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Bullish Ange: We're in good shape

Bullish Ange: We're in good shape

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou remains bullish about the side’s hopes of automatic qualification for the 2018 World Cup despite being three points off the pace with three games to play. 22 May 2017
Burns sacrificed in Japan

Burns sacrificed in Japan

Socceroo Nathan Burns’ struggles at FC Tokyo got worse overnight after he was sacrificed after barely 21 minutes in their 3-1 J.League Cup loss at Jubilo Iwata. 27 Apr 2017
Wanderers eliminated with Urawa rout

Wanderers eliminated with Urawa rout

Western Sydney Wanderers' miserable AFC Champions League (ACL) has got worse after a 6-1 hammering from Japanese giants Urawa Red Diamonds on Wednesday. 26 Apr 2017
ACL: Urawa v Wanderers pic special

ACL: Urawa v Wanderers pic special

Urawa Red Diamonds hosted Western Sydney Wanderers on matchday five in the AFC Champions League. Pics by Getty Images. 26 Apr 2017
Japan 4 Thailand 0: Kubo inspires comfortable win for Blue Samurai

Japan 4 Thailand 0: Kubo inspires comfortable win for Blue Samurai

Shinji Kagawa, Shinji Okazaki, Yuya Kubo and Maya Yoshida were all on target as Japan routed Thailand 4-0 in the AFC World Cup qualifiers. 29 Mar 2017
UAE 0 Japan 2: Samurai Blue back in command thanks to Kubo and Konno

UAE 0 Japan 2: Samurai Blue back in command thanks to Kubo and Konno

Yuya Kubo and Yasuyuki Konno struck for Japan as they moved back into automatic contention for World Cup qualification by beating UAE. 24 Mar 2017
Duke returns after 11 months out

Duke returns after 11 months out

Four-time Socceroo Mitchell Duke reached a significant milestone in his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, making his first start in 11 months on Wednesday. 16 Mar 2017
Japan's 50-year-old Kazuyoshi Miura becomes oldest player to feature in professional match

Japan's 50-year-old Kazuyoshi Miura becomes oldest player to feature in professional match

The evergreen Miura has broken Sir Stanley Matthews status as the oldest player to feature in a professional, FIFA-recognised match. 7 Mar 2017
Degenek sought Ange approval

Degenek sought Ange approval

Milos Degenek has revealed he consulted Australia boss Ange Postecoglou and several Socceroos team-mates before deciding to leave Germany for Japanese club Yokohama F. Marinos. 31 Jan 2017
10 of football's weirdest streaks and hoodoos

10 of football's weirdest streaks and hoodoos

Jack Rodwell has now started 35 Premier League matches for Sunderland without tasting victory. Tom Carter and Tom Phillips hunted down a clutch of other oddities 17 Jan 2017
Japan 2 Saudi Arabia 1: Kiyotake and Haraguchi seal vital home win

Japan 2 Saudi Arabia 1: Kiyotake and Haraguchi seal vital home win

Hiroshi Kiyotake and Genki Haraguchi struck to keep Japan's World Cup hopes very much intact with a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia. 15 Nov 2016
Ange: Roos under no pressure against Thais

Ange: Roos under no pressure against Thais

Australian National Team Coach Ange Postecoglou is adamant that the Socceroos are under no pressure going into their World Cup qualifier against Thailand. 2 Nov 2016
Kruse: We're better than that

Kruse: We're better than that

Socceroo attacker Robbie Kruse believes their 1-1 draw against Japan did not show progression after the high expectations placed on them by coach Ange Postecoglou. 12 Oct 2016
Spiranovic: Japan would be happier than us

Spiranovic: Japan would be happier than us

Socceroo defender Matthew Sprianovic says Japan’s game plan of allowing Australia to maintain possession was unexpected. 12 Oct 2016
Slow start Socceroos salvage draw with Japan

Slow start Socceroos salvage draw with Japan

The Socceroos were second best for the first half but escaped with a 1-1 draw against Japan in their 2018 World Cup qualifier at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night. 11 Oct 2016
Yoshida: We have to stop Cahill

Yoshida: We have to stop Cahill

Japan and Southampton centre-back Maya Yoshida says the Samurai Blue is aware of the dangers Australia’s midfield causes. 10 Oct 2016
Japan coach knows Aussies 'weak point'

Japan coach knows Aussies 'weak point'

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic wants to keep the Socceroos’ weakness a secret in hope he can expose them in tomorrow night's world cup qualifier . 10 Oct 2016
Ange: J-League best in Asia

Ange: J-League best in Asia

Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou believes Australia still has a way to go before matching the “strongest” domestic competition in the Asian region - the J-League. 10 Oct 2016
Ange predicts tight tussle

Ange predicts tight tussle

Coach Ange Postecoglou has shrugged off the idea the Socceroos have a mental hold over Asian rivals Japan on the eve of the 2018 World Cup Qualifier at Etihad Stadium. 10 Oct 2016
Australia's seven-year itch

Australia's seven-year itch

Socceroos shot-stopper Mat Ryan wants to end Australia’s seven-year winless run against rivals Japan in Tuesday night’s 2018 World Cup qualifier in Melbourne. 8 Oct 2016
Postecoglou impressed by Mooy form

Postecoglou impressed by Mooy form

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says Aaron Mooy's best is yet to come as long as the insecurity surrounding the state of Australian football disappears. 20 Sep 2016