CCM Boys conquering the world

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  1. Rowdy

    Rowdy Well-Known Member

    Kalac tells Jedinak - Don’t risk being crucified in the A-League:

    Former Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak has been advised to give the A-League a wide berth by former golden generation goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac.

    The ex-AC Milan gloveman, who had stints as goalkeeping coach at Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City, says Jedinak, 36, should continue his career in Europe, rather than risk being “crucified” back in Australia.

    Released by Aston Villa at the end of last season, Jedinak has been courted by expansion club Macarthur FC, though he will 37 when they enter the competition in 2020-2021.

    Meantime, UK-based Jedinak - who has 90 Premier League appearances and 147 in the Championship - remains clubless on the eve of the A-League kick-off, and declined to comment on his immediate plans when contacted by The World Game this week.

    Kalac cited players like John Aloisi, Harry Kewell, Vince Grella and Lucas Neill, who returned at the back end of their careers and struggled to make telling impacts.

    “There’s the risk of going from cult hero status to being crucified by people - look what happened to Johnny Aloisi when he came back (from Spain for spells at Central Coast and Sydney FC),” explained Kalac.

    “The guy was playing with no meniscus in his knees at the end there. But he’s the man who got us to a World Cup yet got hammered for one bad season.

    “These players come back and cop all the criticism - it’s not worth it. There’s no respect in this country.

    “If I’m Mile, I’d play on if I can find a club in Europe - and I’m sure he’s had offers - but I definitely wouldn’t return to Australia to play.”

    Kalac did offer one caveat, saying if Jedinak got a gig at a Melbourne Victory or Sydney FC he would at least have better players around him and might be able to live up to some of the expectations heaped on returning national team stars.

    “He’s a leader and a great professional - but a lot would be expected of him,” he added.

    “If he went to one of the smaller clubs he’s waiting for trouble.

    “Tell me which golden generation players who returned home really stood out? The reality is most returned past their use-by dates.

    “Guys like Mile have played at such a high level, you want to stay there and bring up the players around you, but they won’t follow.

    “There are good players here, but overall the cattle isn’t good enough.

    “We probably have five or six young guys in each squad who don’t deserve contracts. But that’s the way the salary cap works.”

    Kalac is convinced Jedinak, who led Australia at last year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, will already have rejected a number of offers from English clubs.

    “I’m sure there’s been interest - maybe it’s come down to agreeing on wages. But he could certainly do a job for a club (outside the Premier League).”

    Having flopped in the 2018-19 A-League season, Western Sydney and Central Coast have cause to be optimistic heading into their opening round clash.
  2. MagpieMariner

    MagpieMariner Well-Known Member

    WTF has this last line got to do with the rest of the article?
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  3. Ancient Mariner

    Ancient Mariner Well-Known Member

    Kalac's opinions ae not worth the paper they are printed on.

    The Aleague is not the problem. The problem is players, who are past their use by dates, who think they are still good enough to play here, but are not.
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  4. pjennings

    pjennings Well-Known Member

    Why Syd FC or Victory. The expectations there would ensure criticism. If he went to a smaller club that would not happen
  5. Insertnamehere

    Insertnamehere Well-Known Member

    All the golden generation he mentioned were mid 30s when they played here. Sorry but too late then.
  6. yellowcake

    yellowcake Well-Known Member

    As I recall, JA wasn't bad for us. It all went pear-shaped at Sydney.
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  7. turbo

    turbo Well-Known Member

    Jem is trialling with League 1 side Oxford United
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  8. Pirate Pete

    Pirate Pete Well-Known Member

    Harry Ashcroft goal

    Not exactly conquering the world, but it's a goal
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  9. pjennings

    pjennings Well-Known Member

    and then

    Harps hero signs for Australian soccer club

    Chris Ashmore

    6 Nov 2019

    Harry Ascroft, who scored the second goal in Finn Harps' Promotion/Relegation Play-off second leg decider against Drogheda, has signed for an Australian club.

    The popular player, who joined Harps last season, is set to play for Dandenong Thunder SC in Melbourne.

    The club posted the news on its twitter account.

    Ascroft, a defender or midfielder, was out of contract with Harps when the season ended.

    They compete in the National Premier Leagues Victoria.

    Ascroft, who was born in Sydney, played for a number of Australian teams before moving to Europe where he join Dutch club VVV-Venlo in the Eerste Divisie.

    He later moved back to Australia to play for Central Coast Mariners in 2015.
    He represented Australia at under-20 level.

    He missed much of the first half of the season with Harps through injury, but was invaluable in the second half and scored a number of crucial goals.
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  10. sydmariner

    sydmariner Well-Known Member

    Mitchell Duke replaces Apostolos Giannou in Caltex Socceroos squad
    Football Federation Australia (FFA) has announced that Western Sydney Wanderers attacker Mitchell Duke has been called into the Caltex Socceroos’ squad for Thursday’s (local time) FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifier against Jordan in Amman.

    Duke replaces Cyprus-based attacker Apostolos Giannou who has had to withdraw from the squad due to a minor injury.

    READ: Boyle ready to be Caltex Socceroos super sub says Arnold
    MORE: Risdon recalled as three Hyundai A-League players named for Caltex Socceroos



    Duke departed Sydney on Saturday evening (local time) to link with Graham Arnold’s squad in the Middle East.

    Australia’s match against Jordan will be broadcast live in Australia on FOX SPORTS, ABC TV, Kayo Sports, and via the My Football Live App, Live, Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers.

    Caltex Socceroos 24-Player Squad | 11-14 November 2019 | FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ & AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ - Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2

    Club, Country

    A-International Caps (Goals)

    Aziz BEHICH

    Istanbul Başakşehir, Turkey

    38 (2)

    Brandon BORRELLO

    SC Freiburg, Germany

    3 (0)

    Martin BOYLE

    Hibernian FC, Scotland

    3 (2)

    Milos DEGENEK

    Red Star Belgrade, Serbia

    28 (1)

    Kenneth DOUGALL

    Barnsley FC, England

    0 (0)

    Mitchell DUKE

    Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

    5 (2)

    Adam FEDERICI (Gk)

    Stoke City FC, England

    16 (0)

    Craig GOODWIN

    Al-Wehda, Saudi Arabia

    5 (0)

    Rhyan GRANT

    Sydney FC, Australia

    11 (0)

    Ajdin HRUSTIC

    FC Groningen, Netherlands

    3 (0)

    Jackson IRVINE

    Hull City, England

    33 (5)

    James JEGGO

    Austria Wien, Austria

    4 (0)

    Mathew LECKIE

    Hertha BSC, Germany

    63 (11)

    Awer MABIL

    FC Midtylland, Denmark

    13 (4)

    Aaron MOOY

    Brighton & Hove Albion, England

    42 (6)

    Andrew REDMAYNE (Gk)

    Sydney FC, Australia

    1 (0)

    Josh RISDON

    Western United FC, Australia

    14 (0)

    Mathew RYAN (Gk)

    Brighton & Hove Albion, England

    58 (0)

    Tom ROGIC

    Glasgow Celtic FC, Scotland

    46 (9)


    Maccabi Haifa FC, Israel

    47 (3)

    Brad SMITH

    Seattle Sounders FC, United States of America

    21 (0)

    Harry SOUTTAR

    Fleetwood Town, England

    2 (4)

    Adam TAGGART

    Suwon Bluewings, Korea Republic

    10 (5)

    Bailey WRIGHT

    Bristol City, England

    24 (1)
  11. turbo

    turbo Well-Known Member

    Not exactly conquering the world but Appiah scored a nice goal for WU on the weekend. The kind of finish all of his previous clubs would be saying 'where was that when you were here?'
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  12. marinermick

    marinermick Well-Known Member

    Especially that first touch.
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  13. MagpieMariner

    MagpieMariner Well-Known Member

    Certainly not conquering the world, but thanks to MVC for taking him off our hands: Stormy hooked at the half. Not surprised.
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  14. pjennings

    pjennings Well-Known Member

    Mariners around the World | December

    With the Central Coast Mariners Academy and youth squads famous for producing a number of talented individuals who have gone on to great heights, here at we’ll be keeping an eye on the Mariners of yesteryear to see where they are at in Mariners around the World.

    Mat Ryan – Brighton & Hove Albion

    Ryan started the month of December off brightly, playing a big hand in Brighton’s win against Premier League giants Arsenal and putting in a number of other strong performances throughout the month. Draws against Wolverhampton and Crystal Palace helped them to 13th spot approaching the halfway mark of the season, despite a loss to Sheffield United.

    Tom Rogic – Celtic

    Midfielder Tom Rogic opened the month of December with a goal against Ross County as his Celtic side made it 10 wins in a row, and he continues to be an important part of their team as they chase another Scottish Premier League title.

    Oliver Bozanic – Hearts

    Oliver Bozanic played the first half for Hearts in a 2-0 loss to Rogic’s Celtic, and more recently scored his side’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to Hamilton that left Bozanic’s team in 12th place with just 12 points.

    Bernie Ibini – Jeonbuk Hyundai

    Bernie Ibini had reason to celebrate as December kicked off, winning the K-League title in Korea with Jeonbuk Hyundai, who he joined earlier this year. It was a tense finish to the season with Ibini’s side only sealing the title on the goals scored tiebreaker.

    Mustafa Amini – AGF

    Mustafa Amini scored a 25 yard winner in stoppage time to clinch a 2-1 away in against Esbjerg early in the month, before playing 90 minutes as his side beat ladder leaders FC Midtjylland to sit third while the league breaks over Christmas.

    Danny Vukovic – KRC Genk

    Sidelined after a horror injury earlier this year, fans have been excited to see Danny Vukovic getting back to work as his rehab continues ahead of returning to first team action.
    1st day back in Belgium. 1st time using a ball in over 4 months.. Progress has been slow but it’s better than no progress.. [​IMG]


    The Central Coast Mariners would like to wish all our former Mariners around the World a Merry Christmas, and the best of luck in the new year.
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