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Jesus Kennedy EPL Bound?

Socceroo Josh Kennedy could be set to end his nine-year stay in Germany after his club Karlsruhe was relegated from the Bundesliga on the weekend.

Kennedy ended his nightmare season with two goals as his side hammered Hertha Berlin 4-0, but the result wasn’t enough to preserve Karlsruhe’s stay in the German top flight.

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V-Bomber Looking for Toon Stay

MARK VIDUKA could remain with English Premier League club Newcastle beyond this season, according to his manager, Alan Shearer.

Shearer has revealed Viduka looked likely to return to Australia at the end of an injury-riddled season, where he could have opted to play in the A-League.

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Rhys Williams Disapoints Welsh Football Supporters

“I ENJOY playing for Wales. That’s where I am and that’s where I intend to remain.

“I don’t think I could switch. Wales have been good to me and I’ve made my decision to play here.”

Those words were reportedly uttered by Rhys Williams just 28 days ago.

This week, Wales learned he has defected to Australia.

To be fair to Williams, he is from Perth, I suppose. But so much for sincerity, you could also say.

Nobody comes out of this sorry tug-of-war, which Wales have lost, smelling of any roses.

Not Williams, whose mind seems to have changed more dramatically than Margaret Thatcher and the poll tax.

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Rhys Williams picks Socceroos over Wales

Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek looks to have secured the services of promising Middlesbrough defender Rhys Williams after the youngster turned down Wales to pledge his international future to Australia.

The Perth-born 20-year-old, who has a Welsh grandfather, has played 10 times for the Wales under-21 side but is yet to kick a ball for the senior line-up despite being called into the squad several times.

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Fulham and Mark Schwarzer Lock in for A-League Triple Header

Fulham will undertake a three-match tour of Australia in July, with fixtures against Gold Coast United, Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory.

The Barclays Premier League club, for which Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is a star performer, have confirm the tour details .

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A-league socceroo squad picked

Pim Verbeek has selected 21 A-League players for the upcoming match Asia Cup match against Indonesia.

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Pim’s Asia Cup quest

Socceroo coach Pim Verbeek plans to convince overseas Socceroos to play in next month’s Asian Cup qualifier against Indonesia.

Verbeek says he would like to use foreign-based players, but his shortlist of local A-league players can do the job if necessary.

“The Asian Cup games will probably be mostly A-League players. World Cup is different but [I'll look] for any possibility to give players a chance to show themselves at international football,” he said. “We always look for that [overseas-based players]. Maybe we can pick up some players who are not in their [club] squads and need some games to play, but it’s not the time yet to decide.

“At the moment, I have 34 players on my list. Again, we still have five weeks to go, so that means I will visit around 15 games with my coaching staff, so if there are one or two players stepping up in the coming week, it will be easy to add them to that list. I think we have enough quality, yes.”

Pim Verbeek’s reasoning behind bringing in untried A-league players is to add depth to the squad.

“I’ve said I want every position tripled. I made a list for myself, and I want to pick the best player for every position and another two for that position.”

“I’ve heard from [assistant coach] Graham Arnold, who has been in Indonesia the last week, that he saw the games where there was 60,000 in the stands and we expect Indonesia to have 90,000 in the stands, so we should not underestimate Indonesia away,” he said. “I’ve never seen worse training fields in my life, that’s even an understatement. We will not train [away from the main stadium] at all over there.

“There’s A-league matches that weekend, so we’ll probably arrive on Monday night or Tuesday morning. We’ll train the day we play in the stadium, which is a great stadium to play football in.”

Kewell to return home for surgery

Harry Kewell’s return home to have a hernia operation is not a worrying situation for Pim Verbeek.

Despite Kewell has been in top form for his Galatasaray club, his recent injury with a torn abdominal muscle has led to his hernia problem.

“Harry rang me last night and told me he will be returning to Australia for the operation,” said Verbeek, to spend some time monitoring home based socceroos.

“It is not an urgent problem and he could have had it (the operation) in two or three months’ time. However, with the winter break coming up in Turkey, it makes it the right time to get the problem seen to.”

Australia serious about World Cup host bid

 Wollongong connection wins it for the Socceroos against Uzbekistan

Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chairman Frank Lowy today welcomed the Australian Government’s $45.6 million in support for FFA’s bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Joeys fall to Brazil in second friendly

The Australian Under 17 team was defeated 4-1 by Brazil in the final of their two matches in the Nike International Friendlies tournament in Lancaster County, Los Angeles.

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