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The hole that Cahill leaves in Australian football

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Five issues Arnold's Australia face

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Daniel Arzani's move to Manchester City caps whirlwind seven months for Australia starlet

Manchester City's Daniel Arzani has thanked Melbourne City for helping him to realise his dream of playing in the English Premier League after he made his transfer to the club.

Things have happened very quickly for Daniel Arzani. At the start of this year, he was virtually unknown even in Australia. Now, just a few months later, he is considered one of the brightest prospects Australia has produced in years, made a positive impression as the youngest player at the World Cup in Russia, signed for Manchester City and prepares to start an exciting adventure on loan at Celtic.

At the current rate of progress, the sky is the limit for the Iranian-born prodigy -- yet everything...

Australia legend Tim Cahill exits as the most effective Socceroos player of all time

It seems as though a large hole has been left in Australian football following the international retirement of Socceroos legend Tim Cahill.

Not that the news came as a shock to anyone. It was inevitable that Cahill would exit the international stage at this time. It has been in the cards for some time. After making 107 appearances for his country and becoming its greatest goal scorer with 50 goals, it was simply the right time for the 38-year-old to step aside.

That fact was confirmed when the forward...

Inside the Socceroos camp: Following Australia's World Cup journey

Charged with covering Australia's World Cup odyssey, ESPN FC's Steph Brantz reflects on what has been a whirlwind six months for the Socceroos under Bert van Marwijk.

Holding my passport open to the page bearing a single-entry Russian business visa, the customs official at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport looked confused.

"You cannot leave!" she said, unable to comprehend why someone working in the football media would be departing with the World Cup only half over.

I know exactly what she meant: This...

 By John Duerden

South Korea, Japan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Australia looking to January's Asian Cup

Asia's five teams are all home from Russia, but January's 2019 Asian Cup already looms large on the horizon.

Here's a look at lessons all the AFC nations learned from the 2018 World Cup and what needs to be done in the coming weeks and months.

South Korea

Despite the stunning 2-0 win against Germany, South Korea's World Cup was a disappointment. There were some positives with the Taeguk Warriors, however.

First and foremost, the team have their No. 1 for the Asian Cup and perhaps years to come....

Five issues Graham Arnold must address with Australia

As dejected Socceroos players departed the pitch following the 2-0 defeat to Peru that ended their 2018 World Cup, a new era commenced.

The tenure of Bert van Marwijk is officially over, with incoming coach Graham Arnold now faced with solving a range of issues confronting the national team.

Here are five challenges the new Australia boss must overcome:

1. Australia have no clear goal-scoring threat

Without question the biggest problem facing Arnold is Australia's profligacy in front of goal.

The...

Australia's World Cup grades reflect Daniel Arzani's emergence and Tomi Juric's woes

With no wins to their name and only a solitary point to show for their toil, the 2018 World Cup certainly didn't go the way Australia wanted it to. Moreover, Socceroos fans will be sick of hearing the phrase "gallant in defeat."

However, the tournament certainly wasn't all bad for Bert van Marwijk's men, particularly with 19-year-old Daniel Arzani having a chance to shine on the world stage for the first time.

We rated each player on their performances across all three matches:

GK Mat Ryan, B --...