Japan vs Socceroos: Pressing stifled Australia, but the Socceroos’ build-up play left much to be desired

The beautiful thing about football is that it can be as simple or as complex as one desires, depending on their analytical view of the game. As the great Johan Cruyff says, ‘playing football is very simple, but playing simple…

Tactical Analysis: Dissecting the big questions ahead of Socceroos WCQs

By Jack George and Thomas Williams The Socceroos will look to extend their record-breaking streak of ten consecutive World Cup Qualifying victories in crucial matches against Oman and familiar foe Japan. Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium will play host to the…

Socceroos vs Oman: Graham Arnold ready for challenge of hard-working Oman

After a strong result for Oman against Japan last month, Socceroos boss Graham Arnold is wary of Friday’s opponents, but insists his team are ready to match their energy. The Socceroos come into the game in fine form, currently on…

Confident Arnold desires improvement against Vietnam

Graham Arnold expects his Socceroos side to “improve in every facet” against Vietnam tonight following last week’s 3-0 win against China. Speaking at a press conference from Hanoi, the Australian head coach was steadfastly optimistic ahead of the World Cup…

“I’m Doing Everything On The Ground Here” – Arnie Upbeat Despite Staff Test

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold insists spirits remain high in Australia’s ‘home away from home’ in Doha, despite a positive COVID-19 case for assistant Rene Meulensteen ruling him out of the international break. Australia will kick off the next phase of…

Arnold confirms 27-man squad for Socceroos WCQs against China and Vietnam

Socceroos manager Graham Arnold has named a 27-man squad for the 3rd round of World Cup qualifying against China and Vietnam. There is an Olympic feel to the squad with Denis Genreau, Daniel Arzani, Riley McGree, Harry Souttar and Mitch…

How the Olyroos should line up against Argentina

After a rigorous qualifying campaign, Graham Arnold’s Olyroos are on the hunt for the elusive gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Compiling some of the best under -3 talent that Australia has to offer, the Olyroos will look to…

Socceroos show patience to break Jordan down

Australia advance to the third phase of World Cup qualification with a perfect record, after beating Jordan 1-0. Harry Souttar’s second half header rounded off a successful campaign for Graham Arnold’s squad. He met Ajdin Hrustic’s deep corner to power…

Arnold entrusting Ajdin Hrustic to fill the big boots of Mooy and Rogic

When Socceroos boss Graham Arnold named his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches, two big omissions raised a few eyebrows among fans being playmakers Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic. With nearly 100 caps between the pair, they have…

“It’s added motivation”, Goodwin out to make statement after Socceroos snub

Snubbed Adelaide United winger Craig Goodwin says Graham Arnold’s decision to not include him in this week’s Socceroos squad has helped drive his recent upturn in form. Goodwin finally broke his 11-game run without a goal from open play when…