Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory continued their preparations for the 2013-14 Hyundai A-League campaign. Mark Milligan and Archie Thompson were namedto the 22-player squad of Holger Osieck’s Socceroos 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).
Australia are ranking 46th in the world, while Brazil are ranked ninth. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 a.m. AEST/3 p.m. ET and will be televised in Australia by FOX Sports 3HD.
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
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)
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
One player that is aspiring to be a part of the Socceroos is Melbourne’s Andrew Nabbout, who is also eligible to play for Lebanon.
“At the moment I’ve declined the offer, I’ve put it on hold because I’m still only 20 and I don’t want to rule out my chances of playing for the Socceroos – that’s a priority for me,” Nabbout told MelbourneVictory.com.au. “It’s an honour for me and my family as well, with them coming from Lebanon, everyone’s ecstatic that they even showed an interest in me.”
For Nabbout, the focus is on the A-League season, and a desire to return to the glory days of the past.
“Last season was a disappointing one for us, we didn’t finish as high as we wanted to and we’ll definitely be looking to rectify that this season,” Nabbout said.
Nabbout is only 20, and indeed, it’s the youth that will drive the Victory to success this year, according to Thompson.
“I think we’ve got plenty of depth,” Thompson told MelbourneVictory.com.au. “we’ve got good young talent coming through and these guys who have been on the fringes have got a good opportunity because now they’ve got a pre-season under their belt and they know what is expected of them in our team, so they are all stepping up.”
Meanwhile, Football Federation Australia have decided to begin the FFA Cup next year. The final will be in December 2014.
“The idea of the FFA Cup has captured the imagination of the football community and there’s a huge groundswell of support,” said FFA CEO David Gallop. “Everyone in the game is keen for this concept to come to life, but the prudent way forward is to ensure the right commercial and organisational foundations are in place.
“FFA Management now has a mandate to conclude the many positive talks we’ve had with broadcasters, sponsors and commercial partners.”
Finally, the FFA approved the addition of one more substitute on the bench in an A-League match to give coaches greater flexibility in the composition of reserves. The number of substitutes will remain at three.