Aziz Behich to captain Caltex Socceroos in Korea
Aziz Behich has been named as Australia’s captain for Friday night’s international friendly against Korea Republic.
Behich, who last month joined Turkish Super Lig club İstanbul Başakşehir FK on a three-year deal, has won 35 caps for the Caltex Socceroos and is one of the senior players in head coach Graham Arnold’s squad in Busan.
“He’s the only player that is here from the World Cup squad in Russia [in 2018], from the starting XI,” Arnold said after announcing 28-year-old Behich would wear the armband on Friday.
The left-sided Behich played all three of Australia's games at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He is joined in Korea by Matt Jurman and Dimitri Petratos, who were also in the squad that travelled to Russia.
“He’s experienced more bigger occasion games and it’ll be a proud moment for him.
“He’s one of the senior players. I think he’s in a great place at the moment. He’s just moved clubs to Turkey and he’s really mentally in a great space.
“With his leadership qualities and his energy, I’m sure the boys will run off that.”
How to watch
Korea Republic vs. Caltex Socceroos (International Friendly)
Date: Friday, 7 June 2019
Venue: Busan Asiad Stadium, Busan, Korea Republic
Kick-off: 8.00pm (local); 9.00pm (AEST)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS and Network 10 (10 Bold)