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Socceroos to take on Kuwait in October friendly


The Socceroos have added a third match to their 2019 Asian Cup preparations, taking on Kuwait in the Middle East during the October international window.

Click here to read more about the Socceroos next fixture.

WSW announce Brendan Hamill as club captain


Western Sydney born defender Brendan Hamill will captain the Wanderers during the upcoming A-League season

The 25-year-old has played 76 times for the Red and Black since joining the club in 2014 after stints at Melbourne Heart and South Korea's Seongnam.

"I'm honoured to represent the people of Western Sydney, I'm honoured to represent the club," Hamill said in a Wanderers club statement. 

"To lead the team is a massive honour but to do it in an environment where I was born and bred is huge for me, it's huge for my family and I'm excited. 

"We've got a huge challenge ahead but I'm looking forward to it. I've got great leaders around me and we really want to attack that title this year. 

"This club is all about winning titles and chasing honours, so it's no different this year."

Former A-League star Bruce Djite without a club after difficult stint in Indonesia


Nine games without a goal for Indonesian club PSM Makassar has seen Australian striker Bruce Djite shown the door.

Click here to read more about Djite's plight.

Risdon responds to transfer speculation


Socceroos right back Josh Risdon caught the eye in Russia, but is happy to be spending another season in Australia.

The Wanderers defender admitted there was some interest in him after the World Cup, however no move eventuated and he's ready to impress in the A-League once again. 

"There was a few rumours here and there, but nothing too close," Risdon told reporters on Tuesday.

"There was a window there where I could have gone [to Europe] but nothing really eventuated. I'm really happy that I'm here again and really focused on the season ahead.

"Hopefully, if I can continue to do well here at the Wanderers and if something comes up then I'll definitely look at the opportunity."

Risdon is in line to feature for the Wanderers on Wednesday night against Melbourne City in the FFA Cup quarter-finals. 

Mark Bridge set to miss start of Wanderers season


Western Sydney veteran Mark Bridge will be sidelined for at least another month, according to coach Markus Babbel.

The 32-year-old has picked up an injury in pre-season and will miss the Wanderers FFA Cup quarter-final clash against Melbourne City on Wednesday.

Babbel in fact revealing Bridge will struggle to be fit for the start of the season. 

"A lot of work to do," Babbel said of Bridge's injury.

"It takes time, it was a bad injury, very unlucky for him because he wasn’t in a good way.

"We need him, he’s an experienced player. Five or six weeks until he’s 100 percent fit." 

A-League fans ridicule FFA 'entertainment' idea, suggest alternatives


It's fair to say Australian football fans didn't take too kindly to the suggestions from A-League chief Greg O'Rouke on how to improve the matchday experience.

The official told AAP that a number of new entertainment ideas would be trialled across the opening month of the A-League season, including controlled flares, World Cup-like fan zones and music during matches.

Supporters rallied against the idea on social media, with many putting forward ideas they felt should be implemented, and reacting negatively to the proposal.



Tweet your ideas, suggestions and opinion on the issue to Goal Australia.


Socceroos FIFA 19 ratings: All the Australian national team players


Huddersfield Town star Aaron Mooy is Australia's top-ranked FIFA 19 player, with Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan coming in just behind.

How did the rest of the Socceroos fare?

Click here for all of the Socceroos FIFA 19 ratings.

Socceroos star Robbie Kruse scores and lays on an assist in Germany


Green and gold attacker Robbie Kruse played a crucial role in VfL Bochum's 6-0 win over Ingolstadt in the Bundesliga on Sunday (AEST).

The 29-year-old scored his team's second goal from outside the box and also contributed an assist for the third strike.

Watch Kruse's highlights in the video below.