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Socceroos / World Cup

Tim Cahill looks set to have a role as 'super-sub' at the World Cup with Bert van Marwijk conceding that "the problem is the last half year" of hardly any game time. In the same AAP report, Mile Jedinak also talks of the disappointment of missing out on promotion to the Premier League with Aston Villa and how his future may be uncertain, despite having twelve months remaining on his contract. 

This extended version of the same report as above also includes a list of the 'greatest World Cup XI' and news that Iran is the first team to arrive in Russia - not such news when you think about it - and more on Raheem Sterling's tattoo. The interesting snippet is the last one which states, but doesn't join the dots, what a big windfall the World Cup is for European clubs with them providing 74% of the 736 players at the World Cup. Manchester City has the largest contingent with 16. The rich get richer. 

Fairfax ran a shorter version of the same report. 

A set of sliding doors moments for Matthew Jurman who was handed his Socceroos debut at age 27 in the first leg play-off match against Syria - something which would not have happened if the Socceroos had qualified in June last year. And now? He's more than likely to be a starter at the World Cup. 

Tom Rogic says he's not interested in being one of the "mannequins" in the "biggest shop window" of the World Cup. He is happy with his five-year deal with Celtic. 

This was reported yesterday also, but Tomi Juric says he is fit again after a knee injury, and it is now being managed properly. 

A-League

Some changes continue at Sydney FC with David Carney, Fabio Ferreira and Anthony Kalik all departing. It is unclear whether the 34-year-old Carney will retire or continue the journey. 

It was an example of 'let's have the press releases ready and you can send yours as soon as we send ours' yesterday when Melbourne Victory announced the departure of their assistant coach, Jean Paul de Marigny, followed by Western Sydney Wanderers announcing he'll take up the assistant's role to Markus Babbel. De Marigny, who has a ban to serve after the A-League grand final, was keen to return to live in Sydney where his family has remained throughout his time with Melbourne Victory.

Western Sydney Wanderers are also recruiting on the park, announcing the arrival of 20-year-old Jordan O'Doherty from Adelaide United. 

A-League expansion

It's not really clear why this is even a story, but expansion hopeful Wollongong Wolves 'welcome' the bid of another expansion hopeful, Canberra. Try as they might, Wollongong people are not going to support a Canberra team, and vice-versa. 


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