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Inside the Socceroos camp: Following Australia's World Cup journey

ESPN's Stephanie Brantz recaps Australia's World Cup journey and looks ahead to what's next for the Socceroos.
Stephanie Brantz chats with Australia fans following their defeat against Peru in their Group C finale.

Charged with covering Australia's World Cup odyssey, ESPN FC's Steph Brantz reflects on what has been a whirlwind six months for the Socceroos under Bert van Marwijk.

Holding my passport open to the page bearing a single-entry Russian business visa, the customs official at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport looked confused.

"You cannot leave!" she said, unable to comprehend why someone working in the football media would be departing with the World Cup only half over.

I know exactly what she meant: This...

 By John Duerden

South Korea, Japan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Australia looking to January's Asian Cup

The Kwese studio panel examine the factors that led to Japan's second-half collapse against Belgium.
Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez explain what it was like seeing Mexico fans embrace South Korea during El Tri's 3-0 defeat against Sweden.
ESPN's Stephanie Brantz recaps Australia's World Cup journey and looks ahead to what's next for the Socceroos.

Asia's five teams are all home from Russia, but January's 2019 Asian Cup already looms large on the horizon.

Here's a look at lessons all the AFC nations learned from the 2018 World Cup and what needs to be done in the coming weeks and months.

South Korea

Despite the stunning 2-0 win against Germany, South Korea's World Cup was a disappointment. There were some positives with the Taeguk Warriors, however.

First and foremost, the team have their No. 1 for the Asian Cup and perhaps years to come....

Five issues Graham Arnold must address with Australia

ESPN's Stephanie Brantz recaps Australia's World Cup journey and looks ahead to what's next for the Socceroos.
Stephanie Brantz chats with Australia fans following their defeat against Peru in their Group C finale.

As dejected Socceroos players departed the pitch following the 2-0 defeat to Peru that ended their 2018 World Cup, a new era commenced.

The tenure of Bert van Marwijk is officially over, with incoming coach Graham Arnold now faced with solving a range of issues confronting the national team.

Here are five challenges the new Australia boss must overcome:

1. Australia have no clear goal-scoring threat

Without question the biggest problem facing Arnold is Australia's profligacy in front of goal.

The...

Australia's World Cup grades reflect Daniel Arzani's emergence and Tomi Juric's woes

ESPN's Stephanie Brantz recaps Australia's World Cup journey and looks ahead to what's next for the Socceroos.

With no wins to their name and only a solitary point to show for their toil, the 2018 World Cup certainly didn't go the way Australia wanted it to. Moreover, Socceroos fans will be sick of hearing the phrase "gallant in defeat."

However, the tournament certainly wasn't all bad for Bert van Marwijk's men, particularly with 19-year-old Daniel Arzani having a chance to shine on the world stage for the first time.

We rated each player on their performances across all three matches:

GK Mat Ryan, B --...

Tom Rogic's 7/10 showing gives Australia encouragement, but it's not enough in loss to Peru

Janusz Michallik places a majority of the blame for Australia's Group Stage exit on manager Bert van Marwijk and his in-game decision making.

Australia's World Cup campaign ended in frustration, as they dominated possession against Peru before ultimately succumbing 2-0 in their Group C finale. There were reasonable calls for offside for the opening goal, but really it was the Socceroos' lack of quality in goal-scoring positions at both ends of the pitch that ultimately cost them.

Positives

The Socceroos started the contest in a much more positive fashion than seen previously under Bert van Marwijk. More often than not, the ball...

Australia's agony as Socceroos bow out of World Cup; Peru savour parting gift

Janusz Michallik places a majority of the blame for Australia's Group Stage exit on manager Bert van Marwijk and his in-game decision making.
Stephanie Brantz chats with Australia fans following their defeat against Peru in their Group C finale.
Peru enjoyed their first multigoal match at a World Cup since 1978 and end Australia's campaign in a 2-0 victory.

SOCHI, Russia -- Three quick points on Australia 0-2 Peru in Group C at the World Cup on Tuesday afternoon:

1. Australia's damp squib, Peru's welcome souvenir 

There can be no complaints from Australia, who were as competitive as usual here but exited the World Cup after losing 2-0 to a clearly superior Peru side.

In any event they would have exited with a win after Denmark's draw with France, but they have run out bottom of Group D and the final standings look fair. Excellent goals from Andre...