Australia's new coach Bert Van Marwijk was quick out of the blocks. A week ahead of Monday's deadline he named his provisional 32-man squad for the World Cup -- to be whittled down to 23 by the time the competition kicks off.
The members of his squad are strewn across Europe and Asia, with very few based at home. Just five players make their living in the country's A-League, the competition launched in 2005-06.
The then eight-team A-League got underway just as Australia ensured qualification for...
When Venezuela take on Uruguay in Thursday's World Cup qualifier, the importance of Under-20 football should be very clear.
The Venezuelans have no chance of making it to Russia. They are already building for the long term, hoping to make their senior World Cup debut in Qatar 2022. And they hope they have unearthed the generation that will get them there -- the squad that reached the final of this year's U-20 World Cup.
Nine members of that group have been called up for the upcoming matches against...
Coach Ernie Merrick is upbeat the arrival of Venezuelan international Ronald Vargas will add the attacking spark the Newcastle Jets need to turn around their dismal recent A-League fortunes.
Merrick is the Jets' seventh coach since the struggling club last made the finals seven seasons ago.
But the Scot is confident a player of Vargas' pedigree can lift the Jets, who are aiming to get off to a flying start to the new season when they face Central Coast in the F3 derby on Oct. 7.
Arriving from Greek...
Argentina slipped up at home as they could only draw 1-1 with Venezuela in their South American qualifying group clash to remain fifth.
Argentina needed a second-half own goal from Rolf Feltscher to spare their blushes after Jhon Murillo had given the visitors, who are already eliminated, a shock lead.
It leaves Argentina in fifth place with just two games to go with only the top four gaining automatic qualification to the World Cup finals in Russia.
Jorge Sampaoli's men close out the qualifying...