2017 Australia national soccer team season

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Australia
2017 season
ChairmanSteven Lowy
ManagerAnge Postecoglou
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Summary[edit]

This page summarises the Australia national soccer team fixtures and results in 2017.

Australia continued qualification for the World Cup starting the second half of the fixtures in third position. Despite remaining undefeated with an away draw to Iraq[1] and home wins over the United Arab Emirates[2] and Saudi Arabia,[3] by the middle of the year Australia hadn't improved from third, the position that sends a team into further qualification matches.

In June, following a loss in a home friendly against Brazil,[4] the team travelled to Russia to compete in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. Two draws and a loss resulted in Australia finishing third in the group and failing to progress any further.[5][6][7]

World Cup qualification resumed later in the year and despite Australia sitting third in the group, an away win against Japan would have seen them qualify for the World Cup with a game to spare, however they lost the fixture 2–0.[8] Despite winning the final game against Thailand,[9] Australia finished third (due to Saudi Arabia having a better goal difference) and missed out on automatic qualification to the World Cup, and entered the AFC play-offs against Syria.[10]

The first leg of the play-offs against Syria was played in Malacca, Malaysia, due to the Syrian Civil War;[11] the match ended in a draw, with Australia taking the lead in the 1st half and Syria equalising in the 85th minute with a penalty.[12] In the second leg, played in Sydney, Australia won 2–1 after extra-time thanks to a brace by Tim Cahill.[13] With an aggregate score of 3–2, Australia qualified for the inter-confederation play-offs against Honduras (the 4th place team from CONCACAF).[14]

The first leg of the inter-confederational play-offs was played in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and ended in a goalless draw.[15] In the second leg at Stadium Australia in Sydney, captain Mile Jedinak scored a hat-trick leading Australia to a 3–1 victory and securing a berth at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[16]

On 22 November, after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, coach Ange Postecoglou resigned from his position as coach of the team.[17]

Record[edit]

As of 15 November 2017
Type GP W D L GF GA
Friendly 1 0 0 1 0 4
World Cup qualifiers 9 5 3 1 14 9
Confederations Cup 3 0 2 1 4 5
Total 13 5 5 3 18 18

Match results[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

This section is for matches confirmed by the FFA, please do not add speculative fixtures

World Cup qualifiers[edit]

Confederations Cup[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Correct as of 15 November 2017 (v.  Honduras).
Numbers are listed by player's number in Confederations Cup, WC Qualification or last friendly played

No. Pos Nat Player Total Friendlies World Cup Qualifiers Confederations Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Australia Mathew Ryan 11 0 0+0 0 8+0 0 3+0 0
12 GK Australia Mitchell Langerak 2 0 1+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
2 DF Australia Milos Degenek 10 0 1+0 0 6+1 0 2+0 0
3 DF Australia Brad Smith 5 0 0+0 0 4+1 0 0+0 0
6 DF Australia Dylan McGowan 1 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
6 DF Australia Matt Spiranovic 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
6 DF Australia Matthew Jurman 4 0 0+0 0 4+0 0 0+0 0
8 DF Australia Bailey Wright 9 0 1+0 0 5+0 0 2+1 0
16 DF Australia Aziz Behich 7 0 1+0 0 3+1 0 2+0 0
16 DF Australia Alex Gersbach 2 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
19 DF Australia Ryan McGowan 2 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
19 DF Australia Josh Risdon 2 0 0+0 0 2+0 0 0+0 0
20 DF Australia Trent Sainsbury 12 0 1+0 0 8+0 0 3+0 0
5 MF Australia Mark Milligan 11 1 1+0 0 7+0 0 3+0 1
13 MF Australia Aaron Mooy 10 0 0+1 0 6+1 0 2+0 0
14 MF Australia James Troisi 10 1 1+0 0 3+3 0 1+2 1
15 MF Australia Mile Jedinak 5 3 0+0 0 5+0 3 0+0 0
15 MF Australia Mustafa Amini 2 0 0+0 0 0+2 0 0+0 0
17 MF Australia Ajdin Hrustic 1 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
21 MF Australia Massimo Luongo 8 0 1+0 0 3+2 0 2+0 0
22 MF Australia Jackson Irvine 8 1 0+1 0 5+0 1 1+1 0
23 MF Australia Tom Rogic 10 2 0+1 0 5+2 1 2+0 1
4 FW Australia Tim Cahill 10 2 1+0 0 3+3 2 1+2 0
7 FW Australia Mathew Leckie 12 3 1+0 0 8+0 3 2+1 0
9 FW Australia Tomi Juric 12 4 0+0 0 6+3 3 3+0 1
10 FW Australia Robbie Kruse 12 1 1+0 0 4+4 1 2+1 0
11 FW Australia Jamie Maclaren 3 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
17 FW Australia Nikita Rukavytsya 3 0 0+0 0 0+3 0 0+0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ormond, Aidan (23 March 2017). "Caltex Socceroos' battling draw in Tehran". Football Federation Australia.
  2. ^ Ormond, Aidan (28 March 2017). "Caltex Socceroos edge UAE in vital win". Football Federation Australia.
  3. ^ Ormond, Aidan (8 June 2017). "Juric and Rogic on target in crucial win". Football Federation Australia.
  4. ^ Ormond, Aidan (13 June 2017). "Brazilians sparkle in win over Caltex Socceroos". Football Federation Australia.
  5. ^ Ormond, Aidan (19 June 2017). "Caltex Socceroos push Germany but lose opener". Football Federation Australia.
  6. ^ Ormond, Aidan (22 June 2017). "Caltex Socceroos draw with Cameroon". Football Federation Australia.
  7. ^ Ormond, Aidan (25 June 2017). "Australia outshine Chile but exit Russia after draw". Football Federation Australia.
  8. ^ "Caltex Socceroos beaten in Saitama". Football Federation Australia. 31 August 2017.
  9. ^ Ormond, Aidan (4 September 2017). "Late drama as Caltex Socceroos see off Thais". Football Federation Australia.
  10. ^ Ormond, Aidan (5 September 2017). "Caltex Socceroos to face Syria in WCQ playoff". Football Federation Australia.
  11. ^ "Syria v Caltex Socceroos match venue confirmed". Football Federation Australia. 13 September 2017.
  12. ^ Ormond, Aidan (5 October 2017). "Caltex Socceroos and Syria all square after first leg in Melaka". Football Federation Australia.
  13. ^ Ormond, Aidan (10 October 2017). "Cahill scores twice as Caltex Socceroos defeat Syria after extra time epic!". Football Federation Australia.
  14. ^ "Caltex Socceroos to take on Honduras in final round of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup". Football Federation Australia. 11 October 2017.
  15. ^ Ormond, Aidan (11 November 2017). "Classy Caltex Socceroos earn scoreless draw in Honduras". Football Federation Australia.
  16. ^ "Mile Jedinak hat-trick fires Australia to the World Cup". The Times. 15 November 2017.
  17. ^ "Ange Postecoglou quits as Socceroos coach". The Guardian. 22 November 2017.

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