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Spiranovic credits Popovic for Socceroos recall

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Matthew Spiranovic will be looking to add to his 35 caps when the Socceroos take on South Korea on Friday.

Experienced defender Matthew Spiranovic believes his first Socceroos call-up in two years justifies his decision to reunite with Tony Popovic at Perth Glory.

The 30-year-old played under Popovic at the Western Sydney Wanderers from 2013-15 before an injury-plagued stint in China which led to him losing his place in the national team.

Lured to Perth by his former coach last June, Spiranovic first regained his fitness and then became a mainstay in the Glory's dominant A-League Premiers Plate-winning...

Western Sydney Wanderers barely recognisable to Matthew Spiranovic

Perth Glory defender Matthew Spiranovic will barely recognise a face when he returns to his former stomping ground in Sunday's clash with Western Sydney.

Spiranovic played with the Wanderers for two seasons between 2013-15, helping the club win the AFC Champions League in 2014.

But almost the entire Western Sydney squad has changed since Spiranovic departed, with only a sprinkling of familiar faces left.

Wanderers captain Brendan Hamill is one of the few players who have remained.

"It's definitely...

Matt Spiranovic's Socceroos spot in doubt after Hangzhou relegation

Australia international Matt Spiranovic has just been relegated with Chinese Super League club Hangzhou Greentown.

Coach Ange Postecoglou concedes Matt Spiranovic could find his Socceroos spot at risk should the first-choice centre-back start playing in China's second tier.

Spiranovic's club Hangzhou Greentown were officially relegated from the Chinese Super League following Sunday's final-round draw with Yanbian Fude.

Despite still having a year to run on his lucrative contract, the Geelong-born 28-year-old may consider moving to yet another club in search of better football as Australia progress through the...

Japan's defensive tactics surprised Socceroos - Matthew Spiranovic

Matthew Spiranovic admitted that Japan's suffocating defensive style took the Socceroos by surprise in Tuesday night's 1-1 World Cup qualifier draw in Melbourne.

Known for their attacking flair through the likes of midfield superstars Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa, Japan were happy to keep numbers behind the ball to stave off a Socceroos comeback after taking an early lead.

The visitors took the lead just five minutes into the game at Etihad Stadium and held it until the 53rd minute when a clumsy...

Socceroos ready to weather tough conditions in stern Saudi Arabia test

Ange Postecoglou will be gunning for a third consecutive win when Australia take on Saudi Arabia in Jeddah.

A heaving crowd, steamy conditions and a determined opponent await the Socceroos in Saudi Arabia but coach Ange Postecoglou is more confident than ever that his methods will deliver another positive result.

Australia take their next step on the road to Russia 2018 in Thursday night's clash at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, an almost brand-new, high-tech stadium that will be packed to its 62,241 capacity.

Temperatures will hover in the low 30s come kickoff but neither the weather nor the...

Socceroo Matthew Spiranovic ready for battle with Saudi's Al-Shamrani

Matthew Spiranovic is set to renew his rivalry with Saudi Arabia's Nasser Al-Shamrani on Thursday.

Matthew Spiranovic is set for a showdown with the controversial Saudi Arabian striker who spat at him in the bitter aftermath of Western Sydney's AFC Champions League final victory.

The Socceroos defender could well find himself toe-to-toe with Nasser Al-Shamrani, the Al-Hilal frontman who is in the Saudi squad for Thursday's World Cup qualifier.

Al-Shamrani was slapped with an eight-game ban by the Asian Football Confederation in 2014 for spitting towards and attempting to headbutt Spiranovic after...