Caltex Socceroos: club form update

Mathew Leckie in action for Hertha Berlin against Liverpool.

A month out from their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand, we track the club progress of some of the overseas-based Caltex Socceroos.

Tomi Juric (Luzern, Switzerland)

The 2017/18 Swiss Super League season is already underway, and Juric started with a bang, scoring in his side’s very first game, a 1-0 win over Lugano.

The Scottish giants have won through to European Champions League play-off round with a 1-0 aggregate win over Norway’s Rosenborg. Rogic played a full part in the first leg and came off the bench in the second.

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town, England)

Newly-promoted Huddersfield open their English Premier League campaign away at Crystal Palace next Sunday, and have warmed up with friendlies against Italian club Udinese and German outfit VfB Stuttgart.

Milos Degenek (Yokohama, Japan)

The Caltex Socceroos defender played a full 90 minutes in his side’s latest J-League encounter, a 2-2 draw with Shimizu.

Mat Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion, England)

The Caltex Socceroos number one played a full part in his new side’s friendly against Spanish side Girona as they build towards a blockbuster Premier League opener against Manchester City next weekend.

Aziz Behich (Bursaspor, Turkey)

The energetic left-back has caught the eye of Turkish giants Galatasaray who are reportedly keen on signing him ahead of the new Super Lig season starting next weekend.

Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa, England)

The Caltex Socceroos skipper is still battling the groin injury that ruled him out of June’s Confederations Cup and won’t be fit to start the Championship season with Villa this weekend.

Trent Sainsbury (Jiangsu Suning, China)

With his loan spell at Inter Milan over, the Caltex Socceroos defender has returned to China, but hasn’t featured for his club with speculation of a number of offers for his services.

Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin, Germany)

The Caltex Socceroos attacker joined Hertha at the start of July and debuted for his new side last weekend.

Socceroos v Thailand panel

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Who’ll start for the Caltex Socceroos against Saudi Arabia ?

Matthew Ryan; Milos Degenek,Bailey Wright,Trent Sainsbury,Mile Jedinak;Aaron Mooy,Tommy Rogic,Mathew Leckie;Brad Smith,Jackson Irvine,Tomi Juric .


Source : Football Federation Australia Website

Ange Postecoglou gives young guns a run in friendly against Ecuador

February 27, 2014

Dominic Bossi

Sports reporter

First steps: Ange Postecoglou has named an experimental squad to face Ecuador.

First steps: Ange Postecoglou has named an experimental squad to face Ecuador. Photo: Getty Images

The first step in the Socceroos’ rejuvenation has begun, with Ange Postecoglou naming a young, experimental squad for the friendly against Ecuador in London.

Captain Lucas Neill is the most notable omission as Postecoglou opted for youth over experience.

Neill, 35, was overlooked because of a lack of match preparation, but he remains a chance to make the World Cup squad after signing for English Championship club Watford.

Tim Cahill is the most likely to wear the captain’s armband in Neill’s absence as he is the most senior player in a 23-man roster, which includes four uncapped players and 10 with fewer than 10 international appearances.


Curtis Good, Chris Herd, Ben Halloran and Massimo Luongo could make their international debut on March 5 at The Den, with Postecoglou using his final friendly game before announcing his extended World Cup squad as his last chance to trial fringe players.

It’s a squad for the future, favoured by youth, mobility and those playing regularly. While there’s a lack of competitive international experience, Postecoglou says those selected have the chance to become stalwarts of the national team for years to come.

”The squad to face Ecuador represents the first steps in what I believe is the building of the next golden generation for Australian football, acknowledging there is a need to balance experimentation and experience to achieve this,” Postecoglou said.

”The Ecuador match gives this group of players an opportunity to stake a claim for the World Cup. They have been rewarded for playing consistent and strong football, and it shows that age and limited international experience are not barriers to opportunity.”

The composition of the squad provides an insight into the style to be expected, with no out-and-out centre forward included. Mathew Leckie is the closest to a regular striker, with attacking midfielders Cahill, Halloran and Dario Vidosic also entrusted to score goals.

Josh Kennedy was overlooked due to the start of the J-League this weekend, though Postecoglou hinted that his preference lies towards a system with more mobile forwards than just the one striker.

”I think anyone who watches my teams play, I don’t just rely on one player to score goals or a player to play a certain position, and I think the squad we’ve selected and the squads we will select will reflect that,” Postecoglou said.

The absence of Neill and the long-term injury to Rhys Williams led to a different look in the back line, with Western Sydney Wanderers defender Matthew Spiranovic earning a recall alongside Luke Wilkshire, who was overlooked for the last match against Costa Rica.

Uncapped duo Herd and Good will compete with Spiranovic and Dylan McGowan for places in the heart of defence, while Brisbane Roar’s Ivan Franjic and Holland-based Jason Davidson will occupy the wide positions.

Not having been a regular in youth national teams, Luongo, 21, is the biggest surprise in Postecoglou’s squad, despite enjoying a breakout season at English League One club, Swindon.

Squad: Oliver Bozanic, Tim Cahill, Jason Davidson, Ivan Franjic, Curtis Good, Ben Halloran, Chris Herd, James Holland, Mile Jedinak, Brad Jones, Mitchell Langerak, Matthew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Ryan McGowan, Matthew McKay, Mark Milligan, Tommy Oar, Tommy Rogic, Matt Ryan, Adam Sarota, Matthew Spiranovic, Dario Vidosic, Luke Wilkshire.

Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

Tommy Rogic could follow Arnold to Japan

Thursday, 21 November 2013 1:25 PM

Rogic could follow Arnold to Japan

Socceroo Tommy Rogic could reunite with former coach Graham Arnold at J.League club Vegalta Sendai in January.

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has urged the talented Celtic midfielder, 20, to get more game times if he wants to play a role at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

If the option becomes available in January, former Central Coast coach Arnold said he would welcome Rogic to Japan with an Asian spot available at the club.

“Because I’m going to Japan, I don’t want to stop developing Australian footballers,” Arnold told reporters on Thursday.

“I’ve had a conversation with Tommy and it wasn’t so much about coming on loan to Sendai or anything but it was more about being his ex-coach and what he needs as a footballer.

“The kid has had a meteoric rise from when he was at the Mariners, he only became a professional footballer here (at the Mariners) and he played 10 games with us before he went to Celtic and now since he has been at Celtic he’s probably only played another 10 games.

“He needs to play football. He needs to get on the pitch and start playing 90-minute games and that’s the only way he will develop further and improve.

“I’d always find a spot in my team for a Tommy Rogic if I could. He’s a Celtic player at the moment and hopefully he can get game time there.”

Arnold, who has signed a two-season deal with Sendai, said the move came about very quickly, apologising to Mariners fans for the timing.

He described the J.League as the ‘English Premier League of Asia’ and said he wanted to get Sendai back into the AFC Champions League.

“The club experienced Asian Champions League last year and I know that that’s what they’d like to do again,” Arnold said.

“It’s refreshing to work with a club, especially in a country where the ACL is enormously important, I don’t think has been grasped here in Australia properly yet.

“For the Japanese, the Asian Champions League is massive. I’d like to say that is my first goal.”

Arnold will spend another seven weeks in Australia and said he was yet to speak to Central Coast players since his departure was announced.

The former Australia coach also backed new coach Phil Moss, his former assistant, to be successful.

“I haven’t even spoken to the players yet. I wanted to stay away from them this week,” Arnold said.

“Last week they were probably in a little bit of shock when it came out that I was leaving. Phil Moss is the manager now and Phil is going to do a great job with a wonderful group of players and great guys.

“They didn’t need me to come in and disrupt their week this week. I’ll approach and address them over time.”


Football Federation Australia