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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.

Apr 28, 2014

Soccer-World-Cahill still a talisman for rank outsiders Australia

SYDNEY, April 28 (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.

Apr 28, 2014

Soccer-World-Pride in Australia drives Socceroos coach Postecoglou

SYDNEY, April 28 (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

Soccer-World-Australia face damage limitation exercise in Brazil

SYDNEY, April 28 (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 14, 2014

Rugby-You beauty! It’s triple meat for the badge

SYDNEY, April 14 (Reuters) – For once it was not what he said, or how he looked, but what he did that attracted the attention as Western Force winger Nick “the Honeybadger” Cummins grabbed a hat-trick of tries in Super Rugby win over the weekend.

For Cummins, once described as “the most Australian man on the planet”, the three scores which gave the Force a 28-16 victory over New South Wales Waratahs was “triple meat” – a reference to meat pie, which he uses as rhyming slang for try.

Apr 14, 2014

You beauty! It’s triple meat for the badge

SYDNEY (Reuters) – For once it was not what he said, or how he looked, but what he did that attracted the attention as Western Force winger Nick “the Honeybadger” Cummins grabbed a hat-trick of tries in Super Rugby win over the weekend.

For Cummins, once described as “the most Australian man on the planet”, the three scores which gave the Force a 28-16 victory over New South Wales Waratahs was “triple meat” – a reference to meat pie, which he uses as rhyming slang for try.

Apr 11, 2014

Mentality must change for China to rise, says Perrin

SYDNEY (Reuters) – While 32 of his counterparts ponder the make-up of their squads for this year’s World Cup, Alain Perrin is tackling a conundrum that has defeated many coaches before him – how to get China to punch their weight in international football.

China, who have failed to qualify for the World Cup finals since their single appearance in 2002 and are languishing at number 96 in the FIFA world rankings, appointed the Frenchman as their new coach in late February.

Apr 11, 2014

Soccer-Mentality must change for China to rise, says Perrin

SYDNEY, April 11 (Reuters) – While 32 of his counterparts ponder the make-up of their squads for this year’s World Cup, Alain Perrin is tackling a conundrum that has defeated many coaches before him – how to get China to punch their weight in international football.

China, who have failed to qualify for the World Cup finals since their single appearance in 2002 and are languishing at number 96 in the FIFA world rankings, appointed the Frenchman as their new coach in late February.

Apr 11, 2014

Del Piero could join A-League farewells on final weekend

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Former Italy and Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero could play his last match for Sydney FC, and potentially his career, this weekend as the A-League regular season comes to a climax with the playoff picture far from clear.

Del Piero, whose two-year contract expires at the end of the season, is hoping to lead the Sky Blues to a win, or at least a draw, against Perth Glory at the Sydney Football Stadium (SFS) on Sunday that would earn them a spot in the post-season.

Apr 11, 2014

Soccer-Del Piero could join A-League farewells on final weekend

SYDNEY, April 11 (Reuters) – Former Italy and Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero could play his last match for Sydney FC, and potentially his career, this weekend as the A-League regular season comes to a climax with the playoff picture far from clear.

Del Piero, whose two-year contract expires at the end of the season, is hoping to lead the Sky Blues to a win, or at least a draw, against Perth Glory at the Sydney Football Stadium (SFS) on Sunday that would earn them a spot in the post-season.

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