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Harry nets once again

Harry Kewell netted his eighth goal for Galatasaray.

Kewell scored the second goal of the game with a stunning shot into the top corner of the net.

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Joeys to face Brazil and USA

Australia’s U17 squad will participate in a friendly tournament where they will face Brazil and two United States squads.

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Towards Yokohama

The media reactions to the Socceroos’ unconvincing 1-0 win in Manama have been understandably equivocal, given the nature of the victory and the sub-par performances by many of the established “stars” of the side, Tim Cahill and Harry Kewell in particular. Craig Foster even went so far as to mount a surprisingly virulent attack on the players’ perceived conceit, comparing them unfavourably to the shoestring Socceroo battlers of yesteryear.

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Australia leave it late

Wollongong connection wins it for the Socceroos against Uzbekistan

Mark Bresciano’s 93rd minute goal gave the Australian’s a 1-0 win over Bahrain overnight.

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Cahill to play despite foot problems

Socceroo Tim Cahill insists he can manage a minor foot injury and expects to play a full match in the World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.

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Emerton and McDonald out

 Brett Emerton and Scott McDonald are the latest to pull out of the Australian qualifier against Bahrain on Wednesday.

The Socceroo injury list is starting to increase with Emerton joining Vince Grella (hamstring), Queensland Roar captain Craig Moore (testicular cancer), Newcastle Jets defender Mark Milligan (Achilles), Matthew Spiranovic (ankle) and now Gordon Strachan confirming Mcdonald would not travel to Bahrain.

“He won’t fly, it’s impossible with the virus to get on a plane and be in that restricted area for that amount of time and then go out in the heat and try and train. He is weak as it is,” Strachan said.



Kewell scores again

Harry Kewell has led his Galatasaray club to a 2-0 victory over Istanbul Buyuksehir BSK in the Turkish league overnight.

Harry struck in the 39th minute to give his club the lead. It was Kewell’s seventh goal of the campaign and the Socceroo is showing no signs of slowing up leading into Australia’s qualifying match against Bahrain on Wednesday.

Australia head to Manama, Bahrain on top of Group A with six points from two games.



Vidmar inducted into FFA Hall of Fame

Aurelio Vidmar has been named the 2008 inductee into the Hall of Champions at FFA’s Football Hall of Fame.

Vidmar’s playing career saw him appear twice in the old National Soccer League either side of stints with overseas clubs in Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain and Japan.

After returning to the NSL, Vidmar was part of the Adelaide United’s inaugural A-League squad, where he made 27 appearances before announcing his retirement as a player and becoming assistant coach at the club.

Vidmar played a total of 454 club games, scoring 126 goals. He also appeared 53 times and scored 18 goals for the Socceroos.



Socceroo squad reshuffle

Pim Verbeek has included three more A-League players – Jade North, Mark Milligan and Mile Jedinak in the squad selected to play Bahrain next week in Manama.

Earlier Verbeek named a 24-man squad that included Vincenzo Grella, Matthew Spiranovic and Moore, all of whom are now ruled out of the match.

Grella sustained an injury in his match for Blackburn Rovers last weekend while Spiranovic suffered an ankle injury during training with his German club Nurnberg.  Moore has been ruled out after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer in Brisbane yesterday, announced by his manager on Wednesday evening.



Moore diagnosed with cancer

Wollongong connection wins it for the Socceroos against Uzbekistan

 

Socceroos and Queensland Roar defender Craig Moore has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming 2010 World Cup qualifier against Bahrain, after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Moore has been ruled out after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer in Brisbane yesterday, announced by his manager on Wednesday evening.

“At this point there are no thoughts regarding injury replacement players and the club will be guided by medical advice on a timeframe for Craig’s return to training and playing,” a Queensland Roar media statement said.

“Craig’s health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to the club and we will offer him and his family all the support required in order to help him make a full recovery.”

Verbeek said he was taken aback when he heard the news about Moore.

“It’s always a shock to hear of a diagnosis like this but I am encouraged by the prognosis from the medical practitioner. I speak for the entire team in wishing him a speedy recovery,” he said.



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