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FFA turmoil could harm the Matildas

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 By John Duerden

Mat Ryan with something to prove with Australia at World Cup, Japan content

PJ Roberts and Jason Dasey analyse the World Cup draws for the record five Asian teams at Russia 2018.
PJ Roberts and Jason Dasey analyse the World Cup draws for the record five Asian teams at Russia 2018.
PJ Roberts and Jason Dasey analyse the World Cup draws for the record five Asian teams at Russia 2018.

Of all the Asian stars who will be heading from the Premier League to the World Cup next June, Australia and Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan is the one with the most unfinished business. The good news is a group containing France, Denmark and Peru looks a lot better than in 2014.

Back in Brazil, Ryan had not long replaced the venerable Mark Schwarzer as the Socceroos No.1 and had a tough time as Australia were faced with the toughest of groups with Spain, Netherlands and Chile.

The Aussie, 22 at the...

 By Rob Brooks

Manageable group leaves Australia primed for positive World Cup

The FC crew explain why Australia's outlook at the World Cup is dreary after being drawn with France, Peru and Denmark.
ESPN's Julien Laurens believes France will be very happy after drawing Australia, Peru and Denmark.

As Fabio Cannavaro scooped the fourth ball out of pot 4 at the 2018 World Cup draw in Moscow, football fans on the other side of the world -- those who weren't sound asleep, anyway -- grinned with anticipation.

Australia were dealt a much more user-friendly group stage draw than the past three World Cup finals they had qualified for, but the context on this occasion created the intrigue.

In this instance, the Socceroos are without a coach, following the exit of Ange Postecoglou from the post...

 By Nick Miller

World Cup Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark

ESPN's Julien Laurens believes France will be very happy after drawing Australia, Peru and Denmark.

In all honesty, you would probably fancy a France B-team to do pretty well in this group. The amount of talent Didier Deschamps has to choose from can surely only be held back by Deschamps himself, a limited manager who nonetheless has won himself a new contract ahead of this tournament.

They will surely top the group, and second place looks likely to be a scrap between the rest. Denmark are a solid collective with one outstanding talent in Christian Eriksen, but Australia are still looking for...

 By John Duerden

Aaron Mooy has had superb year, but Son Heung-Min worthy of AFC award

P.J. Roberts makes his picks for the International Player of 2017 and Men's Player of 2017 honours at the AFC Annual Awards.

Aaron Mooy, Son Heung-Min and Shinji Kagawa are finalists in the 2017 AFC Asian International Player of the Year Award, which will be announced in Wednesday night's ceremony in Bangkok.

The trio are headed to next year's World Cup with their respective nations, but who is most deserving for the prize that rewards the best Asian performer, beyond AFC competitions?

We weigh up the pros and cons of each finalist.

Shinji Kagawa

Pros:

The midfielder may not quite have hit the heights of his pre-Manchester...

Matildas' rapid rise in danger thanks to Football Federation Australia turmoil

Amy Harrison
Australia defeated China 5-1 in a friendly at GMHBA stadium in Geelong on Sunday.

As the final whistle sounded at GMHBA stadium in Geelong on Sunday afternoon, so too ended a stunning 2017 campaign for Australia's national women's team.

While coach Alen Stajcic identified some key areas he feels need improvement on the pitch, the 5-1 victory over China was the seventh consecutive win for the Matildas and the ninth positive result of a total 11 matches this calendar year.

Currently sixth in the FIFA World Rankings, the Matildas can be fairly confident of an upward shift when the...

 By Mike Wise

Guus Hiddink, Graham Arnold top the list of Ange Postecoglou successors

Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts discuss possible successors to Ange Postecoglou and preview the highly anticipated World Cup draw.
After guiding Australia to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Ange Postecoglou announces his resignation as coach of the Socceroos.
Ange Postecoglou explains his demeanour over the past year after announcing his resignation as Australia head coach.
Tim Cahill talks the importance of Mile Jedinak to Australia despite his countless injuries.

With Ange Postecoglou sensationally quitting his job as head coach of Australia on Wednesday, a raft of candidates from both home and abroad will no doubt be lining up to take over the Socceroos helm.

The chance to manage reigning Asian champions Australia at the 2018 World Cup will be a lure too big to resist for many. But who is in the box seat to take over the Socceroos reins?

Here are five candidates that immediately stand out:

1. The fan favourite

He's available, he's considered a legend Down...