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Socceroos to play Jordan in Sydney


Australia vs. Jordan crunch World Cup qualifier to be played in Sydney

Football Federation Australia has decided Australia's vital World Cup qualifying match against Jordan in March will be played in Sydney.

The March 29 match may decide whether Australia or Jordan finishes atop the qualifying group in the first stage of qualifying for Russia, 2018.

FFA chief executive David Gallop said on Wednesday that the match will be played at Sydney's Allianz Stadium. He said: "with a game where everything is on the line, we thought [Sydney] was the appropriate place."


Australia keep AFC U23 hopes alive while Vietnam crash out in Group D

Australia U23 coach Aurelio Vidmar
Aurelio Vidmar's Australia side managed a comfortable 2-0 win over Vietnam on Sunday.

Australia kept their hopes alive as Vietnam's were extinguished in the second Group D matches at the AFC Under-23 Championship in Doha.

After the Olyroos defeated Vietnam 2-0, United Arab Emirates and Jordan drew 0-0 on Sunday night to put the West Asian nations in pole position to advance to the knockout stages.

Jordan and UAE are top of the group on four points followed by Australia on three, with Vietnam yet to open their account.

It means that the Southeast Asians are eliminated while Australia...

Anthony Caceres set for loan deal after Man City transfer - Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he's pleased with his side's performance despite the draw.
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard says his team came in looking for the win, but they will take the draw at Etihad Stadium.
Anthony Caceres
Anthony Caceres is not currently part of Manchester City's squad, according to Manuel Pellegrini.

MANCHESTER -- New signing Anthony Caceres is not expected to be part of the Manchester City squad after joining from Central Coast Mariners.

The A-League club confirmed on Friday that City have agreed a deal to sign Australian playmaker Caceres, but Manuel Pellegrini told a news conference that he expects the 23-year-old to go out on loan for the rest of the season.

However, the City boss said he does not know if he will be heading to City's sister club Melbourne City.

"He will probably go on loan,...

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Liverpool block Australia Brad Smith selection for 2016 Olympic qualifiers

ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein feels Jurgen Klopp was only praising Anfield for their rousing atmosphere.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti has no problems with Jurgen Klopp saluting the Anfield fans, Craig Burley has a differing opinion.
Brad Smith has broken into Jurgen Klopp's first-team plans at Liverpool this season.

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou says he is disappointed that Liverpool have blocked the Socceroos from selecting Brad Smith for the qualifying games ahead of the 2016 Olympics.

Smith, 21, was left without a club this summer after failing to agree terms over a new Anfield contract, but the dispute was resolved with the defender re-signing with the club in November.

The left-back has since broken into Jurgen Klopp's first-team plans at Anfield, impressing off the bench in the 6-1 Capital One Cup...

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Mathew Ryan named Australian PFA player of the year, creates history

Maty Ryan moved from Club Brugge to Spanish giants Valencia in July for a reported fee of £4.7 million.

Socceroos goalkeeper Mathew Ryan has made Australian football history by becoming the first player to win both the Professional Footballers Australia player of the year award and the Harry Kewell Medal in the same year.

Ryan, who completed a move from Club Brugge to Valencia in July, signing a six-year deal with La Liga side, is the youngest ever recipient of the award at 23. The keeper follows in the footsteps of fellow Australian internationals Tim Cahill and Mark Schwarzer to win the PFA's highest...