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Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos revolution delivers mixed results in Russia

Chile v Australia - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 - Group B

Ange Postecoglou wants to revolutionise Australian football. He has said so repeatedly during his four-year reign at the helm of the national team, and his players are quick to repeat this mantra at every opportunity. The 51-year-old aspires to create a Socceroos side that favours passing over pragmatism, creative attack over aerial bombardment.

Martín Rodríguez strikes equaliser against Australia to take Chile to semis

Chile v Australia - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 - Group B

The line between genius and insanity can be wafer thin. When Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou made six changes to his starting line-up to face South American champions Chile, many of his critics in the media centre and the stands thought he was deluded. The embattled manager left two of his best attacking players – Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic – on the bench, for an encounter Australia needed to win by two goals to qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup semi-finals.

Socceroos set for era-defining Confederations Cup campaign in Russia

Cameroon v Chile - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 - Group B

On the outskirts of subtropical Sochi, the Australian national team look nonchalant while running through final preparations ahead of their opening game of the 2017 Fifa Confederations Cup. As the cloud-covered sun dips towards an azure Black Sea, there are no visible signs that the pressure of forthcoming clashes with Germany, Cameroon and Chile weighs on the 23-man squad.

Barclays - Qatar and Oz news

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The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority has re-opened its investigation into Barclays' 2008 emergency fundraising from Qatar despite issuing a fine in the case four years ago, as charging decisions from a parallel criminal case are set to be announced imminently, according to a person familiar with the probe.

Massimo Luongo: the Socceroos star doing it for himself at QPR

Queens Park Rangers' Massimo Luongo in action with Norwich City's Alexander Tettey

The Championship may be the fourth most-watched league in Europe, but received wisdom is that, for a footballer’s international future, it’s a black hole. The Premier League, or at least one of Europe’s premier leagues, is thought of as the place to be in order to further one’s ambitions. But for QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo, that’s not necessarily the case.

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Chile v Australia - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 - Group B

Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos revolution delivers mixed results in Russia

Ange Postecoglou wants to revolutionise Australian football. He has said so repeatedly during his four-year reign at the helm of the national team, and his players are quick to repeat this mantra at every opportunity. The 51-year-old aspires to create a Socceroos side that favours passing over pragmatism, creative attack over aerial bombardment.

Chile v Australia - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 - Group B

Martín Rodríguez strikes equaliser against Australia to take Chile to semis

The line between genius and insanity can be wafer thin. When Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou made six changes to his starting line-up to face South American champions Chile, many of his critics in the media centre and the stands thought he was deluded. The embattled manager left two of his best attacking players – Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic – on the bench, for an encounter Australia needed to win by two goals to qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup semi-finals.