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EXCLUSIVE: Mark Viduka breaks his silence on Leeds, the Socceroos and Lucas Neill

ZAGREB, Croatia -- Twenty minutes out of Croatia's capital, nestled upon a hill called Sestine, sits a cafe called Non Plus Ultra, or "No Higher Point."

It's a busy establishment. The smell of coffee fills the air as businessmen, politicians and mother's groups sit rugged up, chatting inside, underneath the heaters or braving it in the frosty conditions.

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Mark Viduka breaks silence over Socceroos' Asian Cup debacle, international retirement

Thirteen years on, the former Socceroos skipper shares the reality of dissent and bitterness that plagued Australia's disastrous Asian Cup debut.
Now living in Croatia, the former talismanic striker claims football's leadership in Australia has overseen a grave decline in talent development.
Mark Viduka believes Bernie Mandic played a detrimental role in his relationship with former Leeds and Socceroos teammate Harry Kewell.
The former Elland Road-favourite looks back fondly on the talented Leeds side of the early 2000s, and their rapid fall from European heights.
Former Leeds front-man Mark Viduka recalls backstage drinks with Elton John, and how close he came to joining the Red Devils.
Former Socceroos captain Mark Viduka opens up about leading the Australian football family back to the World Cup after a playoff victory over Uruguay.

Mark Viduka has broken a 13-year silence on Australia's dismal showing at the 2007 Asian Cup, pointing the finger at teammate Lucas Neill for the Socceroos' disappointing quarterfinal exit.

Fresh off the nation's best-ever finish at World Cup, where the Socceroos were only just edged by eventual champions Italy in the round of 16, Australia were expected to do well in their first Asian Cup bow.

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Key Olyroos players get FIFA age boost for Olympics

Australia and Brighton keeper Mat Ryan says opportunities like the Olympics "don't come around often."

Several key Olyroos are set to benefit from a FIFA recommendation to maintain the original age eligibility dates for men's soccer at the Olympics.

The decision to postpone the Tokyo Games by 12 months has left players born in 1997 sweating on their eligibility, with the men's tournament restricted to the Under-23 age group.

Only three over-age players are allowed per team for the tournament.

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Football Federation Australia lays off 70 percent of staff due to coronavirus

FFA CEO James Johnson says border closures forced the A-League to postpone the season.

Australia's soccer federation has laid off 70 percent of its staff as it battles to remain solvent during a national shutdown to contain the coronavirus.

"This has been an extremely difficult decision to make, but necessary to stabilise the organisation so that it can continue to service the game, albeit in a vastly different landscape," Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson said in a statement on Friday.

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Australia calls for men's Olympic soccer age limit to be lifted for Tokyo 2021

USWNT star Carli Lloyd explains why she is personally excited the Olympics have been postponed to 2021.
Lionel Messi, Carli Lloyd and more join in a message to the world to advise on Coronavirus and how best to beat it.

FFA hope Tokyo's rescheduled 2021 Olympics features a revised under-24 men's soccer tournament to ensure a swathe of Olyroos that qualified the side all get a chance to compete.

Graham Arnold's team ended a 12-year Olympic absence by qualifying earlier this year for the tournament that is, aside from three over-age exemptions, usually an under-23 event.

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