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Nov 14, 2014

Australia ran ‘clean campaign’, rejects report

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s soccer chief has denied any wrongdoing during the country’s failed campaign to host the 2022 World Cup, while an Australian politician has called FIFA’s investigation a “sick farce” and demanded its money back.

Federation Football Australia (FFA) chief Frank Lowy released a statement on Friday, rejecting a FIFA report that criticized Australia’s campaign tactics.

Nov 14, 2014

Soccer-Australia ran ‘clean campaign’, rejects report

SYDNEY, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Australia ran a clean bid for the 2022 World Cup and rejects assertions to the contrary contained in a controversial FIFA report, Federation Football Australia (FFA) chief Frank Lowy said on Friday.

FIFA cleared Russia and Qatar of wrongdoing in their bids to host the World Cup on Thursday but there was criticism in the report of the activities of the government-funded Australian campaign to win the rights to host the 2022 tournament.

Nov 14, 2014

Interview: Australia will struggle to win Asian Cup – Bosnich

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Former Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes Australia’s defensive problems mean they will struggle to win the Asian Cup next January despite the advantage of playing on home soil.

Australia host the tournament from Jan. 9-31 next year and are among the favourites to clinch the title after finishing runners-up to Japan in Qatar in 2011.

Nov 14, 2014

Soccer-Australia will struggle to win Asian Cup – Bosnich

SYDNEY, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Former Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes Australia’s defensive problems mean they will struggle to win the Asian Cup next January despite the advantage of playing on home soil.

Australia host the tournament from Jan. 9-31 next year and are among the favourites to clinch the title after finishing runners-up to Japan in Qatar in 2011.

Nov 14, 2014

Soccer-Australia will struggle to win Asian Cup – Bosnich

SYDNEY, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Former Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes Australia’s defensive problems mean they will struggle to win the Asian Cup next January despite the advantage of playing on home soil.

Australia host the tournament from Jan. 9-31 next year and are among the favourites to clinch the title after finishing runners-up to Japan in Qatar in 2011.

Nov 13, 2014

Cricket preview: Fireworks expected as Australia host South Africa

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Fireworks can be expected when Australia meet South Africa in five one-day internationals over the next two weeks even if the focus for both sides will be putting in place the structures for World Cup success next year.

The series pits the second-ranked Proteas against the third-ranked hosts with the strain in relations from Australia’s hardfought test triumph in South Africa in March sure to make it anything but a gentle warm up.

Nov 13, 2014

Fireworks expected as Australia host South Africa

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Fireworks can be expected when Australia meet South Africa in five one-day internationals over the next two weeks even if the focus for both sides will be putting in place the structures for World Cup success next year.

The series pits the second-ranked Proteas against the third-ranked hosts with the strain in relations from Australia’s hardfought test triumph in South Africa in March sure to make it anything but a gentle warm up.

Nov 13, 2014

Cricket-Fireworks expected as Australia host South Africa

SYDNEY, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Fireworks can be expected when Australia meet South Africa in five one-day internationals over the next two weeks even if the focus for both sides will be putting in place the structures for World Cup success next year.

The series pits the second-ranked Proteas against the third-ranked hosts with the strain in relations from Australia’s hardfought test triumph in South Africa in March sure to make it anything but a gentle warm up.

Nov 11, 2014

Asian Cup organisers not sweating on Socceroos form

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian Cup organisers are not sweating on the poor form of the host team in the lead-up to the tournament and are convinced they can put on a world class event without Australian success, chief executive Michael Brown said Tuesday.

The Socceroos have won just one of their 10 matches this year, raising some concerns in Australia the hosts, runners-up in Qatar in 2011, might not be involved at the business end of the Jan. 9-31 tournament.

Nov 11, 2014

Soccer-Asian Cup organisers not sweating on Socceroos form

SYDNEY, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Asian Cup organisers are not sweating on the poor form of the host team in the lead-up to the tournament and are convinced they can put on a world class event without Australian success, chief executive Michael Brown said Tuesday.

The Socceroos have won just one of their 10 matches this year, raising some concerns in Australia the hosts, runners-up in Qatar in 2011, might not be involved at the business end of the Jan. 9-31 tournament.

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