Aussies Abroad: Socceroos hit the ground running ahead of European season

The 2021-22 season is starting to kick-off throughout Europe, and plenty of Socceroos have ramped up preparations in style. 

Check out where our Aussies Abroad have been involved in pre-season friendlies and continental qualifying action below! 

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Starting in Scotland, Martin Boyle continued exactly where he left off with Hibernian after his most successful goalscoring season for the club last time out. 

The Socceroos forward, who scored in June's FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Nepal, opened the scoring as Hibs defeated Arsenal 2-1 in a friendly encounter. 

He then carried that form onto the European stage, scoring a double in a Man of the Match performance during Hibs' first leg Europa Conference League Qualification fixture FC Santa Coloma of Andorra.

A come-from-behind 2-1 victory in the second leg was enough to secure a 5-1 triumph on aggregate, taking Jack Ross' side one step closer to the group stage of the new competition.

Boyle's side next face HNK Rijeka of Croatia, in a third round tie set to kick off next week. 

Awer Mabil also found the back of the net in Champions League action, helping his FC Midtjylland defeat Scottish opposition.

The Socceroos forward scored the first goal of the second leg against Celtic, to help the Danish club to a 3-2 win on aggregate.

Tom Rogic, who was unavailable for the Socceroos' June window, featured off the bench for Celtic.

Milos Degenek's Red Star Belgrade also advanced in Champions League qualifying, overcoming Kairat Almaty of Kazakhstan 6-2 on aggregate. 

James Jeggo didn't enjoy the same fate, as he returned from an injury that ruled him out of a Socceroos call up in Aris' 3-2 aggregate defeat to FC Astana. 

READ MORE: Awer Mabil strikes as FC Midtjylland defeat Celtic in Champions League Qualifier

In Germany, Ajdin Hrustic carried through his impressive form from the Socceroos' FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, scoring a double inside 25 minutes during Eintracht Frankfurt's friendly meeting with French outfit Strasbourg.

Hrustic's club begin their Bundesliga season in two week's time with a huge game against Borussia Dortmund. 

However Hrustic may not be available for the commencement in the season after, after sharing on Instagram that he has contracted COVID-19. 

Elsewhere, Lawrence Thomas, who debuted for the Socceroos during June's action, has began his campaign in Denmark with SønderjyskE Fodbold. 

In Belgium, Trent Sainsbury has hit the FC Kortrijk training pitch. 

In the Netherlands, Danny Vukovic is enjoying his time with new club NEC Nijmegenm, despite seeing his friendly debut cut short with a knock. 

Vukovic isn't the only Socceroo to have found a new home in Europe over the last few weeks - the likes of Maty Ryan (Real Sociedad) and Jackson Irvine (FC St. Pauli) have also sealed moves to fresh pastures. 

Unfortunately, Ryan's momentum was momentarily halted after suffering a knee injury in training that required surgery. 

The Socceroos goalkeeper is hoping to be fighting fit as Sociedad start up their La Liga campaign in the coming weeks.