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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.

Nov 5, 2014

Soccer-Australia call up A-League midfielders for Japan match

SYDNEY, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has called a quartet of A-League midfielders into his squad for the friendly against Japan later this month.

Mitch Nichols, Terry Antonis, Matt McKay and Aaron Mooy were rewarded for impressive starts to the domestic season with places in the 23-man squad for the match against the Asian champions in Osaka on Nov. 18.

Nov 3, 2014

Soccer-Rise of the Wanderers makes Popovic a prime target

SYDNEY, Nov 3 (Reuters) – The ascent of Western Sydney Wanderers to the very pinnacle of Asian soccer means they may now struggle to hold on to coach Tony Popovic, whose inspirational leadership has been the driving force behind the young club’s success.

Just 900 days after the former Socceroos defender took over an expansion club with no strip, no playing staff and no facilities, he led Wanderers to the Asian Champions League (ACL) triumph in Riyadh at the weekend.

Oct 28, 2014

Beale faces further punishment after second probe

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Kurtley Beale’s return to international rugby faces another potential hurdle this week with the conclusion of a disciplinary probe into his row with a team official on a flight from South Africa to South America last month.

The Wallabies back was cleared to play for Australia again last Friday after being fined A$45,000 ($39,658.5) at a Code of Conduct tribunal for sending an obscene message to the same female member of staff, Di Patston.

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