Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Pim Verbeek has selected a squad of 24 players for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup 2011 Qualifier match, presented by FOXTEL, against Kuwait in Canberra on Thursday 5 March (kick-off 8.00pm AEDT).
Twelve players from the Qantas Socceroo squad will be involved in this weekend’s Hyundai A-League 2009 Grand Final where Melbourne Victory host Adelaide United at the Telstra Dome. Whilst Fabian Barbiero, Daniel Mullen, Mitch Nichols and Ben Kantarovski have been rewarded for their recent form in the Hyundai A-League with their first call-up to the Qantas Socceroos squad.
Daniel Mullen’s father, Joe, played two matches for the Socceroos in 1988 against European clubs IFK Gøtenburg & Dinamo Zagreb.
Nikolai Topor-Stanley is the only Qantas Socceroo squad member who hails from Canberra, having graduated from the ACT Academy of Sport and the Australian Institute of Sport, before joining local club Belconnen United at senior level. Topor-Stanley has recently completed a moved to the Newcastle Jets having previously played for Perth Glory and Sydney FC in the Hyundai A-League.
The Qantas Socceroos are drawn in Group B of the AFC Asian Cup 2011 qualification stage along with Indonesia, Kuwait and Oman. The top two teams from each group of the qualification stage will progress to the AFC Asian Cup 2011 which will be held in Qatar.
The Qantas Socceroos are currently sitting in third position of Group B, with Kuwait in fourth.
All Qantas Socceroos matches are broadcast live and exclusive on FOX Sports.
Story courtesy www.footballaustralia.com.au
Qantas Socceroos Squad
|Danny ALLSOPP||3 (0)|
|Billy CELESKI||1 (0)|
|Eugene GALEKOVIC||1 (0)|
|Dean HEFFERNAN||1 (0)|
|Scott JAMIESON||1 (0)|
|Matthew McKAY||2 (0)|
|Craig MOORE||42 (3)|
|Tom PONDELJAK||5 (0)|
|Paul REID||1 (0)|
|Matt SIMON||1 (0)|
|Archie THOMPSON||31 (21)|
|Matthew THOMPSON||1 (0)|
|Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY||3 (0)|
|Rodrigo VARGAS||1 (0)|
|Michael ZULLO||1 (0)|
AFC Asian Cup 2011 Qualifying Stage – Group B – Match Details
Australia v Kuwait
Thursday 5 March 2009
Kick-off 8:00pm AEDT (7:30pm ACDT, 7:00pm AEST, 6:00pm AWDT)
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
AFC Asian Cup 2011 Qualifying Stage – Group B – Points Table