Dates and venues confirmed for Socceroos’ World Cup qualifiers vs Syria

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    Sydney’s ANZ Stadium may be the venue of another World Cup qualification triumph after it was named to host matches set to determine Australia’s participation at Russia 2018.

    The Socceroos will face Syria at the 83,000-seat stadium in the second leg of their Asian playoff on October 10, five days after the first game likely to be in Malaysia.

    Should Australia progress from the two-match tie, they will play their final qualification match – also the second of two legs – at the Olympic stadium against the fourth-placed CONCACAF team on November 14.

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    ANZ Stadium was the scene of jubilation for Australian soccer in November 2005 when John Aloisi slotted the decisive penalty to give the Socceroos a shootout victory over Uruguay for a place at the 2006 World Cup.

    “It goes without saying that this is a big occasion,” Football Federation Australia boss David Gallop told reporters on Thursday.

    “I was here in 2005 for that game against Uruguay. I was out of my seat when John Aloisi scored.

    “It really set Australian football on the path.”

    The Socceroos have strong recent form at ANZ Stadium, beating Greece 1-0 in June last year.

    They also defeated South Korea there to win the Asian Cup final in 2015.

    “It’s obviously a happy hunting ground,” Gallop said.

    Australia were forced into the Syria playoff after finishing third behind Japan and Saudi Arabia in their Asian qualification group.

    The Ange Postecoglou-coach Socceroos are vying to reach their fourth consecutive World Cup.

    2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers – Round 4 – Asian Playoff

    Match Day Date Fixture Venue
    Match Day 1 (First Leg) Thursday 5 October 2017 Syria v Australia TBC – in Malaysia
    Match Day 2 (Second Leg) Tuesday 10 October 2017 Australia v Syria Stadium Australia, Sydney

    2018 FIFA World Cup – Intercontinental Playoff Round

    Match Day Date Fixture Venue
    Match Day 1 (First Leg) Monday 6 November 2017 CONCACAF v AFC TBC
    Match Day 2 (Second Leg) Tuesday 14 November 2017 AFC v CONCACAF TBC
    © AAP 2018

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    • September 7th 2017 @ 12:58pm
      Cool N Cold said | September 7th 2017 @ 12:58pm | ! Report

      When socceroos made a draw in Thailand, i used the phrase “over confidence” to describe afterwards.

      However, I need to re-phrase that if socceroos being “arrogan” like playing Iran in 1997, in 2007 Asian Cup, and in 2011 Asian Cup, they may not overcome Syria. Syria’s recent matches tell how good they can be.

      • September 7th 2017 @ 1:02pm
        Cool N Cold said | September 7th 2017 @ 1:02pm | ! Report

        ps elaborately, Syria drew Iran 2-2 in Iran.

        • September 8th 2017 @ 9:08am
          Deir-ba-zor said | September 8th 2017 @ 9:08am | ! Report

          They also needed a late goal to draw against China.

          • September 8th 2017 @ 9:29am
            Cool N Cold said | September 8th 2017 @ 9:29am | ! Report

            But they drew 0-0 with Korea also

    • September 7th 2017 @ 1:53pm
      Lionheart said | September 7th 2017 @ 1:53pm | ! Report

      Is the Malaysia venue confirmed? TBC -in Malaysia – what does that mean?
      I know they played home games in Malacca, but heard they wanted to take it closer to Syria. Nothing yet on the AFC website.
      Malaysia Malacca is quite do-able, actually would be great and I’m considering going.

    • September 7th 2017 @ 2:52pm
      bobbym said | September 7th 2017 @ 2:52pm | ! Report

      If we don’t go back to 442 or 433 we won’t need the November dates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • September 8th 2017 @ 6:50am
        Kurt said | September 8th 2017 @ 6:50am | ! Report

        Your right we have to restrict the goals.

        These games are based around aggregates

    • September 7th 2017 @ 5:23pm
      Lionheart said | September 7th 2017 @ 5:23pm | ! Report

      pre-sale on tomorrow, reasonable pricing

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        September 7th 2017 @ 8:29pm
        Griffo said | September 7th 2017 @ 8:29pm | ! Report

        That would be my main concern, that Gallop sees this as a cash opportunity and raise ticket prices.

        Important thing is to fill the stadium and make noise.

    • September 7th 2017 @ 8:46pm
      Rolly said | September 7th 2017 @ 8:46pm | ! Report

      Why are we going ahead and playing Syria .do they not have a brutal regime ,why are they FIFA even allowing Syria to compete for a spot at the World Cup in Russia. Playing them only endorses their horrible barbaric regime .

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        September 7th 2017 @ 9:28pm
        Ben of Phnom Penh said | September 7th 2017 @ 9:28pm | ! Report

        The principle pursued is that sport is separate from politics. We are not playing the Syrian regime anymore than the Syrians are playing the Australian Government. Hence political banners of any type are banned from all FIFA events, no matter how noble or ignoble the cause.

      • September 8th 2017 @ 12:14pm
        SAA Yaskari said | September 8th 2017 @ 12:14pm | ! Report

        The Syrian Team will win

      • September 8th 2017 @ 3:19pm
        AVictory said | September 8th 2017 @ 3:19pm | ! Report

        Brutal regime?

        You mean a stable and secular government. The alternative is the CIA backed Al-Qaeda.

        If we end up losing this tie, at least the people of Syria will be happy!

        • September 8th 2017 @ 4:34pm
          Johnny J-Dog said | September 8th 2017 @ 4:34pm | ! Report

          And so will I. Their people need it more than us.

    • Roar Pro

      September 8th 2017 @ 12:06am
      anon said | September 8th 2017 @ 12:06am | ! Report

      Western Sydney is a great choice of venue.

      Will get a lot of support out there — for BOTH teams.

      • September 8th 2017 @ 1:32pm
        Pauly said | September 8th 2017 @ 1:32pm | ! Report

        So what?

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          September 8th 2017 @ 4:11pm
          anon said | September 8th 2017 @ 4:11pm | ! Report

          I think it’s great. Helps with the diversity and vibrancy of the place.

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