Behich: hostile Honduras no worry for Caltex Socceroos
Aziz Behich believes the experience of playing in Asia has steeled the Caltex Socceroos for their winner-takes-all FIFA World Cup playoff against Honduras.
Australia have arrived in San Pedro Sula for the first leg of the intercontinental playoff and were straight onto the training pitch ahead of Saturday’s (AEDT) clash.
And while expecting a raucous and hostile reception from the locals, Behich is adamant it’s nothing the national team hasn’t faced before.
“I think most of the boys have played in big hostile environments and we’ve done that with the national team as well during our qualifiers in some parts of Asia,” the left-back told FFA TV.
“It’s going to be nothing new for us. I think if anything it’s exciting, it’s a part of football.
“We’re just going to go out on the park and we know what job we have to do and what the end prize is and that’s obviously qualifying for the World Cup for the country.
“It’s not going to be easy but we’re full of confidence going into these two games.”
Behich comes into Caltex Socceroos camp in superb touch after scoring three goals in his last four games for Turkish outfit Bursaspor.
The26-year-old has started all 11 league games this season to help his side to sixth spot on the Super Lig table.
“It’s been a good few weeks. We’ve been getting a good run of results and we’re playing good football at the same time,” Behich said.
“It’s been enjoyable so hopefully we can continue that for the rest of the season.”
New dawn, new goal-scoring style says Arnold
Australia coach Graham Arnold has declared his Caltex Socceroos side will look to develop a new style in order to score more goals ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. It’s something of a new dawn for international football in Australia, with the FIFA World Cup™ in the rear-view m
Caltex Socceroos to face Korea Republic in Brisbane in November
Football Federation Australia (FFA), the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council today announced that the Caltex Socceroos will host Korea Republic in an international friendly match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, 17 November 2018. FFA CEO David Gallop was
How to get your tickets to see the Caltex Socceroos' play Korea Republic
Don’t miss your first chance to see Graham Arnold’s new look Caltex Socceroos live in action in Australia. Australia head to Brisbane for the first time since 2015 to take on Asian football powerhouse Korea Republic. ANNOUNCEMENT: A new era rises in Graham Arnold's first ma
A long standing rivalry: Caltex Socceroos’ history against Korea Republic
The Caltex Socceroos are set to fine-tune their preparations for their AFC Asian Cup title defence next year with a high-profile friendly against the Korea Republic in Brisbane. These two nations have forged quite a rivalry over the years – who could forget their last meeting