Caltex Socceroos to take on Honduras in final round of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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The Caltex Socceroos will play Honduras in their final two qualification matches for the FIFA World Cup in Russia next year.

After last night’s victory over Syria, Australia’s opponent in the two-legged intercontinental play-off was decided in matches played today in Central and North America.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) awaits official confirmation of the fixture details from FIFA, however the matches will take place during the international window next month. The return leg will be played at Stadium Australia in Sydney. Ticketing details will be released in the coming days.

FFA Chief Executive David Gallop said he was expecting a big crowd in Sydney for the second leg of the must-win tie.

“The whole nation is going to be behind the team when they play in Honduras but our FIFA World Cup fate will be decided right here in Sydney. We have every confidence that Ange (Postecoglou) and the players can get the job done. It will be a massive night for football and the wonderful memories of the Uruguay game in 2005 will get the turnstiles spinning,” said Gallop.

Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Postecoglou said detailed preparations for the matches were already well advanced.

“I am aware of reports today suggesting that I will step down as Head Coach of the Socceroos next month. My sole focus is on preparing the team for our final two qualifying matches. I will not let anything compromise the team’s journey on getting to a fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup,” said Postecoglou.

Gallop said he had spoken to Postecoglou about the reports and agreed the focus should be on the November matches.

“Beyond that, should we qualify, there is a period of some months until the World Cup and we agreed that we will need to lock in our set up as soon as possible to maximise our preparation time,” concluded Gallop.

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Caltex Socceroos at Sydney Olympic Park: last three games at the venue

Sydney’s Stadium Australia plays host to Tuesday night’s must-win FIFA World Cup playoff second leg against Syria.

The venue has played host to some of the Caltex Socceroos’ most memorable moments (remember Uruguay in 2005) and a win over the Syrians will add another thrilling chapter to it.

We look back at Australia’s last three matches at Sydney Olympic Park, including a very exciting January night in 2015.

Mat Leckie celebrates his winner against Greece in 2016.

Caltex Socceroos 1-0 Greece – June 4, 2016

Lethal Leckie wins it at the death

Greece came Down Under for a two-game friendly series and it was a thrilling late flurry which handed Ange Postecoglou’s men a win in the opening clash in Sydney.

Despite dominating the 2004 European champions, Australia was unable to take their chances until late on.

First substitute Tim Cahill thought he had headed in the winner only to be denied by the off-side flag, before Mat Leckie won it in the final minute.

The winger swivelled on the edge of the box before drilling a low shot into the corner to delight more than 38,000 fans in attendance.

The moment. James Troisi sweeps home the winning goal against South Korea.

Caltex Socceroos 2-1 South Korea (aet) – January 31, 2015

Australia the Kings of Asia

A historic night for Australian football, the Caltex Socceroos and South Korea met in the AFC Asian Cup final, with more than 76,000 fans hoping to see the home side lift their first major trophy.

And it turned out to be a gripping contest.

Massimo Luongo’s piercing drive in the first half looked like being enough until Son Heung-Min levelled things up in the 90th minute.

So it went to extra-time and it was Australia’s two substitutes who combined, with Tomi Juric’s cross spilt by the keeper allowing James Troisi to score the winner.

What a night!

Caltex Socceroos 4-0 Oman – January 13, 2015

Aussies overrun Oman

After a dominant 4-1 win over Kuwait in the Asian Cup opener, Australia headed to Sydney Olympic Park and swept in another four against an out-classed Oman.

The Caltex Socceroos dominated from the outset and scored three times before the break through Matt McKay, Robbie Kruse and a Mark Milligan penalty.

They pushed for more in the second half but it was substitute Tomi Juric who completed the scoring, completing the rout with 20 minutes left in front of more than 50,000 jubilant fans.

 

Source  :  My Football.com.au

Countdown to Syria: Caltex Socceroos diary

Some key Caltex Socceroos are involved in some important matches before the upcoming clashes with Syria.

 

Ange Postecoglou will soon trim his preliminary Caltex Socceroos squad from 30 to 23 for next month’s make-or-break Asian FIFA 2018 World Cup playoff matches against Syria.

Here’s what some of Australia’s key players have on their plates before the international window.

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MATHEW LECKIE

The 46-cap attacker will look to continue his sizzling Bundesliga form in a busy week ahead.

Fresh from his goal against Bayer Leverkusen, the Hertha Berlin attacker will next face FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday morning (AEST).

Attention then shifts to the Europa League when Hertha visit Swedish club Ostersunds on Friday.

Leckie – who has scored four goals in five Bundesliga games since his move to Berlin – will then look forward to a home clash with powerhouses Bayern Munich on October 2.

AARON MOOY

Huddersfield Town travel to Burnley on Sunday morning (AEST) as they look to consolidate their good start to the Premier League season.

Mooy’s boys are then back home to host glamour London side Tottenham Hotspur on October 1.

MAT RYAN

Brighton and Hove Albion will look to bounce back from last weekend’s Premier League defeat to Bournemouth when they host high-flying Newcastle United on Monday morning.

A week later, the Caltex Socceroos number one will make his first trip to the Emirates Stadium when Brighton visits Arsenal.

TOMMY ROGIC

Celtic have one of the biggest dates on their early-season calendar this weekend with a visit to fierce rivals Rangers late on Saturday evening (AEST).

Rogic will jet out to join the Caltex Socceroos after Celtic’s SPL clash against Hibernian on October 2.

MILE JEDINAK

Aston Villa have three upcoming English Championship games in eight days, but it remains to be seen how big a part the Caltex Socceroos skipper will play as the club manages his return from injury.

Villa have home games against Nottingham Forest this weekend and Bolton Wanderers the following Saturday with a midweek visit to Burton Albion sandwiched in between.

ROBBIE KRUSE

It’s a busy time for VfL Bochum with three 2. Bundesliga clashes in the next ten days.

A visit to Nurnberg tomorrow morning (AEST) is followed by a home match against Ingolstadt.

Kruse – a goalscorer in Bochum’s latest outing – will then play away at high-flying Holstein Kiel before the international break.

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Source  :  Football Federation Australia

FIFA 18 ratings special: top Caltex Socceroos

Midfielder Aaron Mooy is the highest-rated Caltex Socceroo in FIFA 18.

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Staff writer
It’s that time of the year again – FIFA 18 is just around the corner and we’ve got the scoop on the best-rated players in the Caltex Socceroos.

Equal 14. Tim Cahill – Melbourne City – 70

The legendary striker will celebrate his 38th birthday this December, but he’s still managed to earn himself a spot in the 70 club.

His pace might not be what it used to be, but he’s still strong, and his finishing is up with the best in the Hyundai A-League.

Find him at the back post, and he’ll still be scoring goals for your team in this edition of the game.

FIFA 18 - Tim Cahill

Equal 14. Danny Vukovic – KRC Genk – 70

After an incredible season last year with Sydney FC, Vuka not only secured his dream move to Europe, but he’s earned himself a rating of 70 in this year’s FIFA.

Where last year he sat at a solid 66, which still made him one of the best keepers in the Hyundai A-League, this year he’s smashed that and joined the 70 club.

His shot stopping is up there with any other Aussie keeper, and would be a great signing for a silver Aussie side.

FIFA 18 -Vukovic

Equal 14. Milos Degenek – Yokohama F Marinos – 70

The Socceroos defender scrapes into the 70 club with a very good mix of stats to his name.

Big man Degenek is physically solid, and his pace would make him the quickest centre-half in the Hyundai A-League.

Technically, he’s showing some promise, and he has potential as a career mode buy.

Milos Degenek - FIFA 18

Equal 14. Tomi Juric – FC Luzern – 70

Big, strong, and technically solid. Tomi Juric has all the attributes to be a good target man for your FIFA 18 side.

And with four stars for his weaker foot, he’ll be able to hit them in almost any situation.

Tomi Juric - FIFA 18

Equal 14. Massimo Luongo – QPR – 70

Mass Luongo rounds out the 70 club, with the 24-year-old looking a good addition to any Aussie midfield.

He’s quick, strong, and can dribble. Technically, his passing lets him down as a midfielder. At 64, comparatively he’s scored lower than the A-League’s best.

Massimo Luongo - FIFA 18

13. Bailey Wright – Bristol City – 71

Strong, can defend, and relatively quick for a centre-half.

He’s technically not much better than Degenek, but the Bristol City captain’s defensive stats bring him up to a 71 overall.

Since leaving Preston, he’s lost a couple of points of pace, but he’s made up for it with his dribbling and passing numbers.

Bailey Wright - FIFA 18

12. Jackson Irvine – Hull City – 71

It’s hard to think of any Socceroo who’s had as stellar of a rise as Jackson Irvine, especially when you look at his FIFA ratings over the last few seasons.

Rated 56 in FIFA 14, to 61 in FIFA 15, to 65 in FIFA 16, and now to 71 in FIFA 17.

And when you look at his numbers in more detail, he presents almost a perfect midfielder.

High attacking and defending work-rates, physical, quick, and has room to develop technically with his age.

Jackson Irvine - FIFA 18

11. Robbie Kruse – VFL Bochum – 72

Robbie Kruse is quick, he can dribble, but he’s dropped two points since last year’s version of the game.

Perhaps the stint in China damaged his standings with the EA SPORTS scouts, but even though he’s gotten quicker, his technical abilities have dropped.

What hasn’t dropped is his skill moves; Kruse is still a whopping four stars – one better than Tom Rogic

If you’re looking for pace, you could do worse than Robbie Kruse’s 80, but his shooting, dribbling, and passing have all dropped since last year.

Robbie Kruse - FIFA 18

10. Mathew Leckie – Hertha Berlin – 72

Last season, Mathew Leckie was clocked as the quickest man in the Bundesliga. Faster than Aubameyang

That hasn’t translated over to the FIFA ratings, because even though Leckie’s 93 Pace is very, very, very quick, it’s still three points short of the Gabonese winger.

His pace has grown this year, but his shooting and dribbling have both dropped.

If he keeps up his early form in the Bundesliga, the EA Sports scouts will have little choice but to give him a bump come Christmas.

Mathew Leckie - FIFA 18

9. Aziz Behich – Bursaspor – 73

One of the big movers out of the Socceroos this season, Aziz Behich grew from a 70 Overall to a 73 this season, courtesy of a nine-point boost in his passing.

He’s quick, he’s technically good, and he’s the best Aussie full-back in the game by far.

Whether you play him at left-back in a four, or on the left-wing in Ange’s 3-4-3, he’s a good fit for any team.

Aziz Behich - FIFA 18

8. Jamie Maclaren – SV Darmstadt – 73

FIFA 15, Jamie Maclaren is a lowly 56 overall: a 70 pace, 56 physicality. Not the greatest of stats at all.

Fast forward three short years, and Macca has his European move, and two NAB Young Footballer of the Year awards.

A 73 Overall, complete with an 86 pace, a 75 physicality, and a 69 shooting.

There’s even more room for Jamie Maclaren to grow, but right now, he’s the Aussie striker you need to sign in FIFA 18.

Jamie Maclaren - FIFA 18

7. Mile Jedinak – Aston Villa – 74

This will be the first time in three FIFAs that Mile Jedinak is not a Gold player.

The Socceroos skipper has dropped a couple of points from his 76 to 74, the first time since his 72 with Palace in FIFA 14.

While his dribbling has gone up by one, his stats across the board have dropped.

Here’s hoping that Mile can impress for Steve Bruce this season and earn himself a midseason upgrade back to the gold he’s so used to.

Mile Jedinak - FIFA 18

6. Mark Milligan – Melbourne Victory – 74

Mark Milligan is back in Ultimate Team, and he’s the sixth best Aussie footballer in the game!

After being absent since FIFA 15, Milligan is comparable to our skipper. A little bit quicker, and a bit better of a passer, and dribbler.

If you could only pick one of the two in your team, you’d have to choose between Jedinak’s defensive and physical abilities, or Milligan’s versatility.

Mark Milligan - FIFA 18

5. Mitch Langerak – Levante UD – 74

He might’ve been an integral part of getting Stuttgart promoted back to the Bundesliga, but this season Mitch Langerak made the move to Spain.

Despite making 34 appearances and playing more than 3000 minutes last season, the scouts at EA SPORTS have dropped Langerak’s rating by one.

How? His handling is better, his positioning has dropped by one, but his distribution has fallen by 22 points.

Despite this, Langerak is still a top shot stopper, and would be a worthy signing for any FIFA player.

Mitch Langerak - FIFA 18

4. James Troisi – Melbourne Victory – 74

The scouts at EA SPORTS must be paying close attention to James Troisi.

After giving him an international man of the match card for his performance against Chile – and a subsequent temporary rating of 81 – they’ve decided to bump him up again this season.

His 74 puts him on par with Tom Rogic, but a very different kind of attacking midfielder.

He’s got 77 pace, 74 dribbling, and 72 passing. A very solid number 10 for any team.

James Troisi - FIFA 18

3. Tom Rogic – Celtic – 74

Tom Rogic keeps growing, but you can’t help but feel that at 74, he’s still a little bit undervalued by the scouts at EA SPORTS.

He was a 67 in FIFA 16, 70 in FIFA 17, and now 74 in FIFA 18. Good growth in his stats, yes, but he’s been given just three stars for his skill moves.

Anyone who’s seen Tom Rogic with the ball at his feet would disagree, given his futsal background.

Alas, it’s up to him to put in a good showing this season, keep impressing, and earn his points from the scouts.

How much more he can grow in Scotland is anyone’s question – he’s already the seventh highest-ranked player in the Scottish Premier League.

Tom Rogic - FIFA 18

2. Mathew Ryan – Brighton – 77

At the release of FIFA 17, Maty Ryan looked on top of the world. He’d just come off of a stellar season at Brugge and secured a dream move to Valencia.

After a year fighting for a spot at Valencia, he’s dropped a couple of points as he makes his move to Brighton.

The good news is, if he continues to get game time at Brighton and impresses, his rating is only going to go up.

His shot stopping abilities were reeled in this season, but his distribution has been bumped up to a whopping 90, even better than Claudio Bravo and David De Gea were in FIFA 17.

Mat Ryan - FIFA 18

1. Aaron Mooy – Huddersfield – 77

Aaron Mooy has come a long way from the scruffy-haired blonde at St Mirren in FIFA 12.

With a Rest of the World Team of the Season call-up in FIFA 16, and an English Football League Team of the Season call-up last year, Aaron Mooy has turned heads.

His passing is his best attribute at 77, closely followed by his strength, and then his dribbling.

Couple that with his decent pace, shooting, and defending, it leads to a very balanced midfielder to take out the title of best Aussie in FIFA 18.

Aaron Mooy - FIFA 18

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Caltex Socceroos: recent Stadium Australia record

Former Socceroos striker Josh Kennedy celebrates scoring the goal that sealed Australia's place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The Caltex Socceroos will play Syria at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium in the home leg of their Asian World Cup playoff next month. We look back at their last five matches at the famous stadium.

The ground famously played host to Australia’s penalty shoot-out win over Uruguay which secured World Cup qualification on THAT night in November 2005.

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But how have the Caltex Socceroos fared at the venue in more recent times? We look back at their last five matches at the famous stadium.

LECKIE LEAVES IT LATE

A Mathew Leckie strike in the dying moments gave the Caltex Socceroos a 1-0 friendly win over Greece in June 2016.

Shortly after Tim Cahill had a headed goal ruled out, Leckie swivelled on the edge of the area to drill home the winner.

The Caltex Socceroos celebrate Mat Leckie's late winner against Greece at ANZ Stadium in June.

ASIAN CUP GLORY

In front of over 76-thousand fans, Australia met South Korea in the 2015 Asian Cup final, and thought they’d claimed the silverware through Massimo Luongo’s first half goal.

But a late equaliser sent the match into extra-time, before substitute James Troisi scored the decisive goal and the Caltex Socceroos held on to be crowned Asian champions.

Socceroos midfielder James Troisi celebrates his extra-time winner against Korea Republic.OMAN OVERRUN

In their second group match at the 2015 Asian Cup, the Caltex Socceroos ensured their passage to the quarter-finals with an emphatic 4-0 win over Oman.

Matthew McKay, Robbie Kruse and Mark Milligan all scored first half goals to put the result beyond doubt, with substitute Tomi Juric adding a fourth with 20 minutes remaining.

Socceroos striker Tomi Juric celebrates after scoring against Oman at the 2015 Asian Cup.SCORE-DRAW WITH SOUTH AFRICA

A crowd of 50-thousand gathered to watch the Caltex Socceroos play their final match on home soil before the 2014 World Cup.

Ayanda Patosi’s early goal was quickly cancelled out by Tim Cahill’s equaliser, but there was to be no further scoring.

South AfricaAUSSIES COMPLETE THE ROAD TO RIO

In June 2013, 80-thousand fans were on hand as Australia secured their place at a third-straight World Cup.

With the game goal-less inside the final ten minutes, Josh Kennedy rose to nod home Mark Bresciano’s precise cross and punch the Caltex Socceroos’ ticket to Brazil 2014.

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Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Syria v Caltex Socceroos match venue confirmed

The venue for the Caltex Socceroos' away clash against Syria has been confirmed.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today received official confirmation that the Caltex Socceroos will play Syria at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka, Malaysia in the first leg of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Play-off on Thursday 5 October (Kick-off 8:00pm local (11:00pm AEST).

The Caltex Socceroos will then host Syria in the second leg of the Asian Play-off at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Tuesday 10 October.

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The winner of the Asian Play-off will then face the fourth placed team from the CONCACAF region in home and away matches in November for a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Should the Caltex Socceroos defeat Syria in the Asian Play-off, they will also play the home match of the Intercontinental Play-off at Stadium Australia.

FFA CEO David Gallop invited all Australian sports fans to get behind the Socceroos.

“This is one of those occasions where every fan can make a difference. It’s a great stadium and it’s going to be a great experience on October 10,” he said.

“Our football dreams have come true before at Stadium Australia and they can again.  Don’t miss this chance to witness history.”

2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers – Round 4 – Asian Play-off
Match Day
Date
Fixture
Venue
Match Day 1 (First Leg)
Thursday 5 October 2017
Syria v Australia
Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka, Malaysia
Match Day 2 (Second Leg)
Tuesday 10 October 2017
Australia v Syria
Stadium Australia, Sydney
2018 FIFA World Cup – Intercontinental Play-off Round
Match Day
Date
Fixture
Venue
Match Day 1 (First Leg)
Monday 6 November 2017
CONCACAF v AFC
TBC
Match Day 2 (Second Leg)
Tuesday 14 November 2017
AFC v CONCACAF
TBC
Note: Dates subject to change

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Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Latest FIFA world rankings for Caltex Socceroos – October 2017

The Caltex Socceroos have dropped in the latest FIFA World Rankings list.

The Caltex Socceroos have suffered a drop in the latest FIFA world rankings released today (Thursday).

Ahead of the make-or-break FIFA World Cup qualifying playoff against Syria next month, Ange Postecoglou’s squad have dropped to 50th, down five places from last month.

It comes after the Caltex Socceroos had a win (2-1 over Thailand) and a loss (2-0 to Japan) in their most recent FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Syria, Australia’s next opponent on October 5 in Malaysia and in Sydney five days later, have moved up five places to number 75.

That ranking is the highest-ever for Syria.

World champions Germany have returned to the summit, replacing Brazil – who have moved back to second – at the top.

Iran remain the top-ranked nation in Asia in 25th spot, with Japan at 40 and Korea Republic just behind the Caltex Socceroos at 51.

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