LISTEN: Countdown to Qatar Podcast | Thomas Deng

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is just a matter of weeks away, so as we approach Australia's first group game against France, we'll be catching up with some of the Subway Socceroos boys as they get ready to Give it 100 on the world stage once again.

Check out Episode #2 of our brand new Countdown to Qatar Podcast, with hosts Chris Curulli and Aleksandar Jason joined from Japan by Thomas Deng.

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1:20 - The Melbourne Derby rivalry on the pod - and Thomas' experiences watching and playing in that fixture

3:03 - Football culture in Japan, swapping shirts with Iniesta, the prospect of playing against former mentor Kevin Muscat in Japan next season

6:30 - Initiation songs in Socceroos camp, first experiences of Socceroos camp back in 2018

8:25 - Taking the next generation such as Garang Kuol under his wing, and the rise of African-Australians into the national team setups

11:15 - The four-year journey between his Socceroos cap #1 & cap #2 - the road back, and watching from the stands in Japan last year during a 'difficult year'

14:15 - September camp: striking up a partnership with new roommate Harrison Delbridge, meeting Guus Hiddink and impressing by speaking Dutch & showing off his PSV connections

17:26 - Representing and captaining Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics


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