Asian Cup

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Chris Herd returns to training, hopes to play in Asian Cup

Forgotten Socceroo prospect Chris Herd is back training and hopeful he can force himself into Ange Postecoglou's Asian Cup plans.

Football

New Matildas coach Alen Stajcic confident ahead of Asian Cup mission

Cut: W-League Goalkeeper of the Year Melissa Barbieri.

Sebastian Hassett New Matildas coach Alen Stajcic believes his side can put the dramas of the past few months behind it to put in a bold showing at this month's Asian Cup in Vietnam.

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Matildas ready for world champions Japan in Asian Cup opener

New Matildas coach Alen Stajcic.

The Matildas could not have been given a better chance to demonstrate renewed harmony than their Asian Cup opener against Japan.

Football

Kate Gill breaks record as Matildas beat Jordan in Asian Cup

Captain Kate Gill scored a double to help Australia to a routine 3-1 Women's Asian Cup victory over Jordan becoming the Matildas' greatest goalscorer in the process.

Matildas captain celebrates goal record at Asian Cup

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Captain Kate Gill's pride at becoming the Matildas' greatest goalscorer was eclipsed by her satisfaction at piloting Australia to a decisive win over Jordan at the women's Asian Cup.

Matildas claim underdog status for Asian Cup semi

Pete Smith Australia coach Alen Stajcic says South Korea will start as favourites for their do-or-die Asian Women's Cup semi-final despite the Matildas status as reigning champions.

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Matildas on track to defend Asian Cup title

Elise Kellond-Knight (second left) of Australia celebrates with her teammates after she scored the winning goal.

Pete Smith Australia's women footballers have beaten South Korea 2-1 in a semi-final of the Asian Women's Cup in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Patched-up Australian Matildas on brink of glory in Asian Cup

Elise Kellond-Knight (second left) of Australia celebrates with her team-mates after she scored the winning goal.

Sebastian Hassett Barely a few months ago, the Australia womens football team looked a chaotic mess, shattering the sides famous family-like unity into countless pieces.

Matildas ready to defend women's Asian Cup title

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Pete Smith The bold Matildas will tackle world champion Japan without fear the Women's Asian Cup final on Sunday.

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Matildas confident of Asian Cup upset against Japan

Elise Kellond-Knight (left) celebrates with her teammates after scoring the winning goal against South Korea in the semi-final.

Adrian Warren Australia's attack-minded Matildas are confident they possess the firepower to topple world champions Japan in Sunday's Asian Cup women's final in Vietnam.

Soccer

Australia's Matildas lose 1-0 to Japan in Asian Cup final

Australia's Emily van-Egmond battles for the ball with Japan's Yumi Kawamura.

A strong second half fightback wasn't enough for Australia, as it lost 1-0 to world champions Japan in the Asian Cup women's football final in Vietnam.

Football

Matildas rue missed chances in Asian Cup final

Emily van Egmond of Australia battles with Sawa Homare of Japan.

Adrian Warren Interim Matildas coach Alen Stajcic has hailed the improvement in his side but said more was needed at next year's World Cup after steering Australia to second spot in the women's Asian Cup in...

Football

War-torn Palestine qualify for Asian Cup in Australia

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Dominic Bossi Australia will host one of world football's most captivating story lines at the 2015 Asian Cup after war-torn Palestine qualified for their first ever-tournament by winning the AFC Challenge Cup...

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Canberra plays major part in 2015 Asian Cup

The AFC Asian Cup will see ten different countries play in Canberra.

Lee Gaskin Canberra will be front and centre during the biggest sporting event in Asia next year.

Soccer

Australia top seed for 2015 Asian Cup

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Host Australia has been named top seed for the 2015 Asian Cup ahead of next week's draw and will avoid being drawn in the same group as defending champion Japan.

Football

Afghanistan would give the Asian Cup a great story to tell

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Michael Cockerill One name will be missing from the draw for the 2015 Asian Cup when the shape of Australia's biggest-ever football event finally becomes clear at a lavish ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on...

Football

Pot luck: Socceroos prepare to discover fate in Asian Cup draw

Ange Postecoglou hopes the soccer gods will be on his side when the draw is announced for the 2015 Asian Cup.

Sebastian Hassett Socceroos boss hopes luck is on his side when 2015 Asian Cup draw takes place.

Football

Asian Cup 2015 draw

DOHA, QATAR - JANUARY 29:  Australian captain Lucas Neill looks on after Japan defeated Australia in extra time 1-0 at the AFC Asian Cup Final match between the Australian Socceroos and Japan at Khalifa International Stadium on January 29, 2011 in Doha, Qatar.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Dominic Bossi Find out who the Socceroos will face in their group when Australia hosts the Asian Cup next year.

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Socceroos handed tough draw in 2015 Asian Cup

AFC General Secretary Dato' Alex Soosay holds up the name Australia during the Asian Football Confederation draw for the 2015 Asian Cup at the Sydney Opera House ground in Sydney, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Australia hosts the tournament that will be played in Jan. 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Michael Lynch and Sebastian Hassett Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says Australia must aspire to claim Asian Cup glory in January next year despite being drawn in a challenging group against South Korea, Oman and Kuwait.

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Socceroos to face South Korea in Asian Cup blockbuster

Heartbreaker: Japan's Tadanari Lee volleys home the winner against Australia's goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer during extra-time of the 2011 Asian Cup final.

Michael Lynch The Socceroos will kick off their Asian Cup campaign in the opening match next January against Kuwait, but their biggest test in the group phase will come when they take on Asian heavyweights South...