3 key players to face Caltex Socceroos in Group C: Peru

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The potentially decisive third group game for the Caltex Socceroos at the 2018 FIFA World Cup is against South American side Peru.

Depending on previous results, both sides might need to win this clash to book their spot in the knockout phase in Russia.

We’ve picked out three players Australia need to shut down to prevail in Sochi.


A four-time winner of the Eredivisie with former club PSV Eindhoven, the veteran attacker is still getting it done at international level.

Farfan, who now plays in Russia for Lokomotiv Moscow, has scored 23 goals for the national team including one in the recent playoff win over New Zealand.

He brings a wealth of experience and know-how to this Peru squad.

Jefferson Farfan scored a crucial goal in Peru’s playoff win over the All Whites.


The young attacker brings Premier League experience playing with Watford and is a dangerous player inside the box.

He burst onto the scene in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon and then Benfica, where he helped the club win the League, Cup and Super Cup in his first season.

At 26 is in the prime of his career and he brings a real threat with his turn of speed and trickery around the penalty area.

Andre Carrillo brings Premier League experience to Peru’s talented squad.


The skipper is arguably Peru’s most famous player, with his six goals in qualifying a huge reason why Peru snapped their 36-year FIFA World Cup drought.

A quality striker, the 33-year-old is the nation’s all-time top scorer with 32 goals from 83 caps and has clubs like Bayern Munich and Hamburg in Germany on his resume.

While he’s currently serving a provisional ban for a doping violation, if cleared to play he’ll be the man to stop for the Caltex Socceroos.


Source  :  Socceroos Website

FFA announces details of selection process and timing for new Caltex Socceroos Head Coach

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Former Caltex Socceroos Mark Bresciano, Stan Lazaridis and Mark Schwarzer are among a panel of experts who will advise Football Federation Australia (FFA) on the appointment of a new Head Coach for the Caltex Socceroos that will be contesting the FIFA World Cup in Russia next year.

Lazaridis is also an external member of the FFA Board’s Football Development Committee.

FFA chief executive David Gallop said the trio, who have 253 international caps between them and all represented Australia at the FIFA World Cup, will be working with FFA’s Head of National Performance, Luke Casserly, Caltex Socceroos Assistant Coach Ante Milicic (both of whom are also former Socceroos), FFA’s National Technical Director Eric Abrams and FFA’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Mark Jones. The appointment of two international experts is expected to be finalised in the near future.

FFA has also appointed leading international search and consulting firm SRi Executive to facilitate the process.

SRi’s Sydney-based Managing Partner ANZ, Jonathan Harris, will manage the process in cooperation with SRi’s Global Football Elite & High Performance team, who are based across four continents.

The advisory panel and SRi are working with FFA on the criteria for selecting the new coach and will be involved in initial interviews.

FFA will make the final decision with an appointment to be made by mid-February next year which will give the successful candidate more than a month to prepare before the Caltex Socceroos anticipated next games in March.

“As you would expect, we have had a high level of interest already,” said Mr Gallop.

“As things stand, no-one is ruled in or out. We are open minded about whether the coach is Australian or someone from overseas but they must live in Australia, embrace the progress on and off the field that has been achieved with national teams over the past four years – especially in the areas of technical development and sports science – and be prepared to be an ambassador for our sport here and abroad.

“FFA’s starting point is to appoint a coach for the long term but we will be advised on this and other matters by our expert panel.

“We are confident that we will attract the right person to lead the Caltex Socceroos at the FIFA World Cup and hopefully beyond.”


Source  :  Socceroos Website

France clash crucial for Caltex Socceroos: Jurman

Caltex Socceroos defender Matt Jurman believes a positive start against France will be crucial to Australia’s chances of progressing to the knockout stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Australia will face France, Denmark and Peru at next year’s tournament after the draw was conducted on Saturday morning (AEDT) in Moscow.


And with the Socceroos to face France in the opening group game on June 16, Jurman says Australia need to be at their best from the outset.

“The first game is always important. Sometimes you see a lot of teams aren’t at their best in the first game,” Jurman told www.socceroos.com.au

“We need to make sure we’re at our best. Hopefully we can catch France when they’re not at their best.

“It’s all up to us. We just need to worry about ourselves and make sure we give ourselves a good chance to get a result, especially in the first game.

“I think if we play at our best hopefully we can get some sort of result in the first game and set ourselves up for the rest of the tournament.”

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Australia (39th) will be considered outsiders to progress from Group C with France (9th), Peru (11th) and Denmark (12th) all ranked above the Socceroos.

But Jurman insists the Socceroos will be competitive and is excited by the prospect of facing some of the world’s best players.

“I think it’s pretty exciting. It’s always going to be tough. Every team that goes to a World Cup, they’re there for a reason, “ Jurman said.

“Every game is going to be tough but we’ve got to be confident that we can go there and get results in all the games.

“The France game will be probably the biggest in our group. If you look at their players, they’ve got some unreal quality in all parts of the field.

“But for us as and a nation, we want to be challenging ourselves against these countries and to see where we’re at.

“I think it’s going to be a great test and I’m looking forward to it

Source  :  Socceroos Website

‘Massive’ advantage for Caltex Socceroos in World Cup draw

Ante Milicic believes the Caltex Socceroos will benefit from a favourable schedule in a World Cup group that could be decided by fine margins.

Australia will meet heavyweights France on 16 June before completing its Group C engagements against Denmark on 21 June and Peru on 26 June.

While Les Bleus are favourites to advance on top, Milicic is encouraged by getting underway in Kazan – scene of the team’s home base.

“I think we’re satisfied. We have to be. Not so much with the opponents, we knew we would get a difficult group and it is,” assistant coach Milicic told SBS’ The World Game.

“But I think logistically it’s a massive [bonus] for us. To kick off our first game in Kazan, where we’re based, I think is going to be a good advantage for us coming into that first game.

“We finish off the third group game in Sochi and we’re familiar with that stadium. We were just there recently for the Confederations Cup.

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Australia met Germany in Sochi earlier this year.

“But also if you look at the second group game against Denmark there’s not a lot of travel in there as well.

“I think we’ve done okay in that department.”

Handed what is regarded as a tough but manageable trio of opponents, Milicic expects the Caltex Soccceroos’ squad will relish the challenge.

“The players will be excited I’m sure. They’re a very close group and they’ve been waiting for this day,” he said.

“They deserve to be here first and foremost. I’m sure they’ll be ready.”


Source  :  Socceroos Website

Caltex Socceroos ready for 2018 FIFA World Cup draw

The Caltex Socceroos will discover their Group Stage opponents at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia on Saturday morning (AEDT) when the Final Draw for the tournament is held at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) will be represented at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final Draw by Caltex Socceroos Assistant Coach, Ante Milicic, Head of International Relations, Mark Falvo, and Head of National Teams, Luke Casserly.

The Caltex Socceroos will be drawn from Pot 4 at the Final Draw, and due to the draw principles cannot be pooled alongside any of the other qualifiers from the Asian Football Confederation – Saudi Arabia, Japan, Korea Republic, or Iran – in the Group Stage.

Socceroos pots

The Caltex Socceroos will come up against one team from each of the three Final Draw pots other than their own (Pot 4) at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

“After our thrilling intercontinental play-off victory over Honduras earlier this month there is a real sense of anticipation and excitement regarding which nations the Caltex Socceroos will face in Russia next year,” said FFA CEO David Gallop.

“I know that many of us will be setting our alarms to see who we will face in our group,”

“Whoever we are drawn against, I am confident that the Socceroos will be up to the challenge and will not fear any opposition,” concluded Gallop.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final Draw will be broadcast live on SBS from 2am on Saturday 2 December (AEDT).

A live stream of the event, which will be hosted by former England international Gary Lineker and Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya, will also be available via The World Game website and app, as well as Optus Sport 1.

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Final Draw Pots
Pot 1: Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
Pot 2: Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia
Pot 3: Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran
Pot 4: Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Final Draw
When: Friday 1 December 2018 (Moscow); Saturday 2 December 2018 (AEDT)
Where: State Kremlin Palace, Moscow
Time: 6pm (local Moscow time); 2am (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live on SBS, The World Game website & app, & Optus Sport 1
Further information: www.socceroos.com.auwww.fb.com/soccerooswww.twitter.com/socceroos

Source  :  Socceroos Website

Celeb picks for Caltex Socceroos’ FIFA World Cup draw

Excitement is growing in Australia and around the world as the FIFA 2018 World Cup draw approaches. 

The draw will take place in Moscow in the early hours of Saturday morning (EDT) and we’ll have all the news, reaction and information on Australia’s opponents on www.socceroos.com.au as soon as it happens.

In the meantime, we’re asking football celebs in Australia who they’d like to see drawn with the Caltex Socceroos.

Today, we ask popular Fox Sports Football commentator Brenton Speed about his thoughts on the draw.

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“My dream group would be: Poland, Peru and Costa Rica,” says Speed.

“Why? Because I reckon we’d be a great chance of advancing into the knock-out stage of the World Cup against these three nations.

“However, if we draw a group of death I’d prefer it to look like: Argentina, England and Denmark.

” For both those draws, that would give us fantastic group games to watch across the board, and different to what we’ve had in past World Cups.”


Denmark would be a tricky opponent for the Caltex Socceroos

Source :  Socceroos Website

Russia 2018: How to watch the FIFA World Cup Draw

Football fans all over the globe will be eagerly watching on as the draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is conducted on Saturday morning (AEDT).

With the Caltex Socceroos securing qualification last month, Australia will learn their opponents for next year’s showpiece event in Russia.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to stay across the draw.


Saturday 2 December (AEDT), Moscow, Russia

The ceremony is due to kick-off at 18:00 local time (2AM AEDT)


Pot 1: Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
Pot 2: Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia
Pot 3: Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran
Pot 4: Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia


The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final Draw will be broadcast live on SBS from 2am on Saturday 2 December (AEDT).

A live stream of the event, which will be hosted by former England international Gary Lineker and Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya, will also be available via The World Game website and app, as well as Optus Sport 1.

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Source  :  Socceroos Website