Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou says Australia’s May 26 farewell match in Sydney will be a chance to road-test tactics for the opening World Cup match against Chile on June 13.
The friendly at ANZ Stadium in Sydney will also be a final chance for local fans to send the Socceroos off to Brazil in style.
“It’s an important game for us. I think every game is important in the lead up [to the World Cup],” said Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou in an exclusive one-on-one with FFA TV.
“And we want the players to get on that plane knowing the game against South Africa went well and certainly there are some things we’ll try in the South Africa game that are earmarked for the World Cup campaign, and particularly for that first game against Chile.
“We really want to use this time to prepare as well as possible for that game. That’ll be the main focus for the on-field side of it.”
Tickets for the game start at just $30 and they include public transport (see below).
The clash against South Africa will be a chance for fans to celebrate the Socceroos’ achievements, and there is a host of exciting events happening on the night.
Singing sensation Samantha Jade will perform her song for the Socceroos called “Up” live.
And thanks to the relationship between FFA and the Premiers Sporting Challenge, there will be up to 70 schools and 3000 participants on the night doing a lap of ANZ Stadium prior to the match.
“We want a big crowd,” urged Postecoglou.
“And for us, the South Africa game is a chance for us to leave these shores with some positive vibes from everyone.
So, here’s your chance to play your part in helping Australia at the World Cup. See you at ANZ Stadium on May 26…
Send Off the Socceroos
Socceroos vs South Africa, presented by NAB
Monday 26 May 2014
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Tickets from $30, including public transport. Buy now!
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