It’s back to club football for our Caltex Socceroos and some of them are going to be involved in some huge matches over the next week.
Before the crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifying play-off matches against Syria next month, here’s what some of Aussie boys have to look forward to over the next seven days.
‘REAL’ BIG DEBUT FOR MITCH
Gloveman Mitch Langerak missed the Caltex Socceroos recent matches against Japan and Thailand to finalise his move to La Liga outfit Levante.
And his first game for his new club this weekend is the small matter of a trip to the Bernabeu Stadium to face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid.
TOMMY’S NEYMAR MATCH-UP
While he has a Scottish Premier League clash with Hamilton this weekend, Tommy Rogic’s focus could well be on the start of Celtic’s UEFA Champions League group stage campaign next week.
The Hoops host PSG in their opening group game next Wednesday morning (AEST), meaning he’ll be up against the likes of Neymar, Edison Cavani and new French starlet Kylian Mbappe.
RETURN OF THE JEDI?
Aston Villa’s Championship clash with Brentford won’t dominate the headlines in Europe over the weekend but it could be a significant match for one Caltex Socceroo.
Skipper Mile Jedinak could make his first appearance of the season after his rehabilitation from a groin injury.
Elsewhere in the Championship, Jackson Irvine could make his Hull City debut in their trip to Derby County, while keeper Adam Federici will be hoping for his first appearance at new club Nottingham Forest against Sheffield Wednesday.
BIG GAMES FOR OUR EPL BOYS
Aaron Mooy will hope his dream start to life in the Premier League continues as his unbeaten Huddersfield Town travel to London to face winless West Ham.
Fresh from his first EPL clean sheet, Maty Ryan should be in goal for Brighton’s home clash with high-flying West Brom, while Brad Smith should be in the squad as AFC Bournemouth take on under-pressure Arsenal.
Cahill's Jamshedpur remain unbeaten in Indian Super League
Tim Cahill’s unbeaten start to life in the Indian Super League has continued with his Jamshedpur drawing 1-1 with ATK overnight. In his first home appearance for his new club, Australia’s greatest-ever goalscorer started in attack and played 74 minutes before he was substitute
Aussies Abroad: Milestone moment for Leckie in Bundesliga
Mathew Leckie has reached an impressive milestone after again featuring for Hertha Berlin as they continued their strong start to the season in the Bundesliga. The Caltex Socceroos winger came off the bench for the last 28 minutes as Hertha drew 1-1 with Freiburg in Berlin.
Aussies Abroad: Rogic stars in clash of Caltex Socceroos, Ryan and Mabil impress
In-form Caltex Socceroos star Tom Rogic produced a man-of-the-match performance in Celtic’s 4-2 Scottish Premiership win over Hibernian on Sunday morning (AEDT). Rogic - who netted in Australia’s 4-0 friendly win over Kuwait on Tuesday - scored an outstanding goal and then pro
Milicic ‘extremely proud’ of Young Socceroos comeback
Young Socceroos boss Ante Milicic praised his side’s “strong Australian mentality” after they battled back to salvage a 1-1 draw in their AFC U-19 Championship opener against Korea Republic. Melbourne City’s Ramy Najjarine came off the bench to score a stunning 89th-minute equ