Socceroos legends such as Mark Bresciano, Josh Kennedy and Josip Skoko have all joined the cause as the teams for the Oz Football Aid charity match have been confirmed.
Former Socceroos midfielder Craig Foster and award-winning actor Anthony LaPaglia will captain two star-studded sides for the match which is supporting Australia’s bushfire recovery efforts through #OzFootballAid.
The match is being played on Saturday, January 25 at AAMI Park in Melbourne as a curtain-raiser to the Hyundai A-League match between Melbourne City and Perth Glory.
Among the players to take part in the match is ex-Socceroo Mark Bresciano, who played in three FIFA World Cups and notched 84 caps for the national side.
Josh Kennedy will feature for Team LaPaglia; the towering forward scored 17 goals in 34 Socceroos caps including the goal against Iraq in 2013 which booked the Socceroos a spot at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Rounding out the former Socceroos involved in the game include Skoko, who amassed 51 caps for the Socceroos in a decorated career, Alan Davidson, who played 79 times for Australia across an 11-year period, Archie Thompson, who holds the record for most goals (13) in an international match, the 2010 AFC Asian Footballer of the Year, Sasa Ognenovski, as well as Clint Bolton, Adrian Leijer and Rodrigo Vargas.
Scottish international and ex-Premier League striker Paul Dickov adds some international flair, while the likes of Hyundai A-League legends Archie Thompson, Clint Bolton and Fahid Ben-Khalfallah have also been confirmed.
For each ticket sale to the curtain-raiser and Hyundai A-League encounter between Melbourne City FC and Perth Glory, City will donate $2 to Rural Aid.
As a part of the fundraiser, the Hyundai A-League’s major partner, Hyundai, will provide a newly released Hyundai Venue car as a fundraising prize, with all future donations of $100 or more to football’s charity partner, Rural Aid eligible to win the car.
The winner will be drawn on the day of the Hyundai A-League Grand Final, and the car will be delivered personally to the winners by Foster and LaPaglia.