The honeymoon is over: Three challenges will define the Matildas run to the World Cup

The Matildas return to action for the first time since their disastrous Asian Cup campaign with clashes against New Zealand on April 8 and 12. JOEY LYNCH sets the scene, examining the first 12 months of Tony Gustavsson's reign and outlining the questions that must now be answered. Full story in Optus Sport: https://sport.optus.com.au/articles/os41503/matildas-news-analysis-new-zealand-team-gustavsson-kerr

The truth behind Australian football’s ‘lazy excuse’ for change

The introduction of 34-year-old and recently naturalised Bruno Fornaroli to the Socceroos set up was indicative of years and years of not addressing the biggest problem with Australian football right now: the demand for international players is far outweighing the supply. JOEY LYNCH finds out why. Full story for Optus Sport: https://sport.optus.com.au/articles/os41087/socceroos-news-2022-australia-football-young-players-next-generation

Pressure builds on Graham Arnold as Socceroos slump to Saudi Arabia defeat

In the end, it really should have surprised no one that Graham Arnold constructed his own reality in the build-up to the Socceroos 1-0 loss to Saudi Arabia. “I’ve been around the national team now for 40 years and I’ve never known a game to be a dead rubber,” he declared. “It’s more about going … Continue reading Pressure builds on Graham Arnold as Socceroos slump to Saudi Arabia defeat

Socceroos slump to another disappointing loss as Australia waits for a reaction

Reaction has increasingly come to define Australian football. In the A-League Men, prevailing trends of dysfunctionality in possession means that the most effective way of predicting the outcome of a match is simply determining which side will be able to sit back, react and then spring forward in transition. Full story for ESPN Australia: https://www.espn.com.au/football/australia-aus/story/4628178/socceroos-slump-to-another-disappointing-loss-as-australia-waits-for-a-reaction

The biggest question over Socceroos’ latest ‘desperate attempt to breathe life back into the campaign’

Stick or twist? That is the question on the lips of the board at Football Australia ever since the loss to Japan last week when condemned the Socceroos to the play-offs once again. But if they were to twist, do they even know what that would look like? JOEY LYNCH investigates. Full story for Optus … Continue reading The biggest question over Socceroos’ latest ‘desperate attempt to breathe life back into the campaign’

Australia’s path to World Cup playoffs began long before loss to Japan

SYDNEY -- To quote former Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Mora: "Playoffs!?" Yes. Playoffs. That's where Australia's hopes of securing a fifth-straight appearance at a World Cup now lie after Graham Arnold's side were defeated 2-0 by Japan in Sydney on Thursday. Story: https://www.espn.com/soccer/australia-aus/story/4624322/australias-path-to-world-cup-playoffs-began-long-before-loss-to-japan

Socceroos consigned to play-offs as Japan secure World Cup berth with win

Stadium Australia has been the site for many of Australia’s most celebrated moments. Be it Josh Kennedy’s towering header to defeat Iraq and secure progression to the 2014 World Cup or Mile Jedinak’s captain’s hat-trick against Honduras in the 2018 World Cup qualification play-offs. Or, of course, John Aloisi’s famous penalty that dispatched Uruguay and … Continue reading Socceroos consigned to play-offs as Japan secure World Cup berth with win