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Reno Piscopo scored a stunning free kick but a late Iraq equaliser ensured Australia U-23's national team opened their AFC U-23 Championship campaign with a 1-1 draw.

Graham Arnold's side were on course to open their Group A account with three points after Wellington Phoenix starlet Piscopo opened the scoring with a remarkable long-range effort just over the hour mark.

 

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Australia’s U-23 men’s national football team recorded their first win at the AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020 on Saturday evening, producing a spirited display in steamy conditions to defeat Thailand 2-1 at the iconic Rajamangala Stadium.

In front of over 22,000 vociferous supporters in Bangkok, the green and gold came from a goal down to defeat the competition’s hosts, with Perth Glory FC marksman Nicholas D’Agostino showing his class to fire an important brace for his nation.

 

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Newcastle Jets have fired Ernie Merrick after the club's poor start to the Hyundai A-League campaign.

 

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Westfield Matildas Head Coach Ante Milicic today announced Australia’s 20-player squad for the nation’s forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualification matches to be played in Wuhan, China.

 

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Australia’s U-23 men’s national football team secured a place in the quarter finals of the AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020 on Tuesday after drawing 1-1 with Bahrain at the Thammasat Stadium to top Group A of the tournament.

 

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Melbourne Victory have fired Marco Kurz as head coach after only 13 Hyundai A-League matches in charge.

The 2017/18 Champions appointed the former Adelaide United boss seven months ago to succeed departing club stalwart Kevin Muscat, who spent six seasons in the Victory dugout.

Assistant Carlos Salvachua has been promoted to the role of head coach for the rest of the season and his first match in charge will be the Original Rivalry clash against Kurz’s former club Adelaide at Coopers Stadium on Friday, 17 January.

 

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Australia’s U-23 men’s national football team qualified for the semi-finals of the AFC U-23 Championship for the first time on Saturday, defeating Syria 1-0 at the iconic Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok after extra time.

With the score locked at 0-0 at the end of 90 minutes, the match entered extra time in stifling conditions, and it was Adelaide United attacker Al Hassan Toure’s strike in the 101st minute of the contest that ultimately separated the two nations on the scoreboard.

One of the most boring games I've ever watched. Even Australia's best player for these Championship's was below par.

https://www.socceroos.com.au/news/australia-u-23s-reach-afc-u-23-championship-semi-finals
 

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Referee Kate Jacewicz broke down barriers when she blew her whistle to kick-off Melbourne City’s match against Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park.
Saturday, 18 January 2020 will be etched in history as a watershed moment – the first time a Hyundai A-League match was officiated by a women.

 

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Markus Babbel has been dismissed as Western Sydney Wanderers head coach.

The German was shown the exit door the morning after the 1-0 home defeat against Perth Glory after Western Sydney had collected only four points from their last 10 matches.

 

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Graham Arnold says his Australian U-23 side have achieved nothing yet, with qualification for this year’s Olympic Games are mere by-product of the overall goal of becoming Asian champions.

The young Aussies take on Korea Republic in the semi final of the AFC U-23 Championship on Thursday morning (AEDT) knowing victory will book their spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

 

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Australia's U-23 squad are on the verge of a major achievement when they head into Thursday morning's (AEDT) AFC U-23 Championship semi-final against Korea Republic.

If Graham Arnold's squad can emerge with a victory over Korea, they will not only advance to the tournament's final for the first time in our history but also punch their ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

This squad, which plays their football at various clubs in the Hyundai A-League and abroad, have meshed together wonderfully under Arnold and his staff and have done a superb job to sit on the cusp of history.

Ahead of Thursday's massive clash against Korea Republic, we take a closer look at every member of the green and gold squad that have performed so brilliantly in Thailand.

 

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Socceroo and Westfield Matildas greats, international stars, media personalities and a Hollywood actor have all joined the cause as the teams for the Oz Football Aid charity match have been confirmed.

Former Socceroos midfielder Craig Foster and award-winning actor Anthony LaPaglia will captain two star-studded sides for the match which is supporting Australia’s bushfire recovery efforts through Oz Football Aid.

The match is being played this Saturday, January 25 at AAMI Park in Melbourne as a curtain-raiser to the Hyundai A-League match between Melbourne City and Perth Glory.

 

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The Westfield Matildas have got straight down to work since getting into camp in Sydney on Monday to prepare for next month’s Olympic Games qualifiers.

Back together for the first time since November’s friendlies against Chile, coach Ante Milicic has put his side through a couple of intense sessions to get them ready for the upcoming trip to China.

 

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Australia’s U-23 men’s national football team will take on Uzbekistan for third-place at the AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020 after being defeated 2-0 by classy Korea Republic at the Thammasat Stadium on Wednesday evening (local time).

 

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On Wednesday evening Football Federation Australia (FFA) received notification from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) that a decision has been made to move the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 Asian Qualifiers Final Round – Group B from Wuhan to Nanjing in the People’s Republic of China.

 

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Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced the Westfield Matildas will play three matches against reigning Olympic bronze medallists Canada.

The Matildas will travel to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the first game, to be played on Tuesday, 14 April, 2020 (Wednesday, 15 April AEST), at BC Place.

The Canada women’s national team will then head to Australia next year for two matches to be hosted before the end of November, 2021.

 

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Graham Arnold says knowing the full-time whistle will come on Australia Day back home will further inspire his side in Saturday night’s AFC U-23 Championship third-place playoff against Uzbekistan.

A win against the White Wolves at Rajamangala Stadium will seal Australia’s place as one of Asia’s representatives in the men’s football competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – a stage the Olyroos haven’t graced since Beijing 2008.

And, while Australia’s fixture against Uzbekistan will kick-off on January 25 (11.30pm AEDT), supporters on the east coast of Australia will watch the bulk of the contest on Australia Day – January 26.

 

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The Westfield Matildas were mixing it up in camp in Sydney this week to prepare for next month’s 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

 

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The Australia U-23 men's national football team are heading to the Olympic Games for the first time since 2008 after qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 edition on Saturday.

Going into the AFC U-23 Championship third-place play-off needing victory to qualify, Graham Arnold's side came out on top in a tense 1-0 win over Uzbekistan U-23's.

Nicholas D'Agostino was the hero, with his 47th minute goal proving to be the winner in a match which also saw Uzbekistan play the final half-hour a man down following a straight red card.

 

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Football Federation Australia (FFA) was this afternoon notified of the latest advice from Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, regarding the coronavirus. The updated advice follows a meeting of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee on Wednesday afternoon.

This major new development confirmed that health experts believe the coronavirus is contagious before people show symptoms, and contacts of any confirmed cases must now be isolated following exposure.