Author Archives: Matthew Rossleigh

About Matthew Rossleigh

Matthew Rossleigh is a first year journalism student at the University of Technology Sydney. Rossleigh (19) has been attending football matches since an early age and last year travelled to the World Cup in South Africa. For Rossleigh, being a football fan is as much about being a part of the audience as it is watching the game, "I became a football fan because I love how passinate football fans are. Nothing beats the emotions that you experience during the 90 minute contest. It's also an oppurtunity to bring different cultures together." Rossleigh is currently interning as a producer for an Australian TV football show and for the website www.goal.com, covering leagues around the world. His tweets can be followed at: @Matt_Rossleigh

YG World Cup Blog: Matildas Brazil Review

Australia's Tameka Butt vies for the ball with Brazil's Fabiana (L) during the preliminary round of the FIFA Women's soccer world cup match between Brazil and Australia in Moenchengladbach, Germany, 29 June 2011. Photo: Revierfoto, picture alliance / (c) dpa

Australia's Tameka Butt vies for the ball with Brazil's Fabiana (L) during the preliminary round of the FIFA Women's soccer world cup match between Brazil and Australia in Moenchengladbach, Germany, 29 June 2011. Photo: Revierfoto, picture alliance / (c) dpa

Just over five years ago, a brave Australian men’s team played a red-hot Brazilian side in Munich, and should have come away with a result if it wasn’t for some poor finishing. Fast forward the tape to 2011, and on Tuesday night in Moenchengladbach, the Matildas had every opportunity to cause an upset against the South American heavyweights but failed to make the most of their chances.

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YG World Cup Blog: A young squad eager for the world stage

The Matildas' captain and goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri, here in action during the Australia vs. Germany match in Wolfsburg October 28, 2010, Photo: (c) picture-alliance / Annegret Hilse

The Matildas' captain and goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri, here in action during the Australia vs. Germany match in Wolfsburg October 28, 2010, Photo: (c) picture-alliance / Annegret Hilse

Australia goes into the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup full of confidence, following their victory at last year’s AFC Asian Cup in China. As continental champions, there is now an expectation on the Matildas to not only reach the knockout stage, but to progress further in the tournament.

Australia coach Tom Sermanni leads the team to its fifth consecutive World Cup finals appearance, his third in charge, after achieving their best ever result in the 2007 tournament in China. On that occasion, the Matildas progressed to the knockout stage following draws against Canada and Norway, and a victory over Ghana, but were eventually beaten by Brazil in the quarter final stage.

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