The Road to Russia 2018- World Cup Qualifiers [R]

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  1. el-capitano

    el-capitano Moderator
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    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Well- there's 3 new names we've never played:

    Group B

    Jordan (103 on the FIFA world rankings) is the only side that qualified for the Asian Cup, while the remaining three are ranked between 143 (Tajikstan), 153 (Kyrgzstan) and 167 (Bangladesh).
     
  2. el-capitano

    el-capitano Moderator
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    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
  3. el-capitano

    el-capitano Moderator
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    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
  4. el-capitano

    el-capitano Moderator
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    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Squad for game 1 vs Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek on June 16:

    SOCCEROOS SQUAD

    Goalkeepers

    Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United), Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Mat Ryan (Club Brugge, Belgium)

    Defenders

    Aziz Behich (Bursaspor, Turkey), Jason Davidson (West Brom, EPL), Tarek Elrich (Adelaide United), Ivan Franjic (unattached), Trent Sainsbury (PEC Zwolle), Matthew Spiranovic (Western Sydney), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai, Korea Republic), Bailey Wright (Preston North End, England)

    Midfielders

    Oliver Bozanic (FC Luzern, Switzerland), Chris Ikonomidis (Lazio, Italy), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace, EPL), Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town, England), Matt McKay (Brisbane), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Tommy Oar (FC Utrecht, Holland)

    Strikers

    Nathan Burns (Wellington), Tim Cahill (Shanghai Shenhua, China), Tomi Juric (Western Sydney), Mathew Leckie (FC Ingolstadt, Germany), James Troisi (Zulte Waregem, Belgium)

    http://www.news.com.au/sport/footba...n-road-to-russia/story-fndkzvnd-1227367942045
     
  5. el-capitano

    el-capitano Moderator
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    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
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    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
  6. el-capitano

    el-capitano Moderator
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    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
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  7. el-capitano

    el-capitano Moderator
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    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
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    Australia
    Nice view though! :)

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  8. el-capitano

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    Sydney
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  9. +PL+

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    Jun 22, 2015
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Why don't you ask Iran for a friendly? :) We have been waiting for another encounter since 97.
     
  10. el-capitano

    el-capitano Moderator
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    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Ange names his squad for the next two games:

    http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/article/2015/08/19/ange-admits-exceptions-his-socceroos-rule

    Australia squad: Aziz Behich, Nathan Burns, Tim Cahill, Alex Cisak, Jason Davidson, Tarek Elrich, Adam Federici, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Tomi Juric, Robbie Kruse, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Ryan McGowan, Matt McKay, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tommy Oar, Tom Rogic, Mat Ryan, Matthew Spiranovic, Alex Wilkinson, Bailey Wright.
     
  11. el-capitano

    el-capitano Moderator
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    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Few changes:

    http://www.news.com.au/sport/footba...rn-late-call-ups/story-fndkzvnd-1227503418034
     
  12. el-capitano

    el-capitano Moderator
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    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
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    Australia
    Ryan's out as well:

    http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/article/2015/08/31/mat-ryan-ruled-out-socceroos-qualifiers
     
  13. sokorny

    sokorny Member

    Nov 6, 2014
    Westerm Australia
    Club:
    Perth Glory
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Be interesting to see the starting lineup for tonight ... anyone know when this is announced? Or not until just before kickoff?

    The Aussies should be looking to make a statement tonight. Goal difference could be key in this qualifying and making the most of home games is a must.
     
  14. el-capitano

    el-capitano Moderator
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    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Some media about the next game:

    TAJIKISTAN FAST FACTS

    8 million population

    Tajik (Persian) is the official language

    One of 15 nations part of the former Soviet Union

    Life expectancy: 65 (men), 71 (women)

    Central Asia’s poorest country, relying on oil and gas imports

    Agriculture (cotton and wheat) are crucial to economy

    No. 158 on FIFA’s world rankings

    http://www.news.com.au/sport/footba...oos-come-to-town/story-fndkzvnd-1227516216053
     
  15. el-capitano

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    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
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    Australia
    http://www.news.com.au/sport/footba...-tajikistan-test/story-fndkzvnd-1227516153278
     
  16. +PL+

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    Jun 22, 2015
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  17. sokorny

    sokorny Member

    Nov 6, 2014
    Westerm Australia
    Club:
    Perth Glory
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Not always as easy as that though. It should be a win, but I don't think it will be easy. It would be good to see them make a statement in this game, but really with away games 3 points is all that matters (especially after Jordan slipped up with a draw at home to Kyrgyzstan).
     
  18. theFOOTBALLlover

    FC Porto, SC Freamunde & Dulwich Hill FC
    Jan 17, 2015
    Sydney
    I have a feeling it could be a similar scoreline to the Bangladesh result. I'm just hoping that Tajikistan are more competitive.
     
  19. sokorny

    sokorny Member

    Nov 6, 2014
    Westerm Australia
    Club:
    Perth Glory
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Well only 3 goals tonight, and although a better team than Bangladesh the Tajiks didn't really look like causing an upset.

    Bring on Jordan
     
    +PL+ repped this.
  20. +PL+

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    Jun 22, 2015
    Club:
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    Don't consider them in equal standing as Bangladesh. Obviously, they are a better team. All former Soviet Union republics are physically strong defensive teams. They can hold stronger teams to draw quite often. Tajikistan has been performing weak in past few years because of lack of funding. They can bounce back anytime to their original level (above Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, any south Asian country, Taiwan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Mianmar, etc)
     
  21. sokorny

    sokorny Member

    Nov 6, 2014
    Westerm Australia
    Club:
    Perth Glory
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    I believe Tajikistan is one of the poorest central Asian countries, so not sure that necessary funding will arrive anytime soon for the Tajiks. They made a lot of school boy errors with the ball (e.g. turning into players, not protecting the ball when in possession), so I think that being exposed to a higher level of competition will definitely be beneficial for them. As many of these school boy errors can "work" against lower teams, but not against mid-level teams (or higher).

    Their players were more disciplined, fitter and technically better than Bangladesh, but I can't see either finishing above Kyrgyzstan in the pool.
     
  22. el-capitano

    el-capitano Moderator
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    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Ange talks us up:

    http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/article/2015/09/09/postecoglou-lauds-dominant-australia
     
  23. theFOOTBALLlover

    FC Porto, SC Freamunde & Dulwich Hill FC
    Jan 17, 2015
    Sydney
    I must admit I only watched about the first 25 minutes of the game but I was impressed by their organisation unlike Bangladesh who were just doing whatever.
     
  24. el-capitano

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    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/arti...alled-ryan-and-jedinak-return-socceroos-squad
     
  25. el-capitano

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    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    SOCCEROOS SQUAD

    GOALKEEPERS

    Alex Cisak (Leyton Orient), Adam Federici (Reading), Mat Ryan (Valencia)

    DEFENDERS

    Jason Davidson (Huddersfield Town AFC), Ryan McGowan (Dundee United), James Meredith (Bradford City), Josh Risdon (Perth), Trent Sainsbury (P.E.C Zwolle), Matt Spiranovic (Hangzhou Greentown FC), Alex Wilkinson (Joenbuk), Bailey Wright (Preston North End)

    MIDFIELDERS

    Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Massimo Luongo (QPR), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Milligan (Baniyas), Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City), Tom Rogic (Celtic), James Troisi (Al Itihad)

    ATTACKERS

    Nathan Burns (FC Tokyo), Tim Cahill (Shanghai Shenhua), Tomi Juric (Roda JC), Mathew Leckie (Ingolstadt) Tommy Oar (Ipswich)
     

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