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2008 NSW Schools Regional Futsal Championships Results

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Football NSW Futsal is currently holding the NSW 2008 schools Regional Championships across a number of venues within NSW. Schools participate in competition against a variety of schools in their regions with the winner and runners up competing in the State Championships held at Penrith Sports Stadium during the 23rd-26th of June 2008. The regional results were as follows… 2008 NSW Schools Regionals – Central Coast Grade Winner Runner Up u10 mixed Kinkumber 1 Empire Bay u12 Boys Empire Bay Holy Cross u14 boys Brisbane Water Umina Henry Kendall u14 Girls St Pias X Narara Valley u16 Boys Lisarow Hunter Sports u16 Girls Narara Valley Brisbane Water Umina u19 Boys Nabbenben Sports Narara Valley u19 Girls Narara Lisarow 2008 NSW Schools Regionals – South Coast Grade Winner Runner Up u10 mixed Nareena Red The Illawarra Grammar Schools u12 Boys The Illawarra Grammar Schools Figtree u12 Girls Vincent A Figtree u14 boys Holy Spirit Keira u14 Girls Illawarra Sports Lake Illawarra u16 Boys The Illawarra Grammar Schools Worilla 1 u16 Girls St Johns Nowra Illawarra Sports u19 Boys Holy Spirit Illawarra Sports A u19 Girls Erindale A Bomaderry 2008 NSW Schools Regionals – Penrith Grade Winner Runner Up u10 mixed Our …

New Futsal Comp starting at Tempe

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NEW FUTSAL COMPETITIONS COMMENCING AT THE TEMPE NETBALL CENTRE, HOLBEACH AVE, TEMPE Applications for entries for competition for both MENS and MIXED are now being accepted. Only limited spots are available and will be accepted on a first in first served manner. $$$ PRIZEMONEY FOR BOTH MENS AND MIXED COMPS $$$ Competitions are played on a Tuesday evening commencing Tuesday the 27th of May In player friendly time slots with all games governed by official Football NSW referees. For further enquiries or to cement your position in the competition call administrator Ross Maiorana on 0419 979 518 or email Matteo on matteoacm@hotmail.com  

The Futsal Spy : Solomon Islands

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Late on Saturday night, a tired but happy group of Futsal players from the Solomon Islands trudged into the Dural Sport and Leisure Centre after a long journey from Honiara. This is another stage of a project that started back in 2001 when the Dural Sport and Leisure Centre and the Dural Baptist Church sent a team of Futsal coaches and players to help introduce, in a formal way, the sport to that country. A country torn apart by ethnic tension and armed conflict. A country in need of restoration in all aspect of human life: physical, emotional, relational and spiritual. The sport of Futsal was used to bring people together and help, in some way, in the unification and reconciliation process. All the squad is looking forward to some tough training sessions and 3 highly competitive games that will help round off their preparations for the World Cup qualifying tournament in Suva in 2 weeks time. The game on Sunday 25th against the Dural Men’s team ended in a very close 7 – 4 victory to the visitors. It was a game played in great spirit, with end to end action and some great goals, which kept a noisy …

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OFC : Hassan to lead Futsal attack

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REWA striker Kamal Hassan is top choice to spearhead Fiji’s attack at the Oceania Football Federation FUTSAL Championships in Suva next month. The tournament will be held from June 8-14 at the Vodafone Arena and the national side will be out to utilise the home advantage to qualify for the World Cup. Apart from Hassan, Labasa’s Dinesh Mudaliar, Sandip Nair, Intiaz Begg and his goalkeeper brother Azmat Begg are front runners for the 12-strong squad to be named today. Lautoka duo, Alvin Avinesh and Avindra Naidu have shown consistent form. A number of 11-a-side players are in contention are Mira Sahib, Asish Chand and Siga Ali. The side will be coached by former rep Intiaz Khan who is confident of a good outing. Khan, who played for the Fiji in tyen shortened code said the preparations were going well. “We have plans and the team will get together when the Fiji FACT ends,” Khan said. The OFC Championship is held every four years with the winner progressing to the FIFA Futsal World Cup, which will be held in Brazil this September. 2008 marks the first championship since Australia switched confederations from OFC to Asia. Australia has won the last four …

OFC : New NZ Coach appointed

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The New Zealand national futsal team, the Futsallwhites, have appointed Erkin Osman as it’s coach for the upcoming OFC Championship which kicks-off in Suva, Fiji on 8th June.Cypriot-born Osman comes highly recommended and replaces Brod Crighton. Osman has an impressive CV as player and coach which includes the only player to make four World Cup appearances for Australia in Futsal and coaching Socceroo and Everton star, Tim Cahill as a junior. The 12 man squad includes four from the previous campaign in 2004 in which NZ finished runners-up to Australia. Australia are this year competing in the Asian Championship and NZ futsal are hoping that their absense will open the door for NZ to represent OFC at the World Cup later this year in Brasil. Auckland club, East City provides the bulk of the squad with eight players with one from Waikato, two from Capital Futsal in Wellington and one from Brisbane. Osman will get a good look at the squad this weekend (31st of May 2008) when they meet in Auckland. About New Zealand Futsal New Zealand Futsal is appointed by New Zealand Football to be responsible for all Futsal activities throughout the New Zealand. It’s initial focus has …

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OFC : Fiji Futsal team announced

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The Fiji FUTSAL Commission has announced a 12 member national team that will compete in the OFC Qualifiers in Suva next month for a spot to the FUTSAL World Cup in September. The team comprises of players from six districts and all players named are of indo-Fijian ethnicity. Six southern, two western and four northern division players have made the team. Lautoka duo Alvin Avinesh and Arvindra Naidu are the only players from the western division while Labasa quartet of brothers Azmat and Imtiaz Begg, Dinesh Mudliar and Sandeep Nair alongside Rewa’s Kamal Hassan, Wasim Ali, Navua’s Siga Ali, Nasinu’s Ashish Chand and Suva pair of Vikash Prasad and Mira Hussein Sahib complete the list. Fiji FUTSAL secretary Jainendra Sukhu said the team was a good one as it comprised of some of the finest and most skilful FUTSAL players in the country and the Commission was looking forward to positive results in the qualifiers. “We have named the best possible team and are hopeful of doing well in the tournament which will also have big teams like New Zealand, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Vanuatu. “The players selected have been playing FUTSAL for some time now and are very …

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Vikings National Futsal Teams Announced

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National Futsal Teams Announced Both teams will tour oversea’s this year, congratulations to all players. Womens National Futsal Team 1- Melissa Barbieri gk (Victoria Vipers) 2 – Jade Baker gk (North QLD Redbacks) 3 – Sam McGraw (South QLD Dragons) 4 – April Mann (North QLD Redbacks) 5 – Monnique Kofoed (South QLD Dragons) 6 – Jade Banks (South QLD Dragons) 7 – Jasmine Kent (North QLD Redbacks) 8 – Seyma Enreli (Victoria Vipers) 9 – Greta Kennedy (Barbarians) 10 – Teodora Balint (Victoria Vipers) 11 – Joanne Burgess (South QLD Dragons) 12 – Lailey Tanson (North QLD Redbacks) Head Coach : Gui Costa ( Queensland ) Assistant Coach Jeff Hawkins ( Victoria) Manager Nicola Zammit ( Queensland) Shadows 13 – Jodie Hammond (South QLD Dragons) 14 – Kate Lutkins (North QLD Redbacks) 15 – Sarah Hasted Gk (Barbarians) Mens National Futsal Team 1 – Gary Stone (Victoria Vipers) 2 – Zayne Frieberg (QLD Raiders) 3 – Felipe Amorim (Barbarians) 4 – Damian Pilat (Nth QLD Wizards) 5 – Fernando De Moreaes (Victoria Vipers) 6 – Ray Mortensen (QLD Raiders) 7 – Brett Richardson (QLD Raiders) 8 – Mirza Pedic (Victoria Vipers) 9 – Ben Hunt (QLD Raiders) 10 – …

NSW Expression of Interest

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Football NSW Futsal Department are seeking Expressions of Interest from Clubs who wish to participate in the 2008/09 Football NSW Futsal Premier/Super Leagues. The Competition will be held on Saturday afternoon and nights commencing September 08 until completion in February 09. Clubs will be required to field teams in the following age categories: 12 Yr Boys 14 Yr Boys 16 Yr Boys Youth (19 Years) Men Open Men 13 Yr Girls 16 Yr Girls Open Women For further information please contact Football NSW Futsal Department on (02) 814 4464 or Email futsal@soccernsw.com.au Applications close Monday June 16th 2008 Source : Football NSW Published : 20/05/2008

OFC : Futsal reps off to Sydney warmup

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THE National Futsal squad will leave this Saturday for Sydney, Australia, for one week of warmup matches.This is in preparation for the Oceania Futsal Championships starting in Suva, Fiji, on June 8. Fourteen players – including the experienced Elliot Ragomo and Jack Whitney are in the squad. Manager Simon Dyer said the squad will return May 31 before leaving on June 3 for the qualifiers in Suva. Solomon Islands play New Zealand on June 8th in their opening match. Futsal is a five-aside indoor version of soccer. The tournament will be held at the Vodafone Arena in Suva. Taking part are Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The winners go to the FIFA Futsal World Cup, in Brazil in September. Source : Soloman Star By : Eddie Osifelo Published : 22/5/2008

Winter State League Round 4 Review

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The winter state league round 4 took place at the States Sports Centre on Monday night this was action packed night and had a number of goals being scored and some quality Futsal was produced. In the opening match of the night the 2nd placed Liverpool Fusion take on the 6th place Inner west Allstars in the Open Women’s competition. Fusion started this game like a house on fire producing a number of early chances. Allstars edged their way back into the contest with a nice effort from A Smith that only just went wide. Fusion had a golden chance to take the lead but some desperate defending by D Caridad kept the scores locked at nil all. Fusion took the lead with a well worked goal after some great build by Clare Tyson which was then put away by Kathryn Mladineo to give the Fusion girls the lead. Fusion went into the break leading one-nil. The second half we witnessed a very determined Allstars side as they we desperate to get something out of this game they had a number of opportunities to get back into the contest and they equalized with a good strike by E Goss hitting …

OFC Futsal Draw Announced

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FIJI will kick off its campaign at the 2008 Oceania Football Federation FUTSAL Championships against New Caledonia. The draws for the June 8-14 tournament to be held at the Vodafone Arena (Fiji) were released yesterday. The tournament will have seven OFC nations including Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The OFC Futsal Championship is held every four years with the winner progressing to the FIFA Futsal World Cup, which will be held in Brazil this year during September. 2008 marks the first OFC Futsal Championship since Australia switched confederations from OFC to Asia on January 1, 2006. Australia has won the last four OFC Futsal Championships spanning back to 1992 and their absence will provide a great opportunity for other OFC nations to attend their first FIFA Futsal World Cup. In the last tournament in 2004 New Zealand finished runners up to Australia with Vanuatu defeating Fiji in the third and fourth play-off. National coach Juan Carlos Buzzetti will be assisted by former rep Intiaz Khan. The national side will be named this week by Buzzetti. A number of 11-a-side players are in contention to make the cut in the 12-member side. These include Dinesh …

2008 NSW Schools : A feast for the eyes

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It was a feast of futsal football at Menai last week as school teams across Sydney battled it out in the 2008 Football NSW Schools Regionals Futsal Championships. A total of 45 teams competed in the indoor football under-14 boys and girls, under-16 boys and girls and the under-19 boys and girls divisions. The highlight of the tournament was a sudden death penalty win to Kogarah High School over St Johns Park High School. With the scores tied at 3-all at full-time Kogarah were able to clinch the win 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out. Sutherland Shire based schools dominated the competition winning every event. All grand final teams will play in the Football NSW State Championships being held at Penrith next month. Grand final results: Under-14 boys: Endeavour Sports 5 defeated St Spyridon College 1 Under-14 girls: Woolooware High 5 defeated Sarah Redfern 2 Under-16 boys: Blakehurst 6 defeated Inaburra High 2 Under-16 girls: Jannali High 3 defeated Blakehurst High 0 Under-19 boys: St Johns Park 3 drew with Kogarah HS 3. Kogarah won 6-5 on sudden death penalties Under-19 girls: Blakehurst High 6 defeated Kirrawee High 0 Source : St George & Sutherland Shire Leader Published : 17/5/2008 4:00am

Futsalroos downed by hosts

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The Futsalroos have bowed out of the AFC Futsal Championship and a subsequent place at the FIFA Futsal World Cup later this year, after they were beaten by Thailand 5-2 in their quarter final clash in Bangkok. Fernando de Moraes scored a double for Australia, but it wasn’t enough against the hosts, who got off to a quickfire start and backed by a vocal crowd, never looked like surrendering their lead. With captain Lachlan Wright and Chris Zeballos suspended, Australia was somewhat behind the eight-ball to start with, but the two goals by Eakapong Suratsawang in the opening seven minutes was a killer for Scott Gilligan’s team. De Moraes pulled a goal in the 14th minute, but three minutes later Thailand regained their two goal advantage. Australia with the help of an extra man, following the dismissal of a Thai player started to gain some control and scored a fine goal to pull the score back to 3-2. But with five minutes remaining, Thailand’s captain Panuwat Janta eased Thai fans nerves with a goal from close range and for the second game running, Gilligan took off his goalkeeper for an extra attacker in search of goals. The goals never came …

Futsalroos World Cup Hopes Shattered

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The Qantas Futsalroos will miss the FIFA Futsal World Cup for the first time after a 5-2 loss to Thailand in the quarter final stage of the Asian Football Confederation’s Futsal Championships in Bangkok overnight. The four semi-finalists at the 16 nation tournament – Thailand, China, Japan and Iran – will represent Asia at October’s FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil.Australia were hamstrung by the absence of key suspended duo Lachlan Wright and Chris Zeballos, and the home team backed by a large vocal crowd raced to a 3-1 half time lead. Australia pulled back to 3-2 with Fernando de Moreas scoring his second of the night before Thailand scored twice in the final five minutes. “I think the turning point was the game before when we had two suspended players,” said coach Scott Gilligan. “Both were the two leading goal scorers in the team for this tournament and it was pretty obvious that that was going to significantly affect us.” Australia had previously appeared in all five editions of the FIFA Futsal World Cup dating back to 1989. Source : Australian Four Four Two Published : 16/5/2008 14:06

Dean eyes green, gold futsal

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ANOTHER Macarthur area athlete has achieved his lifelong dream of representing Australia. Dean Lockhart, a product of The Grange Public School and Leumeah High School, made his national debut for the Futsalroos against New Zealand in a futsal friendly two weeks ago at Dural. A member of Campbelltown City Quake Futsal Club, Lockhart received his green and gold call-up the day before his 21st birthday. “It was the best present I could have every asked for,” he said. “I have played futsal all my life and love the game immensely. I went to school for six months in Brazil when I was 17, to study and learn more about futsal. “It seems all that work has paid off.” Lockhart scored a goal on debut before heading off with the Futsalroos for the Asian Cup in Thailand. He and Aussie teammates Tuan Cao and Simon Keith, also of Campbelltown, are on a mission in Bangkok. The Asian Cup is a qualifying tournament for the World Cup in Rio de Janierio later this year and the Futsalroos, under the guidance of Minto coach Scott Gilligan, must finish in the top four of the tournament to qualify. Source : Macarthur Chronicle Published : …

Mendez marvels at Thai progress

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BANGKOK – Jose Maria Parzos Mendez expressed his delight after Thailand progressed to the semi-finals of the AFC Futsal Championship with a 5-2 defeat of Australia. Eakapong Suratsawang and Panomkorn Saisorn each scored twice as the hosts booked their ticket to the last four, earning a place at the FIFA Futsal World Cup later this year in the process. And Mendez admitted his satisfaction at the result after just two months in the coaching hotseat – but the Spaniard warned against complacency with China next up in the last four. “For me it’s very, very important to reach the World Cup because I only arrived here two months ago,” said Mendez. “We have had a very short time to change many things with the players because the Thai mentality is very different to the Spanish mentality. “We worked very, very hard.” Thailand’s route to the semi-finals saw them pitted against Iraq, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan and Australia – and overcoming that opposition has pleased Mendez greatly. “We are very happy because we’ve not had an easy way,” he said. “But China will not be easy – all semi-final teams are very good.” Mendez had sympathy for Australia, who were without captain Lachlan …

Qantas Futsalroos undone by hosts

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The Qantas Socceroos have bowed out of the AFC Futsal Championship and a subsequent place at the FIFA Futsal World Cup later this year, after they were beaten by Thailand 5-2 in their quarter final clash in Bangkok. Fernando de Moraes scored a double for Australia, but it wasn’t enough against the hosts, who got off to a quickfire start and backed by a vocal crowd, never looked like surrendering their lead. With captain Lachlan Wright and Chris Zeballos suspended, Australia was somewhat behind the eight-ball to start with, but the two goals by Eakapong Suratsawang in the opening seven minutes was a killer for Scott Gilligan’s team. De Moraes pulled a goal in the 14th minute, but three minutes later Thailand regained their two goal advantage. Australia with the help of an extra man, following the dismissal of a Thai player started to gain some control and scored a fine goal to pull the score back to 3-2. But with five minutes remaining, Thailand’s captain Panuwat Janta eased Thai fans nerves with a goal from close range and for the second game running, Gilligan took off his goalkeeper for an extra attacker in search of goals. The goals never …

Five star Thais through to semis

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BANGKOK – Thailand edged through to the semi-finals of the AFC Futsal Championship with a 5-2 victory over Australia at Nimibutr Stadium.The hosts were in front throughout after Eakapong Suratsawang scored twice in the first seven minutes and they went on to seal a last-four match against China and qualification for the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil later this year. Australia were without captain Lachlan Wright and Christopher Zeballos through supension, while Ukrit Taengtung was banned for the hosts, who had won all three of their preliminary round matches. Jose Maria Parzos Mendez feared Australia’s physicality prior to the match but his Thailand side swiftly eased his concerns. Eakapong scored a quickfire double to put Thailand in the ascendancy. Fernando Lima de Moraes pulled one back for Australia after 14 minutes but Thailand reclaimed their two-goal advantage shortly before half-time. Panomkorn Saisorn netted after 17 minutes to give the hosts, who were backed by a vociferous support, a 3-1 lead. Australia tightened up in the second half and held Thailand at bay before Ekkaphan Suratsawang was dismissed for a second yellow card with 15 minutes remaining. Scott Gilligan’s side pulled a goal back three minutes later when De Moraes …

Four to serve suspension

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KUALA LUMPUR: Australia will be missing the services of Lachlan Wright and in-form Christopher Zeballos in their AFC Futsal Championship quarter-final against hosts Thailand on Thursday through suspension.Wright scored a hat-trick in the Australians’ 6-0 victory over Chinese Taipei while Zeballos was on target in all the three group games. According to the disciplinary list issued by AFC after the group stage, Wright received two cautions in different games against Turkmenistan and Japan, while Zeballos was cautioned in two separate games against Chinese Taipei and Japan. Thailand’s Ukrit Taengtung, who received two cautions in separate games against Indonesia and Kyrgyzstan, and Kyrgyzstan’s Emil Kanetov, who was cautioned against Iraq and Thailand, will also be ineligible to play in their respective quarter-final games. Kyrgyzstan will take on last year’s runners-up Japan in the last eight encounter on Thursday. In the other quarter-finals, defending champions Iran will face Lebanon while Uzbekistan take on China the same day. Source : www.the-AFC.com Published : 14/5/2008

Winter State League Round 3 Review

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The winter state league jumped into round 3 at the States Sports Centre on Monday night 13th May, and we were treated to a great night of futsal action. The fans packed in to see Campbelltown Quake take on joint league leaders the Inner West Allstars in what was arguably the best game of the night. From beginning to end the game was played at a furious pace with great opportunities going to both sides. Early on Inner West took control with early chances falling to Jeff Bugallo and Jacob Di Mento before Quake hit back with a close chance from Ediz Alpkaya. Just when it looked like neither side could penetrate the other, a swift series of interchange passing allowed Jeff Bugallo to squeeze the ball in from a tight angle; he followed up a few minutes later by grabbing his second of the game thanks to a great run by Shervin Adeli. Quake weren’t fazed by the two goal cushion and continued to play their game and got their reward just before the break with Daniel Martinez astutely chipping the keeper sending the crowd in a frenzy. The second half began as the first did with blistering attacks …

Qantas Futsalroos give Japan a scare

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The Qantas Socceroos have given group favourites Japan an almighty scare in the final Group B game at the AFC Futsal Championship in Bangkok, eventually going down 4-2 after leading 2-0 at the break. In a highly entertaining clash, the match was in the balance right to the end, when Japan scored a final goal right on full time, with Australia having sacrificed its keeper in attempting to find an equalising goal. Chris Zeballos and Luke Haydon scored Australia’s goals to give Australia a commanding half time lead, but Japan, one of the favourites in the tournament, showed their class and came back strong in the second half against a tiring Australian side and claim top spot of the group ahead of the Aussies. Australia will now play host nation Thailand in the quarter finals on Thursday, with the winner making it to the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup being held in Brazil in October. Japan started strongly and experienced Australian keeper Gavin O’Brien had to stand tall twice to deny Japan taking the lead. Adrian Vizzari had Australia’s first good chance when he rattled the woodwork with a thunderous strike, but it wasn’t long before they had the lead …

Mendez wary of Aussies’ strength

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BANGKOK – Jose Maria Parzos Mendez fears his Thailand side will struggle to cope with the physicality of Australia in the quarter-final of the AFC Futsal Championship on Thursday. The hosts qualified for the last eight as Group A winners, while Australia finished runners-up to Japan in Group B, and the teams now compete for a semi-final place at Nimibutr Stadium. Thailand has a 100% record in the competition after three wins out of three in the preliminary round, but Mendez believes Australia is a real threat to his side’s bid for a FIFA Futsal World Cup berth. “I don’t like the Australian team because it is very physical, the players are very big,” he said. “Australia has competitive spirit and they have grown up a lot in the last few years. “They have played in the last two World Cups I think and are an experienced group – they have played together many times.” Thailand edged Kyrgyzstan 3-1 to claim the first qualifying place for the knockout stages, but Mendez admits his side have not achieved anything yet. “We only need one more win to go to the World Cup, at the moment we get nothing,” Mendez added. “It’s …

Sapo hails Japan’s resilience

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BANGKOK – Japan boss Sergio Sapo paid tribute to the resilience of his players after they survived their first major test at the AFC Futsal Championships by coming from two goals down to see off Australia 4-2. Christopher Zeballos and Luke Haydon had given the Aussies a 2-0 half-time lead at Nimibutr Stadium only for goals from Yuki Kanayama, Daisuke Ono, Yusuke Inada and a late effort from Yusuke Komiyama to seal top spot in Group B and a quarter-final showdown with Kyrgyzstan. “We played well at the start but we went two down in the first half so I told the players at half-time to calm down and not give up and that’s why we won,” he said. “The beginning of the game was good because we had pace and much more movement so we needed to do that in the second-half. The players gave 100% and that’s why we were able to get back into the game. “I knew it was going to be a difficult game but the players never gave up.” Australia counterpart Scott Gilligan admitted his side tired towards the end but was still full of praise for their efforts. They now meet hosts Thailand …

Japan rally to down Aussies

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BANGKOK – Japan were given a real scare as they came from two goals down to beat Australia 4-2 and top Group B at the AFC Futsal Championships. Scott Gilligan’s side produced a gritty performance at Nimibutr Stadium and held a healthy advantage at the interval only for Japan to produce a second-half fightback and book a quarter-final clash with Kyrgyzstan. Japan had the first real chance when Daisuke Ono’s defence-splitting pass set Kotaro Inabo clear but keeper Gavin O’Brien did excellently to stand up and block his effort. O’Brien then spread himself well at the back post to deny Akira Toyoshima before Adrian Vizzari rattled the frame of the Japan goal with a fearsome strike. However, Australia took the lead when Christopher Zeballos weaved his way the length of the pitch before dispatching a right-foot shot past Hisao Sadanaga and into the top corner. Scott Gilligan’s side then doubled their advantage when Luke Haydon broke free and, as Sadanaga came charging out of his goal, rolled his foot over the ball to drag it past the prone keeper and slot it into the empty net. Gavin O’Brien made another full-length save to push away Rikarudo Higa’s shot at the …

Gilligan set to ring changes

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BANGKOK – Australia coach Scott Gilligan admitted he will make changes for the top-of-the-table clash with Japan at Nimibutr Stadium after his side confirmed their passage to the quarter-finals with a game to spare. A comprehensive 6-0 victory over Chinese Taipei saw Australia pick up their second win in Group B and Japan’s 4-1 triumph over Turkmenistan later in the day confirmed their place in the last eight.It did not come without cost, however, as keeper Peter Spathis was dismissed for a professional foul meaning he will be suspended for an encounter that will determine who will finish top of the standings. But with Kyrgyzstan or Thailand presenting a similar challenge in the last eight, Gilligan will use the Japan clash to tinker with his line-up ahead of the knockout stages. “I’ll probably rest some of the players and obviously the other keeper will play,” he said. “It’s a game where we can experiment a little but it’s also a great hit out for us because Japan are a fantastic side. “They are very quick and with their speed, I think they have a lot of tactical nous, so we have to be on our game.” Lachlan Wright was the …

Fab Futsal Boys Thrash Chinese Taipei

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The Qantas Futsalroos scored a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Chinese Taipei overnight in Bangkok to secure progression to the quarter-finals at the Asian Football Confederation Futsal Championship. A semi-final berth at the Championship will see Australia qualify for the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup to be held in Brazil later this year.Lachlan Wright led the way against Chinese Taipei scoring a hat trick however Australia had to overcome losing goalkeeper Peter Spathis who was sent off in just the 6th minute. Despite the setback, which saw Australia down to four players for two minutes, the Futsalroos dominated proceedings holding a two goal advantage at the interval, with Adrian Vizzari, Chris Zeballos and an own goal rounding out the goalscoring tally. Australia now face group favourites Japan in their final group match tonight, with the match set to decide top spot in the group. Japan need only a draw after defeating Turkmenistan 4-1 in the other group match. Australia will complete their group fixtures tonight against number 2 ranked Asian side Japan. Australia will meet either Thailand or Kyrgyzstan in the quarter finals on Thursday. Australia’s matches are: May 11 v Turkmenistan May 12 v Chinese Taipei May 13 v Japan …

Aussies on target says Gilligan

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BANGKOK – Coach Scott Gilligan was happy to see Australia reach their first target in the 2008 AFC Futsal Championships with a 6-0 victory over Chinese Taipei but still underlined their determination to scale even greater heights.Lachlan Wright netted a hat-trick at Nimibutr Satdium as Australia, who had keeper Peter Spathis sent-off for a professional foul, virtually booked their place in the quarter-finals with a comfortable triumph. Gilligan’s stated aim before the competition was to win the first two games in a bid to eventually qualify for the semi-finals and gain a place in the FIFA Futsal World Cup taking place in Brazil later in the year. And after an opening success against Turkmenistan, it seems Australia will now face a showdown with Japan for top spot in Group B providing Sergio Saipo’s team can replicate the green and gold’s success. “Mission accomplished – so far,” said Gilligan. “I knew initially they’d be a tough side to break down. We had to make sure we kept going at them. “We started quite well and then obviously with our keeper getting sent off we had that two-minute spell were some of the better players were on the pitch and they got …

Wright ’tricks in Aussies’ victory

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BANGKOK – Lachlan Wright’s hat-trick proved the highlight as Australia took a huge step towards the knockout stages of the AFC Futsal Championships with a 6-0 victory over Chinese Taipei at Nimibutr Stadium. Despite having keeper Peter Spathis sent off, Wright’s treble plus goals from Adrian Vizzari, Christian Zeballos and an own goal gave Scott Gilligan’s side a comfortable Group B win. Australia looked most likely to open the scoring as first Simon Keith rattled the woodwork from distance and Vizzari got the ball stuck in his feet when he looked odds on to score. But disaster struck when Chang Fu-hsaing raced clear and rounded Spathis only to be brought down by the Australian keeper, who was shown a red card for his trouble, and bringing replacement stopper Gavin O’Brien into the fray. Temporarily down to three men, Gilligan’s men weathered the storm before going ahead when Fang Ching-jen stabbed Fernando de Moraes’ cross into his own net. Australia doubled their advantage before the break when, after good build-up work, an unmarked Wright collected a pass before firing home on the turn. Wright grabbed his second and Australia’s third soon after the interval when he strode forward and found the …

Wright hat-trick has Australia on track for quarters

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A Lachlan Wright hat-trick has ensured the Qantas Futsalroos a berth in the quarter finals of the AFC Futsal Championships, after a 6-0 win over Chinese Taipei in Bangkok, Thailand. Backing up after a late finish last night and being the first team on court today, Australia’s task was made even more difficult after the send off of goalkeeper Peter Spathis in just the 6th minute. But despite the setback, which saw Australia down to four players for two minutes, the Futsalroos dominated proceedings with Wrights hat-trick the highlight. Adrian Vizzari, Chris Zeballos and an own goal were the other goalscorers in the win. Australia now face group favourites in their final group match tomorrow, for what is likely to decide top spot of the group. Australia started strongly with Simon Keith rattling the woodwork from distance but when Chinese Taipei’s Chang Fu-hsaing raced clear and was brought down Spathis, the Aussie keeper was shown a red card. Experienced keeper Gavin O’Brien was thrown into the match, but Australia suddenly found themselves down a man for two minutes. Having weathered that setback, Australia soon found themselves ahead when Fernando de Moraes’ cross was stabbed into the net by a Chinese …

Qantas Futsalroos start with a good win

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The Qantas Futsalroos have kicked off their bid for a place at the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup, with a come from behind 3-1 win against Turkmenistan at the 200 AFC Futsal Championship in Bangkok, Thailand.After going early in the match, Australia took control of the Group B encounter at Nimibutr Stadium, Gregory Giovenali, Christopher Zeballos and Adrian Vizzari each scoring a goal. The result leaves them level with group favourites Japan at the top, who comprehensively beat Chinese Taipei 8-2 in the other match. Turkmenistan capitalised on a sluggish start by the Aussies with Ahmed Allabrediyev beating keeper Peter Spathis with a powerful shot from a tight angle near the touchline. That woke up the Australian players and after Lachlan Wright and Fernando de Moraes tested the Turkmenistan keeper Tashliyey, the equaliser eventually came. Giovenali had forced another good save from Tashliyev, but from the resulting corner, Giovenali made no mistake, drilling the ball low into the goal. Australia kept the momentum in its favour after the break, when Zeballos was denied but soon after he had the Futsalroos in front when he tapped home a rebound after Tashliyey had denied another strike at goal. Vizzari then made sure …