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Socceroos Setting Up For World Cup

  • April 2nd, 2009
  • Posted by EUEditor

socceroos-footballmedianet.jpgBringing together of “European Socceroos” at Sydney (1.4.09) secured a 2-1 defeat of Uzbekistan, positioning the Australians to be first qualifiers for next year’s World Cup Football finals in South Africa.

The city brought out a growingly impatient crowd of 57 000, watching waves of attacks on the visitors’ goal until Josh Kennedy scored with a header in the 67th minute.

Harry Kewell kicked a penalty for the second goal.

Uzbekistan held off the assault in heavy rain, a souvenir for players hailing from one of the world’s driest countries.

Australia, undefeated at the head of its group would go into the World Cup finals, if a match next day between Bahrain and Qatar should be drawn, or if the team managed a draw or better in one of tits remaining three matches – two to be played at home.

A luxurious choice for the coaching team now: whether, or how much to use the star players in the national team, in the final lead-up to the Cup.

The Socceroos successfully draw on a contingent of professional players, though far from the biggest in terms of national profiles, in the European leagues.

Some of those from the Sydney match  this time, and their clubs:

Marco Bresciano (US Palermo);

Harry Kewell (Galatasaray, Turkey);

Joshua Kennedy (Karlsruher); socceroos-scott-mcdonald.png

Scott McDonald (Celtic), (picture), socceroos-schwarzer-wikip.jpg

and goal keeper Mark Schwarzer (Fulham), (picture)

Pictures: Wikipedia