

The Victory star is arguably the hottest player in the A-League right now. Victory has the week off due to the split round but Troisi will come into camp full of confidence after a sparkling month.

James Troisi on the ball during the Socceroos' 2-2 draw with Germany in March.

Daniel Vukovic

Vukovic capped his selection with another clean sheet – his 11th of the season – in Sydney’s 1-0 win over the Mariners on Friday night. Won’t have another game before coming into camp.

Rhys Williams

Williams played a full match for Glory in last Saturday’s loss to Sydney FC. Perth not in action this week.

Bailey Wright

The no-nonsense defender has been a pillar of consistency since joining Bristol City, who are next in action on Saturday at home to Mooy’s Huddersfield Town.

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Source : Football Federation Australia