YOUNG CALTEX SOCCEROO GETS FIRST GOAL

Caltex Socceroo rising youngster Chris Ikonomidis has gotten his first goal for AGF Aarhus, ensuring the team was victorious in the Danish Cup clash.


AGF defeated their opponents Holbaek 3-1 as Ikonomidis got the match-winning goal. We take a look at other Socceroos players.

The game was a good one for the Aussie pair in Denmark as Mustafa Amini impressed for the visitors. Amini was prominent in the build up to Ikonomidis effort. Ange Postecoglou would be happy with the goal from the young player, particularly after naming him in his 30-man squad for the FIFA World Cup affair against Thailand next month.

Ikonomidis was named 24 hours earlier but seems to have proved that he merited the call in the first place.

On the other hand, Brad Jones maintained yet another clean sheet. The Feyenoord shot-stopper has earned a lot of commendation for his recent efforts, and was crucial as the team cruised to a 4-1 victory over Excelsior in the KNVB Beker – Dutch Cup.
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BRAZIL AVOID EMBARRASSMENT AT OLYMPICS

World football powerhouse Brazil avoided another embarrassment when they defeated Denmark 4-0 at the men’s football tournament at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The host moved to the quarter final as they chase their first gold medal in football in the Olympics. They were set to get another embarrassment had they played a draw or lost, having played two draws already against South Africa and Iraq.

Brazil were shamed when they hosted the World Cup in 2014 as they lost to Germany 7-1. They were knocked out in the group stage of the Copa America this year by Peru, and could have lost a golden chance to add a medal to their tally at the Olympics, especially since the one in football had eluded them for long despite being a football stronghold. Brazil are even five time world champions at a bigger stage, and have a good reputation in the age grade tournaments.

Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa grabbed a brace and Gabriel Jesus and Luan added one goal each to make the 4-0 routing of Denmark complete. The game played at Arena Fonte Nova saw the fans chant “the champions are back.” Brazil hadn’t scored any goal before the game as two of their earlier encounters ended in a goalless draw. Denmark had four points after getting a win and a draw. Their loss to Brazil left them with same four points but enough to qualify for the quarter finals. Brazil had two points but with the victory, they end up with five points and as group leaders.
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DENMARK TO FACE BRAZIL, SOUTH AFRICA AND IRAQ

Denmark will trade tackles with host of the Olympic Games in Rio this summer, Brazil, South Africa and Asian squad, Iraq, in Group A of the tournament poised to begin in over 100 days. Niels Frederiksen, the head coach of the under-21 side for Denmark was quite elated with the draw.

“We could‘t have hoped for a better draw,” the coach began after the draws were concluded.”


“Even though it certainly won’t be easy, we see good possibilities against South Africa and Iraq, and it’s in these games we must get results,” the coach added.

“We’ll meet the toughest team in Brazil in the final game, which is good for us as we will have hopefully acclimatized by then. Our ambition is to reach the quarter finals,” the coach said on an endnote.

The Danes will play its first two games in the capital Brasilia before taking on the hosts in Salvador. The DBU is making plans to ensure the Danish squad meet in June and partake in some pre-tournament games. (more…)

Denmark have decided to go for former Malmo manager Age Hareide

After the exit of Morten Olsen, Denmark have decided to go for former Malmo manager Age Hareide to lead the national team.

One of the experienced managers in Danish and Norwegian football, the 62-year-old has been in charge of teams in the Champions League. As a result, he has immense experience especially when it comes to dealing with the top players.Malmo were recently seen in the latest Champions League group stages in which they faced the likes of Real Madrid and Paris St Germain.

Both these teams are regarded as amongst the best in club football and it was not a surprising to seeMalmo receive a thrashing on more than one occasion. Still, the quality of the opposition is largely led to have lessened the criticism of manager Hareide. The 62-year-old has had no trouble in finding a new job after taking over as the Denmark national team coach. Under this job, he will have the opportunity to manage some exciting players like Christian Eriksen. The midfielder is regarded as one of the exciting talents in English football right now. It remains to be seen ifHareide can improve the player to touch new heights as far as international football goes. (more…)