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Graham Arnold pleased with 'promising' debut as Australia manager

The Socceroos comfortably account for Kuwait 4-0 in the first game under new coach Graham Arnold.

Graham Arnold got the statement win he wanted in his first match back in charge of the Socceroos as they brushed aside Kuwait 4-0.

But Australia's new boss concedes improvement must come as they prepare for sterner tests in the future.

Goals to Apostolos Giannou, Tom Rogic, debutant Awer Mabil and an early own goal helped the Socceroos skittle an ordinary Kuwait side at Kuwait Sports Club Stadium on Monday.

"We still need the icing in the cake which is the finishing," Arnold conceded.

"The execution...

Kuwait boss Romeo Jozak to use Australia as a measuring stick

Tom Rogic says he's excited by the environment created on and off the pitch under new Socceroos coach Graham Arnold.
Tom Rogic says his Socceroos and Celtic teammate Daniel Arzani is doing everything he can to feature for his new club.

Kuwait coach Romeo Jozak is looking forward to seeing where his team stands in Asian football with the visit of Australia on Monday.

Jozak, a former technical director of the Croatian FA, was charged in July with leading Kuwait back into the upper echelons of Asian football after a two-year FIFA ban from international competitions was lifted in December 2017.

"Here in Kuwait everyone speaks of Australia with huge respect," Jozak told ESPN.

"For us, it will be a bar and against Australia, that bar...

Usain Bolt 'star power' amazing for A-League, Australian football - Matildas' Sam Kerr

Usain Bolt reviews his two-goal performance in a friendly win for Central Coast Mariners and his progress during his trial.

Matildas' star Samantha Kerr said the "star power" Usain Bolt has brought to Australia during his trial with Central Coast Mariners has been amazing.

Sprint-king Bolt, 32, scored twice in Friday's winning trial against a select Macarthur South West United team, instantly raising hope of turning his trial into a full-time contract.

And Kerr acknowledged afterward that Bolt had brought unprecedented attention to the A-League and football in Australia.

"I've seen the Central Coast badge all over the...

Trent Sainsbury states his case to be Socceroos captain

Josh Risdon is looking forward to the new Socceroos regime and getting used to Graham Arnold's style.

KUWAIT CITY -- Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury has confirmed he's a candidate for the national team captaincy.

Mile Jedinak's retirement from international duties leaves one of the most important roles in Australian football vacant.

On the eve of Australia's friendly clash with Kuwait, the 26-year-old centre-back has no qualms with making plain his ambitions to lead his country.

"I'd like to be captain, no way around that," he said from Kuwait City on Saturday. "Anyone who has the chance to captain...