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Sainsbury close to signing with Israeli club


Socceroos centre-half Trent Sainsbury is set to join fellow Australian Nikita Rukavytsya at Israel Premier League side Maccabi Haifa.

Israeli outlet One is reporting the 27-year-old is in advanced negotiations over a loan or permanent move to Maccabi Haifa, after being deemed surplus to requirements at Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.

If he completes the transfer, Sainsbury will line up alongside striker Rukavytsya, who is in his fourth season with the club, having scored 31 goals in 102 appearances.

Rukavytsya hit the back of the net once in 18 appearances for the green and gold, with his last match coming in March 2018 in a friendly against Colombia.

Maccabi Haifa finished runner-up in the league last season - having won the last of their 12 titles in 2010-11.

Sydney FC defend controversial advertisement for voluntary strength and conditioning job


Sydney FC have withdrawn an advertisement for a 'voluntary strength and conditioning assistant' with the club and chief executive Danny Townsend clarifying the role was intended as an internship

Read the full story on Goal.

Aussies Abroad: Degenek to play in Champions League after Red Star victory, Mooy makes first Brighton start


Socceroos defender Milos Degenek will feature in the Champions League group stage this season after his Red Star team went through on away goals against Young Boys.

Degenek played 90 minutes in the 1-1 home result, with the Serbians progressing because of the three goals they scored in the first leg draw in Switzerland.

Aaron Mooy made his first start for Brighton and Hove Albion, playing the full match as the Seagulls moved to their 3rd round of the EFL Cup with a 2-1 win against Bristol Rovers.

Ryan Edwards scored for Burton Albion in the same competition, as they won 4-0 against Morecambe, while Mark Milligan's Southend United crashed out with a 4-1 defeat at Milton Keynes Dons.


Tomi Juric joins CSKA Sofia


Australian striker Tomi Juric has finally secured a club, signing a contract with Bulgaria's CSKA Sofia.

Pictures emerged of Juric posing with CSKA's shirt and scarf, with the length of deal yet to revealed, with the 28-year-old gearing up for his first football since leaving Swiss club FC Luzern at the end of his contract.

It's understood Juric won't be considered a foreign player for the club because he holds a Croatian passport.

The 28-year-old will be keen to use the move to catapult himself back into Socceroos calculations, having become a periphery part of the setups since Graham Arnold's appointment.

CSKA Sofia have won the most Bulgarian league titles (31) but have not lifted the trophy since 2008 with Ludogorets Razgrad winning the past eight editions.

Victory and Wanderers lead the way as A-League membership numbers are revealed


The 2019-20 A-League season looms as a big one for many clubs.

With the introduction of Western United and a new stadium for Western Sydney Wanderers, many clubs will be hoping to grow and consolidate their fan bases. 

After Goal compared the prices of every A-League club's membership, the early numbers on how many fans are signing up for each club make for interesting reading.

Check them out here. 

Juric's cousin signs for Hoffenheim


The cousin of fringe Socceroos striker Tomi Juric, Noah Botic, has signed for Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.

The 17-year-old, who was recently named in the Joeys squad for a tour of England, joins the German club on a two-year scholarship deal.

As Botic begins his career in Europe, Juric is currently without a club after parting ways with Swiss side FC Luzern. 

Singh scores in Bayern rout


Kiwi attacker Sarpreet Singh got his name on the scoresheet on Sunday as Bayern Munich beat Vilshofen 13-1 in a friendly.

Introduced in the second-half, Singh slotted home his side's eighth goal with Philippe Coutinho also netting his first goal for the club prior. 

Singh was also in action for Bayern's reserve side on Friday night as he picked up an assist in a 2-2 draw. 

The 20-year-old was on the bench for Munich's Bundesliga opener last weekend against Hertha but is yet to make his league debut. 

Mabil scores in Midtjylland win


Australian attacker Awer Mabil scored the opener in Midtjylland's 2-0 win over Sonderjyske.

In Brian Priske's first game as interim manager, Mabil struck in the 41st minute before Evander sealed the result in the 71st minute. 

Midtjylland have started the season undefeated, boasting six wins and one draw to sit two points behind league leaders Kobenhavn. 

They have however failed to qualify for the Europa League this season after losing to Rangers in the third qualifying round with manager Kenneth Andersen quitting in the aftermath. 

Arzani getting closer to Celtic return


Australian prodigy Daniel Arzani has been given the all-clear to return to full training at Celtic from the serious knee injury he suffered.

The 20-year-old hasn't played since he tore his anterior cruciate ligament on his first team debut for the Hoops in October last year.

Arzani was told by Spanish orthopedic surgeon Ramon Cugat that he could resume full training after only being able to compete in light duties over the past few weeks.

He is expected to be brought into the Celtic under-23 squad first before targeting availability for the senior side in mid-September.

Real Madrid denied by Adelaide United flop


Ex-Adelaide United striker Sergi Guardiola scored the equaliser at the Bernabeu to deny Real Madrid a win against his Real Valladolid side.

Karim Benzema put Los Blancos ahead in the 82nd minute and they looked set to claim their second win to start to the season, until Guardiola struck two minutes from time.

The Spaniard was put through on goal before sliding a shot underneath the body of Thibaut Courtois to break the hearts of Real Madrid fans.

Guardiola stuggled for the Reds during the 2016-17 A-League season, scoring three goals in 16 appearances before he returned to parent club Granada.

Mitch Duke named Wanderers captain


Western Sydney Wanderers utility Mitchell Duke has been named captain for the upcoming A-League season.

Following the departure of Brendan Hamill to Western United, German coach Markus Babbel needed to find a new skipper and he has settled on Western Sydney-born Duke.

"It was a nice surprise," Duke told SMH.

"It's a massive honour obviously and a proud moment for me, especially coming from the boys. That's where you want it to come from the most ... it was quite humbling."

Duke joined the Wanderers in January - after playing three years in Japan's J-League for Shimizu S-Pulse - scoring four goals in 10 matches as the red and black missed the finals.

He was rewarded by Socceroos coach Graham Arnold for his A-League form with a spot in the starting line up in June's friendly against South Korea.

Duke first appeared in the A-League with the Central Coast Mariners, scoring 13 goals in 66 appearances between 2011-15.

Singh nabs quality assist for Bayern's reserves


New Zealand prodigy Sarpreet Singh got his first goal contribution for Bayern Munich II in a 2-2 draw with Chemnitzer in the 3. Liga.

The 20-year-old, who was playng his second match in Germany's third division, assisted Bayern's first goal on 54 minutes with a deadly through ball to a fellow winger Leon Dajaku.

That equaliser was extended into a lead 10 minutes later by Jannik Rochet by Bayern couldn't hold on and conceded with five minutes to play.

Singh's senior Bayern teammates got their first win of the season overnight (AEST) with a 3-0 thrashing of Schalke on the road.

Robert Lewandowski got a hat-trick as new signings Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic made their debuts off the bench.

Singh's wing rival Alphonso Davies was an unused substitute.

Matildas attacker signs for Bayern Munich


Australian striker Emily Gielnik has joined German giants Bayern Munich after impressing at the Women's World Cup in France.

Gielnik, 27, has previously played for Liverpool, Ottawa Fury, Urawa Red Diamonds, Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory. 

"I'm excited. It is the dream of every footballer to play for a top club like Bayern Munich," Gielnik said.

"As a striker, I now want to score as many goals as I can for my new club.

"I want to win the Bundesliga and the Champions League with this great team. These are big goals, I know, but that's exactly what I'm going to fight for and give everything."

Socceroos defender becomes free agent


Australian centre-back Matthew Jurman has confirmed he's now a free agent after leaving Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad.

"Excited to share that as of today I’m a free agent. Looking forward to my next opportunity," Jurman posted on social media. 

"Thanks to the club, players and fans for the experience in Saudi Arabia."

Jurman joined Al-Ittihad in July 2018 after a stint in South Korea with Suwon Bluewings. 

The 29-year-old has also previously played in the A-League for Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar 

Western United win first ever game


New A-League side Western United have won their inaugural match as they defeated Caroline Springs George Cross 4-0 on Thursday night.

Valentino Yuel scored the club's first goal in the 23rd minute following a cross from Alessandro Diamanti with Connor Pain, Dylan Pierias and Apostolos Stamatelopoulos also getting their names on the scoresheet. 

Ersan Gulum wore the captain's armband on the night in front of a 3,000 strong crowd at the City Vista Pavilion Sports Field in Melbourne.

Mark Rudan's side wil play their first ever A-League match against Wellington Phoenix on October 13 in New Zealand. 

Phoenix sign Young Socceroo


Australian attacker Reno Piscopo has joined Wellington Phoenix on a three-year deal.

The former Inter youth player has been in Italy since 2011 but has opted for a move closer to home as he looks to continue his development.

"I looked at the combination of youth and experience here at Wellington and I like the competition for places," Piscopo said. 

"It makes you work harder during the week to earn that starting spot.

"It’s been great to meet my new teammates and I’m looking forward to getting started."

Piscopo, 21, has represented Australia at U20 and U23 level having played for Italy at a younger age. 

Taggart named in FIFA 19's TOTW


In-form Australian striker Adam Taggart has been rewarded for his brilliant form with a FIFA 19 TOTW card.

The 26-year-old was given the honour after scoring a hat-trick for Suwon Bluewings in the 3-1 win against Gangwon FC in the K-League.

Taggart's form has positioned him as the front-runner to be the starting striker for the Socceroos World Cup qualifying campaign - which begins against Kuwait on September 11.

Perth Glory hit nine goals in emphatic friendly win


Reigning A-League premiers Perth Glory hit top gear in a 9-1 smashing of Melville FC in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday night.

Former Brisbane Roar attacker Nick D'Agostino led the way for Glory, scoring a 10-minute hat-trick in the second half with Bruno Fornaroli also netting a double. 

Tomislav Mrcela, Ivan Franjic and Gabriel Popovic also got their names on the scoresheet with coach Tony Popovic happy with what he saw. 

"It was a good hit-out for us and it was a good experience for Murdoch University Melville who played a lot of their young players on a night that I'm sure they'll remember," Popovic said.

"We got no injuries, it was nice to get some minutes into Kim and see some combination play between Diego [Castro] and Bruno.

"Nick D'Agostino scoring some goals was nice to see, as was Osama [Malik] coming through 45 minutes unscathed having started pre-season a bit later and Alex [Grant] coming on after such a long lay-off.

"There were so many positives, not just in the performance but in players getting minutes and getting through." 

FFA Cup wrap: A-League clubs ease through to next round as McBreen winds back the clock


There were no FFA Cup upsets on Wednesday night as all three A-League clubs in action advanced to the quarter-finals.

Melbourne City beat Marconi Stallions 2-1, Adelaide United saw off Brisbane Olympic 3-2 and Newcastle Jets smashed local rivals Edgeworth 5-1.

In the Jets clash, Edgeworth did equalise in style as former A-League striker Daniel McBreen scored a screamer at the age of 42. 

Newcastle however proved too strong in the end and were helped by a debut goal from new star recruit Wes Hoolahan. 

In the fourth and final game of the night, Moreland Zebras made light work of Magpies Crusaders in a 4-0 win. 

The remainder of the Round of 16 ties will take place next Wednesday night with Brisbane Roar taking on Central Coast Mariners in an all A-League clash. 

Degenek scores for Red Star in Champions League play-off


Socceroos defender Milos Degenek headed home a crucial early away goal for Red Star Belgrade as his Serbian side held Young Boys to a 2-2 draw in the first-leg of their Champions League play-off.

Young Boys opened the scoring in the seventh minute before Degenek responded with a towering header in the 18th minute.

Red Star would then take the lead in the 46th minute via Mateo Garcia before Guillaume Hoarau equalised for Young Boys from the spot.

The draw and two away goals will be seen as a win for Degenek's side however, who host the return leg next Wednesday morning. 

Captain Irvine wins penalty for Hull but can't prevent defeat, Luongo contributes to win


Socceroos midfielder Jackson Irvine won a penalty but couldn't stop Hull City from going down 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.

Irvine, who wore the captain's armband for the Tigers, was brought down for a penalty in the 13th minute, but Jarrod Bowen failed to convert the spot-kick.

Derrick Williams scored the winning goal for Blackburn in the 62nd minute.

Massimo Luongo came on in the 85th minute for Sheffield Wednesday as they scraped past Luton Town 1-0.

Archie Thompson to continue his playing career with Spanish club Racing Murcia


Melbourne Victory legend Archie Thompson will continue his playing career in Spain after signing a deal with Racing Murcia.

The 40-year-old striker, who most recently played for Victoria NPL2 side Murray United, announced on social media that he has penned a guest stint contract with the Spanish club - with their Australian coach Strati Xynas helping get the deal over the line.

Read the full story on Goal.

A-League membership: Every club's prices compared


Though the next A-League season may still be two months away, Goal has rounded up the membership prices for all eleven clubs.

With pre-season well underway for players, clubs have been quick to settle on how much it will cost fans to attend their games in the 2019-20 season.

Ahead of a big campaign for A-League clubs as they look to revitalise the competition, getting their membership pricing right will be crucial. 

Check out all the prices here. 

Young Socceroos win under 18 AFF Championship


The Young Socceroos have bounced back from a heavy defeat earlier in the tournament to win the ASEAN Football Federation under 18 Championship with a 1-0 win against Malaysia in Vietnam.

Adelaide United midfielder Lachlan Brook scored the winner with a driven finish in the 80th minute as the green and gold defeated the previous winners of the tournament in 2018.

The Young Socceroos won six of their seven games at the tournament, with their only defeat coming in a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Malaysia in the group stage.

It is the fifth time Australia has won the tournament, lifting the trophy in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2016.

Central Coast Mariners striker Dylan Ruiz-Diaz finished equal tournament top scorer with six goals.