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FIFA World Cup 2014

The Socceroos

The Sydney father behind a World Cup ticketing scandal

EAMONN DUFF This sophisticated scam left a family stranded in Brazil.

World Cup winning Germany welcomed home by 250,000 fans

Home with the big prize: German captain Phillipp Lahm steps off the team plane in Berlin in Tuesday.

More than 250,000 jubilant fans have massed at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate to welcome the World Cup winners and new national heroes bringing home football's top prize for the first time to a reunified Germany.


World Cup 2014: where God's on our side

TIM BOYLE Brazil has the world’s largest population of Catholics, so it is fitting that during this World Cup, the country has hosted a more fallible papacy than Rome’s, that of poor Neymar, and the still levitating Lionel Messi.

Socceroos keeper Mat Ryan chooses football over tennis racquet

Keeper of the fort: Socceroos stopper Mat Ryan.

DANIEL LANE Had it not been for his craving the pressure of a Robin van Persie or Fernando Torres bearing down on him at pace, Australia’s World Cup goalkeeper Mat Ryan might be testing his remarkable reflexes and mettle on the tennis court.


Americans switch on for World Cup considered best ever

Jermaine Jones celebrates after putting the USA ahead of Portugal in their Group G game on June 22. However, a last-minute goal ensured that Portugal shared points, with the teams ending level on 2-2.

MARTIN FLANAGAN After 25 million Americans tuned in to watch the US play Portugal at the World Cup in Brazil, The New York Times ran the news under the headline ‘‘Bigger than baseball’’.

Woman killed in Colombia's World Cup celebrations

Police chief Rodolfo Palominos said:

Officials said a 25-year-old woman was murdered Saturday in Bogota following Colombia’s World Cup win over Uruguay in what they initially said was an accident caused by a stray bullet fired in celebration.

Colombia send Uruguay home in style

SEBASTIAN HASSETT Sometimes, the good guys do win. That was the overwhelming story of the Maracana on this humid June night.


The gap is narrowing, and Australia need to move ahead of the curve

Craig Foster dinkus

CRAIG FOSTER It has been the most bewitching, beguiling World Cup in living memory for most of us, a thrilling barrage of attacking football that has left everyone, certainly here in Brazil, needing a rest day to draw breath and savour what we have just lived through.

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World Cup: Why Asia's women succeed where its men have failed

The Matildas' Emily Van Egmond battles Japanese legend Homare Sawa during the Asian Cup final in 2014.

KATHRYN WICKS Asia will not be represented in the round of 16 at the World Cup ... unless we start talking about the Women's World Cup.

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Dismal showing of Asian teams in Brazil has no easy fix

Michael Cockerill

MICHAEL COCKERILL Has a hard sell just got a whole lot harder? Probably. The disappointing performances of Asian teams in Brazil is set to impact on the box office for the Asian Cup.

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It's a feast of football - and Luis Suarez is the guest of honour

Andrew Webster

ANDREW WEBSTER The news stories and travel warnings are right: Brazil is a dangerous place. There’s one particular lunatic running about the country, indiscriminately biting into the shoulders of unsuspecting Italian footballers at the World Cup.

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Europe's curse at the 2014 World Cup

England's Wayne Rooney (10) wipes his face as he leaves the pitch with teammate Steven Gerrard .

TOM DECENT While Latin American countries are thriving at home, European teams have performed considerably below expectation so far this World Cup.

The World Cup in numbers

PATRICK BEGLEY As the World Cup enters the knockout phase, here are some standout numbers for this year's tournament.

With Brazil over, Socceroos turn attention to Asian Cup

Next goal the Asian Cup: Matthew Spiranovic

SEBASTIAN HASSETT With Australia’s World Cup participation done and dusted for another four years, attention has already turned to making January’s Asian Cup a tournament to remember.

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Craig Foster, Robbie Slater feud flares up again on Twitter

Craig Foster: responded to Slater's criticism of his commentary.

ANDREW WEBSTER The bitter feud between Socceroos teammates Craig Foster and Robbie Slater has flared again - this time over Foster’s commentary for SBS during the World Cup.

Tim Cahill evades Sydney FC speculation

Committed to the Socceroos: Tim Cahill.

Tim Cahill's future may be up in the air but one thing is certain, he appears far more committed to the Socceroos than Sydney FC.

Taggart signs with Fulham

Heading to the UK: Socceroos and Newcastle Jets star Adam Taggart.

Socceroos striker Adam Taggart has ended speculation about his playing future after signing a three-year contract with English Championships side Fulham.

David Villa can make Socceroos stronger, says coach Ange Postecoglou

Angela Habashy On the day he dismantled the Socceroos, Spain's star striker David Villa has been touted as someone who can make them stronger.

Socceroos' World Cup report card

Mathew Leckie: impressed during the World Cup.

A list of who starred and who struggled for Australia in Brazil.

Mat Ryan admits World Cup has been a tough learning ground

Mat Ryan tries to save a shot by Dutch striker Arjen Robben.

SEBASTIAN HASSETT Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan admits his tough World Cup campaign has made him realise the difference between his current level and how much he needs to improve.

Socceroos moving in right direction as players buy into Ange Postecoglou philosophy

Ange Postecoglou: moved out the old guard.

MICHAEL LYNCH So the emotion, energy, hype and expectation could not quite be sustained for the full three games, and the Socceroos went down in their final match to Spain 3-0.

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World Cup 2014: Socceroos too exhausted for Spain, says Mile Jedinak


SEBASTIAN HASSETT After collapsing to a 3-0 defeat against Spain in their final World Cup match, Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak admits the side had fallen victim to fatigue after a taxing few months.

It's ole and out for the Socceroos after Spain defeat


GREG BAUM This is how it must have been for the Light Brigade, or to play Pete Sampras at Wimbledon, or Tiger Woods when leading on a Sunday, or to be short-listed with for an Oscar with Steven Spielberg in Schinder's List's year, or dare we say, at Galllipoli.

World Cup 2014: Socceroos player ratings against Spain

Star performer: Matt McKay.

SEBASTIAN HASSETT How the Socceroos players rated in their defeat against Spain.

Coach Ange Postecoglou says Socceroos need to aim to be top 15 team

Ange Postecoglou: wants the Socceroos to be a top 15 team.

MICHAEL LYNCH Three lapses in concentration against Spain and the mental and physical effort of playing three high pressure games at the highest level possible showcased the weaknesses in Australia and where the squad needs to improve if it is to be a more competitive force at future World Cups.

No quality: Spain game a bridge too far for Socceroos

Australia never looked like beating Spain.

MICHAEL COCKERILL It was a bridge too far for the Socceroos. Endeavour, application, motivation, they were all there. But quality? Conspicuous by its absence.

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Matthew Taggart, Oliver Bozanic to start for Socceroos

Replacing Mark Bresciano in midfield ... Oliver Bozanic of the Socceroos stretches during an Australian Socceroos training session.

Australia has made two forced changes to their team to play Spain in their World Cup finale. A-Leaguer Adam Taggart will start, replacing the suspended Tim Cahill, while Oliver Bozanic replaces the injured Mark Bresciano in midfield.

Socceroos on the move after World Cup

Mathew Leckie starred in both Socceroos matches at the World Cup and seems destined for bigger and brighter things, prompting speculation his new club, Ingolstadt, which plays in the German second division, may look to cash in and transfer Leckie to make a quick profit.

John Stensholt Mathew Leckie may move from Ingolstadt before he pulls on the club's jersey, writes John Stensholt.

Tom Rogic using World Cup pain as motivation

Tom Rogic looks on during an Australian Socceroos training session in May.

Chris Dutton and David Polkinghorne Injured Socceroos star Tom Rogic has vowed to use his World Cup heartbreak as motivation to get back to his best.

Socceroos can be proud, says Vicente del Bosque

Spain's head coach Vicente del Bosque faces the media ahead of his team's Group B clash with the Socceroos.

GREG BAUM Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has lavished praise on Australia on the eve of the first meeting between the two countries, in what will be the last match for each in the 2014 World Cup.

Socceroo Tim Cahill enters realm of legend with logic-defying gifts

Tim Cahill.

MICHAEL LYNCH Such is the mythic position that Tim Cahill now occupies in Australian soccer history that it sometimes appears there is something otherworldly about him.


Socceroo Tim Cahill enters realm of legend with logic-defying gifts

MICHAEL LYNCH Such is the mythic position that Tim Cahill now occupies in Australian soccer history that it sometimes appears there is something otherworldly about him.

World Cup pitch hitch for green Socceroos


GREG BAUM A poor pitch Australia banned from training on the Arena da Baixada ahead of tomorrow morning's final group match against Spain.

Australia v Spain: Everything you need to know


SEBASTIAN HASSETT Australia v Spain: Everything you need to know

Socceroos head to barely Brazilian city Curitiba

The Arena de Baixada in Curitiba.

The Socceroos' last stop in their World Cup is a city considered barely Brazilian.

World Cup may finally change how local clubs view Brazilian league

Michael Cockerill

MICHAEL COCKERILL I just had to visit the Arena Gremio. If I didn't, my good mate Valter de Oliveira, the man I know as Chico, would never have forgiven me.


Pele welcomes chance to slay ghosts of Brazil's 1950 World Cup loss to Uruguay

Elation: Brazil teammates hoist Pele high after winning the 1970 World Cup against Italy.

ANDREW WEBSTER The ghosts of 1950 are all around. Just ask Pele. He knows them well.


Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou reveals the pressure

Ange Postecoglou

Michael Lynch, Vitoria, Brazil Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou might have looked a picture of calm on the sidelines as Australia has gone about its World Cup business, but he has revealed the extent of the pressure he has felt.

Ange Postecoglou is a realist but he'd still like to continue the pain in Spain


MICHAEL LYNCH Having surprised the world with its competitiveness against two of the tournament favourites in Chile and The Netherlands, Australia is anxious to maintain the momentum by pulling off a stunning upset with a victory over deposed champions Spain in its final game.

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Ben Halloran says hungry Socceroos upping the stakes against Spain

Ben Halloran: says the Socceroos are desperate to get a result against Spain.

SEBASTIAN HASSETT Although the game is irrelevant in terms of further qualification, Socceroos winger Ben Halloran says the match against Spain in Curitiba takes on heightened importance because of the need to avoid leaving the World Cup empty-handed.

Confident Mathew Leckie has even surprised himself

Striker Mathew Leckie has started in both of Australia’s matches in this tournament and with Tim Cahill sidelined from Monday’s match against Spain in Curitiba through suspension, the 23-year old may arguably end up being the Socceroos’ most consistent player in Brazil.

SEBASTIAN HASSETT Socceroos striker Mathew Leckie admits he was "a little bit" shocked with his outstanding performance at the World Cup.

Socceroos forced to make changes for Spain World Cup game

Ready for battle: Ange Postecoglou.

MICHAEL LYNCH The Socceroos will make several big changes to its line-up against Spain in Cuntiba on Monday.

Bresciano and Milligan to miss as Postecoglou shuffles starting line-up for Spain clash

MICHAEL LYNCH Austrlalia will be forced to make several changes to the side that ran the Netherlands so close when it takes on Spain as it seeks to take a giant scalp in a World Cup that has contained more than its share of upsets.

Bravo, Australian football – you are heading in the right direction

Craig Foster dinkus

CRAIG FOSTER In Brazil, in this extraordinary and confounding World Cup, the feeling that a new level is being reached is overwhelming.

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From the Copacabana to Curitiba, Socceroos fans are living the dream

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18:  (Editors Note: Image was created using a fisheye lens) An Australia fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

SEBASTIAN HASSETT While Brazilians might be renowned for their love of partying until the sun comes up, it’s fair to say they might finally have met their match during this World Cup.

Tim Cahill's goal gives Ryan McGowan the moment of a lifetime

Ryan McGowan: his cross created Tim Cahill's wonder goal.

SEBASTIAN HASSETT Ryan McGowan isn't normally associated with setting up goals but admits he'll be happily reliving his assist for Tim Cahill's wonder strike for years to come.

Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak wants to exit World Cup with win over Spain

Mile Jedinak: the Socceroos captain wants to leave the World Cup with a win over Spain.

SEBASTIAN HASSETT While Mile Jedinak believes his Socceroos’ teammates have done the nation proud at this World Cup, he’s desperate to see his teammates leave the tournament with a win.

Oliver Bozanic hoping to line up for Socceroos against Spain in World Cup

Oliver Bozanic (right): impressed when he came on against The Netherlands.

MICHAEL LYNCH Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou is prepared to look at those twin imposters that haunt every coach - injury or loss of form by his key players - with equanimity and has made it clear he trusts the younger, inexperienced members of his squad to fill the breach if a first choice player goes down.

Sydney FC reportedly chasing Tim Cahill as a marquee player

Wanted man: Tim Cahill.

DOMINIC BOSSI Sydney FC are exploring the possibility of signing Socceroos star Tim Cahill as a marquee player and have held preliminary talks with intermediaries.

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Socceroos desperate to conquer Spain in World Cup dead rubber

Socceroos defender Alex Wilkinson outpaces Dutch forward Arjen Robben to the ball during their clash in Porto Alegre.

SEBASTIAN HASSETT It might be a dead rubber as far as the knockout stages are concerned but the Socceroos are desperate to end their World Cup on a winning note against Spain on Monday.

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Tim Cahill wants to play on under Ange Postecoglou

Rejuvenated: Tim Cahill says Ange Postecoglou has inspired him.

Steve Larkin Ange Postecoglou's brave vision has convinced celebrated striker Tim Cahill to extend his peerless Australian soccer career.

Socceroos still can't believe they let Dutch miracle slip

Free running: Tommy Oar missed a golden chance to equalise for the Socceroos.

SEBASTIAN HASSETT As the dust settles on what has been widely acclaimed as the best match of this year's World Cup, Dutch-based pair Tommy Oar and Jason Davidson are still wondering how the Socceroos let a famous victory slip through their grasp.

Backstory to Luke Wilkshire's World Cup exclusion

Andrew Webster

ANDREW WEBSTER Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou's cold-blooded selection policy appears to have been vindicated - and that includes his controversial decision to overlook veteran defender Luke Wilkshire.

World Cup 2014: Socceroos can end their campaign with an upset over shaken Spain

Tim Cahill

MICHAEL LYNCH For the Socceroos, the World (Cup) can end, not with a whimper but a bang. 

Can Australia deliver the coup de grace for fallen champions Spain?

MICHAEL LYNCH For the Socceroos, the World (Cup) can end, not with a whimper but a bang.

World Cup 2014: Oliver Bozanic a worthy successor to Mark Bresciano


MICHAEL COCKERILL One door closes, another opens. Tim Cahill has played his last World Cup game for Australia and so, in all likelihood, has Mark Bresciano. Two of the three Socceroos to have played in three World Cups signed off with typical understatement.


Why Australia gets clucky over plucky defeats

Heartbreak in Sydney for Jane Saville

DANIEL CHERNY A Google search for the term “plucky Aussies” returns no fewer than 2360 results. We are a nation with a seemingly eternal chip on our shoulder, forever needing to prove that we belong on the global stage.

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Socceroos and Dutch are both winners after World Cup classic

Special moment: Tim Cahill celebrates his goal.

Jonathan Liew Give them the World Cup. Give it to both of them. There can be no more appropriate way of rewarding -Australia and Holland for entertaining us so exquisitely, after a game that resembled a large city in its -inescapable sense that something, somewhere, was always happening. It was a ball, a brawl, a banquet, a blast: more than that, though, it was a brilliant way to spend 90 minutes.

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Tim Cahill's World Cup goal for the ages

Tim Cahill.

MICHAEL LYNCH It is a goal that will be forever replayed when highlights of this World Cup, and of Australia's World Cup odyssey down the decades, are put together.

11 Australian players from other codes who would make the Socceroos better

Sally Pearson has plenty of dash...but on the soccer field?

LIAM MANNIX What if soccer was Australia's dominant code? Our best athletes from other sports might now be lining up in a green and gold guernsey. We've imagined what that team might look like.

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