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World Cup Qualifying - AFC

AFC: Structural changes will help Asian teams in the 2018 World Cup

AFC general secretary Alex Soosay says the quality of Asian football will improve as more nations take part.

Asian football must shape up or it runs the risk of falling behind, according to Alex Soosay, general secretary of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Speaking at the Leaders in Sport Summit in London, Soosay said that Asian football has no option other than adapting to the increasingly competitive nature of the world game. Four Asian countries -- Japan, South Korea, Iran and Australia -- qualified for this year's World Cup finals in Brazil but all of them were eliminated in the group stages...

Alain Traore unlikely to make Burkina XI

Burkina Faso coach Paul Put has told ESPN he is "unlikely" to hand returning striker Alain Traore a start in the World Cup playoff second-leg against Algeria, but hinted there could be a place for Moumouni Dagano in his XI.

• Lomas: Put's shot at redemption

Traore, 25, has endured an injury-plagued year since coming off in the African Nations Cup semi-final victory over Ghana in February.

He has featured just three times for club side Lorient this season but was selected in...

By ESPN Staff

Postecoglou to lead Socceroos

Melbourne Victory have confirmed coach Ange Postecoglou is set to become the new Socceroos boss.

Ange Postecoglou's domestic success has led to his appointment for the national team.
Postecoglou was heavily backed to lead the Socceroos.

Reports in the Australian media suggest Postecoglou will be appointed as Holger Osieck's successor on Wednesday afternoon, with negotiations between Victory and the Football Federation Australia proving the only barrier.

Club chairman Anthony Di Pietro insists Victory will support Postecoglou in his move,...

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Postecoglou appointed Australia coach

Australia have appointed Ange Postecoglou as their new head coach, following the sacking of Holger Osiek earlier this month.

Football Federation Australia have named Ange Postecoglou as the new Socceroos coach.

Ange Postecoglou took over at Brisbane Roar in 2009
Postecoglou will see Australia through to the 2018 World Cup.

• Brooks: Postecoglou's challenge

The Melbourne Victory boss has agreed terms on a five-year deal to take over the reigns of the national team, seeing him through to the 2018 World Cup.

Postecoglou said he was "enormously grateful" to be given...

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Bosnich backs Fergie for Australia job

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has backed Sir Alex Ferguson to come out of retirement and coach Australia after Holger Osieck was sacked on Friday.

Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography is the subject of fevered anticipation in the footballing world.
Bosnich had a number of disagreements with Ferguson.

Bosnich, who spent four years under Ferguson during two spells at Old Trafford, believes the Scot could help steady the Socceroos if he chooses to come out of retirement.