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Socceroos coach backs Milos Degenek for vital World Cup qualifier

Socceroos coach backs Milos Degenek for vital World Cup qualifier

15/11/2021, Australia, Soccer, Hyundai A-League, Article # 30521393

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has given central defender Milos Degenek his full backing to step into the breach for his country in the crunch World Cup qualifier against China.

Degenek is almost certain to return to the starting XI after Harry Souttar’s ACL injury in the goalless draw with Saudi Arabia last Thursday in Sydney.

Souttar is facing up to 12 months on the sidelines, opening the door for Degenek to re-establish himself in the national team’s first choice.

A regular starter during Arnold’s tenure of the national team, Degenek is yet to start in the third phase of Asian qualifying with Souttar emerging as first choice alongside Trent Sainsbury at the heart of the Socceroos’ defence.

Forced to miss October’s matches after testing positive to COVID-19, Degenek’s appearance off the bench against the Saudis following Souttar’s injury indicates he’s the man to fill the Scottish-born giant’s spot.

With Trent Sainsbury battling a hamstring niggle, Degenek could suddenly find himself the senior player in defence for the China clash in Sharjah on Tuesday (Wednesday 2am AEDT).

“Milos has come back in very good condition. He plays at Red Star (Belgrade). He’s at a very successful club in a very good competition,” Arnold said.

“We saw Serbia last night beating Portugal. That just shows you the type of players that they’re developing and what they’ve got in their country and Milos is playing there every week and doing well.

“I’ve got the utmost respect and trust in Milos that he will do a great job for us.”

Sainsbury will have to prove his fitness for the game in training, but Arnold was confident the 29-year-old will be right to face the Chinese.

If the Belgian-based stopper should be ruled out, the additions of Ryan McGowan and Bailey Wright to the squad in place of Souttar and winger Andrew Nabbout, who has been released back to A-League Men’s champions Melbourne City, should provide Arnold with plenty of cover.

Having lost to Japan and then been held to a draw against the Saudis in their past two matches, the Socceroos could potentially drop out of the automatic qualifying spots if they don’t beat China.

Li Tie’s team has underwhelmed so far in its campaign, winning just one of its five matches so far to sit second last in the group.

Arnold’s men claimed a comfortable 3-0 win when the teams met at the start of the qualifying phase in September.

“There’s a lot of problems at the moment in Chinese football,” Arnold said.

“They’re having to play all their games away from home, which is not far off what’s happened with us.

“At times, that can build camaraderie and we’ve just got to make sure we get our performance right … make sure you’re mentally prepared.”

-AAP

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Mathew Leckie relishing Socceroos return for vital World Cup qualifier

Mathew Leckie relishing Socceroos return for vital World Cup qualifier

10/11/2021, Australia, Soccer, Hyundai A-League, Article # 30514159

Socceroos forward Mathew Leckie missed the past two World Cup qualification windows but hopes to make up for lost time when he returns to the side for a crucial clash against Saudi Arabia in Sydney on Thursday.

The new Melbourne City recruit had made himself unavailable for the September and October qualifiers where Australia claimed three wins from four.

Now back in Graham Arnold’s side for the Socceroos’ first home game in 763 days, Leckie is eager to make an impact at Parramatta’s CommBank Stadium.

“It was really tough. I always wanted to be there and for many years I’ve barely missed games,” he said.

“It was a tough decision, but sitting there and supporting the boys I was proud of the way we played and they’ve put us in a really good position in qualification. I’m happy to be back.”

With Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic both unavailable, Leckie’s experience will be crucial against a Saudi side flying high at the top of Group B.

The Saudis’ undefeated start is in large part due to the fact they have played all but one of their qualifiers on home soil, with their only away game taking place in neighbouring Oman.

Australia, by contrast, has been on the road since defeating Nepal in Canberra in 2019 and Leckie hoped the homecoming would give the Socceroos the lift they needed.

“Home advantage is a big thing and while we’ve not played at home for so long we’ve been able to get results and go on a big winning streak,” Leckie said.

“It’s a big boost and previous years show how strong we are at home. It’s tough for other teams to come over and play against us.

“We’ll be coming out with a lot of energy and putting them on the back foot early and trying to control the game from the first minute.”

Unlike most of his fellow Socceroos teammates, Leckie’s season is yet to get under way with the September and October withdrawal meaning he hasn’t played a competitive game since June.

Nevertheless, the 65-cap veteran felt confident he would be up to the rigours of facing the Saudis before a trip to the UAE to face China next week.

“I feel in great shape. I’ve had a fairly long pre-season,” he added.

“We’ve picked up a few friendly games in the last week or two.

“Regardless of how I feel the adrenaline through the body playing in front of our fans for the first time in so long, and I guess the moment of the game and the scenario we are in, it’s a very important game there’s no question and sometimes it’s more a mental thing than a physical one.”

-AAP

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FFA appoints Graham Arnold Caltex Socceroos Head Coach post the 2018 FIFA World Cup™

FFA appoints Graham Arnold Caltex Socceroos Head Coach post the 2018 FIFA World Cup™

08/03/2018, Australia, Soccer, Australian Football Federation, Article # 26010082

Sydney, Australia
Thursday, 8 March 2018

 


Football Federation Australia (FFA) has appointed Graham Arnold to take over as Head Coach of the Caltex Socceroos at the conclusion of this year’s FIFA World Cup™ in Russia.

Arnold, who is currently a premiership and championship winning Head Coach with Sydney FC in the Hyundai A-League, is a former assistant and acting Head Coach of the Caltex Socceroos and represented Australia 56 times as a striker during an international career spanning 12 years. Arnold also won one premiership and a championship as Head Coach of Central Coast Mariners.

Today’s announcement completes a two-phased approach to the recruitment of the Caltex Socceroos Head Coach role which began after the departure of Ange Postecoglou in late 2017.  In January, Dutchman Bert van Marwijk, who took the Netherlands to the Final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, was appointed Socceroos Head Coach for the 2018 tournament.

Arnold has been appointed until the end of the next FIFA World Cup™ in 2022.

FFA Chairman Steven Lowy AM said Arnold had been the stand out candidate for the long term role.

“We developed a set of criteria for the role with the help of three distinguished former Socceroos – Mark Schwarzer, Stan Lazaridis and Mark Bresciano – and our own experienced staff led by FFA’s Head of National Performance and former Socceroo, Luke Casserly, and our National Technical Director, Eric Abrams,” said Lowy.

“Based on that we decided to appoint the best person for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and the best person to lead the Caltex Socceroos for the long term after this year’s tournament.

“The long term appointee did not have to be the best Australian; it had to be the best person when all factors were considered.  That person was Graham Arnold.”

FFA Chief Executive David Gallop AM said: “When you look at his previous experience with the Caltex Socceroos as a player and a coach and you look at his success in the Hyundai A-League and his understanding of where we are trying to take the game in this country, he was an obvious candidate.

“But what really convinced us was the passion he clearly has for the role. We are delighted that he has accepted the challenge.”

Gallop acknowledged the professionalism and goodwill from Sydney FC during the process. 

“I want to thank Sydney FC Chairman Scott Barlow and Chief Executive Danny Townsend for their understanding and collaboration through all of this,” he said.

“We are making this announcement today to bring clarity to the situation and allow Sydney FC to get on with the job of filling Graham’s very big shoes at the club.

“Graham’s first task after the World Cup will be to prepare the team for the Asian Cup in January next year when we will be defending champions. Until then we are going to be focussed on the World Cup and giving every support to Bert van Marwijk, the players and the support staff.”

Graham Arnold said his appointment as Head Coach of the Caltex Socceroos marked the achievement of a major ambition.  

“It is a very great honour to coach your national team,” he said. 

“It’s a job I have always been interested in doing and I believe the timing is perfect for me.

“I am deeply grateful for the trust that Chairman Steven Lowy, the FFA Board, David Gallop and Luke Casserly have shown in me. They have my total commitment and when July comes I look forward to beginning work on our defence of the Asian Cup.

“Until then I remain totally focussed on my current team and playing group at Sydney FC. It has been a tough decision to leave the club and I am determined to repay all of the support I have been given with more silverware in my final season. After today I won’t be saying any more about the Socceroos until after the World Cup out of respect for Sydney FC and out of respect for Bert van Marwijk. 


“I said at the time that I thought he (van Marwijk) was a great appointment to lead the Socceroos in Russia and everything he has done since has reinforced that view.  I won’t be getting under his feet but I will be cheering him and the team on from the stands.”

 

Graham Arnold Career Summary:
Graham Arnold is a former Caltex Socceroos striker who represented Australia in 56 ‘A’ Internationals between 1985 and 1997. Arnold, who scored 19 times in full international matches for the green and gold, played professionally in Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Japan throughout his distinguished playing career. Arnold coached Northern Spirit in the National Soccer League (NSL), before linking with the Australian national team set-up. Arnold assisted Frank Farina, Guus Hiddink, and Pim Verbeek during his first spell with the Australian national team, and coached Australia as caretaker at the 2007 AFC Asian Cup held across South-East Asia. Arnold guided Australia U23 to qualification for the 2008 Summer Olympics in China, and earned credible results at the Beijing Games in a tough group containing Serbia, a Lionel Messi inspired Argentina, and Ivory Coast. In 2010 Arnold returned to club football, and helped Central Coast Mariners to a glorious period in its history. In just over three seasons in Gosford, Arnold helped the yellow and navy qualify for two Hyundai A-League Grand Finals, winning one (2013), and also won one Premiers Plate (2012). Arnold also guided the Mariners to the last 16 of the 2013 AFC Champions League. In November 2013 Arnold left Central Coast and joined Vegalta Sendai in Japan, however by mid-2014 the former Sanfrecce Hiroshima player was back in the Hyundai A-League – this time with the Sky Blues. Since linking with the men from Allianz Stadium, Arnold has made two Hyundai A-League Grand Finals, winning one (2017), and won one Premiers Plate (2017). In total, Arnold has managed 205 matches during his time in the Hyundai A-League, and has secured wins or draws in over 75% of his fixtures. Moreover, Arnold helped Sydney FC secure the Westfield FFA Cup 2017 crown. Arnold will commence a four-year contract with the Caltex Socceroos at the completion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia. 

 FFA to host ASEAN-Australia Football Exchange in March

FFA to host ASEAN-Australia Football Exchange in March

22/02/2018, Australia, Soccer, Australian Football Federation, Article # 25868030

Thursday, 22 February 2018
Sydney, New South Wales

Football Federation Australia (FFA) is pleased to announce that it will host an ASEAN-Australia Football Exchange in the week of the Australian Government’s ASEAN-Australia Special Summit.

Partnering with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the ASEAN-Australia Council (AAC), FFA has designed a program of events as part of the ASEAN-Australia Football Exchange.

Each of the events and initiatives designed and hosted by FFA will showcase the strong relationship between Australia and South-East Asia through football and provide new opportunities for further collaboration.

FFA’s schedule of events will include:

Training Camp & International Friendly – Westfield Young Matildas & Thailand U-19 Women’s National Team:

  • A week-long training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport (Canberra) and Valentine Sports Park (Sydney).
  • An international friendly match between the two teams at Leichhardt Oval (Sydney), kicking off at 12:30pm on Friday, 16 March 2018, with free admission for all interested spectators.   

ASEAN Women’s Administrator Development Workshop:

  • Female football administrators working in ASEAN Member Associations will spend a week in Sydney discussing women’s football in ASEAN, and learning from Australian and international sports administrators.
  • FFA has previously had representatives from Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam attend the workshops.
  • This is the third successive year of the program, delivered with the support of the AAC.

A session of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Council:

  • The AFF Council sits quarterly in different ASEAN Member Associations, and is attended by Presidents and General Secretaries of each of the AFF Member Associations.
  • Australia previously hosted an AFF Council Session in December 2015.

FFA Chief Executive Officer David Gallop AM thanked the Australian Government for backing the ASEAN-Australia Football Exchange, and noted that the exchange would allow FFA to strengthen its ties with other ASEAN Member Associations.

“Football Federation Australia has been a member of the ASEAN Football Federation since 2012, and we are committed to working with our fellow ASEAN Member Associations to continue to grow the game in our region,” said Gallop.

“The growth in both the men’s and women’s game across the region continues to reach new heights, and we’ve seen that with Vietnam’s progression to the Final of the 2018 AFC U-23 Championships and three ASEAN Member Associations contesting the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan this year.”

“With football commonly understood and a shared passion across the region, it demonstrates the world game’s unique capacity to bring the people of South-East Asia together – and we are appreciative of the Australian Government’s support in assisting us to do this.”

“We are looking forward to playing a central part in Australia’s activities around the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit,” concluded Gallop.

 

 
Rachel Lowe replaces Emily Gielnik in Westfield Matildas’ 2018 Algarve Cup squad

Rachel Lowe replaces Emily Gielnik in Westfield Matildas’ 2018 Algarve Cup squad

21/02/2018, Australia, Soccer, Westfield W League Soccer, Article # 25858894

Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Sydney, Australia


Emily Gielnik has been ruled out of the Westfield Matildas’ 2018 Algarve Cup squad due to injury.

Prior to last night’s departure to Portugal, Gielnik was replaced in the squad by Western Sydney Wanderers FC forward Rachel Lowe.

Lowe could make her Westfield Matildas debut at the 2018 Algarve Cup, where Australia will meet Norway, China PR, and hosts Portugal in the group stage. 

It is hoped that Gielnik will return to full fitness ahead of the Westfield Matildas’ participation in the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan.

The Westfield Matildas will play their 2018 Algarve Cup pool matches in the cities of Albufeira (two matches) and Algarve, before playing a fourth and final ranking match at the 12-team invitational tournament in a yet to be determined destination. 

Following the 2018 Algarve Cup the Westfield Matildas will return to Australia where they will continue their preparations for the important 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. 

Australia will play Japan, Korea Republic and Vietnam in Group B of the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. The top five teams at the tournament will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in France.

Squad Number

Name

Club, Country

1

Lydia WILLIAMS (Gk)

Melbourne City FC, Australia

2

Caitlin COOPER

Sydney FC, Australia

3

Hannah BREWER

Newcastle Jets, Australia

4

Clare POLKINGHORNE

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

5

Laura ALLEWAY

Melbourne Victory, Australia

6

Chloe LOGARZO

Sydney FC, Australia

7

Steph CATLEY

Melbourne City FC, Australia

8

Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT

FFC Turbine Potsdam, Germany

9

Emily CONDON

Adelaide United, Australia

10

Emily VAN EGMOND

Newcastle Jets, Australia

11

Lisa DE VANNA

Sydney FC, Australia

13

Tameka BUTT

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

14

Alanna KENNEDY

Melbourne City FC, Australia

16

Hayley RASO

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

17

Alex CHIDIAC

Adelaide United, Australia

18

Mackenzie ARNOLD (Gk)

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

19

Katrina GORRY

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

20

Samantha KERR

Perth Glory, Australia

21

Ellie CARPENTER

Canberra United, Australia

22

Larissa CRUMMER

Melbourne City FC, Australia

23

Michelle HEYMAN

Canberra United, Australia

TBC

Rachel LOWE

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia


2018 Algarve Cup – Westfield Matildas Matches

Westfield Matildas v Norway
Date: Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Venue: Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufiera, Portugal
Kick-off: 6.30pm (local) (5.30am, Thursday, 1 March 2018 AEDT)
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS 503

Portugal v Westfield Matildas
Date: Friday, 2 March 2018
Venue: Estadio Algarve, Algarve, Portugal
Kick-off: 3pm (local) (2am, Saturday, 3 March 2018 AEDT)
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS 506

Westfield Matildas v China PR 
Date: Monday, 5 March 2018
Venue: Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufiera, Portugal
Kick-off: 7pm (local) (6am, Tuesday, 6 March 2018)
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS 501

 

 
Westfield Matildas set for Algarve Cup departure

Westfield Matildas set for Algarve Cup departure

20/02/2018, Australia, Soccer, Westfield W League Soccer, Article # 25846287

Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Sydney, Australia


A 22-player Westfield Matildas squad will depart for the 2018 Algarve Cup in Portugal this evening without star attacker Kyah Simon who has unfortunately been ruled out of the tournament due to injury.

Simon suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s Westfield W-Legaue 2018 Grand Final won by Melbourne City FC at Allianz Stadium, and has been replaced in Alen Stajcic’s squad by 19-year-old Adelaide United midfielder Alex Chidiac. 

It is hoped that Simon will be fit to re-join the Westfield Matildas upon their return to Australia next month as the squad continues its preparations for the highly anticipated 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup with a camp and friendly international against Thailand in Perth. 

Stajcic said that while it is disappointing that Simon – as well as another injured attacker Caitlin Foord – will not be able to travel to Portugal for the Algarve Cup, their absence will provide opportunities for other players to impress. 

“We would love to have Kyah and Caitlin with us in Portugal however it is in their best interests to remain in Australia and continue their respective recoveries,” said Stajcic. 

“We’ll have four games over just eight days in Portugal, so the tournament will provide a chance for all the players involved in the squad to impress as we move towards the AFC Women’s Asian Cup.

“It is also fantastic that it has now been confirmed that, like last year, all our games at the 2018 Algarve Cup will be broadcast live in Australia on FOX SPORTS.

“Hopefully our performances in Portugal will continue to drive momentum leading into our next match on Australian soil in Perth, as well as the [AFC Women’s] Asian Cup,” concluded Stajcic. 

The Westfield Matildas have been grouped with Norway, China PR, and hosts Portugal at the 2018 Algarve Cup. Stajcic’s squad will play their pool matches in the cities of Albufeira (two matches) and Algarve, before playing a fourth and final ranking match at the 12-team invitational tournament in a yet to be determined location. 

Following the 2018 Algarve Cup the Westfield Matildas will return to Australia where they will continue their preparations for the important 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, which will be held in Jordan.

Australia will play Japan, Korea Republic and Vietnam in Group B of the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. The top five teams at the tournament will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in France.

Squad Number

Name

Club, Country

1

Lydia WILLIAMS (Gk)

Melbourne City FC, Australia

2

Caitlin COOPER

Sydney FC, Australia

3

Hannah BREWER

Newcastle Jets, Australia

4

Clare POLKINGHORNE

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

5

Laura ALLEWAY

Melbourne Victory, Australia

6

Chloe LOGARZO

Sydney FC, Australia

7

Steph CATLEY

Melbourne City FC, Australia

8

Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT

FFC Turbine Potsdam, Germany

9

Emily CONDON

Adelaide United, Australia

10

Emily VAN EGMOND

Newcastle Jets, Australia

11

Lisa DE VANNA

Sydney FC, Australia

13

Tameka BUTT

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

14

Alanna KENNEDY

Melbourne City FC, Australia

15

Emily GIELNIK

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

16

Hayley RASO

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

17

Alex CHIDIAC

Adelaide United, Australia

18

Mackenzie ARNOLD (Gk)

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

19

Katrina GORRY

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

20

Samantha KERR

Perth Glory, Australia

21

Ellie CARPENTER

Canberra United, Australia

22

Larissa CRUMMER

Melbourne City FC, Australia

23

Michelle HEYMAN

Canberra United, Australia

2018 Algarve Cup – Westfield Matildas Matches

Westfield Matildas v Norway
Date: Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Venue: Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufiera, Portugal
Kick-off: 6.30pm (local) (5.30am, Thursday, 1 March 2018 AEDT)
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS 503

Portugal v Westfield Matildas
Date: Friday, 2 March 2018
Venue: Estadio Algarve, Algarve, Portugal
Kick-off: 3pm (local) (2am, Saturday, 3 March 2018 AEDT)
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS 506

Westfield Matildas v China PR 
Date: Monday, 5 March 2018
Venue: Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufiera, Portugal
Kick-off: 7pm (local) (6am, Tuesday, 6 March 2018)
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS 501

 

 
Brisbane Roar FC take out Westfield W-League 2017/18 Premiership

Brisbane Roar FC take out Westfield W-League 2017/18 Premiership

05/02/2018, Australia, Soccer, Westfield W League Soccer, Article # 25696723

Brisbane

Sunday 4 February 2018

 

 

Brisbane Roar FC have claimed their third Westfield W-League Premiership following a thrilling final match day of the Westfield W-League 2017/18 season.

 

With Sydney FC kicking off their derby match against the Western Sydney Wanderers FC thirty minutes beforehand, Brisbane Roar FC knew going into their fixture against Canberra United that a win or a draw would guarantee them top spot on the ladder and the Premiers Plate. A Sydney FC win and Brisbane Roar FC loss would have handed the Premiers Plate to the Sky Blues.

 

Sydney FC applied the pressure early scoring three goals in the first half of courtesy of Chloe Logarzo, Caitlin Foord and Caitlin Cooper. Remy Siemson added Sydney FC’s fourth shortly after the start of the second half, but Brisbane Roar FC were up to the challenge scoring twice in their first stanza through Hayley Raso and Emily Gielnik. Sydney FC conceded a late goal, but got the three valuable points to keep them in contention. All they could do at full-time was pray for a late Canberra United fightback.

 

Unfortunately for Sydney FC, their prayers went unanswered. Abbey Lloyd scored Brisbane Roar’s third in the72nd minute goal, but Elise Thorsnes replied two minutes later with a goal to give Canberra United a slight glimmer of hope. Lloyd then doubled her tally in the 90th minute to seal a memorable 4-1 victory. Shortly after the full time whistle Brisbane Roar FC were presented with the Westfield W-League Premiers Plate by Greg O’Rourke, Head of Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League.

 

Sydney FC will now take their white hot form into next weekend’s Westfield W-League 2018 Semi Finals when they face the Newcastle Jets at Leichhardt Oval (Saturday, 10 February 2018) with Brisbane Roar FC hosting last season’s Champions Melbourne City FC at Perry Park the following day (Sunday 11 February 2018).

 

The winners of the two Semi Finals will meet in the Westfield W-League 2018 Grand Final on Sunday 18 February to determine this season’s champions.

 

Both Westfield W-League Semi-Finals will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 501 with SBS VICELAND broadcasting the Brisbane Roar FC v Melbourne City FC match live and the Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets match streamed via SBS – The World Game website (theworldgame.sbs.com.au) and App.

 

-ends-

 

 

Westfield W-League 2018 Finals Series – Week 1 Schedule

 

Date:                Saturday, 10 February 2018

Fixture:             Sydney FC (2) v Newcastle Jets (3)

Venue:              Leichhardt Oval, Leichhardt, NSW

Kick-off Time:    4:45pm (local/AEDT)

 

Date:                Sunday, 11 February 2018

Fixture:              Brisbane Roar FC (1) v Melbourne City FC (4)

Venue:               Perry Park, Bowen Hills, QLD

Kick-off Time:   3:00pm (local) 4:00pm (AEDT)

 Football Federation Australia congratulates Young Australian of the Year Sam Kerr

Football Federation Australia congratulates Young Australian of the Year Sam Kerr

25/01/2018, Australia, Soccer, Australian Football Federation, Article # 25587828

Sydney, Australia

Thursday 25 January 2018

 

 

Football Federation Australia Chairman Steven Lowy AM and Chief Executive Officer David Gallop AM have congratulated Sam Kerr on behalf of the entire football community on being named Young Australian of the Year.

 

Steven Lowy said Kerr was a worthy recipient of the award because of the inspiration her behaviour on and off the pitch had given to tens of thousands of Australians, particularly young girls and boys.

 

“Sam epitomises all that is best about modern athletes,” Lowy said. “She possesses great skill and courage, she has developed her talents through years of hard work and dedication, she represents her country with pride and she is a great role model for others. On behalf of everyone in football, congratulations and well done.”

 

David Gallop said Kerr had battled injuries over the years to become one of the best female players on the planet. “Sam wins matches and entertains at the same time…she is a great entertainer.  And she will then sign autographs and take selfies with every single person who wants one. 

 

“She and the other Matildas are playing a leading role in the promotion of women’s sport.  The team is now ranked 4th in the world and is a real chance to win the AFC Women’s Asia Cup in Asia.  This award will only help to inspire more girls and boys to follow their dreams.”

FFA appoint Van Marwijk as Caltex Socceroos Head Coach for 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

FFA appoint Van Marwijk as Caltex Socceroos Head Coach for 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

25/01/2018, Australia, Soccer, Australian Football Federation, Article # 25584223

Sydney, Australia
Thursday, 25 January 2018


FIFA World Cup Final coach Bert Van Marwijk has been appointed Head Coach of the Caltex Socceroos for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chairman Steven Lowy said the Dutch coach’s experience was the perfect blend for the Caltex Socceroos’ Russian campaign.

“This is a great result for Australian football,” said Lowy. “Bert Van Marwijk is world class. He took the Netherlands to the World Cup Final in 2010, he led the Saudi Arabian team to qualify directly for this year’s Finals and most importantly, he knows a lot about our team and how they play because he studied them closely as an opposition manager in the same group. These experiences make him a compelling choice.”

Lowy paid tribute to Ange Postecoglou, the support staff and especially the players for achieving qualification.

“We now go to Russia with a battle-hardened group of players and support staff who made it to the Finals by the toughest road possible. In Bert Van Marwijk we have a manager who can achieve great things with this team. And we will ensure they have the resources necessary to give them the highest level of preparation.”

FFA Chief Executive Officer David Gallop agreed terms with the former Netherlands national team coach in Amsterdam.

Speaking from Amsterdam, Gallop said: “Bert was our preferred candidate to take the Caltex Socceroos to the World Cup so we are delighted to have secured his services.

“We went through a thorough and disciplined process and used internal and external experts to build up a profile of the person who would be the best fit for the task in Russia. We had a number of outstanding coaches very interested in the role but Bert was at the top of our shortlist.”

Van Marwijk said he was honoured to be given the responsibility of taking the Caltex Socceroos to their fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup Finals.

“I know a lot about the players and how the team has been playing after coaching against them for the two World Cup qualifiers, in 2016 and in June last year.

“I have also been impressed by the national team set-up that the FFA has developed over the past few years.

“I want to thank Steven Lowy, David Gallop and (FFA’s Head of National Performance) Luke Casserly for the confidence they have shown in me.

“My response to them has been that we are not going to Russia just to be competitive. I want to win our matches.”

Arrangements for the Head Coach role of the Caltex Socceroos after the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be announced in the near future.

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