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Degenek impresses in Champions League win

2019-10-01T21:39:57Z

Socceroos defender Milos Degenek was rock solid for Red Star Belgrade in a 3-1 win over Olympiacos in the Champions League.

The Aussie made the equal most blocks and second most passes throughout the match as his club continued its strong form at home in European competition. 

Red Star have lost just one of their last 14 home games in Europe and now sit above Tottenham in Group B, who lost 7-2 to group leaders Bayern Munich

Victory and Roar announce new captains

2019-10-01T03:50:01Z

Melbourne Victory have appointed their first foreign captain in the form of Ola Toivonen.

The Swedish striker will wear the armband this season but is backed by a leadership group containing Leigh Broxham, Thomas Deng, Tim Hoogland and Jakob Poulsen.

Brisbane Roar meanwhile have made Tom Aldred their new skipper with Roy O’Donovan looming as the vice-captain. 

Fulham teenager heading to Perth Glory

2019-09-30T22:01:40Z

Riley Warland has left Fulham and is set to return to Perth Glory, the Cottagers have confirmed.

The 17-year-old Australian only signed for Fulham in 2018 from the Glory but a lack of game time has made a return to Australia necessary. 

A defender that can play as a centre-back or left-back, Warland made nine appearances for Fulham's U18's side last season, scoring one goal. 

Warland has been back training with the Glory since July with a deal now set to be announced. 

Blockbuster A-League marquees no longer a focus, says FFA

2019-09-30T05:42:04Z

A-League clubs are moving their focus away from signing superstar players and instead looking to bring through young Australian players, according to FFA head of leagues Greg O'Rourke.

The shift comes ahead of the new season, which begins on October 12, with a notable lack of big-name signings like Melbourne Victory's capture of Keisuke Honda prior to last campaign.

Read the full story here.

Le Fondre 'shocked' by A-League standard

2019-09-29T22:03:05Z

Sydney FC star Adam Le Fondre was shocked by the standard of the A-League when he took to the field at the start of last season.

The 32-year-old made the jump from England's Championship to Australia and scored 16 goals in his debut Sky Blues campaign, which resulted in the team winning the A-League's grand final against Perth.

Le Fondre was expecting the Australian competition to be tough but was surprised by the standard of play of all teams, and was particular impressed with the quality of his new teammates.

"The standard of Sydney didn’t really really surprise me," Le Fondre told FTBL.

"I was maybe expecting a lower standard but the boys, when I came into training the first couple of weeks, I was surprised how good they were.

"The players are every good, technically, and the standard isn’t very different to what I’m used to back home.

"Obviously Sydney being one of the premier teams in the A-League, there might be a little bit of a gulf between the first and bottom, which is the same in any league.

"But when I was coming to Sydney, and your perception from the other side of the world of the A-League wasn’t as high as the standard is.

"When I came here the standard shocked me and I was really pleased with that."

Japan legend Honda offers to play for Man Utd

2019-09-29T01:24:24Z

Japanese star Keisuke Honda has alerted Manchester United to his availability by offering to play for the Red Devils in a social media post.

The 33-year-old free agent used his official Twitter account to send the message to United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, tagging Manchester United and their Japan affiliate.

Honda has been without a club since July, after being released by Australian A-League club Melbourne Victory.

Read the full story on Goal!

Holland continues push for Socceroos selection

2019-09-28T23:28:30Z

Austria-based midfielder James Holland has put Australia coach Graham Arnold on notice after scoring in LASK Linz's 3-0 win over St. Polten.

It was the 30-year-old's first goal of the Austrian Bundesliga season, netting in the 50th minute to help LASK climb to second on the table.

Holland, who usually plays as a defensive midfielder, has 28 caps for the Socceroos but hasn't played in the green and gold since a 2014 friendly against the UAE.

He helped drive LASK to the brink of Champions League qualification this season and scored the winner in their Europa League match against Rosenborg on September 19.

Fellow Australian midfielder James Jeggo is also based in Austria and has become a regular squad member under Arnold.

Western United confirm Berisha signing

2019-09-28T04:54:28Z

Besart Berisha, the A-League's all-time top scorer, has joined new side Western United for the coming season.

The 34-year-old striker returns to Australia after a stint with J-League outfit Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

Prior to his move to Japan, Berisha had lined up for Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory scoring 116 goals and wining the Championship four times. 

Baccus torn between Socceroos and South Africa

2019-09-27T21:49:16Z

Former Melbourne City midfielder Kearyn Baccus admits he's conflicted about the idea of switching allegiances to South Africa.

Currently playing in the country of his birth for Kaizer Chiefs, strong performances from the 28-year-old have put him on South Africa's radar with Baccus himself torn between his Socceroos ambitions.

"I don’t mind representing South Africa but my first and main goal, for now, is to play well for Chiefs and we will see what happens after that," Baccus told reporters

"My heart is set with Australia, to be honest, but if South Africa comes knocking I will have to consider it.

"I will sit down with my agent‚ see if it will be good for me to do that and take it from there." 

Baccus has previously been called up for Australia at U17 and U20 level. 

Perth Glory sign fringe Socceroos defender

2019-09-27T20:53:48Z

Tony Popovic has bolstered his defence with the signing of left-back James Meredith.

The former Millwall defender was a free agent and has decided to link up with the reigning A-League premiers on a one-year deal. 

"The boss sold it to me," Meredith said.

"I really liked the way he talked about his plans for the future of the club and when I looked at the squad list, I know it's a strong group of players."

Jedinak keen to play on in England

2019-09-26T21:57:05Z

Former Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak is eager to continue his playing career and admits England remains his first choice of destination.

After parting ways with Aston Villa over the summer, Jedinak remains a free agent and has attracted A-League interest, but revealed remaining in Europe would be his preference. 

"I’m still trying to play and still keeping fit. I still hope to get an opportunity somewhere and we will see what happens after that,” Jedinak told The Athletic.

"I still go and use Villa’s training facilities, away from the first team, when they are not there. I do my own thing and crack on. It’s not always the easiest thing but it’s necessary and you need to do it.

"It might be somewhere abroad or within England, I don’t know. It would be nice to be in England. I realise that may not be a possibility, so I can’t not be open to trying somewhere else.

"I’d like to manage. If that was the path I was going down, it would be great to manage. There’s a long road before that but it would be something to try to explore some day.”

Rogic scores in Celtic rout

2019-09-25T21:48:21Z

Socceroo Tom Rogic scored on his first start of the season for Celtic in a 5-0 Scottish League Cup win over Partick Thistle.

The Aussie curled home his side's second goal from the top of the box in the 46th minute. 

Rogic then saw out the full game as he rebuilds fitness following a succession of injuries have seen him sidelined for much of the year. 

Fellow Socceroo Daniel Arzani wasn't included in the Hoops squad, despite speculation he was closing in on a first-team return. 

Zelic apologises for Adelaide insult

2019-09-24T21:44:44Z

SBS presenter Lucy Zelic has taken to Twitter to apologise for disparaging comments she made about the city of Adelaide.

Zelic made the controversial remarks in an interview with Central Coast Mariners recruit Ziggy Gordon on The World Game LIVE podcast on Monday.

Gordon, who hails from Scotland, was listing the Australian cities he has visited since his arrival Down Under.

When he mentioned Adelaide, Zelic interjected with a less than flattering account of her own experiences in the City of Churches.

“You won’t see much in Adelaide,” Zelic said.

“Adelaide’s a s***hole.”

The backlash was swift and Zelic on Tuesday tweeted an apology to her 72,800 followers.

Jets lose Hoolahan until 2020

2019-09-23T22:19:31Z

Newcastle Jets will be without star Irish import Wes Hoolahan until next year after the Irish playmaker underwent surgery on his ankle.

The 37-year-old suffered the injury during the Jets' 1-0 FFA Cup quarter-final loss to Adelaide United on September 17.

"Estimated return to play timeframes will be established by the club's medical staff in consultation with the surgeon," the Jets said in a statement.

Hoolahan has played extensively in the Premier League with Norwich while also scoring for the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016.

Hull City's Callum Elder selected in provisional Socceroos squad

2019-09-23T08:12:19Z

Australian defender Callum Elder is line to make his Socceroos debut in next month's World Cup qualifiers, if he can make a quick recovery from injury.

Elder's Hull City manager Grant McCann revealed the 24-year-old and team-mate Jackson Irvine had received notification from Socceroos boss Graham Arnold about their selection.

Read the full story on Goal!

Former Victory foreigner's damning A-League assessment

2019-09-23T00:38:44Z

The A-League is failing to make the most of its foreigners with clubs focused more on silverware than off-field progress, according to former Melbourne Victory defender Georg Niedermeier.

After one season Down Under, the 33-year-old has returned to Germany, where he's currently training with Bayern Munich's reserve side as he looks for a new team. 

Niedermeier featured 19 times in the A-League and has left the competition adamant it is isn't utilising the experience and knowledge of its foreign players.

Read the full story here.

The Aussie players with the best potential in FIFA 20

2019-09-19T05:14:26Z

With the upcoming release of FIFA 20, the game not only provides all important player ratings, but also weighs in on a player's potential.

Along with an overall current assessment of their skills, players in FIFA are also given a future rating they could achieve based on form and pure talent. 

Ahead of FIFA 20's global release on September 27, Goal casts an eye on the Australian players that have been backed to shine in years to come.

Check it out here.

A-League membership: Every club's prices compared

2019-09-06T14:07:59Z

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.