Socceroos followers, the wait is almost over!
It’s only a matter of days till Australia lastly return for his or her first FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers since November 2019, and right here is every thing that you must know in regards to the matchs forward.
This week noticed Graham Arnold title his 31-man squad that can head to Kuwait on the summit of Group B and try to keep up that place as they play out their last 4 fixtures within the area of 12 days.
Australia v Kuwait
Thursday, 3 June 2021 (4 June AEST)Venue: Jaber Al-Hamad Worldwide StadiumKick-off: 10.00pm native, 5:00am AEST (Friday morning)Watch on Fox Sports activities, Kayo Sports activities, ABC TV, and My Soccer Dwell App.
Australia v Chinese language Taipei
Monday, 7 June 2021 (8 June AEST)Venue: Jaber Al-Hamad Worldwide StadiumKick-off: 10.00pm native, 5.00am AEST (Tuesday morning)Watch on Fox Sports activities, Kayo Sports activities, SBS Tv, and My Soccer Dwell App.
Nepal v Australia
Friday, 11 June 2021 (12 June AEST)Venue: Jaber Al-Hamad Worldwide StadiumKick-off: 7.00pm native, 2.00am AEST (Saturday morning)Watch on Fox Sports activities, Kayo Sports activities, ABC TV, and Soccer Dwell App.
Australia v Jordan
Tuesday, 15 June 2021 (16 June AEST)Venue: TBCKick-off: TBCWatch on Fox Sports activities, Kayo Sports activities, ABC TV, and My Soccer Dwell App.
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Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold has chosen 31 gamers to characterize Australia within the Center East.
The varied squad – drawing upon gamers who ply their commerce in 17 totally different leagues all over the world – features a host of acquainted names who performed their half within the Socceroos’ 2019 qualifiers, in addition to a handful of thrilling new additions.
Seven uncapped gamers in whole take their place within the squad, together with goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas, defenders Fran Karicic and Ruon Tongyik in addition to midfielders Kenny Dougall, Riley McGree, Connor Metcalfe and Denis Genreau.
Whereas Metcalfe and Tongyik are set to enter senior nationwide crew camp for the primary time, just a few capped gamers will return to the body after a while away.
These embody Austria-based midfielder James Holland, who can be concerned for the primary time because the 2014 World Cup, Ryan McGowan – who was additionally concerned in that match, alongside fellow A-League defender Curtis Good and Israel-based striker Nikita Rukavystya.
The prolonged squad will come collectively progressively as gamers are launched from membership commitments within the lead as much as the fixtures.
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The journey to date
Australia has made a robust begin to their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, successful all 4 matches performed in 2019, with three of these coming away from dwelling.
Graham Arnold’s aspect notched a powerful 16 targets at a mean of 4 per sport whereas conceding simply the one.
A 3-0 win in Kuwait – the identical location the Socceroos can be heading to in June – kicked off the marketing campaign in September. On that day Mathew Leckie bagged a memorable brace and Aaron Mooy curled dwelling a stunner to make sure the end result.
A month later, the Socceroos returned dwelling to Canberra the place they performed out a cushty 5-0 victory over Nepal. Jamie Maclaren stole the present together with his first worldwide hat trick, whereas Harry Souttar immediately endeared himself to the Australian followers with a brace on debut.
5 days later, the squad travelled to Chinese language Taipei the place they secured their most emphatic end result to date, overcoming the house nation 7-1 at Kaohsiung Nationwide Stadium. Adam Taggart, Jackson Irvine and Souttar all registered braces, as Ajdin Hrustic got here off the bench to chip in with a trio of assists.
Precisely a month later, it was a complete lot nearer when the Australia travelled to face Jordan in Amman. However Arnold’s aspect managed to get the job achieved in troublesome circumstances, with a solitary Adam Taggart objective making certain the Socceroos would return dwelling with a priceless three factors.
So the place precisely does that depart the Socceroos in terms of advancing to the following stage on the journey to Qatar?
SUBMIT YOUR CONTENT: Be part of the Socceroos’ return to worldwide soccer
Australia might want to end as group winners or among the finest 4 runners-up to advance to the third spherical of Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™️.
At that stage 12 nations can be break up into two teams of six, with the highest two groups from every group advancing to the FIFA World Cup and the 2 third-placed nations taking part in out an Asian and intercontinental play-off.
As issues stand, the Socceroos are high of Group B on 12 factors – two factors forward of Kuwait and Jordan who’ve each additionally performed one additional sport.
The Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) has confirmed that Kuwait will host Australia’s remaining Group B FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifiers in a centralised hub format.
The Socceroos will play their first two fixtures on the Jaber Al-Hamad Worldwide Stadium, earlier than dealing with Nepal and Jordan on the Kuwait Sports activities Membership Stadium. Every venue will host a Group B fixture on the third, seventh, eleventh and fifteenth June (native time).
Learn how to present your help
Whereas the Socceroos will sadly not be making their return on dwelling soil, there are many methods you’ll be able to present your help for the squad as they return to battle.
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