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20 June 2018 6:34 AM How the Socceroos can beat Denmark

Samara, Russia: The Socceroos need to keep their nerve, stick to their game plan and improvise at the right moments if they are to beat Denmark and give themselves a major chance to progress to the World Cup's round of 16, says goalkeeper Mat Ryan. And Glasgow Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic could have a crucial role to play as Australia seek to break down what is sure to be a stubborn 5

19 June 2018 7:38 AM Socceroos will be trained to the minute for Danes

A two-hour difference in kick-off times has led to significant changes in preparation as the meticulous Socceroos tailor everything from meal times to training sessions around the Denmark match. The second group match pits the Socceroos against the Danes at 3pm in Samara, two hours later than their kick-off against France, and coach Bert van Marwijk 7

15 June 2018 1:04 PM France skipper predicting 'battle' against Socceroos'

"This is an official match, it’s going to be a much higher intensity, the teams are going to fight,it’s going to be a battle, we’ve studied the Australians and it’s going to be a very difficult game," Lloris said through an interpretator. "It’s going to be a battle, we're going to be present int he duals and w’ere also going to add a technical aspect 13

14 June 2018 6:05 AM Years of work to make sure ball has little bearing on World Cup

Tim Cahill may be the veteran of the Socceroos at the ripe old age of 38 but he's a babe in the woods compared to the oldest player in the tournament, Egypt's skipper Essam el-Hadary. The 150-cap goalkeeper will make history as not only oldest player in the finals but the oldest player to ever take part in the tournament. At 45, he will overtake Colombian 12

13 June 2018 11:01 PM Arzani sticks by Nike despite the company withdrawing boots to Iran

Socceroos' starlet Daniel Arzani will continue to honour his contract with Nike despite the sports manufacturer refusing to supply Iranian players with football boots for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The American company withdrew its supply of football gear to the Iranian players and the Iran national team, adhering to president Donald Trump's trade 16

13 June 2018 11:32 AM Snap happy: Personal touches make Socceroos feel at home in Russia

Kazan: They might be nearly 14,000 kilometres away but the Socceroos have been made to feel at home at their training base in Kazan. Tailored sleeping arrangements and a reminder of their loved ones have provided the personal touch for Bert van Marwijk’s squad ahead of their formidable World Cup opener against star-studded Group C favourites France 9

13 June 2018 10:18 AM Why France first up could be a blessing in disguise for Socceroos

Their other two victories came when they beat England 2-1 at the 2004 Euros, with both of France's goals coming in added time. Zinedine Zidane leveled in the 91st minute before scoring a penalty for the winner in the 93rd. France also beat Romania 2-1 at the 2016 Euros on home soil after Dimitri Payet scored an 89th-minute winner. France failed to score 11

11 June 2018 10:16 PM Risk-taker Arzani takes chances others can't or won't, says Luongo

Daniel Arzani has only been with the Socceroos for a short time, but he's already made a huge impression - not just with fans but his team-mates. Midfielder Massimo Luongo says that the Melbourne City teenager's exuberant risk-taking style has lifted spirits all round and that unlike the older players, he has not yet been ground down by the pragmatism 7

11 June 2018 12:48 PM Socceroos stars say venue, training camp leaves no room for excuses

"Its all in the same facility, in the same complex, the meeting rooms, training facilities, its all on our doorsteps. "It makes it easier, you literally just get changed and walk out on the training pitch rather than spend half an hour travelling...its nice and chilled rather than 4.30pm here, then 5pm train ... We can work in our own time. You have got our rooms 9

11 June 2018 8:55 AM Socceroos set up base camp in Kazan as Cup preparations intensify

The time for talking, training, preparation and assessment is almost done with the Socceroos now having touched down in Kazan for the opening game in the World Cup against France on Saturday. The team landed late on Sunday night, Australian time, and were scheduled to do a public training session at their home from home in Kazan at Trudovyne Rezeny 11