Aussies Abroad: Sainsbury in training, Amini embracing fatherhood

Some of the world’s biggest football leagues are suspended for now but that does not mean our Socceroos stars are taking it easy.

Defender Trent Sainsbury is keeping sharp during the lay-off as he and his Maccabi Haifa teammates look to hit the ground running in the Israeli Premier League when it resumes.

Maccabi Haifa concluded their regular season in second position and were on the verge of commencing their round-robin Championship play-off series before the competition was suspended until April 4.

A former Hyundai A-League Premiership and Championship winner with Central Coast Mariners, there has never been any doubt about the fire that fuels his desire to win.

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Sainsbury posted: “Super happy to be out in the sunshine training. Couldn’t stop smiling all session. I love this game."


Also taking to social media is attacker Brandon Borrello as his SC Freiburg also look to keep at their peak during the Bundesliga hiatus in Germany.

Frieburg are currently sitting eighth in the Bundesliga and downed Union Berlin 3-1 in the last start prior to the German season being suspended until April 4.

Amini wearing fatherhood like a champ

Meanwhile away from the pitch, Mustafa Amini is whole-heartedly embracing the latest change to his life by posting heart-warming photos of himself with his baby girl, Vienna.

The AGF midfielder and wife, Natalie, welcomed the latest addition to his family earlier this month and the 26-year-old Amini is clearly delighting in every minute the experience.

Boyle ready to plug and play

Meanwhile, Hibernian striker Martin Boyle has found a new challenge during his downtime from Scottish Premier League match action.

Boyle took to Twitter to express his excitement for the FIFA Ultimate QuaranTeam tournament proposed by English club Leyton Orient as an alternative to regular fixtures during the competitive lay-off.

While many clubs accounts are tackling their rivals with quaint Connect Four and Noughts-and-Crosses challenges on their social media channels, the English League Two club has amassed 128 clubs around the world to partake in the online knockout FIFA 20 showdown – including some of world football's biggest names and Boyle's Hibs.