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Hakeem al-Araibi, freed from Thai prison, returns to Pascoe Vale: 'It's a very special moment'

Al-Araibi's return to Pascoe Vale was met with a rich and warm reception. It's expected he'll be fit enough to be back in the team within a few weeks.

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Drums, dancers and a dizzying amount of cameras greeted Hakeem al-Araibi on Friday night as the Bahraini refugee watched his semi-professional football club for the first time since his Thai extradition ordeal ended last week.

The large crowd, many wearing #HakeemSaved shirts, traveled from around the country to Pascoe Vale, in Melbourne's north, to celebrate with a footballer they had campaigned to have released from a Thai prison for more than two months.

"The celebrations...

Socceroos and Matildas rudderless as FFA's search for national technical director goes on

Alen Stajcic has described the personal and professional impact of the saga over his dismissal as Matildas head coach.
Speaking to the media for the first time since being axed as Matildas head coach, Stajcic says he remains in the dark about the reasons for his dismissal.

Search for a recently vacant position on the Football Federation Australia website, and you will come across a 404 message.

As far as visual metaphors go, an error message relating to destination on the governing body's official website is almost perfect, even by Australian football's standards.

Yet, the page for that recently vacant position was not the one filled by Ante Milicic with the the Matildas this week. Rather it's that of the national technical director, one of the most important football...

FC Luzern looking to sell Australia international Tomi Juric - report

Less than two months after being axed from the Socceroos, Tomi Juric appears to be being forced out of his Swiss club FC Luzern.

The 27-year-old played a full 90 minutes for Luzern against Neuchatel Xamax on Sunday, in his seventh Swiss Super League appearance this season.

Despite that, the Luzerner Zeitung reports that Juric has been told he can negotiate with other clubs and has been barred from training with the first team.

Juric has been with the Swiss club since July 2016 after joining from...

Hakeem al-Araibi arrives back in Australia after being released from Thai prison

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi thanked Australians on his return home on Tuesday, hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and more than two months after he was detained in Thailand.

Hundreds of supporters carrying welcome signs and singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" were waiting at Melbourne Airport when Al-Araibi arrived on a commercial flight direct from Bangkok.

"I would like to say thanks to Australia," Al-Araibi told the cheering crowd. "It's amazing to see all of the...

Thai court orders release of refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi

Hakeem Al-Araibi
Hakeem al-Araibi has denied charges against him in Bahrain.

A Thai court ordered the release of refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi on Monday after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain.

Court spokesman Suriyan Hongvilai said Al-Araibi, who lives and plays football in Australia, was being processed for release.

On Monday, prosecutors submitted to court a request to withdraw the case to extradite Al-Araibi to Bahrain, where he faces a 10-year prison sentence for an arson attack that damaged a police station.

He has denied...