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May 15, 2014

Brazil ticket an object of desire for Socceroo Franjic

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The words “You Imagine What You Desire” are emblazoned in lights above the doors of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Arts, where Australia’s preliminary World Cup squad was announced this week.

Like hundreds of other professional footballers around the world – some much better known, many others as unheralded as he is – what Australia defender Ivan Franjic desires most at the moment is a seat on an aeroplane to Brazil.

May 15, 2014

Soccer-Brazil ticket an object of desire for Socceroo Franjic

SYDNEY, May 15 (Reuters) – The words “You Imagine What You Desire” are emblazoned in lights above the doors of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Arts, where Australia’s preliminary World Cup squad was announced this week.

Like hundreds of other professional footballers around the world – some much better known, many others as unheralded as he is – what Australia defender Ivan Franjic desires most at the moment is a seat on an aeroplane to Brazil.

May 14, 2014

Australia goes for youth in preliminary squad for Brazil

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia coach Ange Postecoglou was true to his word in picking a youthful 30-man Socceroos preliminary squad for the World Cup finals on Wednesday.

Postecoglou took over from German Holger Osieck just six months ago and had promised to ease out Australia’s ageing golden generation in favour of younger players.

May 14, 2014

Soccer-Australia goes for youth in preliminary squad for Brazil

SYDNEY, May 14 (Reuters) – Australia coach Ange Postecoglou was true to his word in picking a youthful 30-man Socceroos preliminary squad for the World Cup finals on Wednesday.

Postecoglou took over from German Holger Osieck just six months ago and had promised to ease out Australia’s ageing golden generation in favour of younger players.

May 9, 2014

Rugby-Reds suffer setbacks ahead of tough Crusaders challenge

SYDNEY, May 9 (Reuters) – The Queensland Reds would have been hoping for just a hint of a smile from lady luck this week going into a Super Rugby contest against the seven-times champion Canterbury Crusaders on the back of four successive defeats.

Instead she appeared to frown upon them.

On Monday, Wallabies prop James Slipper’s citing for a dangerous tackle in last weekend’s 44-14 defeat at the Auckland Blues earned him a three-week ban.

May 8, 2014

Centred Beale has burning desire to prove doubters wrong

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Kurtley Beale has been rejuvenated by his move back to Sydney after a miserable 2013 and desperate to get out on a rugby pitch in the green and gold of Australia to prove the doubters wrong.

The versatile back has been in sparkling form for the New South Wales Waratahs in Super Rugby, combining particularly well with fellow Wallaby Israel Folau, and appears to have banished the demons that beset him last year.

May 8, 2014

Rugby-Centred Beale has burning desire to prove doubters wrong

SYDNEY, May 8 (Reuters) – Kurtley Beale has been rejuvenated by his move back to Sydney after a miserable 2013 and desperate to get out on a rugby pitch in the green and gold of Australia to prove the doubters wrong.

The versatile back has been in sparkling form for the New South Wales Waratahs in Super Rugby, combining particularly well with fellow Wallaby Israel Folau, and appears to have banished the demons that beset him last year.

Apr 28, 2014

Pride in Australia drives Socceroos coach Postecoglou

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Despite being handed the reins just eight months before the World Cup finals with the Socceroos apparently in disarray, Australia coach Ange Postecoglou is not heading to Brazil looking for excuses.

Any reasonable observer would think he could claim a few if Australia disappoint in June, not least because they are the lowest-ranked team and have been grouped with world champions Spain, Netherlands, the 2010 runners-up, and Chile.

Apr 28, 2014

Australia face damage limitation exercise in Brazil

SYDNEY (Reuters) – As the lowest-ranked team heading for Brazil, Australia’s fourth trip to the World Cup finals was always going to be a challenge even before lady luck abandoned them in December’s tournament draw.

Spain and the Netherlands, who fought out the 2010 World Cup final, as well as South American powerhouse Chile, presented the worst scenario for a nation with a newly appointed coach and a squad in transition.

Apr 28, 2014

Cahill still a talisman for rank outsiders Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Tim Cahill still belies his diminutive stature with his ability to leap above defenders and get his head on the ball and Australia hopes he will similarly help the Socceroos confound their lowly standing in Brazil.

The hard-tackling attacking midfielder will be playing in his third World Cup but Australia go to the 2014 finals as rank outsiders in one of the toughest first-round groups with world and European champions Spain, Netherlands and Chile.

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