Caltex Socceroos: game-day preparation

Caltex Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury likes to eat bananas on game day.

Caltex Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury likes to eat bananas on game day.


How do the Caltex Socceroos get ready for a big game? Who likes to have a nap? What are meals like on match day? We asked seven national team stars to find out.

Sacrifice, hard-work and dedication are all part of life as a professional footballer.

But for those at the elite level, individual preparation for matches is a key component to their success.

So, with that in mind, we asked several Caltex Socceroos how they approach game day and the kind of nutrition they adhere to ahead of a big game.


Normally we tend to play at night so we tend to have a bit of a bigger lunch. Pre-match is probably where my main superstition comes in – toast and coffee.

That’s pretty much been my stock over the last few years.

Mark Milligan and Tom RogicTIM CAHILL

Nothing changes. Breakfast, walk, stretch, whatever we do game day – lunch, sleep. The main thing is all the preparation before.

Preparation isn’t just game day it’s weeks before, a week before – it starts Monday. How your body feels, any niggles – can you get them massaged out, can you see a physio. Ice baths. Preparation for me is the week leading into that game.


Game day I don’t like to eat a lot. I like to eat the day before and a couple days before, I just like to feel a bit lighter before the game.

You obviously eat a meal as normal but nothing too much. I like to have a little bit of a nap if I catch one after lunch. I’ll go for a walk and come back for a nap.


Some boys like to have a routine. I’m not like that, I’m very much just go with how you feel in the moment. Sometimes you feel like a big meal, sometimes you just want to keep yourself feeling a certain way before the game.

Jackson Irvine speaks to the media in Adelaide.I don’t have any set routines or anything. I normally have scrambled eggs or something on the day of the game but that’s just habit and because it’s good. But that’s not all the time and I’m very much just go with the flow and however I’m feeling on that day that’s how I’ll carry on the day forward.

I just try to relax mostly. I used to be very uptight when I was younger and now each year I try to look at the game a little bit differently and try to calm myself and relax.

I focus on myself and the team’s plan – that’s the main way I prepare.


Usually for a few days before [the game] I try to eat as healthily as I can. No chocolate or sugar, I try to give my body the best chance to be ready for the full 90 minutes. [Food wise] Just normal stuff like chicken, rice, pasta, vegetables – nothing crazy.


I used to have a really strict intake of what I used to eat. Now I try not to focus on it too much, the food we get provided in camp here is unbelievable.

Trent SainsburyThey know exactly what you need to have your body in peak physical condition. I’ll get up and whatever I feel like I’ll have, maybe a banana.


I’m always looking for ways to improve and be at the top of your game and nutrition is a part of that. I try to eat healthy all the time.

Normally breakfast starts off with some muesli and maybe some eggs on toast, some fruit also. Later on at lunch time it’s normally some vegetables and a bit of protein being fish or chicken. Maybe pasta and some rice just before the game.



Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Preview: Caltex Socceroos v Cameroon

Caltex Socceroos playmaker Tom Rogic and Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar.


It’s a simple equation for the Caltex Socceroos.

A win against African champions Cameroon in the early hours of Friday morning (AEST) is a must to keep their hopes of a semi-final berth at the FIFA Confederations Cup alive.

On the back of a spirited and fighting display against Germany on Tuesday, there’s cause for optimism in the Aussie camp.

But that doesn’t mean Ange Postecoglou won’t demand more and he’ll expect his side to improve and produce a more consistent performance over the 90 minutes.

And they’ll have to against a Cameroon side which impressed against the speed and quality of Chile in their opening game.

The Indomitable Lions are a squad full of pace and power and their fast-breaking style can be a tricky to deal with.


Juric celebrates giving Australia a lifeline back into the match.

But Australia have their own threats. The Caltex Socceroos’ ‘Tomi Guns’ – Juric and Rogic – are in sublime goal-scoring form, while Aaron Mooy and Robbie Kruse also had their moments against the Germans.

But this will require a complete team effort to get the job done. And with so much at stake for both nations, get set for a gripping 90 minutes in St Petersburg.

With the short turnaround between games, coach Ange Postecoglou is likely to make a few changes to his starting XI.

Attacker Robbie Kruse impressed off the bench against Germany and may get a start while the likes of Jackson Irvine in midfield and defender Ryan McGowan could come into the XI.

Star striker Tim Cahill will make his 99th appearance for the national team should he get any game time against Cameroon.


Australia: 48

Cameroon: 32

Having given the reigning world champions a scare, the Caltex Socceroos will now be out to keep their FIFA Confederations Cup campaign alive against African champions Cameroon in St Petersburg on Friday morning (1am KO, AEST).


1. This will be the first meeting between the two nations at senior international level.

2. With both sides having lost their first game in the group (Caltex Socceroos 3-2 against Germany and Cameroon 2-0 against Chile), victory in St Petersburg is paramount for both nations.

3. Three of the Indomitable Lions’ last four goals have been scored by powerful forward Vincent Aboubakar.

4. This will be just the third time the Caltex Socceroos have played African opposition in the last seven years (friendlies against Egypt and South Africa).


Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Take the Caltex Socceroos Confeds Cup quiz – Australia v Japan

Q: At that same tournament in 2001, Australia were beaten 1-0 by Japan. Name the Japanese player who started that day and who later moved to the Hyundai A-League with Western Sydney?

A: Shinji Ono.

Source :  Football Federation Australia

Caltex Socceroos roomies report

Defender Bailey Wright and striker Tomi Juric are Caltex Socceroos roommates during the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Friday, 16 June 2017

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With the rare opportunity to spend a month in camp together as a group, the Caltex Socceroos will have plenty of time together on the pitch.

Away from the pitch, with many players sharing a room, we asked the burning question: “what it’s like to share a room with a fellow Socceroo?”

We got some entertaining responses, starting with striker –  and all-round top bloke – Tomi Juric.

Who’s your “roomie” in camp? Can you share some inside knowledge?


I’m with Bailey Wright. Tip-top man, he’s a great room-mate.  He doesn’t snore, doesn’t cause any trouble for me, he’s quiet, great bloke to talk to. He enjoys his Nintendo Switch now a lot and I can beat him in FIFA too!


I always get different people all the time, they mustn’t like me! They must say ‘I don’t want to room with him anymore!’.

Ange Postecoglou acknowledges Aaron Mooy after Australia's win over Saudi Arabia.


I room with Massimo Luongo. With regards to bad habits, there’s nothing really I can say on record!

Inside the room he’s a bit of a piglet. He sleeps like an absolute baby, he’s a sloth sometimes.

But he’s a top room-mate – haven’t got a bad thing to say about him!


I’m with Mitch Langerak this time. He’s a really good guy.

Mitch Langerak was a standout in Australia's 1-1 draw with Iraq.He’s a bit like me, he can talk the back legs off a donkey so the two of us have some good chats that’s for sure!

He’s very tidy. He keeps his side of the room nice which is always good. He’s a good roommate.


No one! I’m on my own. I’m getting [too] old [for a room-mate].



Source : Football Federation Australia

Caltex Socceroos arrive in Russia

The Caltex Socceroos have arrived in Russia ahead of their Confederations Cup opener against Germany.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Jason Pine @pineyzb
Caltex Socceroos new-boy Dylan McGowan is still pinching himself. The side has arrived in Russia ahead of the Confederations Cup where they’ll face Germany, Cameroon and Chile in their group.

And the former Adelaide United defender – fresh from signing with Portuguese club FC Pacos de Ferreira – can’t wait for the tournament to start after debuting against Brazil earlier this week.


“It’s still sinking in really,” said McGowan shortly after the team arrived in Sochi for Tuesday’s game against the World Cup holders.

“It’s probably the biggest point in my career so far.

“It’s now a case of building on it and if the boss needs me throughout this tournament, just being ready and prepared to help the boys.

“You saw how good the Brazilians were – they’re a great side and number one for a reason.

“Training with the boys these last few weeks, getting to know them all and working at the intensity we do here has really helped me prepare,” he said.


As one of four debutants picked by Ange Postecoglou (Danny Vukovic, James Jeggo and Ajdin Hrustic are the others), being in camp with Australia is a new and exciting time.

And being involved has McGowan hungry for more.

“I said when I came in this is the best set-up I’ve ever seen in terms of the staff and the preparation that goes into everything,” he said.

“Once you get a taste for it, you definitely want a little bit more.

“I’m fortunate to be in this camp and have such a long time [here] and be at such a great tournament like the Confederations Cup.

“I’m hungry for more and hopefully there’s more to come.”


The journey from Sochi airport to the team hotel took them past Fisht Stadium, the venue for Tuesday’s game against Germany.

McGowan says that got the juices flowing even more.

“It’s a massive tournament – we knew that coming here and we really want to do well,” he said.

“Germany is just the first stop on this tour and hopefully we can get three points.

“The boss will set us up how we always do, how we always prepare against any opposition and that’s to go out and play our football and take the game to them.

“I have every confidence that the team the boss picks will do the job,” he added.


Dylan McGowan

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Preview: Caltex Socceroos v Brazil

Caltex Socceroos star Tom Rogic and Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

Caltex Socceroos star Tom Rogic and Brazilian midfield maestro Philippe Coutinho.


With the three all-important World Cup qualification points in the bag, a buoyant Caltex Socceroos now benchmark themselves against world number one Brazil at the MCG.


1.   This high-profile friendly will be excellent preparation for Australia ahead of the Confederations Cup in Russia, which kicks off next week starting with Germany.

Brazil and Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is a big fan of Aaron Mooy and hopes to play alongside the Caltex Socceroo in the EPL next season.2.   Brazil are taking this seriously. They lost to bitter rivals Argentina last Friday 1-0, and would not want a second loss on Australian soil. They even scouted Australia against Saudi Arabia.

3.   Australia come into this game on the back of two key wins in World Cup qualification – a 3-2 win last week over Saudi Arabia in Adelaide and a 2-0 victory over UAE in late March.

4: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City is out of this game after picking up an eye injury against Argentina. But look out for pacy Chelsea winger Willian who was electric last Friday night.


· Pacy wingback Brad Smith hurt his hamstring in Adelaide and is out of the squad for this game and the Confederations Cup

· Norway-based Alex Gersbach is his replacement but will hook up with the squad in Russia and not for this game.

· Postecoglou hinted keepers Langerak and Vukovic may see some game time against the Selecao, as might uncapped Ajdin Hrustic.

· The boss confirmed Tim Cahill will see some game time against Brazil


Australia: 48

Brazil: 1


With the pressure off after last week’s must-win over Saudi Arabia, you sense Australia can enjoy this friendly as they share the stage with one of the world’s iconic football nations at such an storied sporting venue.

Enjoyment aside, this will be a terrific chance for Ange Postecoglou to try some new faces while giving his formation and ideas another test on the Road to Russia 2018.

Jamie Maclaren in action against England.And no doubt Germany will have eyes on this clash with the two nations meeting in the Confeds Cup opener in a week’s time.

It’ll be fascinating to see how the likes of Tom Rogic and Aaron Mooy deal with the defensive midfield rearguard of Fernandinho and Paulinho.

The rock solid Brazilian pair look a decent combination in the centre of the park judging by their display against Argentina.

That said, Brazil will still be kicking themselves for not being able to find the net last Friday night against Messi’s men.

Brazil's starting line-up for Friday night's friendly with Argentina at the MCG.They’ll be looking to get forward and play their own game on Tuesday night. And so will Australia.

Should be an entertaining evening.



Source : Football Federation Australia