The Socceroos' generation next still in under-12s

Looking ahead: Young indigenous soccer players, from the John Moriarty Football team in the Northern Territory, at a Socceroos training session in Vitoria, Brazil, last month.

Liam Mannix The first generation of the new, improved Socceroos are just finishing primary school.

Tuggeranong focused on home, not FFA Cup

Kyle Papworth Former Tuggeranong junior Carl Valeri has his eye on a dream FFA Cup contest against his former club, but United coach Steve Forshaw has urged his players to first focus on breaking a five-game...


Socceroos defender Ivan Franjic close to Russian move: report

Russian move on the cards: Socceroos defender Ivan Franjic.

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


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.


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.


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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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.


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


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.

How far can the Socceroos go?

Leaping Larry The naming of the Socceroos squad for the World Cup has led to renewed speculation as to how far the Australians might go this year. To Brazil and then back again, seems the safest answer.

I rigged Socceroos games, says notorious match-fixer

Wilson Peramul Raj who is the supposed Mr Big behind the soccer match fixing. THE AGE . news . 15 September 2013 . photo from website .

Nino Bucci A notorious Singaporean match-fixer claims he won hundreds of thousands of dollars manipulating Socceroos matches, years before he started rigging the Victorian Premier League.


Socceroos can't win the World Cup, but they will start the long climb

Craig Foster dinkus

Craig Foster The Socceroos cannot win the World Cup in Brazil, not even close.

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Ryan McGowan keen to take Socceroos spot held by Lucas Neill

Ready to step up: World Cup-bound Ryan McGowan has lofty ambitions.

Sebastian Hassett In the race to replace the gaping hole left by Lucas Neill in the heart of the Socceroos' defence, Ryan McGowan is hoping coach Ange Postecoglou looks favourably in his direction.