Weight of history driving Jordan

Tuesday's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Australia is the biggest game in Jordan's history and their coach, Adnan Hamad knows it.

The weight of the occasion is clear for Jordan coach Adnan Hamad - simply put, Tuesday's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Australia is the biggest game in the country's history.

Goal difference separates the third-placed Socceroos and Jordan in fourth in Group B of the fourth round of AFC World Cup qualification, with the pair holding a game in hand on second-placed Oman.

The latter lead in the race for the group's second automatic qualification place by two points, meaning a win is crucial for both Australia and Jordan at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Tuesday.

It was a point not lost on Hamad, with Jordan having never reached the World Cup finals.

"We know the Australian team is a strong team and we respect them, but we came here for a win," he said.

"… I think it's the biggest match in the history of Jordanian football, but the players, the fans and also us as a coaching staff have all the intention of getting the best result from this match."

Goalkeeper and captain Amer Shafia agreed: "It's a dream for me and a dream for any player around the world," the 117 times-capped veteran said.

"We are here to achieve this goal, and hopefully we can qualify."

But Jordan's qualification campaign could be in a stronger position, believes Hamad, should qualification scheduling have been more in their favour.

"I think the schedule of the qualification affected some teams, and we're one of the teams," said Hamad, whose side take on Oman at home on June 18 in their final qualifier.

"… The timing of the qualification has worked for Japan and [South] Korea more than any other team

"We played a match [against Iraq in Jun 2012] and then after four days we travel to Japan - 12,000 kilometres distance - and to play another match is not on our own terms."

Hamad said the only injury doubt ahead of the match with the Socceroos was with full-back Anas Banis Yaseem.

The former Iraq international also said his squad "got used to" the cooler conditions courtesy of their friendly with a New Zealand A side in last Tuesday and their arrival in Australia a day after.

Hamad's detainment at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport over the status of his stay was not an issue: "Our focus is on the match now, it didn't affect us at all, and we respect the Australian people," he said.

"That is the last thing on our mind now. We want to concentrate on the match and we don't want to make a big scenario [out of this]."

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