U20 World Cup, Turkey 2-1 Australia: Young Socceroos out thanks to two Turkish delights

Australia took the lead through Jamie MacLaren but failed to win for the third consecutive match. Paul Okon made four changes from his starting team against El Salvador, with captain Curtis Good ruled out with a calf injury and so replaced by Brisbane Roar’s James Donachie. Higher up the pitch, the attacking three behind Adam … Continue reading U20 World Cup, Turkey 2-1 Australia: Young Socceroos out thanks to two Turkish delights

U20 World Cup, Australia 1-2 El Salvador: El Salvador comeback after Brillante goal

El Salvador secured a historic win, the first ever for their country in an 11-a-side FIFA tournament. Teams Young Socceroos coach Paul Okon kept with the same team that impressed in the 1-1 draw with Colombia, with Adam Taggart keeping his place upfront ahead of the top scorer in qualification, Corey Gameiro. El Salvador coach … Continue reading U20 World Cup, Australia 1-2 El Salvador: El Salvador comeback after Brillante goal

U20 World Cup, Australia 1-1 Colombia: De Silva finds freedom but Colombia fight back

Australia played well for the majority of the game, but Carlos Restrep’s helter-skelter changes at 1-0 down helped his side draw level. Paul Okon opted for Jason Geria at right-back, meaning Josh Brillante moved into midfield, alongside the 16 year old Daniel de Silva, the youngest player at the tournament. Adam Taggart started upfront ahead … Continue reading U20 World Cup, Australia 1-1 Colombia: De Silva finds freedom but Colombia fight back

Australia vs. Iraq: tactical preview

Even without the context of a war-torn nation, Iraq would be hugely difficult to summarise – not only have they experienced great turmoil with their coaches, with Vladimir Petkovic seemingly on the cusp of the sack for failing to secure to qualification only months after Zico was fired, but they’ve also lost their two most … Continue reading Australia vs. Iraq: tactical preview

Australia 4-0 Jordan: Kruse excellent as Australia play predominantly down the right

Neither Australia nor Jordan have played particularly revolutionary football during this World Cup qualification campaign. They both use 4-4-2 formations they could also be termed a 4-4-1-1, or 4-2-3-1, play with great width in attack, and defend with a narrow shape. On paper, Australia has the far stronger squad, but in tactical terms, there was … Continue reading Australia 4-0 Jordan: Kruse excellent as Australia play predominantly down the right

Australia vs. Jordan: tactical preview

Australia’s task for qualifying for the World Cup was effectively about how they could perform against two different types of opponents.  Japan would dominate possession, meaning the Socceroos had to focus on their defensive structure. The other challenge concerned the other sides in the group, Oman, Iraq and Jordan, who have all sat back, soaked up … Continue reading Australia vs. Jordan: tactical preview

Japan vs. Australia: tactical preview

This is the sixth time Australia has played Japan since that famous first clash in Kaiserslautern at the 2006 World Cup, but never has there been such a disparity in their fortunes. Context Japan sits top of the group, where a single point would be enough to secure automatic qualification, and their exciting, creative team … Continue reading Japan vs. Australia: tactical preview

A look at Robbie Kruse’s season at Fortuna Dusseldorf

It is a testament to Robbie Kruse's improvement this season that Bayer Leverkusen have pinpointed him as a potential replacement for the Chelsea-bound Andre Schurrle, who is undoubtedly the club's star talent. It caps off a remarkable rise to prominence for the Brisbane-born Socceroo whose career has grown exponentially ever since he burst onto the … Continue reading A look at Robbie Kruse’s season at Fortuna Dusseldorf