Socceroo Internationals for 2014

Written by Thomas Esamie and Doug Butcher. For more details see credits.


This was a Friendly match.
Played : March 5 Venue : The Den, London, England
Australia
Matthew Ryan (Mitchell Langerak 46 (sent off 58)), Matthew Spiranovic, Curtis Good (Alex Wilkinson 68), Ivan Franjic, Jason Davidson, Tomas Rogic (Brad Jones 60), Mile Jedinak (Massimo Luongo 78), Mark Milligan, Tommy Oar (Dario Vidosic 67), Matthew Leckie, Tim Cahill (Oliver Bozanic 68)
Goals : Cahill 8, 32, Jedinak 15pk
3 - 4 Ecuador
Adrian Bone Sanchez (Alexander Dominguez Carabali 46), Gabriel Achilier Zurita (Frickson Erazo Vivera 46), Jorge Guagua Tamayo, Cristian Ramirez Zambrano (Juan Carlos Paredes Reasco 46), Oscar Bagui Angulo (Jefferson Montero Vite 46), Segundo Castillo Narareno, Walter Ayovi Corozo, Christian Noboa Tello, Luis Antonio Valencia Mosquera, Enner Valencia Lastra (Edison Mendez Mendez 90), Felipe Caicedo Corozo (Fidel Martinez Tenorio 46)
Goals : Martinez 57, Castillo 61pk, Valencia 77, Mendez 90
Referee : Lee Probert (England)
Linesmen : Simon Beck, Simon Bennett (both England)
Attendance : 7133
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Reinaldo Rueda Rivera (Ecuador)
Squad Listing


The now traditional (maybe traditional isn't exactly the right word) Farewell match for the Socceroos before they head off to Brazil for the World Cup saw them play against South Africa in a game that petered out to a draw but showed occasional glimpses of the style of play Ange Postecoglou is trying to nurture. This was a Friendly match.
Played : May 26 Venue : Sydney Olympic Stadium
Australia
Matthew Ryan, Ivan Franjic (Luke Wilkshire 54), Jason Davidson, Ryan McGowan, Alex Wilkinson, Mark Milligan, Tommy Oar (Dario Vidosic 72), James Troisi (Matthew McKay 46), James Holland (Oliver Bozanic 73), Tim Cahill (Ben Halloran 62), Mathew Leckie (Joshua Kennedy 85)
Goal : Cahill 14
1 - 1 South Africa
Senzo Robert Meyiwa, Thato Mokeke, Anele Calvin Ngcongca, Thabo Nthethe, Eric Mathoho, Thulani Caleb Serero (Siphelele Promise Mthembu 90), Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Thuso Phala, Hlompho Alpheus Kekana (Themba Zwane 65), Ayanda Patosi, Tokelo Anthony Rantie (Buhlebuyeza Wilson Mkhwanazi 60)
Goal : Patosi 13
Referee : Kim Jong-Hyeok (Korea Republic)
Linesmen : Luke Brennan (Australia), Paul Centragalo (Australia)
Attendance : 50459
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Gordon Igesund (South Africa)
Squad Listing


This was a Friendly match.
Played : June 6 Venue : Estadio de Pituacu, Salvador, Brazil
Australia
Matthew Ryan, Ivan Franjic, Matthew Spiranovic, Alex Wilkinson, Jason Davidson, Mark Milligan (Matthew McKay 81), Mathew Leckie (Adam Taggart 85), Tommy Oar (James Troisi 81), Mile Jedinak (James Holland 74), Dario Vidosic (Ben Halloran 55), Tim Cahill (Mark Bresciano 66)
0 - 1 Croatia
Stipe Pletikosa, Darijo Srna, Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Danijel Pranjic (Sime Vrsaljko 25), Luka Modric (Ivan Rakitic 59), Marcelo Brozovic, Nikica Jelavic (Mario Mandzukic 59), Mateo Kovacic (Jorge Sammir Cruz Campos 59), Ivan Perisic (Ante Rebic 67), Eduardo Alves Da Silva (Ivica Olic 77)
Goal : Jelavic 58
Referee : Francisco Carlos do Nascimento (Brazil)
Linesmen : Alessandro Alvaro Rocha de Matos (Brazil), Cleriston Clay Barreto Rios (Brazil)
Attendance : 8500
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Niko Kovac (Croatia)
Squad Listing


Australia got off to a slow start and gave up a 2 goal lead which they narrowed but never quite closed and in the end were suckerpunched for a 3rd. The result somewhat flattered Chile, but that's just Football... just ask the Spaniards who lost 5-1 in the other group match. This was a World Cup Finals match.
Played : June 13 Venue : Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba, Brazil
Australia
Matthew Ryan, Jason Davidson, Ivan Franjic (Ryan McGowan 49), Matthew Spiranovic, Alex Wilkinson, Mathew Leckie, Mark Milligan, Mile Jedinak, Tommy Oar (Ben Halloran 68), Mark Bresciano (James Troisi 78), Tim Cahill
Goal : Cahill 35
1 - 3 Chile
Claudio Andres Bravo Munoz, Mauricio Anibal Isla Isla, Gary Alexis Medel Soto, Gonzalo Alejandro Jara Reyes, Eugenio Esteban Mena Reveco, Marcelo Alfonso Diaz Rojas, Jorge Luis Valdivia Toro (Jean Andre Beausejour Coliqueo 68), Arturo Erasmo Vidal Pardo (Felipe Alejandro Gutierrez Leiva 60), Charles Mariano Aranguiz Sandoval, Eduardo Jesus Vargas Rojas (Mauricio Ricardo Pinilla Ferrera 88), Alexis Alejandro Sanchez Sanchez
Goals : Sanchez 12, Valdivia 14, Coliqueo 90
Referee : Noumandiez Desire Doue (Ivory Coast)
Linesmen : Songuifolo Yeo (Ivory Coast), Jean-Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)
Attendance : 40275
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Jorge Luis Sampaoli Moya (Chile)
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Subsequent to this match Spain lost to Chile which eliminated both Spain and Australia from the World Cup. The Dutch were widely expected to win easily but in the end it was Australia who failed to make the most of their own chances while giftins some to the Netherlands which they were far better at taking advantage of. Also Tim Cahill is a machine. This was a World Cup Finals match.
Played : June 18 Venue : Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Australia
Matthew Ryan, Alex Wilkinson, Ryan McGowan, Matthew Spiranovic, Jason Davidson, Tommy Oar (Adam Taggart 77), Mark Bresciano (Oliver Bozanic 51), Matt McKay, Mathew Leckie, Mile Jedinak, Tim Cahill (Ben Halloran 69)
Goals : Cahill 21, Jedinak 54pk
2 - 3 Netherlands
Jacobus Cillessen, Ron Peter Vlaar, Stefan de Vrij, Rolando Maximiliano Martins Indi (Memphis Depay 46), Daley Blind, Nigel de Jong, Jonathan Alexander de Guzman (Georginio Wijnaldum 78), Daryl Janmaat, Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie (Jeremain Marciano Lens 87), Wesley Sneijder
Goals : Robben 20, van Persie 58, Depay 68
Referee : Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)
Linesmen : Redouane Achik (Morocco), Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria)
Attendance : 42877
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Louis van Gaal (Netherlands)
Squad Listing


In a match where both participants were already out of contention for the next round Spain pretty much did what everyone expected pre-tournament. The tiring Australians will now continue their buildup to the Asian Cup on home soil and a tilt at the 2018 event. This was a World Cup Finals match.
Played : June 23 Venue : Arena da Baixada, Curitiba, Brazil
Australia
Matthew Ryan, Alex Wilkinson, Ryan McGowan, Matthew Spiranovic, Jason Davidson, Matt McKay, Mile Jedinak, Tommy Oar (James Troisi 61), Oliver Bozanic (Mark Bresciano 72), Mathew Leckie, Adam Taggart (Ben Halloran 46)
0 - 3 Spain
Jose Manuel Reina Paez, Juan Francisco Torres Belen, Raul Albiol Tortajada, Sergio Ramos Garcia, Jordi Alba Ramos, Andres Iniesta Lujan, Jorge Resurreccion Merodio, Xabier Alonso Olano (David Josue Jimenez Silva 83), Santiago Cazorla Gonzalez (Francesc Fabregas Soler 68), Fernando Jose Torres Sanz, David Villa Sanchez (Juan Manuel Mata Garcia 56)
Goals : Villa 36, Torres 69, Mata 82
Referee : Nawaf Abdullah Ghayyath Shukralla (Bahrain)
Linesmen : Yaser Khalil Ebrahim Abdulla Tulefat (Bahrain), Ebrahim Mubarak Sabt Moosa Saleh (Bahrain)
Attendance : 39375
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Vicente del Bosque (Spain)
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This was a Friendly match.
Played : September 4 Venue : Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liege
Belgium
Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Nicolas Lombaerts (Laurent Ciman 73), Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen (Guillaume Gillet 87), Alex Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Divock Origi (Mousa Dembele 79), Kevin Mirallas (Adnan Januzaj 62), Dries Merterns (Nacer Chadli 64), Steven Defour (Radja Nainggolan 64)
Goals : Merterns 18, Witsel 77
2 - 0 Australia
Matt Ryan, Jason Donovan, Tim Cahill (Brad Smith 71), Mark Milligan (Carl Valeri 86), Matthew Leckie (Tomi Juric 86), Tommy Oar (Ben Halloran 60), Chris Herd (Joshua Brillante 46), Mile Jedinak, Trent Sainsbury, ALex Wilkinson, Marco Bresciano (Massimo Luongo 60)
Referee : Michael Oliver (England)
Linesmen : Darren England, Stuart Burt (both England)
Attendance : 16850
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Marc Wilmots (Belgium)
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This was a Friendly match.
Played : September 8 Venue : Craven Cottage, London
Australia
Mitch Langerak, Joshua Brillante, Jason Davidson (Mark Milligan 60), Tim Cahill (Tomi Juric 67), Bailey Wright, Matthew Leckie, Tommy Oar, Chris Herd (Carl Valeri 61), Mile Jedinak (Brad Smith 60), Massimo Luongo (Marco Bresciano 76), Alex Wilkinson (Trent Sainsbury 6)
Goals : Cahill 3, Jedinak 6, Wright 74
3 - 2 Saudi Arabia
Waleed Abdullah, Mansour Al Harbi (Hassan Fallatah 55), Osama Hawsawi, Salman Al Faraj (Yehya Al Shehri 70), Hassan Muath, Saud Kariri (Ibrahim Ghaleb 63), Nasser Al Shamrani (Hassan Fallatah 55), Taisir Al Jassim, Waleed Bakshwn (Ahmad Asiri 83), Yasir Al Shahrani, Majed Al Marshadi
Goals : Hassan Muath 69pk, Talsir Al Jassim 82
Referee : Martin Atkinson (England)
Linesmen : Darren Cann, Stephen Child (both England)
Attendance : 3677
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Juan Ramon Lopez Caro (Saudi Arabia)
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This was a Friendly match.
Played : October 10 Venue : Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Ali Khaseif, Mohnad Salem Ghazy (Ismail Ahmed 78), Mohamed Ahmed, Abdelaziz Sanqour, Abdulaziz Haikal (Mohamed Fawzi 46), Amer Abdulrahman (Tariq Ahmed 76), Habib Fardan (Mohamed Abdulrahman 46), Khamis Ismaeel (Ahmed Khamis 76), Ahmed Khalil (Salem Saleh 84), Ali Mabkhout, Ismail Al Hammadi
0 - 0 Australia
Matthew Ryan, Alex Wilkinson, Trent Sainsbury, Joshua Brillante, Jason Davidson (Aziz Behich 87), Mile Jedinak, Massimo Luongo (James Troisi 61), Robbie Kruse (Brad Smith 61), Mark Milligan (James Holland 75), Mathew Leckie, Bernie Ibini-Isei (Tim Cahill 77)
Referee : Vladislav Tseytlin (Uzbekistan)
Linesmen : Andrey Tsapenko (Uzbekistan), Husniddin Shodmonov (Uzbekistan)
Attendance : 1000
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Mahdi Ali (United Arab Emirates)
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Some reports have Luiz Mairton Carlos Júnior coming on for Wesam Rizik.. not sure which reports are true. This was a Friendly match.
Played : October 14 Venue : Lekhwiya Stadium, Doha
Qatar
Qasem Burhan, Mohammed Musa (Ismaeel Mohammed 67), Abdelkarim Hassan, Almahdi Ali Mukhtar, Abdulaziz Hatem, Wesam Rizik (Khalid Abdulraouf 46), Khalfan Ibrahim, Hasan Al Haydos, Ibrahim Majid, Sebastian Soria (Meshal Abdullah 74), Ahmed Abdelmaqsoud (Magid Mohamad 46)
Goal : Khalfan Ibrahim 61
1 - 0 Australia
Mitchell Langerak (Adam Federici 46), Tim Cahill (Brad Smith 72), Nikolai Topor-Stanley, James Troisi, Robbie Kruse (Bernie Ibini-Isei 64), Tommy Oar (Matthew Leckie 72), Aziz Behich, Chris Herd (Ivan Franjic 65), Mile Jedinak (Joshua Brillante 46), Alex Wilkinson, Marco Bresciano
Referee : Ahmad Ibrahim (Jordan)
Linesmen :
Attendance : 2000
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Djamel Belmadi (Qatar)
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Announced on the 11th of September this match, against the reigning Asian champions, ahead of the tournament to decide the next champion is likely to be a good measure to see how far along Australia's aim to become the best team in Asia has come. Turns out Australia were very good for a half, good for an hour and found wanting for 30. This was a Friendly match.
Played : November 18 Venue : Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Osaka
Japan
Eiji Kawashima, Masato Morishige, Kosuke Ota, Maya Yoshida, Gotoku Sakai, Yasuhito Endo (Yasuyuki Konno 46), Makoto Hasebe, Shinji Kagawa, Shinji Okazaki (Yohei Toyoda 77), Keisuke Honda, Yoshinori Muto (Takashi Inui 57)
Goals : Konno 61, Okazaki 68
2 - 1 Australia
Matthew Ryan, Ivan Franjic, Aziz Behich, Trent Sainsbury, Alex Wilkinson, Matthew Leckie, Mile Jedinak, Matt McKay (Tim Cahill 73), Robbie Kruse (Aaron Mooy 87), James Troisi (Mark Bresciano 64), Massimo Luongo (Mitch Nicols 63)
Goal : Cahill 90
Referee : Pawel Gil (Poland)
Linesmen : Rafal Rostkowski, Marcin Borkowski (both Poland)
Attendance : 46312
Coaches : Angelo Postecoglou (Australia), Javier Aguirre (Japan)
Squad Listing