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FFA boss Steven Lowy meets with FIFA in bid to resolve governance issues

Steven Lowy
Football Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy has held talks with FIFA officials in Zurich.

Steven Lowy has met with FIFA ahead of the world governing body's intervention to sort out the stand-off over Australian football's governance.

The Football Federation Australia chairman, who has been in Europe on business, jetted into Zurich the week before last and had talks with FIFA officials.

AAP understands Lowy met with chief member associations officer Joyce Cook, soon after FIFA's member associations committee rejected FFA's proposed expanded congress model as unrepresentative.

The committee...


FIFA approves Saudi Arabia-Japan move, Australia made to wait

Head coach Ange Postecoglou wants to keep testing his team against the very best despite being knocked out of the Confederations Cup.
Tim Cahill and Ange Postecoglou reflect on Australia's 1-1 draw with Chile that ended their Confederations Cup run.
Nick Ames and Mark Ogden recap the draw between Chile and Australia, and highlight the Aussies' surprising performance.

Australia may not know its 2018 World Cup fate until the morning after their must-win clash against Thailand.

Owing to time differences and expected scorching temperatures in Western Asia, FIFA has determined the final round of Asian Group B qualifiers due to be played on Tuesday, Sept. 5 will not kick off simultaneously.

That could mean a nervous wait -- or a sleepless night -- for fans hoping for certainty from Australia's match against Thailand, which will be played at 8 p.m. local time at Melbourne's...


Ivan Franjic leaves Melbourne City for K-League side Daegu FC

Ivan Franjic
Ivan Franjic made 39 appearances for Melbourne City, scoring one goal.

Asian Cup winner Ivan Franjic has left A-League club Melbourne City for a first stint in Asian football.

City have released the 29-year-old after two injury-plagued seasons to sign with Korean side Daegu FC.

He told the club's website he was eager for a new challenge.

"We know that the K-League is a high-level league," he said.

"I left Melbourne City to try myself out and to challenge myself. I will do my best to finish the season at the highest possible position of Daegu FC."

Daegu FC described...

 By Jason Dasey

Aurelio Vidmar leaves Bangkok Glass, but was Socceroos' legend sacked?

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson debate whether or not Aurelio Vidmar left Bangkok Glass by mutual consent.
With AFC WCQ proving to be a tight and tense affair, Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts look at how the Socceroos can advance.

In the days before he became a trailblazing foreign coach in Asia, Aurelio Vidmar was a flamboyant attacking midfielder, with shoulder-length hair like a rock star, who surely thought that he'd helped book Australia's place at the 1998 World Cup.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the dramatic playoff against Iran in Melbourne where Vidmar's second goal just after half-time, to follow up Harry Kewell's opener, gave the Socceroos a seemingly unassailable 3-1 lead on aggregate.

But instead of...


Western Sydney Wanderers re-sign Mark Bridge to two-year deal

Western Sydney's Tony Popovic refused to get drawn into the hype Wenger gave to his squad following their defeat.

Mark Bridge is officially back in red and black after signing a two-year A-League deal with Western Sydney.

The foundation forward and fan favourite returned to Australia this month after terminating his long-term contract with Thai League 1 club Chiangrai United.

He'd been supported by the players' union over a trying past six months, during which his relationship with the club soured irrevocably.

Professional Footballers Australia are still resolving the issue, but Bridge has wasted no time picking...