While many of the leagues around the world are on hiatus over the Christmas period plenty of Caltex Socceroos have still been in action for their clubs in England.
Brad Smith faced one of the biggest tests of his club career when he lined up for AFC Bournemouth against Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The left back was tasked with shutting down the likes of Victor Moses and Willian and while the 22-year-old more than held his own the Cherries were beaten 3-0.
Smith was replaced with 13 minutes to play by fellow former Liverpool player Jordan Ibe as Eddie Howe’s side chased the game, while goalkeeper Adam Federici was again on the bench.
Aaron Mooy continues to earn plaudits for his form in the Championship this season, helping Huddersfield Town to a comeback 2-1 home win over Nottingham Forest.
Mooy was named man of the match for his influential performance in the centre of the park, which helped the Terriers move back up to fourth in their quest for an EPL promotion.
Mark Milligan's moving tribute to Caltex Socceroos debutants
Awer Mabil and Thomas Deng were South Sudanese refugees over a decade ago. Earlier this morning they became Caltex Socceroos. It was an incredible milestone for the two childhood friends, who grew up in Adelaide bonding over the love of football. WRAP: Caltex Socceroos o
Focus shifts to home games in November after Kuwait win
With the first test passed with flying colours, Graham Arnold’s Caltex Socceroos will swiftly turn their focus to November’s home friendlies against Korea Republic and Lebanon. Arnold’s tenure got off to a dream start on Tuesday morning (AEDT) with his side strolling to a 4-0
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Almost a decade ago they were young kids kicking a ball together at the local park, dreaming of playing professional football. Fast forward nine years and good mates Awer Mabil and Thomas Deng made their Caltex Socceroos debuts together in a thumping 4-0 win over Kuwait.
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