Socceroos overcome Syria to reach AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™ knockout rounds


Needing only a draw to progress from Group B, a dangerous-looking Australia secured all three points from an entertaining affair thanks to Tom Rogic’s thumping strike in the 93rd minute.

Omar Khrbin and Omar Al Soma had earlier erased goals from Awer Mabil and Chris Ikonomidis but Graham Arnold’s men maintained their composure when it mattered most to join Jordan in the next phase.

Syria settled quickly into a match tinged with nerves and might have gone ahead through Khrbin, who dragged a low effort past the far post in the 13th minute.

Jamie Maclaren, a threat throughout an action-packed first half, also passed up an opportunity to break the deadlock when he nodded wide from Rhyan Grant’s excellent cross.

The Hibernian striker then forced Ibrahim Alma into a sharp double save but the goalkeeper was given no chance by Mabil’s brilliant left-footed curler in the 41st minute, the attacker’s fourth international goal his most memorable yet.

Khrbin, though, ensured the celebrations lasted just two minutes, poking home at the second attempt after Mat Ryan parried his initial close-range header.

Arnold rallied his troops at half-time and they were back in the ascendency in the 54th minute as the influential Rogic guided a superb pass to the far post for Ikonomidis to squeeze over the line.

Apostolos Giannou replaced Maclaren with just over 20 minutes and went within inches of extending the margin, taking Mabil’s pass in his path and lashing a fine low shot into the base of the bottom-left post.

Australia were in full control until the referee awarded a penalty which Al Soma converted 10 minutes from time.

That set up a grandstand finish and, having navigated their way through the odd anxious moment, Rogic rewarded a determined display by driving the winner through a crowded penalty area.

The Socceroos’ Round of 16 opponents will be the Group F runner-up, which will be determined when Japan and Uzbekistan square off in the early hours of Friday morning.


Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation WEBSITE

Tom Rogic seeks World Cup redemption in Russia after victory over Honduras

Tom Rogic – one of the second-half game changers for the Caltex Socceroos – is relishing the chance to go to a first World Cup after his heartbreak of Brazil 2014. 

Back then, Rogic’s chances of playing in a World Cup in the South American nation were cruelled by injury, with the Celtic midfielder going to Brazil but failing to make the final cut for Ange Postecoglou’s squad.

Now, after his exciting second half helped break Honduras’ resistance on Wednesday night, his World Cup redemption is just over seven months away following Australia’s 3-1 win in their intercontinental playoff.

“Obviously missed the last one [World Cup] through injury but that seems like a world away now,” he told Fox Sports with a big smile.

Tom Rogic champagne
Time to celebrate for Tom Rogic and the Caltex Socceroos

“I’m really proud to represent my country in front of my family and friends. And to have a World Cup to look forward to.”

It was Rogic’s brilliant burst into the heart of Honduras’ defence that won Australia the free kick that cracked open the contest just after the break.

“It’s been long… and very hard,” Rogic said when asked about the epic 22-game qualification campaign.

“We’re situated all around the world. You have that pride of representing the whole of Australia. It’s hard to put into words.

“I feel we got nothing less than we deserve,” he added.

“We got our rewards today.” Mile Jedinak celebrates


Source   :  Football Federation Australia Website


Tom Rogic versus Neymar in UEFA Champions League!

Tom Rogic will come up against Neymar in the UEFA Champions League.

Thursday, 24 August 2017 

Staff writer
Australia’s Champions League representatives Tom Rogic and Tommy Oar have been handed a difficult set of fixtures after the UEFA Championis League groups were announced in Monaco on Friday (AEST).

Rogic, who has already appeared in two Champions League campaigns with Celtic, saw his Scottish team drawn into group B with Bayern Munich, PSG and Anderlecht.

It sets up an enticing meeting for Celtic against newly signed Brazilian superstar Neymar, who was lured away from Barcelona in recent weeks to play for PSG on a deal that made him the world’s most expensive footballer.

Fellow Socceroos Oar will be making his debut in the competition for Cypriot champions APOEL, but has been placed in the group H featuring current holders Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur.

The first matchday will be played on September 13-14 (AEST).

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Caltex Socceroos fans pick their 23-man squad for Japan and Thailand

The Caltex Socceroos squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand will be trimmed to 23 on Wednesday.

The Caltex Socceroos squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand will be trimmed to 23 on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Ange Postecoglou will pick his 23-man Caltex Socceroos squad for Australia’s upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Japan and Thailand.

With these fixtures to decide Australia’s fate for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, we asked fans who they thought should be chosen in the Socceroos’ final squad.

And the votes are in! Here’s the 23-man Socceroos squad as chosen by the fans.


Mat Ryan, Mitch Langerak and Danny Vukovic.

*Ryan was clearly the most popular choice with almost 38% of the vote with Langerak and Vukovic the next two most preferred between the sticks.

Mat Ryan pulled off some big saves in Brighton's clash with Manchester City.


Trent Sainsbury, Bailey Wright, Matthew Spiranovic, Milos Degenek and Matt Jurman.

*Sainsbury was clearly first choice in the heart of the Socceroos defence ahead of the dependable Bailey Wright and the returning Matthew Spiranovic. Milos Degenek earned a call-up as did former Sydney FC centre-back Matt Jurman.

Caltex Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury clears the danger in the opening group game against Germany at the FIFA Confederations Cup.


Central midfielders – Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo and Mustafa Amini.

Wing-backs – Mathew Leckie, Brad Smith, Aziz Behich, Alex Gersbach.

*Huddersfield star Aaron Mooy was the popular choice amongst the fans just ahead of teammates Mat Leckie and Mark Milligan.

Aaron Mooy celebrates after scoring a superb winner for Huddersfield Town in the EPL against Newcastle United.


Tom Rogic, Tomi Juric, Tim Cahill, James Troisi and Robbie Kruse.

*Celtic ace Tom Rogic was the overwhelming choice of the Socceroos faithful ahead of the improving Tomi Juric and all-time leading scorer Tim Cahill.

Juric celebrates giving Australia a lifeline back into the match.

CALTEX SOCCEROOS 23-MAN SQUAD (as chosen by fans)

Mat Ryan, Mitch Langerak, Danny Vukovic, Trent Sainsbury, Bailey Wright, Matthew Spiranovic, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo, Mustafa Amini, Mathew Leckie, Brad Smith, Aziz Behich, Alex Gersbach, Tom Rogic, Tomi Juric, Tim Cahill, James Troisi and Robbie Kruse.

Caltex Socceroos v Thailand banner

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Aussies Abroad: Tom Rogic shines for Celtic again

Rogic shines for Celtic

Tom Rogic has starred for Celtic in the Scottish Premier League overnight with the Caltex Socceroos playmaker setting up both goals in the 2-0 win over Kilmarnock.


The Aussie was on fire at Rugby Park in a match that Celtic dominated but relied on Rogic’s class to open up the stubborn home side.

Rogic’s first moment of magic came just before halftime when he beat two men on a powerful run into the box before sliding the ball into the path of James Forrest for a simple finish.

But his involvement in the second goal was even better.


Two minutes from the end Rogic again did most of the work himself, picking up the ball just inside Killie’s half before producing an incisive 30-metre run past a couple of defenders.

He slipped a pin-point pass into the path of Callum McGregor to score to seal another win for the defending champions.


Rogic and Celtic have another big week with the second leg of their UEFA Champions League qualifier against Astana on Thursday (AEST) in Kazakhstan.

The Hoops take a 5-0 lead into the second leg.

Brendan Rodgers’ side then play St Johnstone in the SPL next weekend before Rogic will link up with the Caltex Socceroos for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia


Tom Rogic sparks Celtic’s big UCL playoff win

Caltex Socceroos playmaker Tom Rogic in action for Celtic in their 5-0 win over Astana in their Champions League qualifier.

Caltex Socceroos star Tom Rogic has helped Celtic overcome a slow start to all-but secure a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage following a big playoff win overnight.

The playmaker played a starring role as Brendan Rodgers’ side thumped Kazakh outfit Astana FC 5-0 at Celtic Park in the first leg of their UCL playoff tie.


After being frustrated by the visitors for the first half hour, Rogic broke the deadlock for Celtic with a brilliant piece of individual skill in the 32nd minute.

The midfielder drove into the box and weaved his way past several defenders before dinking a delightful ball over Astana keeper Aleksandr Mokin from a tight angle.

The ball appeared to be destined for the back of the net but an Astana defender got the final touch and it was eventually credited as an own goal.


The goal settled the hosts and they doubled their advantage less than 10 minutes later with Scott Sinclair neatly converting following a deflected pass from Rogic.

The hosts ran riot after the break with Sinclair completing a brace on the hour mark before goals to James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths put the stamp on a dominant performance.

Rogic suffered a nasty clash of heads in the lead up to the third goal and was eventually forced off as a precaution.


“His goal was a great goal. It was similar very much to the Scottish Cup Final goal where he broke into the box and got his finish,” Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers told Bein Sports.

“That was an important goal for us. It settled us down. Then we were able to make better passing options and create more chances.”

Tom Rogic shares a joke with Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers after Celtic's 5-0 win over Astana.


Celtic are back in league action at the weekend when they travel to Kilmarnock before heading to Kazakhstan next week for the return leg where they can book their spot in the UCL main draw.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia



Aussies abroad: Tom Rogic’s Celtic in five-star win

Caltex Socceroos playmaker Tommy Rogic has played a full part in Celtic's 5-0 demolition of fellow Premier League side Kilmarnock in the Scottish League Cup.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017 

Jason Pine @pineyzb
Caltex Socceroos playmaker Tommy Rogic has played a full part in Celtic’s 5-0 demolition of fellow Premier League side Kilmarnock in the Scottish League Cup overnight.

Despite a couple of attempts on goal, Rogic wasn’t on the scoresheet with Leigh Griffiths grabbing a brace and Anthony Ralston, Kieran Tierney and Stuart Armstrong also netting.

Celtic return to Scottish League action on Sunday when they visit Partick.

They opened the defence of their title with a comfortable 4-1 win over Hearts on Sunday.


Rogic is sure to play an important role in the Caltex Socceroos side for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand.

Wins in Saitama on August 31 and Melbourne on September 5 would see Australia in the box seat to qualify automatically for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia next year.

Socceroos v Thailand panel

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Tom Rogic deployed as striker for Celtic in UCL qualifier

Tom Rogic started up front in Celtic's 0-0 draw overnight.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 

Jason Pine @pineyzb
Tommy Rogic has been forced into an unfamiliar role for Celtic overnight in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie against Rosenborg.

With Moussa Dembele injured and Leigh Griffiths suspended, the Caltex Socceroos midfield star started up front for the Bhoys.

In a game of few clear cut chances, Rogic had a shot blocked in the 11th minute and also fired an effort over the bar late in the contest, which finished goalless.

Tom Rogic’s return to first-team football has taken another step forward with 15 minutes off the bench in Celtic’s 5-1 derby thrashing of Rangers.Fellow Caltex Socceroo Alex Gersbach was an unused substitute for the Norwegian side.


The two meet again in Trondheim next Wednesday to decide which team progresses to the Champions League’s play-off round.

The loser will drop into the Europa League play-off round.

As for international football, the pair are likely to be part of the Caltex Socceroos squad for the crunch clashes away to Japan (Aug 31) and home to Thailand (Sep 5) in World Cup qualification.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Tom Rogic set to meet Gersbach in UCL qualifier

Caltex Socceroo Tom Rogic scored a long-range special overnight as his club Celtic overwhelmed 4-0 Linfield in a UEFA Champions League qualifier.

Caltex Socceroo Tom Rogic scored a long-range special overnight as his club Celtic overwhelmed 4-0 Linfield in a UEFA Champions League qualifier at Parkhead in Glasgow.

The Aussie playmaker was on target just after the break with a long-range strike to help book a clash against Alex Gersbach’s Rosenborg in a third-round UCL qualifier.

The Scottish giants held a 2-0 lead from the first leg and ran out easy 6-0 winners on aggregate.

Rogic’s goal was another long-range special as he carried on his fine form from last season.

Rogic is now set to face his Australian teammate Gersbach in a UCL qualifier after the Norwegian side saw off Dundalk in their qualifier.

Tom Rogic against Linfield.


Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Nervy Socceroos will build on Germany loss: Tom Rogic

Caltex Socceroos beaten by Germany

Tom Rogic believes nerves may have contributed to the Caltex Socceroos’ first-up 3-2 loss to Germany at the Confederations Cup.

Australia started slowly and were forced to chase the game after falling behind inside the opening five minutes and again just before half time.


“Maybe in our first game there were a few nerves in the first half,” the Caltex Socceroos playmaker told SBS.

“But we grew into the game and kept the ball for longer periods in the second half and had a little bit more control.

“We have to build on that moving forward.”


Rogic says the half-time message from coach Ange Postecoglou was a simple one.

“Just to play a lot better than we were,” said Rogic.

“We had good moments through the game but we made it hard for ourselves when you look at the times we conceded.

The Caltex Socceroos next meet African champions Cameroon in St Petersburg on Friday.
“The five minutes just before half-time once we got back into it and then again just after [half-time].

“We were always chasing them but we’ll pick ourselves up and move onto the next one.”


Rogic scored his seventh international goal to level the scores late in the first half, firing home from just outside the penalty area with his lethal left foot.

Rogic celebrates bringing the Caltex Socceroos back on level terms.

“It’s pleasing to score but in the end it doesn’t count for too much,” he shrugged.

“It’s hard to enjoy it too much.”

The Caltex Socceroos next meet African champions Cameroon in St Petersburg on Friday.


Source  :  Football Federation Australia