Victory duo handed key leadership roles
Melbourne Victory duo of Kevin Muscat and Archie Thompson have been handed the key leadership roles for the Socceroos Asian Cup qualifier against Kuwait at Aussie Stadium in Sydney on Wednesday night. Muscat will lead the team, while Thompson is vice-captain.
Melbourne Victory duo of Kevin Muscat and Archie Thompson have been handed the key leadership roles for the Socceroos Asian Cup qualifier against Kuwait at Aussie Stadium in Sydney on Wednesday night.
Muscat, who has captained the Socceroos in 2001, was installed as captain for the crucial qualifier, with his Victory team mate Thompson named as vice- captain.
The choice of Muscat was an fairly obvious one, given his leadership qualities and that he is the most experienced international player in the 18-man squad, which comprises totally of players from the Hyundai A-League.
His appointment was confirmed after the players enjoyed a recovery session at Bondi Beach.
"I'm just as honoured as I was 12, 13-odd years ago when I played my first game," said Muscat at Bondi Beach.
"This time around obviously it's a lot different. It's a massive challenge for us, coming off the back of the World Cup and the success the team had there, and in terms of personal, this is a shadow of that side."
Thompson, one of just two players in the squad that represented Australia at the 2006 World Cup finals, was honoured by being named vice-captain.
"To be a vice-captain of a Socceroos squad that's done so much in the last couple of months is an honour," the star striker said.
Gallery: Caltex Socceroos camp in pictures
The Caltex Socceroos are looking ahead to November's twin matches in a positive mindframe after comfortably accounting for Kuwait 4-0 in a friendly earlier this week. Australia's impressive win came as reward for the hard work done during a Dubai training camp in the lead-up t
Progress report: Mark Milligan
With the AFC Asian Cup appearing quickly on the horizon, we’re delivering weekly scouting reports on some of our Caltex Socceroos playing abroad. This week the spotlight is on Mark Milligan, an experienced member of the national team who has made a flawless start to life in Eu
Caltex Socceroos meet young Aussie ‘Playmakers’ in the UAE
The Caltex Socceroos took time out after training to meet with some young Australian fans in the United Arab Emirates last week ahead of Monday’s solid 4-0 win over Kuwait in Kuwait City. The young Australians, who live in the UAE, are part of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019’s Play
‘An amazing story’: Patrice Evra leads social media tributes to Mabil, Deng debuts
There was a lot to like about the Caltex Socceroos win over Kuwait on Tuesday (AEDT) but arguably the biggest highlight was the international debuts of youngsters Awer Mabil and Thomas Deng. The pair were both second-half substitutes and combined on the right flanks, with Mabi