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Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill says jeering fans turned match into a pantomime

Daniel Lane Lucas Neill said he lashed out at a handful of hecklers in the dying stages of the Socceroos' victory over Costa Rica with an expletive because they'd turned the match - his record-breaking...

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Lucas Neill hints at possible A-League return

Lucas Neill.

Angela Habashy Socceroos captain Lucas Neill says he'd definitely consider a return to the A-League should his Japanese club release him in December.

Five things we learnt from Lucas Neill's Sydney FC debut

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Sebastian Hassett Adjusting to the A-League was an interesting aspect of Lucas Neill's return to club football in Australia.

Mark Schwarzer left out of Socceroos squad

Mark Schwarzer.

Socceroos coach Holger Osieck has not included goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer in a 24-man squad for friendlies against France and Canada.

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Former Socceroos skipper Paul Wade sees big things for Tom Rogic in Brazil

David Polkinghorne Former Socceroos captain Paul Wade has backed Canberra star Tom Rogic to make an impact at next year's World Cup in Brazil.

With this team in tatters, it's time FFA bosses took blame for the mess

Michael Lynch Australia surely must have run out of sackcloth and ashes.

Neill gets on rivals' inside track

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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...

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Socceroos lesson from Brazil: be afraid, be very afraid

Socceroos lose 6-0 to Brazil

Michael Lynch The Socceroos 6-0 thumping at the hands of Brazil should send a strong message to coach Holger Osieck.

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Alessandro Del Piero to captain Sydney FC

Sydney FC captain Alessandro Del Piero

A-League marquee superstar Alessandro Del Piero will captain Sydney FC in his second season in Australia.

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Hulk out of play but it's still an incredible challenge

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Angela Habashy Brasilia: Brazil will be without Hulk but the Socceroos will still face a team of superheroes when they take on the five-time world champions in Brasilia on Saturday.

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Socceroos routed 6-0 by Brazil

Neymar.

Angela Habashy The Socceroos came looking for a test and were handed an absolute footballing lesson by five-time world champions Brazil, who thumped them 6-0 in Brasilia on Saturday.

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Osieck overhauls defence to kick-start campaign

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Dominic Bossi Socceroos coach Holger Osieck hinted at an overhaul of the squad following last month's 2-1 loss away to Jordan and today he responded by cutting three defenders from the team that will play Iraq in...

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Young Socceroos to make step up

Footballer Tommy Oar.
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Holger Osieck has asked for more from his seasoned campaigners, but it is the Socceroos' young guns who are ready to step up against Iraq in Wednesday morning's World Cup qualifier.

Already in the Middle East, Spiranovic can take the heat

Matthew Spiranovic

Sebastian Hassett DOHA: Perhaps no defender for the Socceroos has ever come along with the hype of Matthew Spiranovic but he now knows the honeymoon is over.

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Osieck calls for Neill to step up

Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill, right, during Australia's most recent World Cup qualifying match against Jordan.

Tom Wald Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill has received a far from glowing endorsement from coach Holger Osieck before Australia's World Cup qualifier against Iraq in Doha.

McKay looms as left-field solution for Socceroos

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Sebastian Hassett DOHA: Socceroos coach Holger Osieck says the most troublesome position for the side recently - left-back - needs an ''emergency solution'' for Tuesday's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Iraq.

Socceroos back on track for World Cup as late goals sink Iraq

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Sebastian Hassett in Doha A pair of late goals to Tim Cahill and Archie Thompson have put Australia on course to qualify for the 2014 World Cup as the Socceroos claimed a dramatic 2-1 win over Iraq in Doha this morning.

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Youth finally in full bloom for Socceroos

Footballer Tommy Oar.
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Tom Wald Socceroos coach Holger Osieck is set to really give youth a chance following Australia's much-needed 2-1 victory over Iraq in their World Cup qualifier in Doha.

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Thompson answers 'old' argument

DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 16:  Archie Thompson of Australia celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Iraq and Australia at Al Arabi Stadium on October 16, 2012 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Getty Images)

A war of words has erupted between Socceroos past and present as goal-scoring hero Archie Thompson took aim at critics labelling the Australian squad too old.

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Socceroos turn to next generation

Called up: Tom Rogic.

Sebastian Hassett But don't put too much pressure on Rogic, says Osieck.