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By ESPN Staff

Australia urges Thailand to release detained refugee footballer

Pakistan played their first match in over three years
Hakeem al-Araibi plays for a team in Australia's Victoria State league.

The Australian government has called for an Australian-based refugee footballer to be released from detention in Thailand immediately.

Hakeem al-Araibi was detained in Bangkok in November on an Interpol warrant issued at the request of Bahrain.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Sunday she had raised the matter with her Thai counterpart, Don Pramudwinai, requesting that 25-year-old Al-Araibi be allowed to fly back to Melbourne as soon as possible.

He plays for a team in the Victoria...

Manchester City loanee Daniel Arzani upbeat after knee surgery

Graham Arnold recalls how Martin Boyle came to his attention at Hibs and discusses his outlook for the younger Australian players.
Tim Cahill was given a rousing sendoff by the Australian fans and teammates during his final international appearance.

Socceroos winger Daniel Arzani has gone under the knife in Spain after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during his senior debut for Scottish side Celtic.

The 19-year-old appeared to come out of surgery not long after Australia beat Lebanon 3-0 at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on Tuesday night in their final hitout before next year's Asian Cup.

Arzani will play no part in the Socceroos' 2015 title defence in the United Arab Emirates and is likely to have nine months of rehabilitation ahead of him.

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Martin Boyle delighted to be playing for Australia: 'I'm extremely proud to represent this country'

Graham Arnold recalls how Martin Boyle came to his attention at Hibs and discusses his outlook for the younger Australian players.
Tim Cahill was given a rousing sendoff by the Australian fans and teammates during his final international appearance.

New Socceroos star Martin Boyle has passed the anthem test with flying colours, and he's still soaring following a huge first week of action for Australia.

Scottish-born Boyle, whose father was born in Sydney, made an instant impression in the Socceroos jersey with his direct running and nose for goal.

He laid on a late equaliser in his debut off the bench against South Korea last Saturday and scored two goals and set up the other in Australia's 3-0 win over Lebanon on Tuesday in his first start.

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Chris Nikou elected chair of Football Federation Australia, Heather Reid appointed deputy

Chris Nikou will lead Australian football into the post-Lowy era after being elected chair of Football Federation Australia.

He will lead the FFA board with Heather Reid appointed as deputy at Monday's annual general meeting. Earlier on Monday, Nikou was elected alongside Remo Nogarotto, Joseph Carrozzi and Reid in a protracted voting process.

The long-time Capital Football chief said she was "overwhelmed with the level of support" after leading the initial vote and had her "sleeves rolled up and...