The second phase of the Socceroos 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign was announced in Malaysia on March 9. To progress to the 2014 World Cup Finals, Holger Osieck’s Socceroos face a difficult qualification path after being drawn in 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifying Group B with 2011 Asian Cup champions Japan as well as difficult West Asian nations Oman, Iraq and Jordan.
The other 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifying group contains the seeded Korea Republic along with Iran, Lebanon, Qatar and Uzbekistan.
The top two teams from each group will progress directly to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The two third placed teams from each group will meet in a play-off over two matches (6 and 10 September 2013), with the winner over the two legs to face the a CONMEBOL team in 2013, with the winner of that fixture over two legs then progressing to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals in Brazil.
Socceroos 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification Fixtures
|Date||Fixture||Venue||Start Time (AEST)||Local||Network|
|08 June 2012||Oman vs Socceroos||Sultan Qaboos Stadium||2.00am||5.00pm||FOX|
|12 June 2012||Socceroos vs Japan||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane||8.00pm||8.00pm||FOX|
|11 September 2012||Jordan vs Socceroos||King Abdullah International Stadium||1.00am||7.00pm||FOX|
|16 October 2012||Iraq vs Socceroos||Al Arabi Stadium||1.15am||5.15pm||FOX|
|23 March 2013||Socceroos vs Oman||ANZ Stadium||7.30pm||7.30pm||FOX|
|04 June 2013||Japan vs Socceroos||TBA||8.30pm||7.30pm||FOX|
|11 June 2013||Socceroos vs Jordan||Etihad Stadium||7.00pm||7.00pm||FOX|
|18 June 2013||Socceroos vs Iraq||ANZ Stadium||7.30pm||7.30pm||FOX|
This is the fourth round of 2014 World Cup Qualifying fixtures after the Socceroos finished top of Group D in the third round, after receiving byes in the opening two rounds of qualification. The Socceroos’ results for the second round of qualification are listed below.
2014 World Cup Qualifying Results
Socceroos 2-1 Thailand
Saudi Arabia 1-3 Socceroos
Socceroos 3-0 Oman
Oman 1-0 Socceroos
Thailand 0-1 Socceroos
Socceroos 4-2 Saudi Arabia