Jedinak enjoying the moment of the Asian Cup final

Dominic Bossi 7:51 PM   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. 

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Victory would give Socceroos their mojo back

Michael Cockerill

Michael Cockerill 10:00 PM   Saturday's final against South Korea is a seminal moment for the Socceroos.

Blatter is the perfect man for a captain's pick

Malcolm Knox dinkus

Malcolm Knox 10:00 PM   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.

Abdulrahman masterclass sinks Iraq

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

Josh Leeson 10:03 PM   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.

Postecoglou chases Socceroos' seventh heaven

Ange Postecoglou.

Sebastian Hassett 9:30 PM   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.

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 7:23 PM   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.

South Korea yet to concede in Asian Cup

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

Michael Lynch 6:59 PM   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.

Winners and losers of the Asian Cup

Great tournament, great hair: UAE's Omar Abdulrahman.

Dominic Bossi 6:29 PM   It is the final Hairdryer of the tournament so a chance to review on the hits and misses of the Australia's Asian Cup. 

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Socceroos' Mat Ryan has the mother of all inspirations

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

Daniel Lane 8:48 PM    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.

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

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

Brett Keeble 12:02 AM   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".

Stielike hopes to crown coaching career

In command: South Korea's coach Uli Stielike gestures near Iraq's coach Radhi Shenaishil during their Asian Cup semi-final.

Michael Lynch 11:29 PM   Having earned a comparison to the great Franz Beckenbauer, it is clear South Korean coach Uli Stielike was a very decent player in his own right. Now the bespectacled, balding Stielike has made the South Koreans more than just difficult to beat.

Cahill plays retirement cards close to his chest

Career highlight: Mile Jedinak and Tim Cahill with the Socceroos in the lead-up to the final against South Korea on Thursday.

Adrian Warren 11:28 PM   Socceroos talisman Tim Cahill says winning Saturday’s Asian Cup final against South Korea will cap off his career, but he won’t disclose whether it will be his international swansong until after the game.

Franjic 'should be ready' for Asian Cup final

Fight to be fit: Ivan Franjic training with the Socceroos.

Sebastian Hassett 11:27 PM   Socceroos defender Ivan Franjic won't be 100 per cent fit going into Saturday night's Asian Cup final against South Korea at ANZ Stadium but coach Ange Postecoglou has backed his right-back to recover sufficiently from a hip injury.

Arsenal signs Villareal defender Gabriel

Campbell agreed to a new long-term deal with Arsenal prior to a loan move to Villarreal for the rest of the season.

Arsenal has strengthened its depleted defensive options by signing Brazilian defender Gabriel from Villarreal, with Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell joining the Spanish club on loan as part of the deal.

Chelsea's Costa charged over Can 'stamp'

Head-to-head: Diego Costa and Martin Skrtel have words during the League Cup clash.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa faces a three-game suspension after being charged with violent conduct for appearing to stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can.

Coaches slam Africa Cup lot draw

Mali's midfielder Bakary Sako heads the ball.

The coaches of Mali and Guinea have criticised drawing lots to decide which country reaches the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

Iraq look to World Cup qualifiers

Ashkan Dejagah of Iran.

Paul Johnson   It's a case of winning the battle of the Middle East for Iraq and the United Arab Emirates when they take the pitch for the Asian Cup third/fourth place playoff at Hunter Stadium on Friday.

Figo joins the fight to oust Blatter

Luis Figo

12:00 AM   The fight to topple Sepp Blatter as Fifa president took another twist yesterday on Wednesday after Luis Figo announced that he was standing for the most powerful job in football.

Kruse in control of own destiny now

Robbie Kruse, left, pictured with Matthew Leckie, has had an impressive Asian Cup campaign.

Michael Lynch   They say you don't know what you have got until it's gone. That certainly wasn't the case when Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou got the devastating news early last year that Robbie Kruse needed a knee reconstruction and would miss the World Cup.

Five things: South Korea v Australia

No stranger: Ki Sung-yueng controls the ball against Uzbekistan. The South Korean captain spent part of his teenage years in Australia.

Dominic Bossi   Some familiar faces and some familiar places for the two teams, who will face each other in the Asian Cup final.

Roar hit the reset button on A-League season

Broich says the plan is to go "all-out".

Beth Newman 1:00 AM   Asian Cup fever has died down in Brisbane but the A-League recess has given the Brisbane Roar a chance to reset.

Gulf nations want Australia out of Asian football

Football bosses: AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa with FIFA President Joseph Blatter. Salman said he was aware of dissatisfaction with Australia's membership of the AFC.

Sebastian Hassett   On the eve of the Socceroos going in to battle for the Asian Cup title, Football Federation Australia could be about to face an even greater war after a movement mobilised among some Gulf nations to have Australia expelled from the Asian Football Confederation.

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Legal action threatened over Jets axings

Ultimatum: A-League boss Damien de Bohun says Nathan Tinkler has days not weeks to clarify events at Newcastle and assure the FFA of the club's stability.

Vince Rugari   The Professional Footballers Association has threatened legal action over Newcastle Jets' attempts to axe five senior players, claiming due process had not been followed and the five players were still legally contracted to the club.

Mariners' Hutchinson announces retirement

Final season: John Hutchinson gets vocal during the Mariners' match against Sydney FC on January 24.

Dominic Bossi   Central Coast Mariners captain John Hutchinson has announced he will retire at the end of the season after spending 10 years with the club. He will hang up his boots after playing more than 250 games for the club.

Iraq look to World Cup qualifiers

Paul Johnson   It's a case of winning the battle of the Middle East for Iraq and the United Arab Emirates when they take the pitch for the Asian Cup third/fourth place play-off at Hunter Stadium on Friday.

Socceroos' Cup dream a key to Asian Century

Marquee names: Tim Cahill and Omar Abdulrahman of United Arab Emirates have been two of the shining lights of the Asian Cup.

David Sygall   Win or lose the Asian Cup, Australia is expected to reap business and tourist rewards from the massive international TV coverage of the tournament.

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