2018 Australia national soccer team season

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Australia
2018 season
ChairmanSteven Lowy
Chris Nikou (from November 2018)
ManagerBert van Marwijk
Graham Arnold (from July 2018)
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Summary[edit]

This page summarises the Australia national soccer team fixtures and results in 2018.

Australia participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, held in Russia in June and July; the draw took place in Moscow on 1 December 2017, with Australia drawn in Group C alongside France, Peru, and Denmark.[1]

On 25 January 2018, the FFA appointed Bert van Marwijk on a short-term contract for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[2]

On 8 March 2018 the FFA announced that Graham Arnold would take over the head coach position from van Marwijk at the conclusion of the World Cup and will continue in the role until the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[3]

On 24 March 2018, Australia played their first match under the management of van Marwijk, playing a friendly against Norway at Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo. Van Marwijk reverted from Ange Postecoglou's favoured formation of three-at-the-back to the more traditional four defenders formation, and handed international debuts to Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos, and Aleksandar Susnjar. Despite going ahead in the 20th minute after a goal by Jackson Irvine, Australia lost the match 4–1.[4] A few days later, Australia drew 0–0 in a friendly match against Colombia at Craven Cottage in London, with Danny Vukovic saving an 86th minute penalty.[5]

More than 2 months later, on 1 June 2018, Australia played the first of two friendlies in preparation for the World Cup, they beat Czech Republic 4–0 at NV Arena in Sankt Pölten, Austria, with Mathew Leckie scoring a brace and Nabbout scoring his first international goal.[6] Six minutes before the end of the game, teenager Daniel Arzani was subbed on, making his international debut.[7] In the second friendly on 9 June 2018, Australia defeated Hungary 2–1 in Budapest, with Arzani scoring his first goal for the national team before both teams scored own goals late in the game.[8]

Australia entered the World Cup ranked 36 in the official FIFA World Rankings.[9] In their first match, Australia lost 2–1 to France with Mile Jedinak scoring the goal for Australia from a penalty kick given after Samuel Umtiti handled the ball in the box. France scored with a penalty by Antoine Griezmann after Uruguayan referee Andrés Cunha consulted VAR and with a deflected shot by Paul Pogba which was confirmed by goal line technology.[10] Arzani was subbed on in the 84th minute and at the age of 19 years and 163 days became the youngest player to ever make a World Cup appearance for Australia.[11] In their second match, Australia drew 1–1 with Denmark with Jedinak scoring the goal for Australia from a penalty kick given after Yussuf Poulsen handled the ball in the box which was confirmed by VAR. Denmark had opened the scoring from a goal by Christian Eriksen.[12] In their third and final match, Australia lost to Peru 2–0, with André Carrillo and Paolo Guerrero scoring from open play.[13]

During their first match under new coach Arnold, and also their first match following the World Cup, Australia beat Kuwait 4–0, leading via an own goal from Khalid El Ebrahim, with Apostolos Giannou and Tom Rogic scoring the second and third goals. Awer Mabil sealed the scoreline, scoring his first senior international goal;[14] the game was also marked by Mabil and Thomas Deng making their senior debuts for Australia, with both South Sudanese refugees growing up together and playing together during their boyhood.[15] Their debuts lead to tributes on social media, led by Patrice Evra.[16]

In the beginning of November, upcoming star Arzani was injured while playing for his club Celtic during a domestic match, rupturing his ACL, most likely ruling him out for the season.[17]

In mid-November Australia played two friendly matches in Australia in preparation for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, against South Korea and against Lebanon; the match against South Korea ended in a 1–1 draw, with Massimo Luongo equalising in the 94th minute, cancelling-out Hwang Ui-jo's opening goal.[18] The match against Lebanon was a send-off match for Tim Cahill, who played 9 minutes and marked his 108th and final appearance for Australia. Australia won the match 3–0 with Martin Boyle, on his starting debut, scoring twice and assisting Leckie for the third goal.[19] Australia finished the year, beating Oman 5–0 as a final warm-up for the AFC Asian Cup. Chris Ikonomidis and Milos Degenek scored their first international goals, while Nabbout, Mabil, and Irvine also scored.[20]

Australia finished the year ranked 41 on the official FIFA rankings released on 20 December, 5 places lower than in the January rankings.[21]

Record[edit]

As of 30 December 2018
Type GP W D L GF GA
Friendly 8 5 2 1 20 6
World Cup 3 0 1 2 2 5
Total 11 5 3 3 22 11

Match results[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

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

World Cup[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Correct as of 30 December 2018 (v.  Oman).
Numbers are listed by player's number in World Cup or last friendly played

No. Pos Nat Player Total Friendlies World Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Australia Mathew Ryan 9 0 6+0 0 3+0 0
12 GK Australia Brad Jones 2 0 1+1 0 0+0 0
18 GK Australia Danny Vukovic 3 0 1+2 0 0+0 0
2 DF Australia Milos Degenek 5 1 4+1 1 0+0 0
3 DF Australia Alex Gersbach 2 0 0+2 0 0+0 0
4 DF Australia Rhyan Grant 2 0 2+0 0 0+0 0
6 DF Australia Matthew Jurman 2 0 0+2 0 0+0 0
8 DF Australia Bailey Wright 1 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
16 DF Australia Aziz Behich 11 0 8+0 0 3+0 0
19 DF Australia Josh Risdon 8 0 5+0 0 3+0 0
20 DF Australia Trent Sainsbury 9 0 6+0 0 3+0 0
21 DF Australia Thomas Deng 1 0 0+1 0 0+0 0
26 DF Australia Aleksandar Susnjar 1 0 0+1 0 0+0 0
5 MF Australia Mark Milligan 10 0 7+0 0 3+0 0
8 MF Australia Massimo Luongo 7 1 5+2 1 0+0 0
13 MF Australia Aaron Mooy 8 0 5+0 0 3+0 0
13 MF Australia James Jeggo 1 0 0+1 0 0+0 0
14 MF Australia James Troisi 1 0 0+1 0 0+0 0
15 MF Australia Mile Jedinak 6 2 2+1 0 3+0 2
17 MF Australia Daniel Arzani 6 1 0+3 1 0+3 0
17 MF Australia Mustafa Amini 3 0 2+1 0 0+0 0
21 MF Australia Dimitri Petratos 2 0 1+1 0 0+0 0
22 MF Australia Jackson Irvine 10 2 3+4 2 0+3 0
23 MF Australia Tom Rogic 9 1 5+1 1 3+0 0
4 FW Australia Tim Cahill 4 0 0+3 0 0+1 0
7 FW Australia Mathew Leckie 10 3 6+1 3 3+0 0
9 FW Australia Tomi Juric 9 0 2+4 0 1+2 0
10 FW Australia Robbie Kruse 10 0 5+2 0 3+0 0
11 FW Australia Andrew Nabbout 8 2 5+1 2 2+0 0
14 FW Australia Jamie Maclaren 3 0 1+2 0 0+0 0
14 FW Australia Martin Boyle 3 2 1+2 2 0+0 0
15 FW Australia Chris Ikonomidis 1 1 1+0 1 0+0 0
17 FW Australia Nikita Rukavytsya 2 0 0+2 0 0+0 0
21 FW Australia Awer Mabil 4 2 2+2 2 0+0 0
24 FW Australia Apostolos Giannou 1 1 1+0 1 0+0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Law, James; McKern, James; Adno, Carly (2 December 2017). "Socceroos fate revealed as FIFA World Cup draw unveiled in Russia". news.com.au.
  2. ^ Hytner, Mike (25 January 2018). "Bert van Marwijk: Socceroos name coach for World Cup 2018". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Howcroft, Jonathan (8 March 2018). "No surprises as Graham Arnold takes on impossible Socceroos job". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Lynch, Michael (24 March 2018). "Van Marwijk's debut humiliation as Socceroos crash 4-1 to Norway". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  5. ^ Davidson, John (27 March 2018). "Much improved Socceroos hold their own in goalless draw with Colombia". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "Australia 4 Czech Republic 0: Nabbout and Leckie lead solid Socceroos". FourFourTwo. 1 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Australia warm up for World Cup with record-breaking rout of Czech Republic". The Guardian. 1 June 2018.
  8. ^ Bossi, Dominic (10 June 2018). "Daniel Arzani to rescue as Socceroos struggle to beat Hungary". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  9. ^ "Socceroos rise up Fifa rankings to highest position since 2012". The Guardian. 8 June 2018.
  10. ^ Lawrence, Amy (16 June 2018). "Paul Pogba scores with technology's help to take France past Australia". The Guardian.
  11. ^ Atkinson, Guy (16 June 2018). "France 2 Australia 1: Historic Griezmann goal and Pogba secure slender win". Goal.com.
  12. ^ Kelner, Martha (21 June 2018). "Mile Jedinak's controversial penalty earns Australia draw against Denmark". The Guardian.
  13. ^ Ames, Nick (26 June 2018). "Australia out of World Cup as Carrillo and Guerrero strike for Peru". The Guardian.
  14. ^ "New Socceroos era begins with a bag of goals in 4-0 win against Kuwait". news.com.au. 16 October 2018.
  15. ^ "'A dream come true': refugees Deng and Mabil make Socceroos debuts together". The Guardian. 16 October 2018.
  16. ^ Greco, John (17 October 2018). "'An amazing story': Patrice Evra leads social media tributes to Mabil, Deng debuts". Football Federation Australia.
  17. ^ McKay, Ben (3 November 2018). "Socceroo young gun Daniel Arzani out for season with ACL injury". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  18. ^ "Australia snatch late draw against South Korea amid controversy". The Guardian. 17 November 2018.
  19. ^ Hytner, Mike (20 November 2018). "Martin Boyle states Socceroos case with brace as Tim Cahill bids farewell". The Guardian.
  20. ^ "Australia 5 Oman 0: Socceroos enjoy serene Asian Cup warm-up". FourFourTwo. 30 December 2018.
  21. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. Retrieved 31 December 2018.

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