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No excuses for wannabe Olyroos - Graham Arnold

Graham Arnold
Graham Arnold is optimistic about the Olyroos' chances of qualifying for the next Games.

Graham Arnold's bid to return the Olyroos to the Olympic Games for the first time in 12 years begins on Friday night when the men's under-23 national side take on their Cambodian counterparts.

The Socceroos coach has taken on the Olyroos job to "help these kids achieve their lifelong dream of going to the Olympics," while at the same time boosting the national team's longer-term prospects.

Arnold has called up the best players available to him -- to the chagrin of some A-League coaches.

"One stat...

Hakeem al-Araibi, Professional Footballers Australia condemn FFA's support of Sheikh Salman Ibrahim Al-Khalifa

British MP Damian Collins lodges a petition to the House of Commons regarding Sheikh Salman's alleged misuse of funds.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses allegations made by Damian Collins of parliament against FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman.
ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle reports from the FIFA council meeting in Miami, which opened the door for a 48-team World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

A refugee footballer who fled Bahrain and was held in a Thai prison for months has condemned Australia's support for the re-election of Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa.

Australia's players union also denounced the decision to back Sheikh Salman, who was criticised for his inaction during Hakeem al-Araibi's detention after he was arrested and imprisoned due to an Interpol notice issued at Bahrain's request.

Football Federation Australia on Monday issued...

Matildas coach Ante Milicic slams Australia's youth development programs

Uzbekistan prevailed 2-1 over Oman in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup opener courtesy of Eldor Shomurodov's late winner.
ESPN's Julie Foudy breaks down Australia's chances of qualifying from Group C, which includes Italy, Brazil and Jamaica.

Ante Milicic has smashed Australia's underage male programs as "not serious" as the Olyroos ready themselves for a qualifying tilt at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

The Matildas coach would know; he led both the under-23 and under-20 national sides last year at tournaments where Australia fell short of reaching qualifying goals.

"Our underage programs, they're not serious programs," he told AAP. "They're not designed for qualification. Simple as that.

"When I look at the preparation that we give our teams...

Olyroos call-ups 'a disaster' for Western Sydney Wanderers - Markus Babbel

Melbourne City blow two goal lead late, settle for draw versus Glory
Koutroumbis and Petratos score as Jets beat Melbourne Victory on the road.

Markus Babbel has broadened his criticism at losing three players to the Olyroos program, describing it as a disaster for Western Sydney Wanderers and detrimental to Australian football.

The Wanderers will be without midfielder Keanu Baccus, attacker Abraham Majok and defender Tass Mourdoukoutas for Sunday's A-League match against Wellington because they are attending a week-long camp for the Australian under-23 team in Kuala Lumpur.

Babbel believes club coaches will become increasingly reluctant...

Refugee Hakeem Al Araibi granted Australian citizenship after release

A refugee footballer who fled Bahrain and was held in a Thai prison for months during a tense extradition stand-off between Australia and the Gulf state was granted Australian citizenship on Tuesday.

Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, left Bahrain in 2014 after he was accused of crimes committed during the Arab Spring protests of 2011, which he denied. He was granted refugee status in Australia but after an Interpol notice requesting his arrest was made by Bahrain, he was apprehended by Thai authorities in November...