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 profile of new Brugges signing Mathew Ryan

It always feels particularly difficult to provide an overview of a young goalkeeper when you consider the occupational hazards of the position. No other player touches the ball less frequently – no other position is judged as decisively on the basis of one single action. Just as one magnificent save can be enough to exaggerate … Continue reading A profile of new Brugges signing Mathew Ryan

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

Western Sydney Wanderers 0-2 Central Coast Mariners: Mariners champions

The Mariners won the Championship after four Grand Final appearances. They played a more complete, positive brand of football, and mixed possession with rapid counter-attacking to defeat the Wanderers 2-0. Tony Popovic decided the two players under an injury cloud – Aaron Mooy and Jerome Polenz – were fit to start, which meant Yianni Perkatis … Continue reading Western Sydney Wanderers 0-2 Central Coast Mariners: Mariners champions