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Australia down Kuwait to kick off WC qualifying

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Australia's senior stars have provided the finishing touches in a 3-0 defeat of Kuwait as the Socceroos' qualifying journey for the 2022 World Cup kicked off in style.

It was billed as a stern test for manager Graham Arnold's youthful Socceroos squad -- with 12 players who had 10 caps of less -- but stand-in captain Mathew Leckie's brace and Aaron Mooy's beautiful strike in the first half easily secured all three points at Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium.

The hosts frantically tried to force themselves...

Report: FIFA mull Oman, Kuwait if '22 World Cup expands to 48 teams

FIFA is considering Oman and Kuwait as hosts of some matches at the 2022 World Cup if the tournament, to be staged in Qatar, is expanded from 32 to 48 teams, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

The World Cup will be expanded from 32 to 48 teams in 2026 but FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed bringing forward the enlarged format to 2022.

World soccer's ruling body did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

A decision is expected in June, although FIFA has already warned it...

Australia's Tom Rogic pulls the strings in dominant Socceroos win against Kuwait

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In his first match as full-time Socceroos coach, Graham Arnold got the statement win he wanted as Australia brushed aside Kuwait 4-0 on Tuesday morning (AEDT).

An own goal by defender Khalid Mohamed Ibrahim gave the visitors the perfect start after 12 minutes with Apostolos Giannou, Tom Rogic and debutant Awer Mabil all finding the net in a one-sided victory in Kuwait City.

For much of the match Australia were in cruise control, playing to the structures set by their new management rather than going...

Kuwait boss Romeo Jozak to use Australia as a measuring stick

Kuwait coach Romeo Jozak is looking forward to seeing where his team stands in Asian football with the visit of Australia on Monday.

Jozak, a former technical director of the Croatian FA, was charged in July with leading Kuwait back into the upper echelons of Asian football after a two-year FIFA ban from international competitions was lifted in December 2017.

"Here in Kuwait everyone speaks of Australia with huge respect," Jozak told ESPN.

"For us, it will be a bar and against Australia, that bar...