Socceroos take Asian Cup with extra-time winner

Sebastian Hassett 10:52 PM   The Socceroos have survived a spirited South Korean comeback to claim the biggest prize in the history of Australian football.

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'It was just instinct': Juric

Fouled but not beaten: Tomi Juric of Australia moments before setting up the winning goal.

Sebastian Hassett 1:21 AM   The striker whose extraordinary solo effort produced the chance to win the Asian Cup for Australia, Tomi Juric, says he didn't have time to think through the inspired moment..

Comfortable Luongo excels with Socceroos 

Massimo Luongo.

Dominic Bossi 1:46 AM   Massimo Luongo says he has always been the style of player that lit up the 2015 Asian Cup but required the right team environment to feel comfortable enough to shine. 

Socceroos dig deep and deliver

Australia's Massimo Luongo celebrates after scoring his side's first goal.

Michael Lynch 10:48 PM   It doesn't always have to be the beautiful game to be the compelling game, the fascinating game, the 'I can't take my eyes off this as I don't what what might happen next' game.

Five crucial moments

In front: Massimo Luongo celebrates scoring the first goal of the Asian Cup final, putting Australia one up against South Korea.

Dominic Bossi 1:06 AM   Saturday night's Asian Cup decider between Australia and South Korea boiled down to these key moments.

In-house selectors choose their Asian Cup 11

Stepping up: Tim Cahill has risen to the occasion and scored at key moments.

Michael Lynch, Sebastian Hassett and Dominic Bossi 6:51 PM   After much debate, our football experts have managed to select their top team from the hundreds of players who produced a stellar Asian Cup.

Asian Cup success just the tip of the iceberg

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Craig Foster 2:42 PM   The organisation, feeling of goodwill towards every team and Aussie openness created an Asian Cup of exceptional quality that will be long admired all across Asia. 

Takahagi to add attacking flair for Wanderers

Game on: Wanderers signing Yojiro Takahagi is ready to make his A-League debut.

David Sygall 3:00 PM   Wanderers captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley says he views new signing Yojiro Takahagi more as an attacking midfielder than a striker.

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Socceroos coach says win just the beginning

Well done: Ange Postecoglou embraces Tim Cahill.

Michael Lynch 12:49 AM   Socceroos coach Ange Postecglou has called for Australia's triumph in the Asian Cup to become the springboard for a golden era for the national team.

History against City in Wanderers visit

Aaron Mooy celebrates a City goal against Perth Glory.

12:39 AM   Melbourne City coach John van`t Schip says Sunday's A-League clash with Western Sydney Wanderers is a massive match for his club's season.

Live Asian Cup final: Socceroos v South Korea

Goal-scoring threat: Tim Cahill of Australia.

Adam Pengilly 11:15 PM   Can the Socceroos go one better than in the 2011 as they play in front of a packed house in Sydney.

Asian Cup: the best team

Mat Ryan, Tim Cahill and Trent Sainsbury all find a place in the Fairfax experts XI.

9:09 PM   After much debate, football experts Michael Lynch, Sebastian Hassett and Dominic Bossi have selected their top team from the hundreds of players who competed in a stellar Asian Cup.

Wenger hails Gabriel as 'a real defender'

Arsene Wenger has become the first Premier League manager to recruit a central defender from Brazil since Luiz left Chelsea at the end of last season.

unknown 12:15 AM   Both are Brazilian centre-backs, they began their careers at the same club and both have now made moves to Britain.

Seven better names for the Socceroos than the Socceroos

Golden: the Socceroos celebrate Trent Sainsbury's goal against the UAE.

Tom Cowie and Tom Arup 9:07 AM   The Socceroos is one of the worst names in Australian sport. Here's seven names that are better.

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Omar Abdulrahman masterclass sinks Iraq in Asian Cup third-place play-off

Perfect 10: Omar Abdulrahman (right) battles for possession with  Iraq's Yaser Kasim.

Josh Leeson   Omar Abdulrahman provided one final Asian Cup masterclass in Australia on Friday night as he inspired the United Arab Emirates to a 3-2 victory over Iraq in the third-place play-off at Hunter Stadium.

After six of the best, Postecoglou chases Socceroos' seventh heaven

Ange Postecoglou.

Sebastian Hassett   For some, there's a certain cultural cringe when it comes to Australian football and the playing of finals. But not for Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou. And if there's an edge the Socceroos need going into Saturday night's Asian Cup final, his unbelievable finals record might well be it.

Socceroos' Mat Ryan has the mother of all inspirations

Mathew Ryan at a training session at the Olympic Stadium on Friday.

Daniel Lane    If the character of the mother forged the mettle of her son Socceroos' supporters would have good reason to believe that whenever goalkeeper Mat Ryan is put to the test in Saturday night's Asian Football Cup final he'll fight like hell.

Why Sepp Blatter is the perfect man for a captain's pick

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Malcolm Knox   On behalf of all the world's sportspeople, sports communities and sporting bodies, may I take this opportunity to reject any suggestion that the term 'Captain's Pick' has anything to do with us.

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Mile Jedinak just enjoying the moment of the Asian Cup final

Philosophical: Mile Jedinak focuses on the moment.

Dominic Bossi   It has been a long road for Mile Jedinak. In June 2006, he was an unemployed footballer driving three hours a day just to land a job in the A-League. On Saturday, he will lead Australia out of the tunnel in front of 80,000 people in the 2015 Asian Cup final. 

Asian Cup critical in delivering Socceroos' future

Massimo Luongo (right) has enjoyed a wonderful Asian Cup and his performances over the past few weeks have surely set him up for a move to bigger and better things when he returns to his League One club, Swindon Town.

Michael Lynch   A player operating in the lowly third tier of English football has suddenly become one of the most crucial members of the Australian line-up.

Asian Cup victory would give Socceroos their mojo back

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Michael Cockerill   Saturday's final against South Korea is a seminal moment for the Socceroos.

South Korea yet to concede – can Australia breach their defences

South Korea's Lee Jeong-hyeop reacts after scoring against Australia in the group encounter.

Michael Lynch   They have made the final despite two of their 23-man squad - Koo Ja Cheol and Lee Chung Yong - being missing through injury and their star player, Son Heung Min, affected by illness.

Former Socceroo says South Korea's weakness now their strength

Lee Keun-Ho (second from left) celebrates with with teammates after scoring a goal.

Dominic Bossi   The art of turning their weakness into their strength has been the backbone of South Korea's success this Asian Cup with coach Uli Stielike hailed as the architect. 

The Lowdown - Asian Cup Final: Australia v South Korea

Key man: Tim Cahill.

Sebastian Hassett   The Lowdown - Asian Cup Final: Australia v South Korea

Five things you should know about Australia

Tim Cahill has scored more than half of his international goals with his head.

Dominic Bossi   Five things you should know about Australia before Saturday's Asian Cup final.

Socceroos set for date with destiny

Tim Cahill has the chance to make history when the Socceroos play South Korea in the  Asian Cup final in Sydney.

Michael Lynch   The Socceroos face their date with destiny on Saturday night, when Australia takes on regional powerhouse South Korea in the final of the Asian Cup at Stadium Australia in Sydney.

Socceroos star has much to ponder on eve of Asian Cup

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Michael Cockerill   If this is the end for Tim Cahill, you wonder if he'll cast his mind back to the beginning as he prepares for the final of the Asian Cup, the perfect bookend to a magnificent career.

Five things you should know about South Korea

Korea's coach, Uli Stielike.

Dominic Bossi   If the 2015 Asian Cup goes down to penalties, South Korea might not fancy their chances. According to former Seongnam Ilhwa captain Sasa Ognenovski, the Koreans are not confident from the spot.

Jets drama a 'storm in a teacup', says Tinkler

Nathan Tinkler has just days to pay off the club's debts.

Brett Keeble   Defiant Newcastle Jets owner Nathan Tinkler has dismissed the chaos that has engulfed his free-falling A-League club as a "storm in a teacup".

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