'Refuelled' Mabil embracing Socceroos' return on home soil

As the Socceroos prepare to finally head home for November’s crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia, Awer Mabil shared why he loves reuniting with his Aussie teammates in camp. 

From playing in the UEFA Champions League to winning an FFA Cup with his hometown club, Mabil has been in some quality dressing rooms but the 26-year-old just loves coming into Socceroos camp. 

And like most overseas-based Socceroos, coming home to play in front of a passionate set of Socceroos supporters is a huge added bonus. 

"Finally, we get to play at home - it's been so, so long," said Mabil. 


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Mabil and Hrustic celebrate after scoring against Japan.

Speaking on Socceroos Insider, the FC Midtjylland winger explained what it is that he enjoys so much about linking up with his international teammates. 

Every time I come into camp, I get refuelled because I get energy just from being around these people,” Mabil said. 

We have an environment where the staff and the players are just one big family. 

“When you come into camp, there is love all around and that is the best part.” 

‘Family’ and a sense of mateship has been the foundation that Graham Arnold has laid for the squad to succeed. 

And that camaraderie was again on display when Mabil dedicated the opening goal against Oman to Vinicius Capovilla - aka Vini, the team’s chef. 

Mabil does the chef celebration for Vini after scoring against Oman.

Vini has been a constant fixture with the Socceroos and Matildas since the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, where the São Paulo local was brought in to provide high quality, nutritious and fresh food.

“Vini is such a great man,” Mabil explained. 

“He’s one of a kind, It’s always nice to be around him and I love his food as well.  

“Actually I met him here four years ago and we had such a connection that’s hard to describe.

I just felt that because he's always looking after us, we had to do something for him so I just felt like doing the chef (celebration) for Vini.

“I was yelling his name to try and get his attention because there were no fans. I don't know if it worked but he got the photos at the end so that's really nice.”

The Socceroos will be hoping to harness their camaraderie and friendship to qualify for a fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup™. 

After facing Saudi Arabia on Thursday the 11th of November, the Socceroos will head away to face China PR on the 16th.

“We have had to adapt, that’s one of the biggest things that we have done as a team,” Mabil said. 

“Over the last two years, we couldn't go to Australia so we have had to make a home outside of Australia, and we've done that.

“We're very grateful for what we have achieved, but we will achieve more with the fans behind us once we're back on our home soil.”