Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Sydney https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/sydney Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:22:32 +1100 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[Bristol City want Sydney goalkeeper Redmayne]]> <p>Bristol City are interested in Sydney FC goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, according to reports.</p><p>The 30-year-old helped Sydney win the A-League Championship this season.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/bristol-city-want-sydney-goalkeeper-redmayne-4284892?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Bristol City are interested in Sydney FC goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, according to reports.

The 30-year-old helped Sydney win the A-League Championship this season.

He has one-year remaining on his current contract and The Daily Telegraph says City are interested in making a move.

The Championship club are looking to bolster their squad ahead of another promotion push next season.

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<![CDATA[Exclusive: Clem Morfuni using Swindon board role to fix 'pathetic' Australian pathway]]> <p>Clem Morfuni wants to use his platform as Swindon Town non-executive vice-chairman to fix what he describes as a "pathetic" pathway for Australian kids to play professional football.</p><p>The Sydney native is the founder of Axis Group, a multi-national building services contractor that was involved in the construction of new Wembley and the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/exclusive-clem-morfuni-using-swindon-board-role-to-fix-pathetic-australian-pathway-4252836?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Clem Morfuni wants to use his platform as Swindon Town non-executive vice-chairman to fix what he describes as a "pathetic" pathway for Australian kids to play professional football.

The Sydney native is the founder of Axis Group, a multi-national building services contractor that was involved in the construction of new Wembley and the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

Morfuni has sponsored the League Two club since 2015 and was handed a position on the board by owner Lee Power in July last year.

Australian businesses have begun to make their mark in English football recently, with a consortium reportedly favourites to purchase League One club Charlton Athletic.

Speaking to Tribal Football, Morfuni says he plans to use his own standing at Swindon to provide new opportunities for aspiring footballers in Australia.

"We've employed a talent scout who is coming out to Australia in November," revealed Morfuni.

"So we're looking for kids and we want to develop a pathway for kids in Australia to go to English and European football and the best way to have it is to have someone in that level that can pull a proper pathway for kids because I think the pathway in Australia is pathetic.

"And now that people know that I'm Swindon vice-chairman. And there's a couple of other things that I'm trying to do that I can't really announce yet. But we're trying to get that pathway where we're generating really good kids from Australia who can go and play football."

Morfuni does not state whether the idea would evolve in the form of an academy or direct trials at Swindon, but his argument that Australia needs a different platform for their young footballers is a strong one.

The A-League, which commenced in 2005, is one of the few professional domestic leagues in world football that does not have a relegation system.

The National Premier League (NPL), competitions that are based in each Australian state, and the subsequent state leagues, essentially serve as the equivalent to the English football pyramid for Australian football, with the A-League at its apex.

Over the past two seasons, however, only seven players have been recruited from NPL competitions who were under 23, Australian and had no previous A-League experience.

Despite the league expanding to twelve franchises in 2019/2020, Morfuni argues that A-League clubs have no interest in developing youth.

"No disrespect to the A-League, I've been involved in the A-League. But there is no pathway. They just want to win their competition," Morfuni continued.

"They've got a lot of older players in that league and there is probably 10,000 Australian kids that want to play football and the A-League has 10 teams and none of these young kids have an opportunity to get in.

"Hopefully this works so there might be an opportunity for our national league to get even better.

"It's good for Australia because it gives us an opportunity and I'm over there enough to be heavily involved in it."

Morfuni's plans for young Australian footballers makes up a small fraction of his work at Swindon.

Due to his vast experience in the construction industry, Morfuni has become an instrumental figure in negotiations over a proposed purchase of the club's 122-year-old stadium, the County Ground.

Swindon hopes they can buy the 15,728 capacity stadium off the local council and split the ownership 50-50 with two supporter groups, Trust STFC and STFC Supporters Club.

The stadium purchase has long been a topic of debate in Swindon, but Morfuni believes it will pay off in the long-term as Town aims to climb the rungs of the Football League.

"The football club started in 1879 so there's a lot of passion there. We've been in the Premier League before in 1993/94. We were up there for one season but we've been hovering around League One and League Two in the Football League.

"There's absolutely a lot of passion. It doesn't matter what club you support in English football, there's always passion over there. We're in League Two at the moment and we're trying to get promotion.

"We think we should be a Championship club. There's a big enough catchment, I think if we develop the ground it will be a lot better we'll get better income outside the pitch so we can put more money inside the pitch so that's what we're trying to do.

"Lee Power and I have been talking about it making it and that's our goal. To get them in the Championship minimum."

It wouldn't be the first time Swindon find themselves in the upper echelon of British football. The town might be famous for its railway history, but many nostalgic football fans will remember their ill-fated and solitary Premier League season in 1993/94.

Player-manager Glenn Hoddle departed for Chelsea before the season and the Robins would eventually finish bottom with five wins from 42 games.

Significant investment would be needed for a top-flight return, but given the emergence of other smaller clubs in recent years, such as Bournemouth, Brighton and Huddersfield, Morfuni hasn't given up hope.

"I always say we'd love to be in the top-flight but to be in the top-flight you need a couple of hundred million quid.

"If we can get in the Championship it'll be an accomplishment especially if we can purchase the ground with the supporters groups, it will be a good feat.

"You never know, you might get one freak season where you'll get in the Premier League. You got to think eight years ago, Brighton were in our division. But it's going to take time."

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<![CDATA[​DONE DEAL: Ex-Bolton forward Le Fondre opts for Sydney FC]]> <p>Sydney FC have signed former Bolton striker Adam Le Fondre on a "multi-year" contract.<br></p><p>The 31-year-old left Wanderers on Tuesday to pursue his overseas ambitions, calling the move the "opportunity of a lifetime".</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/done-deal-ex-bolton-forward-le-fondre-opts-for-sydney-fc-4244656?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Sydney FC have signed former Bolton striker Adam Le Fondre on a "multi-year" contract.

The 31-year-old left Wanderers on Tuesday to pursue his overseas ambitions, calling the move the "opportunity of a lifetime".

Sydney head coach Steve Corica said: "At 31, he is in his prime."

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<![CDATA[Australia coach Van Marwijk: We didn't deserve that. Juric...]]> <p>Australia coach Bert van Marwijk was left frustrated after their 2-1 defeat to France in today's opening World Cup group C clash.</p><p>A penalty each for Antoine Griezmann and Mile Jedinak had the scores locked at 1-1 before Manchester United star Paul Pogba managed to score the winner.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/australia-coach-van-marwijk-we-didn-t-deserve-that-juric-4236116?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Australia coach Bert van Marwijk was left frustrated after their 2-1 defeat to France in today's opening World Cup group C clash.

A penalty each for Antoine Griezmann and Mile Jedinak had the scores locked at 1-1 before Manchester United star Paul Pogba managed to score the winner.

Afterwards, Van Marwijk stated: "Yeah, to lose to such an unlucky goal. It's difficult. To play like that and lose to one of the best teams in the world.

"And just before the second goal, (Tomi) Juric had a chance with a three on one. They made a tackle on him. They received a yellow card - but our chance was gone."

On France's penalty, he said: "I couldn't see it really. For my feeling, no. But I'll have to see it."

Asked about their next game against Denmark, Van Marwijk concluded: "Yeah, but we can't think about that. I'm disappointed with this.

"We deserved a point."

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<![CDATA[​Sydney FC opt for same shirt sponsor]]> <p>Sydney FC has renewed a shirt sponsorship agreement with forex broker and CFD provider Aetos Capital Group for the AFC Champions League competition, reports SportBusiness.<br></p><p>Aetos will retain its position as the principal partner of Sydney FC during the 2019 AFC Champions League season. The company will continue to benefit from front-of-shirt brand exposure as part of the deal.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/sydney-fc-opt-for-same-shirt-sponsor-4232946?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Sydney FC has renewed a shirt sponsorship agreement with forex broker and CFD provider Aetos Capital Group for the AFC Champions League competition, reports SportBusiness.

Aetos will retain its position as the principal partner of Sydney FC during the 2019 AFC Champions League season. The company will continue to benefit from front-of-shirt brand exposure as part of the deal.

Sydney FC qualified for next year's AFC Champions League by finishing top of the A-League table during the recently concluded 2017-18 season.

Mike Thomas, senior vice-president of Aetos Capital Group, said: "In addition to the principal sponsorship in the AFC Champions League, Aetos and Sydney FC will also extend our cooperation to the A-League pitch, and will launch a series of privileges programs, including membership of Sydney FC for our clients and exclusive financial services for Sydney FC's hundreds of thousands of fans.

"Aetos adheres to the philosophy of 'fairness, efficiency, and intelligence', we believe that Sydney FC will become the leader in Asian football pitch through its adherence to fair games, efficient performance and intelligent training systems."

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<![CDATA[The Week in Women's Football: 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup Preview]]> <p>This week we preview the AFC Women's Asian Cup, being held in Jordan from April 6 to April 20, which also doubles as the Women's World Cup Qualifiers for the Finals in France in the summer of 2019. We also briefly summarize the first round of games.</p><p><br></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/the-week-in-women-s-football-2018-afc-women-s-asian-cup-preview-4226923?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> This week we preview the AFC Women's Asian Cup, being held in Jordan from April 6 to April 20, which also doubles as the Women's World Cup Qualifiers for the Finals in France in the summer of 2019. We also briefly summarize the first round of games.


2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup Preview

We look at the prospects of the 8 teams, with 5 advancing to France WWC 2019, which should see at least one unheralded team and perhaps a first-time WWC participant advancing, which ultimately should help propel the growth of the women's game in that country.


Group A

China PR is one of two teams to bring an entirely home-based squad to the tournament, along with Vietnam in Group B. Goalkeeper Zhao Lina (Shanghai Women's FC) is back in the squad after she had retired from international play in January. A quarterfinalist in Canada after not qualifying for the 2011 event in Germanythe only time they have not played in the Finals which they have twice hosted and finished runners-up for in 1999it's hard to imagine China not advancing, particularly since they were drawn with Jordan and the Philippineswho both have never advancedand Thailand, which qualified from the 5th-6th place match four years ago.

Jordan has led the way in developing the women's game in West Asia, winning the WAFF (West Asian Football Federation) Championship on three occasions, reaching the top 50 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings (now ranked at 51st) and hosting the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in 2016. Their goal is to finish fifth or better to make the Women's World Cup as the first team from West Asia to ever make the finals. Finishing in second will take them through automatically without the stress of a fifth place winner-take-all situation, which saw Thailand defeat host Vietnam four years ago 2-1 in the crucial playoff. Jordan has beaten Group A rivals Thailand and the Philippines (5-1 last year in the qualifiers in Dushanbe, Tajikistan) within the last year and should have strong support at home, particularly if they get off to a strong start and create some momentum on the field, which should transfer to the stands.

Jordan is using a home-based side, with the exception of three imports: Sarah Basem Abu-Sabbahborn in Dusseldorf, Germany and plays at Bayer Leverkusenwho was a star at the 2016 U-17 World Finals which her country hostedand two Americans. Midfielder Alia Abu El Hawa who will be a senior this fall at Virginia Tech University and has played 51 games with 47 starts in three seasons, with 0 goals and 1 assist and only 1 shot on goal. Raised in the Washington D.C. area, El Hawa talked about her recruiting process by Jordan: "The coaching staff at Tech told me that the Jordanian National Team's coach Mike Dickey was interested in having me join the team, but he didn't know if I was Jordanian. I am originally Palestinian and Iraqi, but my dad was born in Jordan, so that's how I am able to play with this team." The other American is high schooler and goalkeeper Salma Mohanad Ghazal of Sugarland, Texas.

Another Jordanian with experience abroad is Stephanie Al-Naber, the emotional pulse of this side in midfield; she currently plays for Shabab Al Ordon Club at home after time in Denmark and the United Arab Emirates.

Another import for Jordan is their American head coach Michael Dickey. Dickey worked for 6 years for the United States Soccer Federation, primarily in a scouting and training role with elite players. He also was head coach of the U.S. U-14 Women's National team for five years, the U-15 Women's national team for two years and the U-17's for one year. He was an assistant to the U.S. at the first U-17 Women's World Cup (in 2008 in New Zealand) under head coach Kazbek Tambi. In 2009, he helped train India's Women's National Team, explaining: "I was a guest coach for the Indian women's national team. They asked me to go over there as a guest coach and I said 'yeah'. A couple of weeks over in India, and working with their women's team, and helping them prepare for a really big international tournament, which they wound up winning. So, that's a really fond memory. Very unique from my career."

Jordan has invested heavily in this team, staging games and camps in Bosnia, Croatia, Japan, Latvia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey and the United States. Their young American-raised keeper Salma Ghazal said: "We played a lot of known teams in La Liga like Atletico Madrid. They were incredibly strong; it was a different style of football but we learned so much as a team. We didn't win all the games but we learned a lot. They play at a different speed and there were so many different factors that came into how they play that we had to adapt to; it helped us grow. We also played against a lot of national teams. We played Mexico, Poland and Latvia. It was a really good mix and, just as when we played in Spain, it helped us come together.Of course, our first goal is to qualify [for France 2019] but we want to win our group and I think we can, I think we can be first [in Group A]."

Jordan should be in the quintet to make it to France, which would be a just reward for their federation's extensive support of the women's game over the past decade or so. Making the Women's World Cup would send a message and provide a road map to other countriesparticularly those in the Arab Worldof how to build a winning national team. They are a standard to follow for countries within regions where the women's game is not universally acclaimed, or seen as a threat to men's sports or the traditional role of women in the home.

The Philippines has had a head coaching carousel for the past year and is now led by Frenchman Rabah Benlarbi, after he originally was named an assistant coach in February of this year, replacing English coach Richard Boon, who had taken his side to California, and to Japan for training camps. Boon in turn had replaced Let Dimzon late last year; Dimzon had taken the side to the SEA games in August and had stepped in for Buda Bautista, who earlier in 2017 had qualified the side for the Asian Cup final round. Benlarbi is experienced with the game in Asia on both the men's and women's side, having served as the head coach in Myanmar for their men's youth nation teamswhich saw him guide the nation to fourth place at the 2017 AFF U-18 Youth Championshipand at the club level. Benlarbi was the United Arab Emirates national team's fitness coach at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar, and assisted with Japan's men's national team and China's women's national team at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Benlarbi played at home for PSG and Lens in Ligue 1. The Philippines has appeared in this tournament in the past and hosted it in 1999, but since qualifiers were added after 2003, this is the first time they have qualified for the continental finals.

The Philippines (ruled by the Americans for thirty-plus years at the beginning of the last century), have a number of players from the U.S. including:

Ryler Bugay (Marquette University)a midfielder who in three seasons has 40 starts in 55 appearances for Marquette, with 1 goal and 1 assist, and is originally from the State of Indiana

Kearra Bastes-Jones (Crescenta Valley Soccer Club)most likely the starting goalkeeper

Calah Simarago (University of California-Santa Barbara)

Quinley Quezada (University of CaliforniaRiverside)has five goals and three assists in 46 games and will be a senior this fall

Jessica Miclat (University of CaliforniaIrvine)a sophomore who was previously in the U.S. U-18 national team pool

Sarina Bolden (University of LoyolaMarymount)a forward who scored 6 goals in the 2016 season and has been a U.S. U-23 national team camp player

In addition, Claire Lim is currently unattachedone of a dozen on her team without a clubbut scored five goals in the Tajikistan qualifiers and played at University of California-Santa Cruz.

Other Americans who tried out for the team included: Carissa Christensen (Texas Tech), Chandler McDaniel (Virginia Tech) Dylan Patterson (Winthrop), Sofia Harrison (Slippery Rock University) and Hanna Parado (University of North Florida), who played at last year's AFC Women's Asian Cup Qualifiers and Southeast Asian Games earlier this year.

We have seen other countries rely on their American diaspora to build their national side (notably Mexico for almost two decades and Greece during the 2004 Olympic Games) but the Philippines would be better placed long-term to develop their talent at home and build a viable national league, with support from a few diaspora rather than wholesale imports.

The Philippines finished second to Jordan in last year's qualifying tournament in Tajikistan, also involving Bahrain, UAE and Iraq. The Philippines had 10 points on a 3-1-1 (W-D-L) record and their tie versus Bahrain on a late Sara Castaneda goal ultimately gave them the finals berth as Bahrain finished third on 8 points (2-2-1). Castaneda is one of the club-less players, who has played collegiately at home.

Thailand is attempting to make a second consecutive Women's World Cup with 22 of their 23 player roster based at home, with their one import being Suchawadee Nildhamrong of the University of California at Berkeley. Thailand is expected to pip the Philippines for the third place spot in Group A, but will have an extremely rough draw this time in the 5th-6th playoff if they make it that far, most likely against South Koreawho made the Round of 16 in 2015, a dozen years after their initial finals appearance in 2003. Thailand advanced from the qualification round with 6-0 and 1-0 defeats of Palestine and Chinese Taipei respectively. If Group B's form book goes awry, likely the Thais could face Australia or Japan, which would not be any easier for a side that does not score a ton of goals. Thailand lost to Australia last month 5-0 in a friendly in Perth. Thailand had no shots on goal while the Matildas had 32, with Perth native Lisa De Vanna scoring a brace.


Group B

Australia, which has won the Asian Cup once in 2010 and lost the 2014 final 1-0 to Japan, is using 9 NWSL-based players, led by 2017 AFC and NWSL Player of the Year Sam Kerr (Perth Glory/Chicago Red Stars in 2018) plus two who play in NorwayTameka Butt and goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold, who joined Arna Bjornar a few weeks ago. Australia finished fourth at the 12-team Algarve Cup in Portugal last month but had significant injury problems as Kyah Simon, Emily Gielnik, Steph Catley, and Hayley Raso either missed the Portugal tournament completely or sat out some of the games.

Head Coach Alen Stajcic's squad also includes a return to the Westfield Matildas for Melbourne City and ex-Notts County defender/midfielder Aivi Luik. Luik last represented Australia at senior women's international level in 2015 but it has been six years since she has had regular call-ups and just missed out on a World Cup Finals spot in 2011 and the Olympics in 2016. She was with the side that last won the Asian Cup eight years ago; she has won three consecutive W-League titles with City and played last season for Valerenga in Norway.

Stajcic has an experienced squad with 1,108 full international caps on aggregate, for an average of just over 48 caps per player. A few of the younger players should see some valuable game time however, including the Brisbane Roar's Arnold, who kept the most clean sheets of any keeper during the Westfield W-League season with 6; she will likely contest the starting keeper position with Lydia Williams, who has played in Sweden and for the past five years in the NWSL. Emily Gielnik (who has played in Canada, England, Japan and Norway) has 29 career goals in eight seasons with 2017/18 Premiership winners Brisbane Roar, along with four goals from just 15 appearances for the Westfield Matildas. Gielnik (25) could have a breakout fortnight in Jordan.

Australia should glide to the semifinals and are a strong choice to win the tournament. With another continental title, they could rise to the top of favorites to win the Women's World Cup in 2019.

Shirt Number

Name

Club/Country

A-International Caps (Goals)

1.

Lydia WILLIAMS (gk)

Melbourne City FC, Australia / Seattle Reign, USA

65 (0)

2.

Caitlin COOPER

Sydney FC, Australia

9 (2)

3.

Aivi LUIK

Melbourne City FC, Australia

16 (0)

4.

Clare POLKINGHORNE

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

101 (8)

5.

Laura ALLEWAY

Melbourne Victory, Australia

52 (2)

6.

Chloe LOGARZO

Sydney FC, Australia

24 (3)

7.

Steph CATLEY

Melbourne City FC, Australia / Seattle Reign, USA

63 (2)

8.

Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT

Uncontracted

90 (1)

9.

Alex CHIDIAC

Adelaide United, Australia

7 (0)

10.

Emily VAN EGMOND

Newcastle Jets, Australia / Orlando Pride, USA

69 (14)

11.

Lisa DE VANNA

Sydney FC, Australia

132 (43)

12.

Casey DUMONT (gk)

Melbourne Victory, Australia

3 (0)

13.

Tameka BUTT

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia / Klepp IL, Norway

64 (9)

14.

Alanna KENNEDY

Melbourne City FC, Australia / Orlando Pride, USA

63 (3)

15.

Emily GIELNIK

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

15 (4)

16.

Hayley RASO

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia / Portland Thorns, USA

22 (1)

17.

Kyah SIMON

Melbourne City FC, Australia / Houston Dash, USA

78 (22)

18.

Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk)

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia / Arna Bjornar FC, Norway

17 (0)

19.

Katrina GORRY

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia / Utah Royals, USA

63 (14)

20.

Samantha KERR

Perth Glory, Australia / Chicago Red Stars, USA

61 (21)

21.

Ellie CARPENTER

Canberra United, Australia / Portland Thorns, USA

16 (1)

22.

Larissa CRUMMER

Melbourne City FC, Australia

19 (3)

23.

Michelle HEYMAN

Canberra United, Australia

59 (20)

Japan also is using primarily a home-based squad, with only four from abroad with 2 in the U.S.Rumi Utsugi and Nahomi Kawasumi of Seattle Reignand one each in Germany and France: Kumi Yokoyama of Frankfurt of Germany and Saki Kumagai of Olympique Lyon in France. Eight play for NTV Beleza while 5 are with INAC Kobe Leonessa and 3 come from Urawa Red Diamonds. The veteran quartet of Saki Kumagai, Aya Sameshima, Rumi Utsugi and Mizuho Sakaguchi have collected 400 international caps for the Nadeshiko, who are the reigning Asian Champions.

Republic of Korea head coach Yoon Duk-yeo has named 23 players for the Asian Cup and made two changes to the playing group that finished joint seventh at last month's Algarve Cup in Portugal, with Kim Do-yeon and Kim Hye-yeong replacing the injured Sim Dam-young and Shim Seo-yeon. Most of team is home-based (18), with two in Japan, one in England, one in Australia and one in Norway.

Chelsea star and Taegeuk Ladies all-time top scorer Ji So-Yun has 99 appearances and with one more game will become the fourth Korea Republic international to reach 100 caps. She scored during their first leg 2-0 victory last month over Montpellier in the UEFA Women's Champions League quarterfinals, helping to advance the London club to the semifinals. Norwegian-based midfield leader Cho So-hyun (Alvadsnes), Melbourne Victory forward Jeon Ga-eul and INAC Kobe Leonessa duo Cho Ye-seul and Lee Min-a, the latter whom was her country's player of the year in 2017 and scored two of four goals in four Algarve Cup games, are the other imports. Ga-eul played with Melbourne Victory this past season and is expected to link up at home this season with Hwacheon KSPO, who lost the 2017 championship final last November to Incheon Red Angels 6-0 on aggregate.

Vietnam uses an entirely home-based side. Ho Chi Minh City FC, the 2017 Champions and Regular Season champions, has supplied 8 players. Ho Chi Minh City won the title on penalties 4-3 after a 1-1 tie against Ha Nam FC in the final, who supply six players. Losing semi-finalists Ha Noi and Than Khoang Sa has 5 and 4 members in the Jordan team, respectively. Ho Chi Minh City FC and Ha Nam FC advanced to the final on penalties as well. Ha Noi also has a second team that plays in the 8 team top flight league.

For over a decade Ho Chi Minh City's goalkeeper Dang Thi Kieu Trinh (32) has been competing at the AFC Women's Asian Cup. The side advanced to Jordan by going undefeated in their qualifying group in April of 2017, defeating Syria 11-0, Singapore 8-0, Iran 6-1 and a 2-0 victory over second place Myanmar, which was their only loss of the tournament. Four years ago, they lost to Thailand in the 5th-6th place playoff for the final World Cup Spot. They draw this time was brutal to them as Korea Republic, Australia and Japan all made the Round of 16, Quarterfinals and Final respectively in Canada and if they pull a tie or two off of the top three sides, it should be considered an achievement.


First Round Matches

In the first round of matches on April 6 and 7, in Group A, host Jordan held a 1-0 lead over the Philippines at halftime on a 15th minute goal by Maysa Jbarah (Amman Club). However, the wheels came off in the second half as Yasmeen Khair (Shabab Al Ordon) put through her own net in the 51st minute and then Sarina Bolden (Loyola Marymount University in the U.S.) scored in the 76h minute on her international debut with an assist by Maria Park (currently without a club) to give the East Asian side a 2-1 upset victory over the hosts.

Monday's game against Thailand is crucial to Jordan and a loss could destroy their World Cup hopes in a puff of smoke, with likely little chance to pull an upset over China. Two goals in the second half from Song Duan (Dalian Women's FC) and single strikes from Wang Shuang (Wuhan FC) and Li Ying (Shandong) gave China a comfortable 4-0 win over Thailand in their first match.

In Group B on April 7, Japan defeated Vietnam 4-0 with goals by Emi Nakajima (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Mana Iwabuchi (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Kumi Yokoyama (1FFC Frankfurt of Germany) and substitute Mina Tanaka (NTV Beleza). In the nightcap, Australia tied Korea Republic 0-0, despite almost a 2 to 1 advantage in possession.


Tim Grainey is a contributor to Tribal Football. His latest book Beyond Bend it Like Beckham on the global game of women's football. Get your copy today.

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<![CDATA[The Arnie Effect: How the Socceroos have already been influenced by their new manager]]> <p>COMMENT: Just a little over a month ago Australian football supporters were desperately clamouring for the announcement of a new Socceroos head coach, hoping for some sort of relief after the stresses of Australia's marathon qualification campaign and Ange Postecoglou's subsequent resignation. Fast forward to today and we've seen not just one Socceroos coaching announcements, but two.<br></p><p>It's a case of what's old is new again, as Graham Arnold was confirmed as the man who will lead the Socceroos following the conclusion of the upcoming World Cup in Russia. He will continue to coach his hugely successful Sydney FC side until the end of the current A-League campaign, after which he will take over from Bert Van Marwijk and assume control of the top job in Australian football for a second time in his career.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/the-arnie-effect-how-the-socceroos-have-already-been-influenced-by-their-new-manager-4224417?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> COMMENT: Just a little over a month ago Australian football supporters were desperately clamouring for the announcement of a new Socceroos head coach, hoping for some sort of relief after the stresses of Australia's marathon qualification campaign and Ange Postecoglou's subsequent resignation. Fast forward to today and we've seen not just one Socceroos coaching announcements, but two.

It's a case of what's old is new again, as Graham Arnold was confirmed as the man who will lead the Socceroos following the conclusion of the upcoming World Cup in Russia. He will continue to coach his hugely successful Sydney FC side until the end of the current A-League campaign, after which he will take over from Bert Van Marwijk and assume control of the top job in Australian football for a second time in his career.

The announcement saw a wide range of varying reactions from football fans, with comments on Facebook and Twitter criticising the appointment, citing Arnold's past failures as Australian coach and his Sydney side's recent poor performances in Asia.

It is true that Sydney FC's Asian Champions League performances over the last month have been sub-standard, but it is not the last month that Arnold should be judged on when deciding whether he is cut out for the Socceroos job.

This is an appointment that has been earned not throughout the last few weeks, but throughout the last ten years of hard work, sacrifice, and positive influence on the game in Australia.

Arnold's influence on domestic football in the last decade cannot be understated, and his influence on the national side in that last decade has been immense and wholly positive. The Socceroos have been benefitting off Arnold's work in football for years now, so why not give him a chance to reap some of what he has sowed.

In 2007, over a decade ago, an inexperienced Arnold saw his underwhelming one year run as manager of the Australian national team come to an end.

The decision came following an incredibly disappointing Asian Cup performance, in which Australia could only manage one win in four games, and were eliminated by Japan in their first knockout game.

After a few more years working as an assistant for the national side, Arnold once again tried his hand at managing a senior team, as he was appointed as manager of the Central Coast Mariners in early 2010.

The Central Coast Mariners of the time were a largely uninspired side, having finished in 8th position in their previous season, only one point clear of bottom place. Graham Arnold stepped in and their rise up the table was swift and sudden.

In just his first season at the Mariners, Arnold had raised the club up to 2nd place on the table, and took the club to the Grand Final of that year. While they were cruelly denied their first A-League Championship by two late Brisbane Roar goals and a penalty shootout loss, it wouldn't be long before the club, and Arnold, got their own back. After another devastating penalty shootout loss in the Preliminary Final of the following season, the Mariners finally went on to win their first Grand Final in the 2012/2013 season, cementing their spot as a top side in Australia, and cementing Graham Arnold's reputation as one of the most formidable coaches the domestic league had ever seen.

While his early domestic success was apparent to the eye, what was a little less obvious was the quiet work he was doing in building the next generation of Socceroos. The ones that would lead us to World Cup qualification nearly a decade on. No matter where you look on a Socceroos pitch these days, you are almost guaranteed to find a player who got their start, or had their career immensely helped by Arnold.

One of these players is Tom Rogic. Rogic was full of potential and had raw ability. Anyone watching him play during his early Mariners days could see he was destined for a career abroad, and it is down to Arnold that he was given a platform to shine.

Rogic only played 24 games for Central Coast. That was all it took until Europe came knocking. Celtic ended up winning his signature, and Rogic has plied his trade for the Scottish powerhouse ever since.

The 24 games he played are testament to how quickly and effectively Arnold was able to integrate youth into his team. He made his debut for the national team while with Central Coast, and has now played more games for Australia than he did for the Mariners. Had Arnold not signed him and given him an opportunity to showcase his raw talent to the world, he may not be in the position he is today . Rogic is one of Australia's most important creative players, and will be immensely important to Australia's World Cup aspirations.

Another of these young players the new Socceroos gaffer uncovered was Trent Sainsbury, who at the time of Arnold's appointment was a teenager trying to get his foot in the door. It took a while for Sainsbury to break into the side, but by the time the Mariners' Grand Final triumph came around, the still extraordinarily young 21-year-old centre-back had solidified his spot in the team.

Along with Dutch veteran Patrick Zwaanswijk, he formed one of the most impressive defensive duos the league has ever seen. From there his career has gone from strength to strength, his debut for the national side coming not too long afterwards.

His first major tournament in the green and gold was in the 2015 Asian Cup. This was when Sainsbury truly came into his own, being named in the team of the tournament, taking home the Man of the Match award in the final, and of course receiving a winner's medal.

He has since played in the Netherlands and Switzerland, and has even featured once for Inter Milan during a short stint in Italy. The 18-year-old doing his best to impress Arnold at the Mariners has certainly grown a lot in recent years, but that comes as no surprise to anyone who saw his growth under Arnold and his performances at such a young age for his club.

The tremendously talented defender will now put the talent he showed so early on in his career on display on the world stage, as he is a certain pick for the squad for the 2018 World Cup.

It must also be remembered that in his championship season at Central Coast, the club conceded less than a goal a game. While this is thanks in part to Sainsbury's hard work, the work of another young Australian in goals certainly helped.

That future Socceroo between the sticks for the Mariners was Mat Ryan, who is perhaps the most important of all of the players Arnold handed opportunities to.

Ryan was 18 years of age when given his chance to play by Arnold, and it was certainly not a safe choice by the Central Coast gaffer to persist with him. Being so young, Ryan had his fair share of bad mistakes and errors in his starting days at the club. Any young goalkeeper thrust into the starting position of a top A-League club would make these errors of course, but to Arnold's credit he persisted with Ryan, and was not tempted to look elsewhere for a more experienced campaigner.

Each game Ryan played, his confidence grew, and before long he was undoubtedly first choice. Ryan played three seasons with the Mariners under Arnold, leaving after the Grand Final win in 2013. He was a revelation for the Mariners, and in playing him so often not only was Arnold benefitting his own Central Coast team, but he was also giving vital experience to the man who would go on to wear the gloves for the national team.

Ryan went on to star in Belgium, and after a frustrating stint with Valencia in Spain, he finally settled at newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion in England.

It's fair to say that the now 25-year-old would not be undoubtedly first choice at a Premier League club and the number one goalkeeper in two consecutive World Cup campaigns for his country had his former coach not persisted with him when he was just getting his start.

Even only recently, Ryan spoke out about how even today he still is helped by Graham Arnold, who got in touch with him to help settle his nerves after his move to the Premier League. The Arnold influence on the two-time Belgian Pro League Goalkeeper of the Year award winner is apparent even today, and Australian football is better off for it.

If these three players didn't get their first opportunity in football, the Socceroos would likely be watching the World Cup from home. It is Graham Arnold that is to be thanked for that.

In addition to the huge role he played in getting the careers of those three crucial Socceroos up and running, he also further influenced the national squad in his time at the Mariners by giving opportunities to Mustafa Amini and Bernie Ibini while they were both young and extremely raw talents, as well as supporting the careers of Alex Wilkinson and Oliver Bozanic. All of these players have spent the last few years around Socceroos squads.

Aspects of Arnold's later stint as manager of Sydney FC have some questioning whether he has the skills to be the national team manager, and there are some valid criticisms that can be made.

No players from Sydney FC went to the Under 23 championships at the beginning of the year, which goes to show that there has been much less emphasis on youth for Arnold compared to his tenure at Central Coast Mariners.

One change he has made over time is putting more focus on getting his choices on overseas players exactly right, which he has certainly achieved with the success of Ninkovic, Bobo, and Mierzejewski at Sydney FC.

While his lack of focus on youth may leave some wanting more, it can't be ignored that despite his methods, Arnold has built the most fearsome and formidable side in Australian football history. Despite what might be perceived as a lack of focus on young Australian players, there is still a handy picking of players who have lined up for Sydney FC in the last few years that have improved tenfold under Arnold, and now find themselves potentially ready for Russia.

He has played a huge hand in the career resurgences in Joshua Brillante and Danny Vukovic, the latter especially looking like a completely reborn player under Arnold compared to his previous season at Melbourne Victory.

Both will be very much in contention for a spot in Russia. More notably, Alex Gersbach and Matthew Jurman both earned moves overseas after impressing under Arnold, and both will be pushing for a spot in the starting 11 during the World Cup.

Even when perceived as not focusing on Australian talent to the same extent as he had previously, he has still shown he is able to help nurture the ability of multiple gifted players, and get them ready for national duty. Although some of his Sydney FC projects may not have stuck around for long, the fact that they are all so close to a spot in the final 23 man squad for the World Cup goes to show that Arnold has got a great eye for talent. That's an outstanding trait for a national team manager to have.

There are of course also question marks flying around about his form in the Asian Champions League. In response, it's important to remember that this job has been earned by Arnold over ten years, not three games.

While Sydney FC's ACL campaign this season has started off badly, it is worth remembering that in 2016 he finished top of a group with incredibly difficult opponents from Japan, South Korea, and China.

Those opponents were Urawa Red Diamonds, Pohang Steelers, and current Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande respectively. While they were then knocked out in the Round of 16, it was only due to a last minute away goal. This campaign alone is more than enough to suggest that Arnold is capable of holding his own against tougher opposition.

To those who look at his last stint as Australia manager as an indicator of his ability, know that Arnold is not the same man he was after leaving the Socceroos job a decade ago. He has spent that time winning trophies, growing the domestic league, and uncovering some of the greatest talents this country have ever seen. He's an Australian coach with an already established in-depth knowledge of local players. FFA's preference for a long term Australian manager was always clear, and there is no more qualified Australian for this job.

To those worried about the effect Arnold will have on the Australian team, try to stress less. The 54-year-old has been having an effect on this team for years, and it has been absolutely positive.

While some may argue he's not the right man to take over the Socceroos after their World Cup campaign is over, it is clear that without Graham Arnold, there would not be an Socceroos World Cup campaign to begin with. This is an opportunity he has earned.

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<![CDATA[​Australia appoint Graham Arnold as post-World Cup manager]]> <p>Graham Arnold will become manager of the Australian national team after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.<br></p><p>This will mark the Sydney FC manager's second spell in charge of the Socceroos after he held the role for a year after Guus Hiddink stepped down after the 2006 World Cup in Germany. </p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/australia-appoint-graham-arnold-as-post-world-cup-manager-4222901?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Graham Arnold will become manager of the Australian national team after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

This will mark the Sydney FC manager's second spell in charge of the Socceroos after he held the role for a year after Guus Hiddink stepped down after the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Former Netherlands boss Bert van Marwijk, who famously guided the Oranje to the final of the 2010 World Cup, takes charge of Australia for the 2018 World Cup on a short-term contract after former manager Ange Postecoglu shockingly resigned after guiding the nation to 2018 World Cup qualification.

"It is a very great honour to coach your national team," said Arnold, who scored 19 goals in 56 as a player for Australia in the 1980s and 90s.

"It's a job I have always been interested in doing and I believe the timing is perfect for me.

"After today I won't be saying any more about the Socceroos until after the World Cup out of respect for Sydney FC and out of respect for Bert van Marwijk.

"I said at the time that I thought he was a great appointment to lead the Socceroos in Russia and everything he has done since has reinforced that view.

"I won't be getting under his feet but I will be cheering him and the team on from the stands."

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<![CDATA[EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Melb Victory star Archie Thompson talks Neymar's 5-a-side tournament]]> <p>The 2018 'Neymar Jr's Five' tournament is a unique competition offering footballers all across Australia, and the world, a chance at one of the most lucrative prizes in sport today. Players across the globe will battle it out for a chance to meet Paris Saint-Germain and Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr. in his own home town.<br></p><p>Former Melbourne Victory Striker and Socceroo Archie Thompson is the ambassador for the event, and says that the opportunity to meet the Brazilian superstar is too good to turn down.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/exclusive-ex-melb-victory-star-archie-thompson-talks-neymar-s-5-a-side-tournament-4219642?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> The 2018 'Neymar Jr's Five' tournament is a unique competition offering footballers all across Australia, and the world, a chance at one of the most lucrative prizes in sport today. Players across the globe will battle it out for a chance to meet Paris Saint-Germain and Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr. in his own home town.

Former Melbourne Victory Striker and Socceroo Archie Thompson is the ambassador for the event, and says that the opportunity to meet the Brazilian superstar is too good to turn down.

"The Neymar 5s tournament is a great opportunity to get your mates together and do your best to progress through qualification, and maybe you'll get a chance to go to Brazil and meet the great man himself," said Thompson.

"It's great because it gives kids and adults a taste of what it was like for him growing up, lots of Brazilian and South American players would have had to start their careers playing football on the streets, so this concept comes from that. It's so exciting and unique."

In addition to his duties as an ambassador, a role he also held last year, Thompson will be taking things a step further this year and will also be pulling on the boots. He will be entering his own side into the competition for a chance to win the grand prize.

"Last year I was told what it was about, what the format was, and what the opportunity was at the end of it. It's full of opportunity and I had to get involved, it can open so many doors and that's why I liked it," Thompson said.

"I'll be putting a team in this year as well. It's great to talk about it and watch it like I did last year, but I really wanted to put a team together this year and I can't wait to be a part of it. I'd love to get another chance to meet the man too, last time we met they beat us so I want to go back and make things right."

Thompson and Neymar faced off in during an international friendly in 2013, when Neymar's Brazil outclassed Australia 6-0. Neymar, then 21 years old and fresh off a move to Barcelona, scored one and assisted one goal during that game.

The first round of local games in the Neymar Jr's Five tournament will take place at several locations around Australia across Victoria, NSW, WA, SA, ACT, Queensland, and Tasmania. Each state will also be hosting a Women's tournament, a first for the competition this year. As these teams advance from the early rounds they'll face off against other quality opponents from interstate, and then abroad, for a chance at the grand prize.

The tournament is offered to men and women between 16 and 25 years of age, with each team allowed two overage players in their side. The competition is designed so that anyone can sign up and have a go, regardless of experience or skill level.

"This is for anyone who loves their football and wants to try something unique with their mates. It's so much fun, and it's a great chance to play other people, other countries, and also who doesn't want to meet Neymar? It'll be a tough road to get there, but if you're up for the challenge and up to compete, this is a tournament for everyone," Thompson said.

The games are played under special 5 a side rules where each time a team scores, the opposition loses a player. Games are played to a 10-minute time limit, or until the opposition team has been entirely eliminated.

Qualifiers in Australia begin in Sydney on the 18th of February, and will take place until the 29th of March.

More information on dates, locations, and how to get involved can be found at www.neymarjrsfive.com/en/AU

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<![CDATA[EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Socceroos striker Thompson says Van Marwijk appointment will 'reinvigorate the squad']]> <p>With the impact of new Socceroos manager Bert Van Marwijk's appointment still yet to be seen, former international striker Archie Thompson has weighed in on the potential positives of the selection.<br></p><p>Thompson told Tribal Football that the appointment may keep players on their toes, and prevent them from getting complacent.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/exclusive-ex-socceroo-striker-thompson-says-van-marwijk-appointment-will-reinvigorate-the-squad-4219641?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> With the impact of new Socceroos manager Bert Van Marwijk's appointment still yet to be seen, former international striker Archie Thompson has weighed in on the potential positives of the selection.

Thompson told Tribal Football that the appointment may keep players on their toes, and prevent them from getting complacent.

"There's going to be a lot of disappointed players, but that's just how it goes. When Holger Osieck was around I had been part of the whole qualification process, then Ange came in and cut 5 or 6 players, and that's really hard. It's disappointing, but that's what happens," Thompson said of his own experience after a Socceroos coaching change.

"These guys have to perform every week now, hope the starts align, and hope they're on the plane to the World Cup. If anything, it's going to reinvigorate the squad. That's what it did for us in 2006, and that's what I think it'll do again."

Thompson recalled the feeling of anticipation and the nerves that he felt in the lead up to his selection in Guus Hiddink's 2006 World Cup squad, and shared some wisdom on how players on the verge of selection can impress their new gaffer.

"You're on the verge of going to the most watched events in the world, and for me it was the pinnacle of my career to represent my country at a World Cup. For the players now, there's going to be a lot of nerves and uncertainty, especially because there's a new coach," said Thompson.

"A lot of those players that have been part of this qualification he might not like, they might not play the way he wants to, and they might get cut. When Hiddink came in there were players who were certain starters under Frank Farina, but Hiddink brought a clean slate and the dynamic changed entirely.

"You have to really jump on it, and a lot of players who were part of that generation did jump on board. That's what the players have to do now, embrace it."

Although Thompson was not brought off the bench during the Socceroos successful 2006 campaign, he still looks back on the event with a sense of typical Archie Thompson positivity. He said that there are a lifetimes worth of positive experiences and memories that the players that make it to Russia will have to look forward to.

"It's not an opportunity that gets given out to every player. I was fortunate enough to be a part of one of the great Socceroos teams ever, and the experience of travelling and competing together is so unique and special.

"We were put in a village up in Germany, and we had no idea about the sort of reception we were getting back in Melbourne and Sydney, where places were full of supporters.

"As players we're away from it all in our little cocoon, so we got to share special moments together. We could talk about things in our off-pitch lives, we really were like a family, and it's an experience to cherish. The players were willing to die for each other, and if this team has that attitude I think they'll succeed too. It's like going camping with your mates, that's what it feels like."

In addition to the positives that any managerial change can bring by giving players a renewed sense of purpose and opportunity, Thompson said that Van Marwijk was the right man to turn to ahead of Australia's 2018 World Cup campaign.

"We needed someone new, there's been so much negativity in our sport in the last year or so, but now we've got someone who is capable, who knows how to win. He got Saudi Arabia to the World Cup, he got Netherlands to the final, his CV speaks for himself," he said.

"He came here with the right intentions to win at all costs, and that's what we want and need. The quicker everyone jumps on board, the better off we'll be. These could be really exciting times."

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