Socceroos squad announced for Brazilian samba

Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck today announced a 22-player squad that will face the Seleção on Saturday 7 September 2013 in Brasilia.

Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck today announced a 22-player squad that will face the Brazilian Men-s National Football team, “The Seleção”, in an international friendly match at the Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha Stadium, in Brasilia, Brazil on Saturday 7 September 2013 (kick-off 4:15pm local, 5:15am AEST).

Central Coast Mariners striker Mitchell Duke has been rewarded for his efforts at the recent EAFF East Asian Cup with his second call-up to the Socceroos squad and Middlesbrough-based defender Rhys Williams returns to the Socceroos after missing the recent FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers in June.

Matt McKay, Mark Milligan and Archie Thompson, along with Duke, make up the four Hyundai A-League players within the Socceroos squad.

This will be the seventh match between Brazil and Australia at senior men-s international level after the team-s last met at the Allianz Arena in the group phase of the 2006 FIFA World Cup where Brazil were 2-0 winners.

The Socceroos are currently ranked 46th in the FIFA World Rankings whilst the Brazilians are currently 9th (as of 8 August 2013).

The match between the Socceroos and Brazil will be broadcast Live & Exclusive on FOX SPORTS 3HD and 3 from 5.00am (AEST).

Check out the exclusive Q & A with Socceroos coach Holger Osieck on his selections

Socceroos Squad for Brazil International Friendly - Saturday 7 September 2013

Mark BRESCIANO Al Gharafa, QATAR Tim CAHILL New York Red Bulls, USA Robert CORNTHWAITE Chunnam Dragons, KOREA REPUBLIC Mitchell DUKE Central Coast Mariners FC, AUSTRALIA James HOLLAND FK Austria Vienna, AUSTRIA Brett HOLMAN Al Nasr Sports Club, UAE Mile JEDINAK Crystal Palace FC, ENGLAND Josh KENNEDY Nagoya Grampus, JAPAN Robbie KRUSE TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, GERMANY Mitchell LANGERAK (gk) B.V. Borussia 09 Dortmund, GERMANY Ryan McGOWAN Shandong Luneng Taishan FC, CHINA PR Matthew McKAY Brisbane Roar FC, AUSTRALIA Mark MILLIGAN Melbourne Victory FC, AUSTRALIA Lucas NEILL Omiya Ardija, JAPAN Tommy OAR FC Utrecht, NETHERLANDS Sasa OGNENOVSKI Umm Salal SC, QATAR Tom ROGIC Celtic FC, SCOTLAND Mat RYAN (gk) Club Brugge KV, BELGIUM Mark SCHWARZER (gk) Chelsea FC, ENGLAND Archie THOMPSON Melbourne Victory FC, AUSTRALIA Luke WILKSHIRE FK Dinamo Moscow, RUSSIA Rhys WILLIAMS Middlesbrough FC, ENGLAND

As at Wednesday 28 August 2013

Upcoming Match Details

Brazil v Socceroos Saturday 7 September 2013 Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha Stadium, Brasilia, Brazil Kick-off: 4.15pm local (5:15am AEST)

Time Zone BRT: Brasilia Time (UTC - 3) AEST: Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC + 10)

Current FIFA World Rankings (as at 8 August 2013) Brazil - 9th Australia - 46th