Six years ago, Ange Postecoglou was manager of Australia, guiding the Socceroos to a fourth successive World Cup.
The current Tottenham boss had taken charge of the national team in October 2013 and led them at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where they were unfortunate to be drawn into the Group of Death alongside the Netherlands, Chile and holders Spain, going out in the first round.
Postecoglou later guided Australia to their first and only Asian Cup triumph, in 2015. “As much as I preferred club football, to manage your own nation at a World Cup, it was too good an opportunity to pass up,” he said, as part of an exclusive interview about his career for the current issue of FourFourTwo magazine.
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“I had a wonderful four years – the World Cup was an amazing experience and a precursor to us winning the Asian Cup. Then we had a real tough World Cup qualifying campaign for 2018, but I was proud that we qualified for Russia as well.”
Perhaps surprisingly, towards the end of November 2017, Postecoglou opted to step down, immediately after qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
The Socceroos had received criticism after needing extra time to overcome Syria in a play-off, and the manager later revealed that he and the federation weren’t entirely aligned on issues behind the scenes – he had been pushing to instil a long-term vision and methodology, knowing that legends like Tim Cahill were preparing to retire, and new blood would need to be introduced.
Earlier in his career, Postecoglou had spent seven largely successful years in charge of Australia’s youth teams, only to be replaced in 2007 after missing out on both the Under 17s and Under 20s World Cups, which had led to an on-air row with TV pundit Craig Foster, and a struggle to find work Down Under for some time afterwards. This time, he decided to depart on his own terms.
“It wasn’t that difficult a decision,” he told FFT of his resignation as boss of the Australia senior side. “From the outside, people probably saw it as a bit curious – why you would go when you’ve done all the hard work to get to the World Cup? But every time I’ve moved on in my career, particularly after the youth job I had, I wanted to make sure I didn’t stay too long in a role where I didn’t feel the challenges were there for me.
“We’d won the Asian Cup and we’d qualified for the World Cup. I thought there was a natural end to that cycle and I was keen to find another challenge outside Australia. I didn’t want to leave before we’d qualified, so we got the job done, then the decision was made.”
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President Biden was asked by reporters in Israel how he knew Israel wasn’t behind the explosion at a Gaza hospital, and the President said that he had been shown data by the Pentagon.
From the White House Pool Report as provided to PoliticusUSA:
Flagging at the top here- POTUS was asked as pool was leaving what makes you sure Israel wasn’t behind explosion in Gaza?
He said, “The data I was shown by my defense department.”
Biden isn’t taking Israel’s word for it that they didn’t strike a hospital in Gaza with a rocket but said that the Department of Defense provided him with evidence that it wasn’t Israel.
During a meeting with first responders and victims’ families in Israel, Pres. Biden was asked what made him confident the Israelis weren’t behind the hospital strike in Gaza, according to the White House press pool.
A third-party independent investigation will certainly be necessary to determine what caused the deadly missile to kill hundreds of people at a Gaza hospital.
Rachel Maddow suggested during an MSNBC appearance on Tuesday that the US has a role to play in that investigation:
This is a total fog of war situation that actors on social media are using to spread potential misinformation. The Department of Defense has better information on the hospital than any other organization in the world. The United States has been both supporting Israel against Hamas and trying to protect civilian lives in Gaza.
No one wants to see needless deaths and innocent people harmed, and the truth about what happened to the hospital in Gaza is important because the events are being used to inflame tensions that could possibly expand the war.
New York Giants fans did not have much in the way of things to cheer about last night as the Seattle Seahawks came into MetLife and had a sack party at Daniel Jones’ expense. Brian Daboll was as exasperated as anyone, and the mood was just dour the G-Men were humiliated in a marquee primetime contest for a third consecutive time in less than a month.
Because it’s the Tri-State area and residents have no compunction about letting their displeasure be known, the crowd was able to boo anything and everything. The offensive line. Jones. Daboll. The defense. Their own realizations that a 120-minute commute lie ahead and they’d be sluggish and worthless at work this morning because they just had to see this debacle in person.
Oh, and Taylor Swift. They also booed Taylor Swift when her promos ran on the scoreboard.
Look. There’s not a lot of rhyme or reason to this except Swift was in attendance 24 hours earlier for the New York Jets game, where Zach Wilson was able to remain upright with more consistency. Or perhaps they’re among the weirdos irate that the NFL is embracing this new era and changing social media profiles. My personal theory is they were just generally pissed off and mad at the world.
We’ve all been there. Unfortunately for the Giants fanbase, there are 13 more opportunities this season to visit this particularly dark place.
But, luckily, an NRL official intervened at the last minute and insisted Ponga make the trip down.
Players who finish high in the Dally M vote count, or who are selected in the teams of the year, are often tipped off by the NRL that they should attend the ceremony.
“I wasn’t going to go yesterday, to be honest,” Ponga revealed to Nine’s Today on Thursday morning.
“When I woke up in the morning I actually sent the NRL an email saying I didn’t want to go. I just wanted to sit at home and watch it on the couch.
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“But I had to last minute get ready, and my mum… she can get ready pretty quick.
“I didn’t know I was going to win, and I thought it would be nice to sit at home and watch it from the couch.
“But once I knew that maybe I was going to be in contention, I thought if I’m going to win this it would be special to take Mum.
“She’s been there the whole journey of the last five years, and she deserves to be there.”
While most NRL and NRLW players arrived on the green carpet with their partners in tow, Ponga melted hearts by taking his mother to Royal Randwick.
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The night could not have ended any better for the pair, as the Knights fullback stormed home late in the Dally M count and polled a maximum six votes in round 26 – his last game for the season – to pip Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson by one.
”I had an early season holiday and while I was over there I decided that I wanted to stop letting people down and start making people proud,” an emotional Ponga said while accepting the medal.
Ponga almost retired from rugby league due to repeated concussions earlier this year, but a trip to Canada to consult specialists got him back on the field and his career back on track.
Ponga had been named co-captain of the team that year. Newcastle’s previous captain, Mitchell Pearce, had relinquished the leadership role after his own off-field scandal, and Ponga looked in danger of going down the same path.
“I let a lot of people down over the last year but something I wanted to do was make people proud,” he told Today on Thursday.
“It probably hasn’t sunk in yet, I haven’t time to reflect on the night and the occasion and the year I’ve had.
“I guess once I knew that I was fine (from concussion) I just put my head down, I had a lot of belief around me, a lot of my teammates, staff, family, they all believed in me.”
Music blogger, Ayo Jaguda has stated that Naira Marley cannot say he isn’t complicit in the trauma his former signee, Mohbad suffered before his sudden demise on Tuesday, September 13.
Ayo shared a video of Mohbad and rapper, Zlatan, on a music set sometime in July this year, where a group of men, one of them now identified as SamLarry, stormed the set and attempted to assault Mohbad.
Zlatan immediately stood up and prevented the men from assaulting Mohbad.
Ayo pointed out that Mohbad was pushed into depression by the constant attacks and molestation he suffered from certain people who made life a living hell for him.
Read his tweets and watch the video he shared below…
Priscilla Presley, ex-wife of singer Elvis Presley has again denied becoming intimate with him at the age of 14.
Speaking during a presser at the Venice Film Festival, just before Sofia Coppola‘s new film “Priscilla” was screened, Priscilla disclosed that she began meeting Elvis at the age of 14, but didn’t get intimate with the singer who was 24 at the time.
She said what made Elvis drawn to her was the fact she would listen to him and let him pour his heart to her, something that led to them continuing to see each other even after Elvis came back to the States following a deployment in Germany, where they first linked.
Priscilla maintained that Elvis respected the fact she was just a teen.
Many have criticized Elvis alleging he was a scummy guy for zeroing in on a young girl, but clearly, Priscilla has no regrets even now calling him the love of her life, and saying she was drawn to him even after they divorced.
This new film is supposed to show the “darker” sides of Elvis and word is his estate is not happy with the portrayal here, as they feel it paints him in a bad light.
Ex-BBNaija star, Nina, has berated BBNaija All Stars housemate, Ilebaye, for age-shaming her co-housemate, Ceec.
Recall that both Ceec and Ilebaye had a serious clash last night and in the heat of the exchange of words, Ilebaye said she is 22 in an attempt to age-shame Ceec.
Reacting via her Twitter handle, Nina asked berated Ilebaye for age-shaming Ceec. She stated that she was 21 when she went into the reality TV show in 2018 and got to the final. She added that she wasn’t kissing all the guys on the show but stayed with one guy till the end of the show.