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For want of any other place to put this, I see a big game in Japanese football this weekend.

Last round of J1 League.

Ange Postecoglou's Yokohama F Marinos (1st, 67 pts & GD +27) host 2nd placed Tokyo (64 pts & GD +20).

So would take an almighty choke by Marinos to not be crowned champions. On a 6 game winning streak, over a pressurised end to the season.

Think I read somewhere that Marinos compared to some of the other J1 clubs, have a sufficiently lower budget.

Finished 12th in his first season (2018) in charge.

Impressive club coaching record Postecoglou, surely up with the best to ever come out of Aussie.

Yokohama clinch J League title in style with a 3-0 win over nearest rivals Tokyo.

Finish 6 points clear. 

Congrats to Ange Post.

Wonder if he is on coaching radar of any bigger European clubs. From memory he coached a 2nd tier Greek side at one stage, before coaching in the A League.

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New Socceroos moniker required when Caltex switches to Ampol. Now that’s a brand name from the past; from memory it’s an acronym: Australian Motorists’ Petrol, Oil and Lubricants ????

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Australia U-23 Men’s National Team Squad | AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020
Name Club, Country
Keanu BACCUS Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Daniel BOUMAN SC Cambuur, Netherlands
Trent BUHAGIAR Sydney FC, Australia
Gabriel CLEUR U.S. Alessandria, Italy
Nicholas D’AGOSTINO Perth Glory FC, Australia
Thomas DENG Melbourne Victory, Australia
Zach DUNCAN AGF Aarhus, Denmark
Ben FOLAMI Ipswich Town FC, England
Denis GENREAU Melbourne City FC, Australia
Alex GERSBACH AGF Aarhus, Denmark
Thomas GLOVER (Gk) Melbourne City FC, Australia
Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (Gk) Sydney FC, Australia
Jordan HOLMES (Gk) Ebbsfleet United FC, England
Jacob ITALIANO Borussia Monchengladbach, Germany
Joshua LAWS Fortuna Dusseldorf II, Germany
Connor METCALFE Melbourne City FC, Australia
Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Ramy NAJJARINE Melbourne City FC, Australia
Aiden O’NEILL Brisbane Roar FC, Australia
Connor O’TOOLE Brisbane Roar FC, Australia
Rene PISCOPO Wellington Phoenix FC, Australia
Dylan RYAN Willem II Tilburg, Netherlands
Al Hassan TOURE Adelaide United, Australia
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Have we got his brother? Reno?

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Piscopo starts for the Olyroos tonight.

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Piscopo opens the scoring with a stunning free kick 

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That was his last kick of the game as he was subbed off afterwards.

He hit that from Wellington!

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Olyroos come from behind to win 2-1, brace by Daggers. Piscopo picked up the assist for their first.

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Got another assist this morning for the goal v Bahrain. 2 assists (and the 'pre-assist') and a great free kick for Piscopo so far - he's carrying this team.

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Subbed off at 99 mins, as Olyroos beat Syria U23 by 1-0 in ET.

Toure with the winner at 101 mins.

Arnie's Olyroos with 57% possession, but Syrians more shots on goal.

In the semis they will play winner of South Kora v Jordan QF.

Need to win that, or lose and win the 3rd placed playoff to make Tokyo.

All in all means Piscopo definitely misses the Newcastle game.

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Piscopo benched for the semi

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Subbed on in the 66th minute with Olyroos down 1-0.

Finishes 2-0 to Sth Korea.

Piscopo picks up a yellow late.

Australia will need to beat Uzbekistan (lost to Saudi Arabia 1-0 in other semi), in 3rd-4th playoff to make the Olympics.

https://www.socceroos.com.au/video/ffa230120olyrooskorfthlts

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Olyroos are off to Tokyo.

Beat Uzbekistan 1-0, in 3rd/4th playoff. Goal D'Agostino (47 mins).

https://www.socceroos.com.au/news/australia-u-23s-qualify-tokyo-2020-olympic-games

Uzbeks had a sub come on at 53 mins, only to be sent off 6 mins later! Costly.

Piscopo replaced at 86 mins. He's had a lot of playing time in the Thai heat and humidity, so will probably appreciate the week off with his Nix team mates. Started 5 of the Olyroo's 6 games over 2.5 weeks. Only game he didn't start (still got 25 mins off the bench) against Sth Korea, they lost.

Can Olyroos be in same pool as Oly Whites in Tokyo?

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No surprise Socceroos pull out of June-July's Copa America. 

https://www.socceroos.com.au/news/football-austral...

Also looks like they will have to postpone their scheduled 25th March home WC qualifier against Kuwait, though may still play the 30th March away game in Nepal. I guess with no A League players (2 weeks MIQ required upon return to Aus). So a Socceroos side of Euro and Asian based players.

A warm up game against a Euro AWs, somewhere on the continent in March before flying to Katmandu?

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https://www.news.com.au/sport/football/graham-arnold-to-name-a-34man-socceroos-squad-for-qualifying-hub/news-story/b093b65508ff150479df2f09bbe2b303

The Socceroos will conclude their latest round of 2022 World Cup qualifiers by playing four Group B matches in the May 31-June 15 hub.
The hub location is yet to be confirmed, although Qatar is reportedly favoured to host the matches.

Arnold confirmed the dates for the Socceroos four matches.
Australia, who lead Group B with 12 points from four matches, will play Kuwait on June 4, Chinese Taipei on June 8, Nepal on June 12 and Jordan on June 15.
The amount of matches in a short space of time, as well as hardly any preparation time because of players being on club duties until the FIFA international window starts on May 31, will lead to Arnold selecting an extra large squad.

“I haven’t seen them for 19 months and we’ll have three training sessions together (before the first game),” Arnold said.
“I’ll bring 34 players because we’ll have four matches in 12 days.
“Putting the injuries to one side as well, if we get four or five players who get COVID, we have to make sure we have enough players in the hub wherever it is.”

With such a big squad to be named,
Arnold won’t have any hesitation including a strong contingent of A-League players if their form warrants selection despite the competition being no certainty to go into recess during the international window.
“We have the right to be able to call the players in because it’s a FIFA window,” Arnold said.
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Could be a club verus country war brewing come May. A League is down for finals series in June, so looking like a clash with Socceroos.

Arnold is looking to pick a large squad of 34 players for AFC qualifiers, that is bound to include some A League players.

Maybe A League will go into a 3 week break? FFA Cup games? Given it already faces a huge off season before the 2022 A League (winter?) starts.

But then if you delay final series by a few weeks, risk clashing with pre Olympics (July-August) prep for Olyroos & Olywhites.

I presume by late May, any A League footballers would be eligible for the Covid vaccine, so could return to Aussie without 2 week MIQ requirement??

https://www.socceroos.com.au/news/we-will-get-stronger-and-stronger-arnold-name-extended-socceroos-squad-mayjune-qualifiers

Graham Arnold revealed he is set to call on up to 34 players when the Socceroos reunite for the first time since November 2019.


Last week the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed that Kuwait will host Australia's remaining Group B FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifiers in a centralised hub format.

With matches against Kuwait, Chinese Taipei, Nepal and Jordan slated to take place between
31 May and June 15, the Socceroos Head Coach is preparing to accommodate the challenges of such a tight schedule.

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coochie wrote:
Maybe A League will go into a 3 week break? FFA Cup games? Given it already faces a huge off season before the 2022 A League (winter?) starts.
The A-League has to finish before the end of June, it is in the broadcast deal. Atm I'm starting to wonder where the 4 unannounced rounds are going to be played, so zero chance of a break happening.
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coochie wrote:
Maybe A League will go into a 3 week break? FFA Cup games? Given it already faces a huge off season before the 2022 A League (winter?) starts.
The A-League has to finish before the end of June, it is in the broadcast deal. Atm I'm starting to wonder where the 4 unannounced rounds are going to be played, so zero chance of a break happening.

Well in that case come late May-mid June, expect Melb City to be without McLaren, SFC to be without Ryan Grant etc etc etc.

That's if they can get the vaccine early to return back to Aussie, and avoid 2 weeks MIQ.

Arnold wants a large 34 man squad for those final AFC first round qualifiers. With no contact time with his Socceroos squad since early 2020, and the 2nd round of AFC WC qualification being tough (Socceroos had to go through intercontinental playoffs last time - imagine if they had drawn Peru and not us!!) - I see him insisting that any A League players he sees as central to his future plans, have to travel to Kuwait in late May. 
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Olyroos in a Tournament 30th May - 13 June, ruling out those selected from the A-League Finals.
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Olyroos in a Tournament 30th May - 13 June, ruling out those selected from the A-League Finals.

Any chance Oly Whites can't grab one of the 2 spare tourney spots, still available? 

Should be able to cobble together nearly 15 U24 players in Europe, plus 3-5 over age (oa) guys. Most Euro leagues bar Scandanvia finished by May 30??

Chance to have an early look at the Romanians.

Woud, Jamie Searle, Pjinaker, Stanger, Smith/Reid (oa), Elliot, Kirwan (oa), Cacace, Sean Bright, Owen Parker-Price, Stamenic, Bell, Singh, Just, McCowatt, Garbett, Rogerson, Wood (oa)
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Seems that tournament has been postponed now.
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Seems that tournament has been postponed now.

Yipe it's postponed until after the Olympics seems.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_Maurice_Revello_Tournament


The tournament was originally to be held in France from 30 May to 13 June 2021.
[1] On 30 April 2021 the tournament was postponed to autumn due to the logistical problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

Maybe a double header of Oly Whites v Olyroos matches either in Europe or Japan, pre Olympics start. Most of the players from both final squads will likely be European based.
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See some info on Olyroos buildup from a few weeks ago. Obviously that tourney has now been scrapped, but they still have 4 friendlies in the pipeline once in Nippon. Why does NZF or Hay never realise this sort of info?

Hopefully similarly Oly Whites can get 3-4 friendlies in Japan pre 1st game.

https://www.socceroos.com.au/news/its-group-dreams-arnold-meulensteen-and-vidmar-react-olyroos-draw
Arnold: "At the start of June, the overseas-based Olyroos will be given a chance - there will be a camp and a tournament that they will play in. The boys here in the A-League will stay and finish the season out and all the clubs will release players for us by June 30, so the boys can be in Tokyo for July 1. There we will have a good three-and-a-half week preparation over in Tokyo, where we will have four friendly games and be ready for that first game."


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See some info on Olyroos buildup from a few weeks ago. Obviously that tourney has now been scrapped, but they still have 4 friendlies in the pipeline once in Nippon. Why does NZF or Hay never realise this sort of info?

Hopefully similarly Oly Whites can get 3-4 friendlies in Japan pre 1st game.

https://www.socceroos.com.au/news/its-group-dreams-arnold-meulensteen-and-vidmar-react-olyroos-draw
Arnold: "At the start of June, the overseas-based Olyroos will be given a chance - there will be a camp and a tournament that they will play in. The boys here in the A-League will stay and finish the season out and all the clubs will release players for us by June 30, so the boys can be in Tokyo for July 1. There we will have a good three-and-a-half week preparation over in Tokyo, where we will have four friendly games and be ready for that first game."



We are probably one of those games.
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Langerak retires from Socceroos. Arnold's 34 man squad naming must be very soon. Interesting to see what A League players will then miss finals series.

In fact as squad assembles in Middle East from May 23rd (next Sunday), could expect some of Risdon, Ikonomidis, Duke, Federici, Milligan (still a Socceroo?) etc to be missing for Nix's last few games.

https://www.foxsports.com.au/football/socceroos/roo-radar/socceroos-news-world-cup-qualifiers-fixtures-harry-souttar-premier-league-transfers-rumours-efl-championship/news-story/3d94b72ce56e1eeacf111a7157fa30bf

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Langerak retires from Socceroos. Arnold's 34 man squad naming must be very soon. Interesting to see what A League players will then miss finals series.

In fact as squad assembles in Middle East from May 23rd (next Sunday), could expect some of Risdon, Ikonomidis, Duke, Federici, Milligan (still a Socceroo?) etc to be missing for Nix's last few games.

https://www.foxsports.com.au/football/socceroos/roo-radar/socceroos-news-world-cup-qualifiers-fixtures-harry-souttar-premier-league-transfers-rumours-efl-championship/news-story/3d94b72ce56e1eeacf111a7157fa30bf

Milligan retired iirc. Duke is probably the only one likely to be missing. Ikonomidis is class but your not gonna select him on the basis of a couple games after such a long injury lay off.
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There's talk that with Langerak retiring from international football, Federici could now be 3rd keeper, or Arnold may even pick 4 stoppers in a 34 man squad.

Duke probably won't make the squad. Talk that Nikita Rukavytsya will be recalled from the wilderness, as well as James Holland.

Pity that Nix play Melb City tomorrow, rather than next weekend, as MacLaren will be off to the Middle East for sure.


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https://www.socceroos.com.au/news/australia-u-23-selection-play-four-friendlies-spain

Four current A-League players – Connor O’Toole, Luka Prso, Ramy Najjarine, and Dylan Ryan – have been made available by their A-League clubs to participate in the window. Football Australia acknowledges Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory for their support of the Olyroos’ preparations for Tokyo 2020. 



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34 man squad named this afternoon. 
Duke & Ikonomidis hopefully in there , from a Nix angle.

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