In the history of the Qantas Socceroos, eras have been defined by the clashes that have decided Australia's FIFA World Cup fate.
Argentina, Iran, Scotland, Uruguay. In the history of the Qantas Socceroos, eras have been defined by the clashes that have decided Australia's FIFA World Cup fate. Tomorrow, Jordan will join the Australian football lexicon.
Such is the prize on offer that several Qantas Socceroos have been drawing comparisons to the Uruguay series of 2005, when Australia unforgettably sealed its first FIFA World Cup berth in 32 years.
"Different teams, but same scenario, it's a must win game and the prize is exactly the same," said Qantas Socceroos captain Lucas Neill at Australia's final pre-match media opportunity.
"It's two games that we need to try and take maximum points.
"Our dream is always to get to the FIFA World Cup, we're two games away and we have to do everything we can to realise that dream."
For the Qantas Socceroos, Alex Brosque and Mile Jedinak will return to selection calculations after missing the Japan game due to groin and ankle injuries respectively.
Each will find it hard to force their way into Osieck's starting eleven, however, such was the manner of Australia's performance at Saitama Stadium.
In midfield foursome Mark Bresciano, Robbie Kruse, Mark Milligan and Tommy Oar, the Socceroos can offer a fine balance of pace, energy, finesse and endeavour that has the potential to unsettle a typically resolute Jordanian outfit.
Up front, Tim Cahill worked hard against the Japanese and will again be expected to anchor Australia's attacking charge, while Brett Holman will be better for having run out 70 minutes in Saitama after a season largely spent on the sidelines with Aston Villa.
It would seem Australia's rear guard is a formality, with experienced duo Lucas Neill and Sasa Ognenovski tipped to continue their successful combination in central defence with Luke Wilkshire and Matt McKay offering support on the flanks.
The Socceroos' patriarch, goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, will again wear the gloves in a match that will surely rival any of the 105 he has played in for his country in terms of magnitude and significance.
"The good thing is that everybody in our squad is ready to play, it's a good situation but a tough one for me as well," said Qantas Socceroos Head Coach, Holger Osieck.
"When decision making it's always in favour of some and in disappointment to other but I think we are all on the same page.
"The boys in the camp, they know what their part is in the group and I think the spirit is very positive and everybody is, really, very supportive."
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