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Brillante returns for Sydney FC after failed Korea move


Sydney FC midfield lynchpin Josh Brillante has been named in the squad for Friday night's trip to Brisbane Roar.

Brillante was on the verge of a transfer to K-League side Pohang Steelers but the Korean side decided to pull out of the move at the last minute.

The former Socceroo is among four big ins for the Sky Blues, who bring in marquee Siem De Jong, talented playmaker Daniel de Silva and experienced centre-half Jop van der Linden.

Melbourne Victory welcome back midfield star Terry Antonis from injury for Saturday night's blockbuster against Perth Glory, with Thomas Deng, James Donachie and Elvis Kamsoba also included in the squad.

Kamsoba's brother, Pacifique Niyongabire, could make his second A-League appearance after being included in Adelaide United's list of players that will travel to Central Coast on Sunday, who have added Matt Simon, Andrew Hoole, Aiden O'Neill and Michael McGlinchey to their squad.

Newcastle Jets have lost playmaker Ronald Vargas to a hamstring injury for Saturday's journey to Wellington, while the Phoenix have omitted Nathan Burns with his future appearing to be clouded.

Refugee, rejection and rise: The extraordinary story of Melbourne Victory's Elvis Kamsoba


Melbourne Victory star Elvis Kamsoba tells Goal's Kieran Francis about his incredible journey for being a refugee for 11 years to becoming an A-League star.

Read Elvis' story.

Two Socceroos crack Cahill's best XI


From Everton to New York, Tim Cahill has played alongside some quality players across his career and was recently asked to select the best XI he's lined up next to.

While Toffees' players dominated Cahill's back four, behind them was Socceroos keeper Mark Schwarzer. 

The Aussie shot-stopper helped seal the Socceroos place at the 2006 World Cup where Cahill would go on to score the nation's first goal at the tournament. 

Read the full story here. 

Western United miss out on bold Pato move - report


New A-League side Western United nearly announced their looming arrival in the competition with the high profile signing of Brazilian attacker Alexandre Pato.

According to Fox Sports, United had been in negotiations with Pato's agent for a number of weeks and had got approval from Football Federation Australia to use marquee funds to bring him to Australia. 

Read the full story here. 

A-League Rev-Up: A glorious grand final preview and top-six decider


After the lull of an international break without any Socceroos action, the A-League is back and out to deliver an almighty bang.

From the top six on the verge of being cemented to a potential grand final preview in Perth, Round 23 promises to be a cracker.

Get revved-up, a huge round of A-League awaits...

Read Rev-Up here. 

Hill's Twitter warning for FFA


After Football Federation Australia chairman Chris Nikou caused a Twitter storm on Sunday with his comments regarding promotion and relegation in Australia, Simon Hill believes the platform is more trouble than what it's worth for the FFA board members that were left attempting to clarify his comments.

Both Remo Nogarotto and Joseph Carrozzi took to Twitter as they stressed Nikou's comments were more of a personal opinion rather than any binding date the FFA were tied to. 

Despite being proactive, some of their efforts fell on deaf ears with a few questioning the lack of communication between all on the board and Hill ultimately suggesting the social media platform was best left alone in such situations.

Read the full story here. 

Perth Glory make it to the big time on Manchester United's social media


A-League leaders Perth Glory are kicking plenty of goals on the field, but also off it.

Manchester United, who are coming to Perth on a pre-season tour in July, have put the Glory's emblem on their Facebook page banner - alongside other exhibition match opponents Leeds United, Inter Milan, Tottenham and AC Milan.

It's great exposure for the Western Australian side - who are set to claim the Premiers Plate at the conclusion of the regular campaign and are hot favourites to win the championship.

Having brought Chelsea to Perth last year and with the Red Devils on their way soon, owner Tony Sage is clearly working hard to bring quality teams Down Under.

Arnold set for FFA showdown as he eyes more Olyroos support


After Australia's U23's side secured progress to the next stage of qualification for the 2020 Olympics, coach Graham Arnold isn't about to put his feet up.

While his decision to get the Olyroos together early angered a few A-League coaches, Arnold is adamant more support is needed to ensure the team remains competitive and can have a positive impact on the future of the Socceroos. 

"This group are vital for the growth of the Socceroos down the track," Arnold said.

“Their development program must continue, and as soon as I get back there will a very firm discussion with FFA.

“The government also needs to step in and help these kids, otherwise the growth of the Socceroos won’t happen.

“Funds must be found, preparation cannot be what it’s been in the past.

“Asia is very tough and our preparation with this group of players needs to get much better than it has been. There have to be training camps and games in every FIFA window to help develop these boys."

Kewell linked with Yeovil Town job


Former Socceroos star Harry Kewell has been linked with the vacant coaching role at League Two club Yeovil Town.

According to FTBL, the 40-year-old is rumoured to be a possible candidate for the south-west English club, who currently sit in 22nd position - only two points ahad of the relegation zone.

Kewell has been out of work since being sacked by League Two's Notts County in November - a role he lasted in half a season after moving on from Crawley Town.

Yeovil Town sacked manager Darren Hay on Monday after losing 10 of their past 12 matches. 

Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Kevin Nolan has also been linked with the job.


Spain's Segunda Division televised live for Australians


Every match of Spain's second division, LaLiga 1|2|3, is telecast live in Australia via the LaLiga You Tube channel.

The arrangement, which began in January, allows consumers in more than 155 countries to watch games on the LaLiga 1|2|3 channel in English commentary.

A-League stars such as Johnny Warren medal winner Diego Castro, Adelaide United skipper Isaias Sanchez and Wanderers marquee Oriol Riera have all played in Spain's second tier.

You can watch all the matches here.

Craig Foster: I thought Hakeem was going to die


Former Socceroos captain Craig Foster has revealed he genuinely thought jailed refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi would be killed if deported back to Bahrain.

Read the story.

Olyroos make it to final Olympic qualifier stage


The Olyroos are on the right path to qualifying for Japan 2020 Olympics after securing a spot in the AFC under-23 championship.

Graham Arnold's side drew 2-2 with South Korea in their final group game to qualify for January's tournament in Thailand.

While a victory in Cambodia would have seen the Aussies qualify as group winners, a draw was also enough to see the team get through as one of the best four runners-up.

Brisbane Roar attacker Nick D'Agostino scored a brace in the first half but Korea hit back straight away through Cho Young Wook and equalised in the second half via Lee Dong-gyeong.

There will be three spots available at the AFC under-23 championship for teams to secure 2020 Olympic qualification.

Socceroos 'close' to finalising friendly


After being kept on ice in March, the green and gold are now set to play their next match in June.

Unfortunately for Australian football fans, the game is set to be played overseas despite some whispers Korea Republic may have been taking on the Socceroos at Adelaide Oval.

“That information is incorrect, with regards to the Socceroos playing the Korea Republic at home,” Socceroos media boss Ben O’Neill told The Advertiser.

“We are close to finalising a friendly in June, however the game would be played abroad rather than in Australia.”

Just who the Socceroos will play remains to be seen, though the match will take place between June 3 and June 11 - the next sanctioned FIFA international window.