TARGETTING PLAYERS

Australia will be targeting players playing in the A-League for the upcoming friendly match according to its manager Ange Postecoglou.

After suffering consecutive defeats in several competitions, Australia finally managed to rediscover form in the last two matches. Wins over Canada and Costa Rica are bound to have given them enough confidence to take on Ecuador in a friendly match in March.

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KRUSE WILL RETURN

Australia's manager Ange Postecoglou has said that he is very much confident that Robbie Kruse will come back from his season-ending injury much stronger.

Kruse has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury, which is also likely to keep him out of the World Cup 2014 as well. The Bayer Leverkusen player is one of the important members of the squad, but he recently injured his anterior cruciate ligament during training with his club.

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HIDDINK RULES OUT RETURN

Former Chelsea and Dutch national team manager Guus Hiddink has said that he will not be returning to manage Australia for a second spell after it has been heavily rumoured that the Australian FA are looking at him as a possibility.

The Dutchman recently resigned from his role at Anzhi Makhachkala. He has previously stated that he would like to retire from his managerial career and focus on a desk role like that of a sporting director. He has once again confirmed the same by saying that he is not looking for any new jobs right now.

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IMPROVEMENTS

After impressing at the recent World Cup's, Australia's form has improved in recent weeks. The team has suffered the embarrassment of a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Brazil, who will be hosting the 2014 World Cup. Australia are expected to be at the World Cup as one of the first team from the oceanic regions. However, their recent defeat has raised a lot of questions about manager Holger Osieck.

Former Australian midfielder Jason Culina has said that Australia should seriously consider relieving Osieck of his duties and bringing back former manager Guus Hiddink.

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Betting tips on the Bundesliga

So the Bundesliga is underway, it has felt like a long time coming. Although it is the third most important league in Europe, it is not exactly one of the most exciting ones in terms of betting on outright winners. In reality it is about as predictable as the Premier League and currently it is dominated by just two clubs: Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. Over the last four seasons they have each won two of them and over the last fifteen Bayern Munich has completely dominated.

POOR RUN OF FORM

Australia experienced a poor run of form in the recently concluded East Asian Cup. The team finished with just one point from a possible nine, and there has been a lot of criticism of the manager Holger Osieck.

However, he has said that he can take several positives from this tournament. Australia were defeated 4-3 by China in their final match of the tournament. They began the tournament with a 0-0 draw against South Korea. They were expected to improve as the tournament progressed, but their form only nosedived since the opening match.

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CAHILL BACKS OSIECK

Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has praised the Australian national team manager, Holger Osieck, by saying that he has been extremely influential in helping the team rejuvenate. Australia have been one of the successful Asian teams in the world stage, but they have been suffering in recent seasons due to the ageing of the squad.

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FUTURE UNCERTAIN

Australian football Federation boss David Gallop has refused to say that the job of Australian coach Holger Osieck is secure after the recent 2-2 draw with Oman in the World Cup qualifying match.

As a result of this dropped points at home, Australia now face a tight battle in order to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The next match for the team will not be until June when they take on Japan in an away match. Gallop has refused to comment on the future of Holger Osieck. He has said that he cannot get any guarantees that Osieck will remain in the job until June.

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SCHWARZER POSITIVE

The Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has said that he is extremely positive that the nation will have a good World Cup qualifying campaign, which will resume in March. He is extremely confident despite the recent defeat at the hands of Romania in a friendly match. Romania managed to open the scoring in the match through a goal from Tănase in the 35th minute.

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AUSTRALIA WILL USE CUP

The Australian national team manager Holger Osieck has said that he will be making use of the upcoming East Asian cup qualifying tournament in order to assess the quality of the individuals who are spoken of as the next big thing for Australia.

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