The Socceroos will return to ANZ Stadium in Sydney for the first time since winning the AFC Asian Cup Final to take on 2004 European Champions Greece on Saturday 4 June.
The Socceroos last met Greece in 2006 when the two nations played before departing for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, with the Socceroos winning that game 1-0 in front of 95,000 fans at the MCG.
The match will see Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou lead his nation against the country of his birth in a match that also gives the Socceroos a strong test against European opposition leading into the second round of World Cup Qualifying.
“We’re excited to lock in the match against Greece on home soil,” said Socceroos Coach Ange Postecoglou. “There’s no doubt the Greek match will be a hit with the Socceroos and Greek fans and we can look forward to a special atmosphere at ANZ Stadium.
“Playing Greece will be a good match up for us as we look to play as many teams as possible from outside our region when we have breaks from our World Cup Qualifiers against Asian opposition.
“We have two very important World Cup Qualifiers coming up in Adelaide and Sydney in March, which are our first focus but it is good to have this match locked in as we continue to build throughout the current World Cup cycle.”
“This is a premium event that will excite Socceroos fans,” said FFA CEO David Gallop. “Greece has a proud football history and with so many Australians having a Greek heritage this is going to be a special match. We look forward to seeing a sea of green and gold Socceroos supporters and the passionate Greek football fans create a tremendous atmosphere as we return to ANZ Stadium.”
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the event would attract thousands of visitors to Sydney, and provides a valuable chance for the Socceroos to play a top quality European opponent.
“I’m delighted the NSW Government has secured this fantastic sporting event for Sydney, 10 years since Greece last visited our shores,” Mr Ayres said.
“Greece has an enormous following right around the world, and it will be great to welcome these passionate fans to Sydney.”
Tickets for the June 4 match at ANZ Stadium go on sale to FFA Football Family members today from 10am today (Tuesday 23 February).
General tickets for the Sydney match are available on Thursday (25 February) from 11am (AEDT). For more information regarding ticketing please visit www.socceroos.com.au/tickets
A decision on the venue for the second match against Greece on 7 June will be made shortly.
Socceroos v Greece
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Saturday 4 June 2016
8pm kick off
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