Successful home-grown coaches have quickly become part of football’s rapid evolution in Australia, with local names set for more joy as the A-League begins its ninth season.
Matthew Spiranovic has warned that Australia must take Saudi Arabia seriously when the two sides meet in Melbourne on Wednesday, even though the Socceroos have already qualified.
Sasa Ognenovski has said he is confident he still has a future on the international stage with Australia, saying he thinks he is till in the plans of coach Holger Osieck.
Japanese giants Urawa Reds have signed Australia international Matthew Spiranovic from German Bundesliga side Nuremberg on a year-long loan.
Tim Cahill and Vince Grella have been recalled to Pim Verbeek's Australian squad to face Qatar in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match next week.
Australia coach Pim Verbeek has decided to rest Harry Kewell, his captain of recent times, for the friendly against South Africa on Wednesday.