Former Everton star Tim Cahill has been in a rich vein of form over the last few weeks and this has once again helped Shanghai Shenhua get a 1-0 win in the latest league match.
They were up against Guangzhou R&F and the match looked like heading for a draw before Cahill pounced in with an effort just 15 minutes from the final whistle.
Australia prepare for the World Cup 2018 competition by being involved in the qualifying match against Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday night.
Ange Postecoglou secured lifting the 2015 AFC Asian Cup with Australia after claiming a 2-1 victory over Korea Republic on January 31. Winning this title is a major achievement for the Australian national squad as they had never managed on doing it in the history of the team.
It was less than 4 months since Postecoglou guided the Australian side to success as they won the Asian Cup but the 49 year old Greek has already outlined what he is planning to do in the upcoming few years with the nation as Postecoglou wants to qualify for the next World Cup in 2018 with his team.
After a disappointing World Cup 2014, Australia are on the verge of reaching the semifinals of the Asian cup.
They have to beat United Arab Emirates in the quarter-finals with the winner of this tie coming up against Korea Republic in the semifinals.
Arsene Wenger has attempted to take the pressure off midfielder Aaron Ramsey by saying that the Welsh international need not focus too much on scoring goals. Ramsey has emerged as a major player for Arsenal since last season.
Despite missing a chunk of the campaign, he was one of their top scorers in a season that finished with the FA Cup trophy. Ramsey has struggled to replicate the same kind of scoring form this campaign, as he has got just two goals in nine appearances this season. The pressure of scoring goals appears to have gone to newcomer Alexis Sanchez.
Australia was one of the few national teams of the 2014 World Cup that was not able to collect a single victory from the group stages but taking into consideration that the Australian squad had to go against: Spain, Chile and Netherlands, it doesn’t really come as a surprise that they struggled so much.
The Australian team is currently being guided and managed by the Greek coach Ange Postecoglou and even though his squad continues struggling to collect triumphs, Postecoglou has taken full responsibility of the recent defeats and underwhelming performances from his team.
The Australian defender of Newcastle United, Curtis Good was named in the provisional 30 – man squad that were going to represent Australia during the 2014 World Cup but after sustaining a hip flexor injury and not being able to completely recover in time, Curtis Good was not able to play at the worldwide competition.
The coach of the Australian national football team Ange Postecoglou expressed his disappointment after knowing that Curtis Good would not be available to play at the recently concluded World Cup.
The manager of the Australian national football team, Ange Postecoglou, reckons that his players should return home with their heads held high after performing better than the expectations in the ongoing FIFA World Cup.
With the Socceroos’ opening game against Chile in the World Cup just a few days away – it’s time to take a closer look at the Chilean team’s prospects for the tournament…
And let’s be absolutely clear here; Chile are no make-weights for this World Cup. They deservedly see themselves as genuine contenders – and you can bet they fully expect to win the opener against Australia which is their easiest game on paper.
Australia’s coach Ange Postecoglou has revealed that he has a very good idea of the players who are expected to be in his squad for the World Cup 2014. Australia will be travelling to the World Cup under the new management of Postecoglou after he was appointed only a few months back. Even after disappointment, the form of the national team has not improved dramatically in order to make them favourites to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. They have won just two out of the last five friendly matches and this includes a 4-3 defeat against Ecuador.