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Matildas millennial Ellie Carpenter chasing Rio Olympics spot

Ellie Carpenter
Ellie Carpenter became the first millennial to appear for either of Australia's senior national teams.

Record-breaking Matildas teenager Ellie Carpenter has improved so much coach Alen Stajcic says she's lapped her teammates as she jostles for an unlikely ticket to Rio.

Completely unknown prior to signing for Western Sydney last year, 16-year-old Carpenter's stunning rise in women's football continues after being named in a 20-player Matildas squad for two upcoming Olympic warm-up clashes against New Zealand.

Originally from Cowra in regional NSW, the gifted young athlete played every minute for...

Matildas begin Olympic preparations with Alen Stajcic contract extension

Alen Stajcic
Alen Stajcic guided Australia to the 2015 World Cup quarterfinals in Canada.

Successful Matildas coach Alen Stajcic has secured a four-year contract extension that will keep him at the helm until after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The deal was revealed as Stajcic named a strong 20-player squad for the Matildas' final two warm-up matches before the Rio Olympics.

Overseas-based stars Steph Catley, Elise Kellond-Knight, Kyah Simon, Emily van Egmond and Lydia Williams are among big names who will fly home for the clashes against New Zealand in Ballarat (June 4) and Melbourne (June...

Socceroo Robbie Kruse injured after poor tackle from Jordan's Ahmad

Socceroos and Bayer Leverkusen forward Robbie Kruse has been sidelined by a minor ligament strain as a result of the brutal tackle which marred Australia's World Cup qualifying win over Jordan.

Kruse was brought down heavily by Yousef Ahmad during the second half of the 5-1 triumph on Tuesday night, and was initially cleared of injury.

But on his return to Germany, Leverkusen manager Roger Schmidt revealed his player had not escaped completely unscathed.

"Robbie has a slight ligament strain," Schmidt...

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Australia unveils new identical playing strips for Socceroos, Matildas

Australia have unveiled a new playing kit ahead of their two crucial World Cup qualifying matches this week.

The Socceroos will sport a new all-Gold home jersey versus Tajikistan in Adelaide on March 24 and Jordan in Sydney five days later as they look to secure progression through to the next round of AFC qualifying.

In a first for the country, the Australian women's team, the Matildas, will wear the identical playing kits as their male counterparts -- in a female cut -- at the upcoming Olympic...

Australia's Matildas qualify for Rio Olympics by beating North Korea

Matildas celebrate
The Matildas will participate in the Olympics for the first time since Athens 2004.

The Australian women's football team qualified for Olympic Games in style with a 2-1 win over old nemesis North Korea in Osaka on Monday, and coach Alen Stajcic says his side are now capable of winning a first-ever medal in Rio.

A fourth win in as many matches in the notoriously tough Asian qualifying region saw the Matildas end a 12-year drought against the side that kept them out of the past two Olympics.

Michelle Heyman and Katrina Gorry scored in each half, either side of a Kim Su Gyong goal...