It will be an almighty shock to the system when Australia's Europe-based players arrive in Malaysia next weekend ahead of their AFC World Cup qualifier against Syria on Oct. 5.
Mile Jedinak has a Saturday afternoon home game with Aston Villa against Bolton Wanderers. Aaron Mooy's Huddersfield Town host Tottenham Hotspur while Tom Rogic's Celtic will face Hibernian at Celtic Park, both on the same day.
If the 13-hour flight wasn't enough, then there'll be a two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur International...
A double from Spanish striker Oriol Riera helped Western Sydney Wanderers avoid an FFA Cup shock as they beat Blacktown City 4-2 on penalties on Tuesday.
Wanderers turned in a lacklustre showing against the NSW NPL1 side but eventually prevailed after a 2-2 draw.
Former National Soccer League club Blacktown eliminated Central Coast Mariners last month, but there seemed little likelihood of another upset in the early stages as Riera netted from the spot after just three minutes.
They controlled possession...
South Melbourne have set up a blockbuster FFA Cup semifinal against A-League Sydney FC after thumping Gold Coast City 6-0 on Wednesday.
The former National Soccer League giants cruised into the last four at the Cbus Super Stadium, with Milos Lujic and Matthew Millar both scoring twice.
The win puts South within two victories of the club's first piece of national silverware since Ange Postecoglou steered them to their fourth title in the 1998-99 NSL grand final.
Importantly, it also gives the A-League...
Captain Mile Jedinak has been recalled by head coach Ange Postecoglou for Australia's 2018 AFC World Cup playoff against Syria next month.
The Aston Villa midfielder missed the Socceroos' latest qualifiers against Japan and Thailand, as well as June's Confederations Cup, due to a groin injury.
But he made his comeback for the English second-tier side last week, and has been rewarded with a place in a 30-man preliminary squad announced on Tuesday.
Postecoglou retained 22 of 23 players named for...