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FFA monitoring Dushanbe situation after 17 killed

10:14 AM   Football Federation Australia say they are monitoring the security situation in the Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe ahead of the Socceroos' World Cup qualifier there on Tuesday.

Plenty of positives from easy win but Tajik task will be tougher

Tim Cahill of Australia.

Michael Lynch   So you stick five goals past one of the weakest sides in world soccer in a game that was easier than an average training session.

Leckie's aerial ability gives him chance to succeed Cahill

Man hug: Massimo Luongo congratulates Mathew Leckie

Michael Lynch   He's got a long way to go to replicate the deeds of Socceroos legend Tim Cahill, but Bundesliga-based Mathew Leckie is shaping as the closest replacement Australia have to their goalscoring talisman if his display against Bangladesh is anything to go by.

Postecoglou delighted as job done with minimum of fuss

Socceroos captain Tim Cahill acknowledges supporters at nib Stadium.

Michael Lynch   Tim Cahill was left on the bench because Australia wanted a more mobile strike force, coach Ange Postecoglou said.

Bozanic joins Victory on three-year-deal

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Dominic Bossi   Melbourne Victory sign Socceroo midfielder Oliver Botanic as their Australian marquee for the next three seasons

Socceroos take Tajik test in their stride

Taking it as it comes: Soccaroos coach Ange Postecoglou talks to Mark Bosnich after the game against Bangladesh.

Michael Lynch 9:04 PM   The world's 173th ranked team, Bangladesh, provided little opposition to the Socceroos when they succumbed meekly in Perth.

Socceroos back in Canberra for World Cup qualifier

Socceroos great Tim Cahill saluates the crowd in Perth after Thursday night's 5-0 win against Bangladesh.

Lee Gaskin 7:30 PM   The Socceroos will be returning to Canberra for the first time in four years when they take on Kyrgyzstan in a World Cup qualifier at Canberra Stadium on November 12.

Socceroos ready for anything amidst reports of Tajikistan violence

Winning ways: Mark Milligan congratulates Tom Rogic following his goal against Bangladesh in Perth on Thursday.

Michael Lynch 6:49 PM   The Socceroos arrived in Dubai in the early hours of Saturday morning to make a connection for a charter flight to the Tajik capital Dushanbe expecting to play Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier.

Wanderers expected membership surge with new stadium

Show of support: Wanderers fans cheer on their team.

Dominic Bossi   Wanderers could become NSW's biggest sporting franchise with new stadium in Parramatta after new stadium announcement.

The stars of Ligue 1 made Milos Ninkovic join Sydney FC

Motivated: Milos Ninkovic hopes his time in the A-League will extend his career until his late 30s.

Dominic Bossi   Playing against Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the star strikers of Ligue 1 is the dream for most footballers, but for Sydney FC's Milos Ninkovic, it was the reason he moved to the A-League.

PFA needs to take a walk down Fair Dinkum Avenue over Socceroos' pay claim

Effectively an industry: Tim Cahill after the Bangladesh qualifier.

Michael Cockerill   There was a time when the Socceroos were exploited, underpaid and underappreciated - not any more.

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Trash talk: Settling the ultimate football argument

Novel idea: One of the Hubbub boxes in Central London.

Dominic Bossi   It has the ability to to end friendships, create new ones and spark heated debates in any social setting across the globe, but now the seemingly eternal argument over Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo is being put to good use to clean the streets of London.

Socceroos vs Bangladesh, by numbers

Aaron Mooy of Australia celebrates closely with teammates after scoring.

Brad Elborough   You can't say the Socceroos return to Perth for the first time in a decade wasn't successful. As a contest, it's not every day that five goals are scored.

Socceroos cruise past outclassed Bangladesh

Mark Milligan of Australia congratulates Tom Rogic after scoring a goal.

Michael Lynch   The Socceroos ran out 5-0 winners of their second World Cup qualifying match on the road to Russia 2018.

Will Postecoglou's relationship with the FFA be damaged by backdown?

Ange Postecoglou.

Michael Lynch   A public dressing-down has Ange Postecoglou less than happy.

Roar face more legal battles

Brisbane Roar's off-field battles are not over.

Beth Newman   Brisbane Roar's legal battles are not over, with a second wind-up action against the club.

Live: Socceroos v Bangladesh

Tim Cahill celebrates scoring against China during the AFC Asian Cup quarterfinals.

Follow our live matchtracker of the clash between the Socceroos and Bangladesh from nib Stadium in Perth.

Bozanic signs on at Victory

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Oliver Bozanic will be officially announced as Melbourne Victory's Australian marquee player for the 2015/16 A-League campaign on Thursday morning.

Take nothing for granted as Postecoglou builds anew for World Cup tilt

Warming up: Tim Cahill and his Socceroos teammates will play Bangladesh in a World Cup qualifier in Perth on Thursday night.

Michael Lynch   The Marxist doctrine of "permanent revolution" may nowadays be more confined to the arcane pages of left wing theoretical journals than real life.

Cahill to captain Socceroos

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Michael Lynch   Tim Cahill is excited to captain his country once again but he is even more enthused at the prospect of playing in front of a dynamic new midfield combination featuring the talents of Tom Rogic and Massimo Luongo.

'Fearless' Bangladesh hope for competitive effort

Bangladesh's captain Mamunul Islam.

Michael Lynch   Bangladesh are happy to be in Australia, and happy to test themselves against Asia's top team. And they will be equally happy if they can come away from their encounter with the Socceroos having kept the scoreline down and given a good account of themselves.

Brosque: Sydney FC's attack more versatile

Optimistic: Sydney FC striker Alex Brosque believes the Sky Blues can be even better this season.

Dominic Bossi   Sydney FC could lay claim to being the entertainers of last season with an unprecedented attacking style of play for the club but captain Alex Brosque believes new signings have created a far more dynamic and adaptable forward line. 

Philippines coach Thomas Dooley confident heading into showdown with Uzbekistan

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Jason Dasey   He was at the forefront of soccer's growth in the United States more than two decades ago and now Thomas Dooley is hoping for a similar surge in popularity in the Philippines.

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United officials told to clean up ground

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One of the world's biggest football clubs has been accused of failing to tackle a major problem with pests.

War of words erupts over blown deal

Going nowhere ... for now: David de Gea, pictured in Madrid on Tuesday.

Mark Ogden   Manchester United have accused Real Madrid of scuppering David de Gea's £29 million ($62.5 million) transfer to the Bernabeu as a war of words between two of the game's biggest clubs erupted after the deal dramatically collapsed.

Postecoglou backtracks on pay row

Ange Postecoglou.

Michael Lynch    Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has taken back comments he made on Tuesday about the pay row between the Socceroos union and the FFA.

Manchester United complete $77-million deal for French teenager Anthony Martial

World's most expensive teenager ... Anthony Martial,19, of France is moving from Monaco to Manchester United for a cool $77 million.

Toby Davis   Manchester United have completed the signing of French 19-year-old Anthony Martial from Monaco on a four-year deal, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

Melbourne City confirms Sorensen deal

Thomas Sorensen.

Michael Lynch   Melbourne City has confirmed a rumour that has been running throughout the A-League off-season and officially announced the signature of former Premier League and Danish international goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

Victory survive FFA Cup scare

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Dominic Bossi   Melbourne Victory remain on course for a 2015 domestic double after surviving a scare against NSW National Premier League club Rockdale City Suns in the round of 16 of the FFA Cup on Tuesday night.