Frankly, we're not even sure why there is all this talk of Trent Sainsbury possibly being named captain. Of all the things that need changing in Australian football, surely Mile Jedinak as captain would be just about last on the list? Is it just the media looking for a story? (Surely there are many more?)

Here is Sainsbury saying it would be a “cherished opportunity” but it wouldn't worry him if it doesn't happen. The article also goes on to quote Massimo Luongo on Daniel Arzani, as reported yesterday also. 

The reason for the talk, we guess, is that Jedinak is apparently battling for a starting sport on Saturday, up against Aaron Mooy and Massimo Luongo in a defensive midfield position. Seriously, Bert? Australia looked a far better side when Jedinak came on last weekend. 

Aaron Mooy says he plans to approach the three group games as Huddersfield did in their campaign to stay in the Premier League - “never in a rush”. He's looking forward to walking out on to the stadium arena on Saturday.

It may have been Ange Postecoglou who plucked Massimo Luongo out of obscurity at Swindon Town to go to Brazil 2014 - surely the only player from Swindon Town ever to do so - but when it comes to an issue of 'performance' v 'points', Luongo prefers points. 

We've written in several times previously, but if Tim Cahill scores at this World Cup, he will join the most elite of elite clubs - one of only four players to score a goal at four World Cups, joining Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose. His team mates tip him to do it; so do we. 

A video interview here of Jamie Maclaren talking about his whirlwind World Cup ride. 

Harry Kewell writes for News Corp that each player must “seize the World Cup moment” and make things happen; that opportunity comes along in every game to have an impact. 

Mark Schwarzer writes for News Corp that the players will now be counting down the hours in their head towards kick-off in the game v France, and the feeling in the dressing room beforehand can be “overwhelming”, but he's quietly confident we'll make it through the group stage. 

The Socceroos may be “grist to the French mill” - at least in the eyes of most - but they're feeling confident and believe they can pull off a shock. 


No-one does a mixture of the “the sublime and the ridiculous quite like France writes Tom Smithies. “The streak of individualism that produced the skills of Thierry Henry and Jean Tigana has all too often also left coaches undermined, teammates at war and the rest of us looking on in disbelief,” and he wonders which French team we have this year, under the guidance of Didier Deschamps. 

Deschamps gives his opinion on Australia also, saying that we have adopted a “more pragmatic” (aka Dutch) approach than previously and has tightened up defensively which, Deschamps notes, they needed to do. 

A-League expansion

An catch-all article bringing together some of the non-World Cup news of recent days, the principle one being that we can't expect a decision on the shortlisted A-League bids until later this week or early next week - one of the big issues facing FFA at the moment, along with the Congress Review Working Group and the little matter of the World Cup. (And let's not forget the A-League kicks-off in less than four months). 

2026 World Cup

No surprise, but Australia will vote for the #United2026 bid, the joint bid from the USA, Canada and Mexico, in the vote to host the 2026 World Cup which will be taken on Wednesday in Russia. 

Thanks to Lysandra Gonsalves (@LysandraGnslvs) for the image of Melbourne street art celebrating the World Cup. 

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