Aussies Abroad Preview: Socceroos return to club football across the globe

With Socceroos returning to their clubs across the globe, a top-of-the-table derby in Scottland headlines the action coming up. 

As our Socceroos head back to their clubs, check out exactly when our Aussies Abroad will be playing over the coming days!

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Martin Boyle’s Hibernian have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season as they sit top of the Scottish Premiership after four rounds. But Hibs face a tough task when they travel to second-placed Hearts on Sunday night at 9pm (AEST). 

Boyle returns from international duty with the Socceroos having missed the last match against Vietnam due to a hamstring concern. 

But one thing is for sure: he will be itching to prove his fitness in time to feature during the first Edinburgh derby of the season. 

From a Hearts perspective, Olyroo Cameron Devlin is in contention to make his first appearance for the club after signing last month. 

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Boyle recently signed a contract extension with Hibernian

Elsewhere in Scottland, Tom Rogic’s Celtic will be hoping to bounce back from their Old Firm derby defeat when they host Ross County on Saturday morning at 12am (AEST). 

Ange Postecoglou’s men sit in the sixth position in the Scottish Premiership as they look to close the gap on Boyle’s Hibernian.

Over in England, Harry Souttar, Riley McGree, Callum Elder and Kenny Dougall will all be in action. 

Souttar’s Stoke City will be aiming to leapfrog Huddersfield and move into the top three of the Championship when they face off against each other on Saturday morning at 12am (AEST).

Meanwhile, McGree’s Birmingham City host Derby County on Saturday morning at 5am (AEST), as the midfielder searches for his first Championship appearance of the season.  

Having made his Socceroos debut against China last week, Elder will be hoping to cap off a memorable ten days when Hull City travel to Swansea City on Saturday morning at 12am (AEST). 


Elsewhere in the Championship, Dougall’s Blackpool FC travel to the league leaders Fulham on Saturday morning at 12am (AEST). Blackpool are yet to win a match in the Championship, and it will be a tough ask against the unbeaten Fulham. 

Moving over to Greece, where James Jeggo’s Aris Thessaloniki kick off their Super League Greece season with a home match against  OFI Crete on Tuesday morning at 2:30am (AEST). 

Aris finished second in the regular season and third in the play-off in the 2020-21 season and they will be hoping to improve this time around. 

Elsewhere in Greece, Paul Izzo’s Xanthi FC are expected to kick off the Super League Greece 2 in October. 

In the Israeli Premier League, Ryan Strain’s Maccabi Haifa play their second game of the season when they host Bnei Sakhnin on Sunday morning at 3:30am (AEST).

Strain, who was called up to his first Socceroos camp in the most recent qualifiers, played 88 minutes at right-back in Maccabi’s first match of the season. 

Moving over to Denmark, Awer Mabil’s FC Midtjylland host FC Nordsjælland on Saturday morning at 2am (AEST).

Midtjylland are three points behind league leaders FC Copenhagen after seven matches in the Danish Superliga. 

Awer Mabil
Awer Mabil has featured in all but one game for FC Midtjylland this season

Elsewhere in Denmark,  Lawrence Thomas’ SønderjyskE travel to Odense Boldklub on Tuesday morning at 3am (AEST) as they look for their second win of the season. 

Over in Germany, Ajdin Hrustic’s Eintracht Frankfurt are searching for their first win when they host VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Sunday night at 11:30pm (AEST). 

Hrustic has started the last two matches for Frankfurt and he will be hoping for another as they look to find form ahead of the start of the Europa League in a weeks time. 

In the 2. Bundesliga, Jackson Irvine will again be in action for FC St. Pauli when they travel to Hannover 96 on Saturday night at 9:30pm (AEST). 

The Socceroos midfielder made his debut for his new club as he came off the bench in the 90th minute during the last match against SSV Jahn Regensburg.

Jackson Irvine
Jackson Irvine made his FC St. Pauli debut in the last match

In Belgium, Trent Sainsbury’s KV Kortrijk travel to the winless Oud-Heverlee Leuven on Monday morning at 5am (AEST). 

Sainsbury has started all but one match for Kortrijk this season as his side looks to improve on their 14th place Belgian Pro League finish last season. 

Over in Serbia, Milos Degenek’s Red Star Belgrade are hunting top spot in the Serbian Superliga as they host Proleter Novi Sad on Sunday morning at 4am (AEST). 

Danny Vukovic’s Dutch side NEC Nijmegen are searching for their third Eredivisie victory in a row when they play Willem II on Sunday night at 8:15pm (AEST). 

In France, Denis Genreau’s Toulouse FC, who are flying at the top of Ligue 2, travel to Le Havre on Tuesday morning at 4:45am (AEST). 

Genreau missed Toulouse’s last match due to Socceroos duty, but the midfielder appeared off the bench in the previous three matches. 

Denis Genreau
Denis Genreau has made 3 appearances for Toulouse

In Asia, Adam Taggart and Mitch Duke also missed their club’s last matches due to Socceroos duty. 

However, Taggart’s Cerezo Osaka are back in action in the J1 League on Saturday night at 7pm (AEST) as they host Consadole Sapporo while Duke’s Fagiano Okayama host Tochigi SC in the J2 league at 8pm (AEST). 

Finishing off in the USA, where Brad Smith’s Seattle Sounders look to extend their lead at the top of the MLS Western Conference as they host Minnesota United FC on Sunday morning at 7am (AEST). 

With an automatic Finals Series place on offer, the Sounders are top of the Western Conference with 12 games remaining, and Smith has featured in all but one match so far.