Our Aussies are making waves in Asia.
While former national team head coach Ange Postecoglou is just one game away from clinching the J-League title, current Socceroos striker Adam Taggart wrote his own name in the Asian football history books.
20 goals in just 33 K-League appearances doesn’t go unnoticed.
That and more in this week’s edition of Roo Radar!
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Adam Taggart has become first Australian to win the K-League Golden Boot.
The Socceroos front man’s profilic form – netting 20 goals in his 33 appearances in his debut season with Suwon Bluewings – has seen him pick up a major individual accolade in Korea’s top tier.
The 26-year-old 2013/14 A-League Golden Boot winner pipped Brazilian attacker Junior Negrao of Ulsan Hyundai (who scored 19 goals) to the prize.
Elsewhere in Asia, Ange Postecoglou is just 90 minutes from what’s being hailed as the greatest achievement by an Australian coach with his Yokohama F. Marinos poised to clinch the J-League title next weekend.
Yokohama host second-placed FC Tokyo in a blockbuster final-round clash and only an unlikely home defeat of four goals or more will prevent the 54-year-old from becoming the first Australian coach to win a major domestic club trophy overseas.
It comes two years after he walked away from coaching the Socceroos after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and in just his second season with the Japanese club.
Yokohama thrashed fourth-placed hosts Kawasaki Frontale 4-1 on Saturday in the penultimate round to sit three points clear at the top of the table after FC Tokyo could only draw 1-1 a home with 13th-placed Urawa Red Diamonds.
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Mat Ryan was forced into some terrific saves but he couldn’t stop Premier League leaders Liverpool from taking all three points from Brighton and Hove Albion.
The Socceroos shot stopper stopped the Reds from scoring on several occasions — he made two brilliant saves in particular to deny Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in the first half.
But it was two sloppy set pieces that ultimately proved costly.
His fellow countryman Aaron Mooy was denied a matchwinning goal by Liverpool’s replacement keeper Adrian.
Mooy’s venomous 85th minute strike looked destined to hit the back of the net but Adrian’s strong hands were behind it.
Down in the Championship, Massimo Luongo guided Sheffield Wednesday to a dramatic 3-1 win over Charlton.
The Aussie midfielder was introduced with 13 minutes to go and the scored locked at 1-1 — and it took the Owls just a couple of minutes to find the breakthrough.
Fellow Socceroos midfielder Jackson Irvine’s Hull City weren’t so lucky.
They dropped to 12th on the Championship table after losing 3-1 to rock bottom Barnsley.
Kenny Dougall was an unused substitute for Hull, while goalkeeper Adam Federici also watched from the bench as relegation battlers Stoke City were downed 2-1 by Blackburn.
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Across the boarder in Scotland, Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic scored his first league goal of the 2019/20 season to help SPL leaders Celtic thrash Ross County 4-1.
In only his sixth start of the campaign after returning from a knee injury, Rogic fired home a left-footed strike just after the hour mark to put the game out of reach for Ross County.
Scottish-born Socceroo Martin Boyle played the last 20 minutes of Hibernian’s 2-2 draw with Kilmarnock as he continued his comeback from injury.
Aussie left back Aziz Behich earned his first start since September as his side won 2-0.
Although he took the field in an unfamiliar right-back role, Behich returned to Istanbul Basaksehir’s starting line-up for the first time in three months.
Over in Denmark, Socceroos midfielder Mustafa Amini scored a last-gasp winner for AGF to snatch a 2-1 away win against Esbjerg.
From 25 yards out in the 93rd minute, Amini found the back of the net with a gorgeous strike to clinch all three points and move AGF up to third in the Danish SuperLiga.
Milos Degenek’s Red Star Belgrade extended their lead at the top of the Serbian Super Liga to seven points after recording an 2-0 win over Vozdovac.
In the Eredivisie, Ajdin Hrustic played the 90 minutes as FC Groningen lost 1-0 against Fortuna Sittard, while Apostolos Giannou’s Cyprian side AEK Larnaca came off second best in the 2-1 loss to Anorthosis.
Over in Austria, midfielder James Jeggo only played half an hour as Austria Wien hammered Hartberg 5-0.
In neighbouring Germany, Mathew Leckie wasn’t named in Herth Berlin’s squad that lost 2-1 to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.