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Asian Cup lead up friendlies

Postby Stuckey Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:54 pm

The Socceroos will play fellow 2015 AFC Asian Cup nation Saudi Arabia at Craven Cottage in London on Monday 8 September as part of the build up to the Asian Cup.

Confirmed Socceroo matches leading into the 2015 AFC Asian Cup:

Thu 4 Sep Belgium v Australia
Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Leige

Mon 8 Sep Saudi Arabia v Australia
Craven Cottage, London

Fri 10 Oct UAE v Australia
Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Tue 14 Oct Qatar v Australia
Venue TBC, Doha

All four matches will be broadcast LIVE and exclusive on FOX SPORTS.
:shock: 4 games in almost a month! 8)
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Asian Cup lead up friendlies

Postby EdDog Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:18 pm

I thought Adelaide Oval was rumoured to host the Socceroos in November?
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Re: Asian Cup lead up friendlies

Postby Stuckey Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:37 am

The squad for the first two matches will be announce today.
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Re: Asian Cup lead up friendlies

Postby Stuckey Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:46 am

Antonis, Brilliante, Cahill, Davidson, Halloran, Herd, Jedinak, Juric, Kruse, Langerak, Leckie, Luongo, Milligan, Oar, Ryan, Sainsbury, Smith, Valeri, Wilkinson, Wright

Great to see a few limbo players there. Hopefully Ange can actually get them to play.
Couple of question marks. What has Antonis done lately the warrant a call up?
Certainly one for the future though.
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Re: Asian Cup lead up friendlies

Postby Stuckey Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:14 pm

Why is everyone saying Liverpool prospect Brad Smith. He doesn't play for Liverpool ATM.
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Re: Asian Cup lead up friendlies

Postby Scott Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:13 pm

Herd is a very interesting selection given all his problems and the fact he is nowhere near Aston Villa's first eleven.

Antonius is probably being picked because he is being viewed as a creative midfield talent. Without Bresciano and Rogic there needs to be someone found to play that role. I am not convinced by others who have been around the squad like Vidosic and Bozanic. Amini might be another option but perhaps it is best he was not selected this time.

Smith is a young talent who could be very good back up or competition for Davidson at LB. Still not a proven player but if he can step up and Davidson continues to do well then LB is no longer the problem it has been for the Socceroos.

Valeri is another interesting selection, but as a former regular Socceroo I guess Ange wanted to look at him to see where he is at. Fair enough, if he is found to be wanting then I guess he will not be selected again.

Also interesting that there is no Spiranovic when I thought he was very good at the world cup. Is he injured?
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Re: Asian Cup lead up friendlies

Postby EdDog Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:30 pm

Spira is injured yes.
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Re: Asian Cup lead up friendlies

Postby Scott Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:37 pm

Spira is injured yes.
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Re: Asian Cup lead up friendlies

Postby Agostinho Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:25 pm

Awesome - I'll hopefully still be in Qatar in October. Will be my first Socceroos game overseas if so! I'd likely head across to Abu Dhabi for the UAE friendly also though so I guess that would be my first :)
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Re: Asian Cup lead up friendlies

Postby Stuckey Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:45 pm

Young Australian left-back Brad Smith says he is "over the moon" with his Socceroos call-up, despite having represented England at youth level.
http://www.socceroos.com.au/article/smi ... f945hukqbx

Great to read.
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Re: Asian Cup lead up friendlies

Postby Stuckey Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:39 pm

Belgium squad:

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Jean-Francois Gillet (Torino)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid), Laurent Ciman (Standard), Guillaume Gillet (Bastia), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit Saint-Petersbourg), Jelle Van Damme (Standard), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Nacer Chadli (Tottenham), Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg), Steven Defour (Anderlecht), Moussa Dembele (Tottenham), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United), Radja Nainggolan (AS Roma), Axel Witsel (Zenit Saint-Petersbourg)

Forwards: Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Naples), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Divock Origi (Lille)
Decent squad!

In other news Bresc has come into the squad to replace Antonis.
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Re: Asian Cup lead up friendlies

Postby Stuckey Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:21 pm

Brad Smith still awaiting FIFA clearance. May miss the friendly :evil:
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Re: Asian Cup lead up friendlies

Postby blahblah Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:44 am

Brad Smith still awaiting FIFA clearance. May miss the friendly :evil:
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Re: Asian Cup lead up friendlies

Postby Stuckey Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:29 pm

2-0 was a fair result. Not totally out classes by a side is being considered the Belgian 'Golden' generation.

Great to see a few up and comers getting a run.
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Re: Asian Cup lead up friendlies

Postby Stuckey Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:36 pm

Happy to see them get the win. Worst losing streak in Socceroos history is a title Ange can do without.

This reminds be of AU when JG took over. Obviously introducing a new system and style to a side is going to take time to bring in. Made even harder by the fact Ange gets very limited time with the squad and they go back to their clubs to play whatever style they play.

Skill errors is the obvious issue which I feel AU faced as well. Many of the goals they conceded early last HAL season were from getting caught out with the ball or make what look like dumb passes due to them still learning.
So we know that can be fixed. So I feel they just need to work on that as best they can in the time given and focus on the positives of the matches.
Luongo looks good in number 10 even though he doesn't play there too often.
Oar was IMO much better this game, Ange seems to have worked out that he plays much better centrally and between him Luongo and Bozanic could take the reigns as the Socceroo's number 10 from Bresc.
Juric I felt was good. When he came on for Cahill he held the ball up a bit which is something Cahill doesn't do a lot of IMO. I feel when we play Cahill we have to counter attack which as we've seen can work but I think going forward the side will benefit more from a player holding the ball up a distributing it. Much the same as playing Jero up front to Djite for AU.
Chris Herd was very good IMO and was worth chasing after. I hope these games get him noticed more by Villa and he plays more for them.
Smith was another one worth going after. Although I'm not overjoyed on having a Socceroos with a scouse accent!
Central of midfield is IMO our biggest concern. Jednak isn't the player he is for Palace for us. I'm not sure why. Maybe down to his partners.
Central defence although a concern I feel just needs more time together under Ange to work out what they're doing and where they're going. I think if Ange makes his mind up on a pairing, then gives them time they will be better for it.
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