Socceroos' group opponents guide

Not sure what Jordan's nickname is? Or who is coaching Tajikistan? And what about Kyrgyzstan's world ranking? Here's your basic guide to the teams drawn against the Socceroos in Australia's first stage of World Cup qualifiers for Russia 2018.

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Nation:  Jordan

FIFA ranking:  103

Nickname:  Al-Nashama (The Chivalrous)

Last two games:  *Lost to Syria 1-0 (March 27, 2015)

                              *Lost to Saudi Arabia 2-1 (March 31, 2015)

History against the Socceroos:  Played twice with one win and one loss

Coach:  Ahmed Abdel-Qader (Jordan)

Star player:  Odai Al Saify                    

Did you know?  Attacker Hamza Al Daradreh scored four goals in the 5-1 win over Palestine in Melbourne in January’s Asian Cup.

Jordan at the Asian Cup

Nation:  Tajikistan

FIFA ranking:  143

Nicknames:  The Crown, The Persian Lions

Last two games:  *Beat Maldives 2-0 (March 27, 2015)

                              *Lost to Syria 3-2 (March 31, 2015)

History against the Socceroos:  Have never played before

Coach:  Mukshin Mukhamadiev (Tajikistan)

Star player:  Dilshod Vasiev

Did you know? The national team’s playing strip is currently sponsored by English Sporting apparel company Umbro. The deal is said to run until 2024.

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Nation:  Kyrgyzstan

FIFA ranking:  153

Last two games:  *Beat Myanmar 1-0 (May 23 2014)

                              *Lost to Kazakhstan 7-1 (September 5, 2014)    

History against the Socceroos:  Have never played before

Coach:  Aleksandr Krestinin (Russia)

Star player:  Mirlan Murzaev

Did you know?  Became a FIFA and AFC member back in 1992, playing their first international in August of that year, losing 3-0 to Uzbekistan

The AFC draw for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Nation:  Bangladesh

FIFA ranking:  167

Nickname:  Bengal Tigers

Last two games:   *Beat Sri Lanka 1-0 (Feb 2, 2015),

                                *Beat Sri Lanka 1-0 (Oct 27, 2014)

History against the Socceroos:  Have never played before

Coach:  Lodewijk de Kruif (Netherlands)

Star player:  Striker Jahid Hasan Ameli

Did you know?  It took until 28 years after their first ever international fixture in 1973 for Bangladesh to play a nation outside of Asia, when they beat Bosnia Herzegovina 2-0 in a friendly in January 2001.

Socceroos vs Bangladesh

Thursday 3 September, 2015

nib Stadium

Kick Off 7.00pm

Gates Open 5.30pm

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