Eugene Galekovic replaces Brad Jones in squad
Eugene Galekovic replaces Brad Jones in Qantas Socceroos squad for 2010 FIFA World Cup(tm)
Muldersdrift, South Africa Friday 11 June 2010 By Adam Mark
Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Pim Verbeek today announced that Brad Jones would not be returning to Australian squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
Jones was granted leave from camp last weekend due to a serious illness within his family.
It has been decided that Jones will not be returning to South Africa and will remain with his family.
Due to these special circumstances, FIFA has granted Football Federation Australia special approval to replace Brad Jones with fellow goal keeper Eugene Galekovic in the Qantas Socceroos squad in the lead up to their opening Group D match against Germany on Sunday in Durban.
The Qantas Socceroos second match of the tournament will be against Ghana on Saturday 19th June and then Serbia on Wednesday 23rd June. Should the Qantas Socceroos place in the top two positions of Group D at the end of the first phase of the competition, they will play their next opponent from Group C (England, USA, Algeria or Slovenia) in the Round of 16 on either Saturday 26th June (Rustenburg) or Sunday 27th June (Mangaung/Bloemfontein).
The Quarter Finals of the tournament will be held on the 2nd and 3rd July with the Semi Finals on the 6th and 7th July and the Final to be played on the 11th July.
QANTAS SOCCEROOS FINAL SQUAD FOR THE 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP™
|Player Name||Club, Country||A-International matches (goals)|
|Michael BEAUCHAMP||Al-Jazira Club, UAE||21 (1)|
|Mark BRESCIANO||U.S. Citta di Palermo, Italy||55 (11)|
|Tim CAHILL||Everton FC, England||40 (20)|
|David CARNEY||FC Twente, Netherlands||26 (3)|
|Scott CHIPPERFIELD||FC Basel, Switzerland||65 (12)|
|Jason CULINA||Gold Coast United, Australia||49 (1)|
|Brett EMERTON||Blackburn Rovers, England||72 (17)|
|Adam FEDERICI||Reading FC, England||1 (0)|
|Richard GARCIA||Hull City, England||7 (0)|
|Vincenzo GRELLA||Blackburn Rovers, England||45 (0)|
|Brett HOLMAN||AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands||31 (2)|
|Mile JEDINAK||Antalyaspor Kulubu, Turkey||11 (0)|
|Eugene GALEKOVIC||Adelaide United, Australia||4 (0)|
|Josh KENNEDY||Nagoya Grampus, Japan||20 (7)|
|Harry KEWELL||Galatasaray SK, Turkey||45 (13)|
|Mark MILLIGAN||JEF United, Japan||10 (1)|
|Craig MOORE||Uncontracted||50 (3)|
|Lucas NEILL||Galatasaray SK, Turkey||56 (0)|
|Nikita RUKAVYTSYA||FC Twente, Netherlands||4 (0)|
|Mark SCHWARZER||Fulham FC, England||75 (0)|
|Carl VALERI||U.S. Sassuolo Calcio, Italy||22 (0)|
|Dario VIDOSIC||FC Nurnberg, Germany||7 (1)|
|Luke WILKSHIRE||FK Dinamo Moscow, Russia||42 (2)|
Qantas Socceroos Upcoming Match Details
2010 FIFA World Cup™ - Group D
Germany v Australia Sunday 13 June 2010 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban Kick-Off time: 8:30pm SAST (4:30am AEST)
Ghana v Australia
Saturday 19 June 2010 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg Kick-Off time: 4:00pm SAST (12:00am AEST)
Australia v Serbia
Wednesday 23 June 2010 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit Kick-Off time: 8:30pm SAST (4:30am AEST)
For more information regarding the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ please visit www.fifa.com
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