Qantas Socceroos drop into Westfield to meet the fans
The Qantas Socceroos came to meet the fans ahead of Saturday's match against Paraguay.
The Qantas Socceroos today dropped into the Westfield Eastgardens shopping mall to meet local fans ahead of Saturday's welcome home match.
The Australian squad took turns to answer questions on stage, whilst also signing autographs and speaking to media ahead of their first home game since the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The fans who gathered around the stage were first given a chance to win tickets to Saturday's hotly anticipated friendly. Questions were thrown out to the crowd whilst they were waiting for the players to come out with over 20 pairs of tickets given out to the knowledgeable fans with the correct answers.
The event did have a couple of notable absentees though, with Tim Cahill receiving treatment for a minor knock (although it looks as if he'll play in Saturday's match) as well as Captain Lucas Neill.
The captain did not travel to Sydney for the upcoming international friendly match against Paraguay after sustaining a groin injury playing for his club, Galatasaray, in Turkey on Friday evening.
After consultation with Lucas and his club after the weekend, Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck decided that Lucas would not be required in camp.
Osieck will not call any additional players into the Qantas Socceroos squad for the match.
Tickets for the Qantas Socceroos match against Paraguay are available for purchase online from www.ticketek.com.auand from all Ticketek outlets.
Live Blog: Young Socceroos v Malaysia in AFF U-18 Championship Final
The Young Socceroos take on Malaysia in the final of the 2019 AFF U-18 Championship in Vietnam from 10:30pm AEST. After their come-from-behind Semi Final win over Myanmar on Saturday night, Gary van Egmond's youngsters earned the right to play for the championship at the Thong
Aussies Abroad: Behich makes debut for İstanbul Basaksehir
Caltex Socceroos defender Aziz Behich made his Turkish Super Lig debut for Istanbul Basaksehir but his new side fell to a 3-0 defeat in the season opener against Yeni Malatyaspor. Behich started alongside the likes of ex-Chelsea striker Demba Ba and former Bundesliga star Elje
Aussies Abroad: Mooy makes Brighton bow as Ryan helps secure draw with West Ham
Aaron Mooy made his Brighton & Hove Albion debut as Mat Ryan?s late heroics earned the Seagulls a share of the points against West Ham United. Javier Hernandez put the Hammers ahead on 61 minutes but Leandro Trossard?s struck four minutes later to restore parity in the Premier
Aussies Abroad: Taggart's hot streak continues with treble for Suwon against Gangwon
Adam Taggart hit his first hat-trick in more than five years to continue his scorching hot K-League goalscoring streak. The Caltex Socceroos hitman netted a treble in Suwon Bluewings? 3-1 victory at Gangwon FC to rack up 16 goals in 19 starts since his February move to the Kor