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Socceroos defender Ivan Franjic close to Russian move: report

Injured Socceroos back Ivan Franjic is reportedly close to signing with Russian club Torpedo Moscow.

Soccer

Western Sydney Wanderers defender Matthew Spiranovic battles for A-League fitness

Fitness cloud: Western Sydney's Matthew Spiranovic.

Michael Lynch Western Sydney Wanderers centre back Matthew Spiranovic, a key man for the Socceroos in the World Cup, is battling to be fit for the start of the new A-League season in October.

Soccer

Socceroos announce three internationals

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou.

Coach Ange Postecoglou wants his Socceroos to transform potential into results in three key international friendlies later this year.

Football

Socceroos crash but World Cup champions Germany top rankings

Slipping: The Socceroos have plummeted in the rankings after losing their three games at the World Cup.

Matt Bungard The Socceroos have plummeted 14 places to 76th in the latest rankings released by governing body FIFA.

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Carl Valeri sees Melbourne Victory as stepping stone to Socceroos

Carl Valeri is desperate to return to the Socceroos' fold.

David Polkinghorne Carl Valeri is hoping to use new club Melbourne Victory as a springboard for a Socceroos return.

Football

Socceroos keeper Mat Ryan chooses football over tennis racquet

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...

Socceroos striker Adam Taggart joins Fulham

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

Socceroos striker Adam Taggart has signed a three-year contract with English Championship side Fulham.

Chile sinks Socceroos, but could prove a winner for Cooma Tigers

Chile's Cristobal Soza has returned for his second stint with the Cooma Tigers.

Stephanie Burnham As Chile surges into the second round of the World Cup in Brazil, the Cooma Tigers are hoping a player from the South American country can help them claim the Canberra National Premier League title.

Socceroos following in fathers' footsteps

Jason Davidson

Michael Lynch, Porto Alegre, Brazil Fathers and sons are nowadays pretty common in what is becoming an ever more rarefied gene pool in the AFL.

World Cup

Socceroos overawed by Chile: Postecoglou

Ange Postecoglou gestures from the sidelines during Australia's loss

Michael Lynch, Cuiaba, Brazil It's one thing showing your opponent respect. That is a professional courtesy and ensures you are unlikely to underestimate them.

Battling Socceroos take heart from Chile loss and look to upset Dutch

Michael Lynch, Cuiaba Australia might have gone down 3-1 to Chile in their opening World Cup qualifying match, but they went down fighting, and coach Ange Postecoglou's men are certain to adopt the same combative attitude...

Football

Socceroos set for a wild ride in Brazil

Tim Cahill will lead the line once again for the Socceroos.

Sebastian Hassett While Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou has picked a 30-man squad for next month's World Cup with an eye to the future, he is promising they are good enough to deliver a 'wild ride' in Brazil.

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Mark Milligan hoping to finally play for Socceroos at a World Cup

In: Mark Milligan made the cut.

Sebastian Hassett It might be a hat-trick of World Cup selections for midfielder Mark Milligan but unlike the past two, when he failed to play in either, the Melbourne Victory skipper is hoping it’s a case of...

Football

Socceroos Jason Davidson and Tommy Oar say Holland are a youthful team, too

Dominic Bossi Australia may be young and inexperienced as they prepare to take on the world's best in Brazil, but they are not alone.

Football

Socceroos fans prepare for mass migration to World Cup in Rio

Looking forward: Socceroos fans meet in a Melbourne restaurant to plan their trip.

Sebastian Hassett The journey of Australian football fans flocking to the World Cup was once thought to be a once-in-a-lifetime jaunt. Now it's become a full-scale quadrennial mass migration.

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Recalled playmaker James Troisi feels he has Socceroos X-factor

After a two-year exile from the Socceroos, coach Ange Postecoglou has brought James Troisi back in from the cold and the playmaker feels he has the X-factor needed to stay there

Football

World Cup Seven and hell for Socceroos hopefuls

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou.

Fairfax Media's football experts Richard Shute, Michael Lynch, Dominic Bossi and Sebastian Hassett look at who will make the final squad for the Socceroos at the World Cup.

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Socceroos' pride should mean more than World Cup pay packets

Michael Cockerill "This," Rale Rasic is saying with a typically theatrical flourish, "is what you play for. The shirt." Never mind it was a Brazilian shirt, circa 1950s.

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Matthew Spiranovic ready to be Socceroos' defensive leader

Matthew Spiranovic during a training session at Terrigal Beach in Gosford on Monday.

Dominic Bossi Matthew Spiranovic has declared himself ready to step up and become the Socceroos' new leader in defence for the World Cup in the absence of three of Australia's most experienced centre backs. 

Socceroos could face understrength South Africa in farewell match

Angela Habashy A South African squad crisis over withdrawals threatens to undermine the Socceroos' World Cup farewell match in Sydney on Monday.