Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck today named his squad for Australia’s opening 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers against Thailand (Brisbane, 2 September 2011) and Saudi Arabia (Dammam, Tuesday 6 September 2011).
Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck today named his squad for Australia-s opening 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers against Thailand (Brisbane, 2 September 2011) and Saudi Arabia (Dammam, Tuesday 6 September 2011).
Osieck has selected an extended squad of 23 players which includes all 18 players who were part of the Qantas Socceroos squad that recently defeated Wales in Cardiff City earlier this month as well as Brett Holman who had to withdraw from the squad due to a slight groin strain.
Coming into the squad are goalkeeper Nathan Coe, defenders Sasa Ognenovski & Mark Milligan and striker Josh Kennedy.
Adding to the local flavour, seven of the Qantas Socceroos selected are born, or were raised, in Queensland (Nathan Coe, Luke DeVere, Neil Kilkenny, Robbie Kruse, Matt McKay, Adam Sarota and Michael Zullo) and 6 of the 23 (Luke DeVere, Robbie Kruse, Matt McKay, Sasa Ognenovski, Adam Sarota and Michael Zullo) have played for Brisbane Roar, or their previous incarnation Queensland Roar, in the Hyundai A-League.
Local Brisbane boy Luke DeVere will also have the chance to make his senior international debut in his home town should he take the field against Thailand at Suncorp Stadium.
This will be the third A-International between the Qantas Socceroos and Thailand, with the two nations having last met at the AFC Asian Cup 2007 where Australia won 4-0 at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok.
It will be the fourth encounter between the Qantas Socceroos and Saudi Arabia with the Saudi-s winning the last match 1-0 in the group stage of the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup which was held in Riyadh.
The Qantas Socceroos will begin to assemble in Brisbane on Monday 29 August ahead of the match.
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QANTAS SOCCEROOS SQUAD - Tuesday 23 August 2011
Player Name - Club, Country - A-International Appearances (goals)
Tim CAHILL - Everton FC, ENGLAND 53 (24) Nathan COE - Sønderjysk Elitesport, DENMARK 2 (0) Luke DeVERE - Gyeongnam FC, KOREA REPUBLIC - Brett EMERTON - Blackburn Rovers, ENGLAND 87 (18) Adam FEDERICI - Reading FC, ENGLAND 4 (0) Brett HOLMAN - AZ Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS 48 (6) Mile JEDINAK - Crystal Palace FC, ENGLAND 27 (2) Josh KENNEDY - Nagoya Grampus, JAPAN 24 (9) Neil KILKENNY - Bristol City FC, ENGLAND 10 (0) Robbie KRUSE - Fortuna Dusseldorf, GERMANY 8 (2) Scott McDONALD - Middlesbrough FC, ENGLAND 25 (0) Matthew McKAY - Brisbane Roar, AUSTRALIA 17 (0) Mark MILLIGAN - JEF United, JAPAN 11 (1) Lucas NEILL - Al-Jazira Club, UAE 73 (0) Sasa OGNENOVSKI - Seongham Ilwha Chunma, KOREA REPUBLIC 10 (1) Adam SAROTA - FC Utrecht, NETHERLANDS 1 (0) Mark SCHWARZER - Fulham FC, ENGLAND 90 (0) Matthew SPIRANOVIC - Urawa Red Diamonds, JAPAN 7 (0) James TROISI - Kayserispor Kulubu, TURKEY 6 (1) Carl VALERI - U.S. Sassuolo Calcio, ITALY 39 (1) Luke WILKSHIRE - FK Dinamo Moscow, RUSSIA 60 (4) Rhys WILLIAMS - Middlesbrough FC, ENGLAND 6 (0) Michael ZULLO - FC Utrecht, NETHERLANDS 5 (0)
Upcoming Match Details
2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers - Third Round - Group D - Match Day 1 Qantas Socceroos vs. Thailand Friday 2 September, 2011 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Kick Off: 8.00pm Gates Open: 6.00pm
Category A - $90 all tickets Category B - $60 Adult, $30 Concession, $150 Family Category C- $30 Adult, $15 Concession, $75 Family Australian Home End - $30 Adult, $15 Concession
Category A Restricted View - $65 all tickets Category B Restricted View - $45 Adult, $25 Concession, $115 Family Category C Restricted View - $25 Adult, $10 Concession, $60 Family Australian Home End Restricted - $25 Adult, $10 Concession
Combined Brisbane Roar Membership Ticket (4 match pass)
Category A Socceroos Ticket plus 3-game Platinum Roar Membership $195 - Adult $180 - Concession - Full Time Student or pensioner $150 - Junior - Child aged 4-15 $690 - Family - (2 Adults and 2 Juniors)
Category B Socceroos Ticket plus 3-game Black Roar Membership $150 - Adult $100 - Concession - Full Time Student or pensioner $75 - Junior - Child aged 4-15 $420 - Family - (2 Adults and 2 Juniors)
Category C Socceroos Ticket plus 3-game Orange Roar Membership $90 - Adult $65 - Concession - Full Time Student or pensioner $45 - Junior - Child aged 4-15 $255- Family - (2 Adults and 2 Juniors)
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2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers - Third Round - Group D - Match Day 2 Saudi Arabia v Qantas Socceroos Tuesday, 6 September, 2011 Prince Mohammed Bin Fahad Stadium, Dammam, Saudi Arabia Kick Off: 8.30pm AST (3:30am (AEST), Wednesday 7 September)
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