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For reasons unclear, Ange Postecoglou left his post as coach of the Socceroos after guiding the team through qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament. The post, as we well know, went to Bert van Marwijk, who has plenty with which to deal with a squad that is given hardly any shot of getting

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New Australian Coach Justin Langer’s first order of business, apparently, will be dealing with tutoring his players on how to deal with the reaction they are sure to receive when they take the oval for the tour of the United Kingdom for ODI play. That is a tall order for a new coach, the sort

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There is nothing like a healthy dose of optimism to boost the prospects, even if not even the best boost in the world will do much to improve the likely outcome. The Socceroos failed to tally a point in the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil, but James Troisi is of the opinion that

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The West Coast Eagles, to the surprise of more than a few, find themselves atop the ladder following the first nine rounds of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition, four points ahead of the defending premier Richmond Tigers. The path ahead for the Eagles looks promising. They have the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium directly

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It would be safe to conclude that France is more decisive than Australia, as the country that perfected the art of surrender has already named its 23 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia next month, while Bert van Marwijk prefers to maintain the suspense up until the last moment. The French standbys

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Argentina’s Football Federation is trying to recover from an embarrassing faux pas that had it handing out a manual for the players that contained advice about how to score not just goals in the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, but how to score with Russian women, as well. What started out as a well-intentioned attempt

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It would seem a distinct case of “What have we got to lose?” as the Essendon side are set to drop a couple of fresh bombers for their Round 9 game against the Geelong Cats on Saturday at the MCG. Jordan Ridley and Dylan Clarke have been confirmed after they have shown good form playing

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There has been plenty of wailing, rending of garments and gnashing of teeth over the inclusion of striker Tim Cahill, who has done exactly nothing at the club level of late, as a member of the Socceroos at the expense of in-form Hibernian Jamie Maclaren, but the inclusion of Cahill in the final group for

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Critics could lament, but supporters could claim that the huge sums the Gold Coast Titans are tossing around will eventually, someday, maybe, give them a NRL franchise that can do better than the 15thposition they occupy on the current Telstra 2018 NRL Premiership competition ladder. The Titans have considerable money tied up in their forward

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