"I'd love to finish a World Cup"

Wednesday, 23rd June, 2010
Speaking to reporters about his World Cup experience, Harry said ""Things didn't go my way in Germany four years ago and I'd love to finish a World Cup. Here I've had a setback with the sending off against Ghana. Missing the game against Serbia is gutting for me, especially because I still feel the decision to give the spot kick and, of course, the red card were pretty tough on me and the team." Harry however didn't rule out in featuring in the 2014 World Cup saying, "If you're right physically and mentally then why not? It's the biggest stage and footballers love the big occasions. I would be 35 by the time it rolls around, but I am not ruling anything out."

Harry's agent as spoken about his club future saying, "Ideally, he wants a two-year extension at Galatasaray and at this stage he has a one-year deal on the table. He is comfortable there, it's a great club and he feels he has done enough to warrant a two-year extension. If that is not to be, there is plenty of interest from clubs across Europe and we are considering all options. People might be surprised at the calibre of some of those clubs."

18 more photos have been added to the World Cup gallery.

FIFA confirms one match ban

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Monday, 21st June, 2010
It has been confirmed that Harry will miss Australia's final group game against Serbia following his dismissal in the Ghana match. With no avenue to challenge the referee's decision, the only chance Harry will get to play again is if the Socceroos reach the next round.

The team had a light training session yesterday will all players participating except for Vince Grella who is suffering from a knee injury. The Socceroos are hoping for better luck in their next match with captain Lucas Neill saying, "The big decisions aren't going our way at the moment but it's meant to even itself up in football so let's hope we get the next big decision when we need it."

11 photos from the training session have been added to the gallery.



It's all over red rover, for now

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Sunday, 20th June, 2010
After six months of recuperation, hard training and fitness work it seems Harry's World Cup may be over, as he admits that the referee "killed my World Cup" following a red card decision for a hand ball. However, all is not lost with Australia still having the chance of making it out of the group stages. Australia need a victory against Serbia and must rely on Ghana defeating Germany or Germany getting a convincing victory over the Ghanians which would allow the Socceroos to advance to the Round of 16.

Speaking about the match where a 10 man Australia side kept Ghana at bay for over an hour, Harry said, "I think we showed our true spirits then (after the sending off). It would just be nice if we could play a game with 11 men. It's a shame that it's come down to what it's come down to, but again that's football, you just take it on the chin and move on." On being sent off so early in the game, Harry said "I am gutted. I didn't deliberately go for the hand, I didn’t try to handball it, I tried to use my chest, playing by the rules, but the ref saw it another way..". Harry went on to say "I don’t want to leave it like that. I didn't mean to get sent off. It wasn’t a deliberate handball. I am devastated. I have had some great moments and I have had some bad moments. You have to take the good with the bad. But we’ve still got a chance. Hopefully we get a little bit of luck next time (against Serbia). You never know."

Nearly 50 photos of Harry from the match have been added to the site and you can view them here.



Harry and co. prepare for Ghana

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Tuesday, 15th June, 2010
Whilst the starters from the opening match took the day off, the rest of the squad resumed training. Harry was set to feature in the Germany match as a substitute but after going 2 goals down and losing a man it would have been pointless risking Harry in what was set to be a dead rubber. However if Australia are to qualify for the next round they must defeat Ghana this weekend. Australia's hopes are now pinned on Harry with Verbeek saying "I didn't take him over here to have a holiday". Other Socceroos are looking to see Harry out on the field with Scott Chipperfield saying, "We're not looking too dangerous going forward and we clearly need something different. And Harry could be that something". Nearly 20 photos from today's training session and the Germany match have been added to the World Cup gallery.


"I want to play, I know I can play"

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Sunday, 13th June, 2010
"I want to play. I know I can play. But the decision is entirely up to Pim Verbeek.'' Those are the words of Harry as Australia prepare to face Germany in its World Cup opener on Sunday evening (Monday morning AEDT). It is believed Australia's manager Pim Verbeek has finalised the starting eleven with the exception of the striker position with a decision needed to be made between Josh Kennedy or Harry. Harry has been participating in team training sessions for a week now and is ready to play. Click here to see over 300 photos of Harry training in South Africa. Talking about tomorrow's match, Harry says "Australians have a never-say-die attitude at whatever they do and we will not be letting up. In football you never know what may happen - that's what makes it great. Whoever Germany have out there will be tough and up for it. We know what we have to do and stick to it."

Talking about his future, Harry says "I have not ruled out a return to England. At this stage of my career my priority is to play for a manger who knows what I'm about first and foremost. Everything else from there will sort itself out. What club that may be at is anyone's guess. I will be looking at a few options in more detail when the World Cup is over but before that I don't want the distractions that go with thinking about clubs and contracts." Harry also talked about the joy of playing under Frank Rijkaard as he "encourages players to be creative and take risks when attacking" whilst "Rafa (Benitez) was more into his own strict pattern play". Harry also added that "I never realised until Frank took over at Galatasaray that I had forgotten my natural game of attacking. That's probably why I have been scoring a lot more goals".

With the World Cup occupying the media's time, Harry has been on several magazine covers which you can find here. Most notably was his cover on the Australian GQ.  Here's a short introduction into the article  - A  decade ago Harry Kewell had the world at his soccer boots. Voted Best Young Player by his peers in the English Professional Footballers’ Association, he looked set to become one of the sporting world’s global superstars. Then came a horror run of injuries that saw him trapped on the sidelines and jeered by one-time fans when he did manage to make it onto the field. But at 31, Kewell is back in the form of his life and determined to blitz the last World Cup he’ll ever play in. Kewell explains to GQ how he plans to play out the end game of his football career and, for the first time ever, opens up about the much speculated upon medical condition that threatened to sideline him permanently. To read the rest of the article on this site just follow this link.



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