Asian Cup


Asian Cup will be an 'eye-opener', says David Gallop

David Gallop

Dominic Bossi Hosting the 2015 Asian Cup will not be a cash-cow event for the Football Federation of Australia but chief executive David Gallop says the greatest benefit of hosting the continental championship...

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A-League could stop for Asian Cup

Sam Lienert Organisers of the 2015 Asian Cup want the A-League to take a break for the three weeks of what they say will be the biggest soccer event ever held in Australia.


Heat on new Socceroos to match up in Asian Cup

Holger Osieck

Sebastian Hassett SOCCEROOS coach Holger Osieck may be using next week's East Asian Cup qualifying tournament to test the up-and-coming generation of young talent but he insists nothing less than winning all four...

East Asian Cup adds spice to busy year

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch The Socceroos will be working overtime between March and July next year when they play four World Cup qualifiers and four matches in the East Asian Cup finals in South Korea.


Asian Cup organisers see mecca for tourism

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 18: David Gallop after the game during the round seven A-League match between Newcastle Jets and the Wellington Phoenix at Hunter Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Sebastian Hassett DESPITE being played in the middle of a packed sporting schedule, the organising committee for the 2015 Asian Cup believes the tournament will prove a hit with local sports fans and create a rich...


Canberra to host 2015 Asian Cup games


Lee Gaskin Canberra will host six games and a quarter-final of the 2015 Asian Cup, but that won't include a visit from the Socceroos.


Asian Cup to have an early test drive

Lee Gaskin Capital Football will use next month's Kanga Cup to test various aspects of Canberra's involvement in the 2015 Asian Cup.


Beautiful game offers our youth a ticket to wider world

Craig Foster It took so long to make our second World Cup back in 2005, and there had built up so much resistance and hope from other sports that football would never step into the light, that the moment Johnny...

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The best 39 cents Football Federation Australia ever spent

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster Less than half an hour before kick-off on Saturday night, none of the VIP guests in the Millennium Room dared speak as football royalty was asked for an assessment of the round-ball game in Australia.


Draw gives Socceroos reason for hope

Ivan Franjic.

Michael Lynch Defender Ivan Franjic says there is self-belief within the squad.


Man with a mission can't help feeling envious of teammates

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 14:  Archie Thompson controls the ball during an Australian Socceroos training session at WIN Jubilee Stadium on June 14, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch He may be the most experienced player in the Socceroo squad doing his utmost to ensure he is in the party for Brazil 2014, but Archie Thompson admits he is jealous of his Melbourne Victory teammates...

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Osieck has eye on future at cup

Holger Osieck

Michael Lynch Socceroos coach Holger Osieck is trapped between a rock and a hard place as his side prepares to take on Japan in their second match of the East Asian Cup.


Australia goes down 3-2 in thriller against Japan

Australia v Japan.

Michael Lynch Australia's hopes of winning the East Asian Cup crashes in extraordinary fashion.

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Roar, Victory on radar as McKay begins search for regular work

Matt McKay.

Michael Lynch SEOUL: Socceroos utility Matt McKay is on the lookout for a new club - and he could be on the way back to the A-League, with speculation likely to link him to former club Brisbane Roar and perhaps a...


Top talent fuelled by spirit of Bundy

Joshua Brillante

Michael Lynch There must be something in the water in Bundaberg. The Central Queensland town is world famous for its rum, but it is not doing a bad job in producing high-quality footballers either.


Traore may be answer to Osieck's back line puzzle

Adama Traore

Socceroos coach Holger Osieck admits he is yet to find a solution for the perennial problem spot of left-back and says he would consider Melbourne Victory's Adama Traore if he can get citizenship in...


Win or lose, young guns are having a blast: keeper

Mark R. Birighitti

Michael Lynch No matter what the scoreline, for any young player a first international start will live long in the memory.

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Match with Les Blues to clash with A-League start

In line to miss the opening round: Archie Thompson.

Dominic Bossi The Socceroos are bound for Paris after securing a friendly match against France in October, but a scheduling clash could see a host of star players miss the start of the upcoming A-League season.

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Gallop keen to make hay while the sun shines

Nikolai Topor-Stanley, FFA CEO David Gallop

Sebastian Hassett The momentum generated by Australia’s qualification for the 2014 World Cup and the upcoming sold-out friendlies involving Manchester United and Liverpool can be captured and transferred to the...

Neill gets on rivals' inside track

Lucas Neill

Daniel Lane It could be a scene from a spy thriller: Socceroos captain Lucas Neill sits in a bullet train headed full speed towards Tokyo and, after playing in his first two matches for J1 League team Omiya...