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LIVE: The Socceroos take on New Zealand in a landmark game celebrating the Australian national team’s centenary – and doubling down on coach Graham Arnold’s final men’s home game ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The Socceroos’ first game was on June 17, 1922, losing 3-1 to New Zealand in Dunedin.
Following Thursday night’s clash in Brisbane, which is scheduled to kick off at 8pm AEST, the teams travel to Auckland for a second game at Eden Park (1pm Sunday AEST).
It will be the first time the teams have met since Australia’s 3-0 win in Adelaide 11 years ago.
In total, the teams have met 63 times, with the Socceroos winning 39 to New Zealand’s 13, with 11 games ending in draws – and only two of them without goals.
“There is no friendly match,” Graham Arnold told Channel 10 before the match, “especially against New Zealand”.
New Zealand narrowly missed qualifying for Qatar in a play-off, while the Socceroos beat Peru in a penalty shoot-out in their own play-off.
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Socceroos vs New Zealand All Whites
Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 8:00 p.m. AEST
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As part of Australia’s men’s national team centenary celebrations, Football Australia has announced a Socceroos Team of the Century – a squad that includes two current internationals, captain Mat Ryan and midfield maestro Aaron Mooy.
The ceremonial squad, partly voted for by legions of Socceroos fans, also included 75-year-old Guus Hiddink as coach – the man who ended Australia’s 32-year World Cup exile in 2006 and guided the Socceroos to the last 16.
Current Socceroos manager Graham Arnold was then Hiddink’s assistant – and was also named assistant in the Team of the Century – and this week reunited with his former mentor in Brisbane.
Hiddink has been brought in to help Arnold’s Socceroos in their final preparations for the World Cup, with Arnold’s regular assistant coach Rene Meulensteen in Europe to scout France and Denmark in this international window – two opponents which Australia will face in Group D in Qatar.
“Guus will send strong messages to the players today and tonight about what he has achieved and what it takes to be successful at a World Cup,” Arnold said earlier this week.
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Arnold has named a very strong starting XI for the clash which indicates his thoughts on the squad that will face France, Denmark and Tunisia in the group stage of the World Cup.
Captain Mat Ryan is in goal.
Veterans Milos Degenek and Trent Sainsbury start in the heart of defence, with Fran Karacic and Aziz Behich on either side.
In midfield, Aaron Mooy, Jackson Irvine and Ajdin Hrustic look set to form a three-man triangle.
Up front, Adam Taggart will lead the line, with Awer Mabil on the left and Martin Boyle on the right.
Remarkably, this is Taggart’s first appearance for the Socceroos at home, along with all of his previous 16 away appearances. It is also his first appearance for the green and gold since October 2021.
Arnold has named an unusually large squad of 31 players for this latest pair of matches, and is expected to name two very different starting XIs for each game. He hinted to the media that he planned to leave ’10 or 11′ players out of the trip to New Zealand for the second game – likely overseas-based players, allowing them to return to their clubs early and recover. prepare for their national competitions, which resume next weekend.
That means those players are likely to be favored for tonight’s clash, with Australian players set to soak up the sun on Sunday. Australia’s men’s A-Leagues competition has yet to start, meaning Arnold is under no pressure to immediately send his players back to their club.
“Sunday will be young and new players…” Arnold told Channel 10 ahead of the clash.
The squad are without Tom Rogic, who hasn’t played since his recent move to West Bromwich Albion, while recent Socceroos including Craig Goodwin, Nick D’Agostino and Jason Davidson have also been omitted. Daniel Vukovic, Kenny Dougall, Gianni Stensness and Callum Elder are also out, as are centre-back duo Harry Souttar and Kye Rowles, both recovering.
The squad features seven unselected players, including 18-year-old star Garang Kuol, who has only played a handful of games off the Central Coast Mariners bench but is currently being watched by a host of top clubs Europeans.
Other uncapped players are Cameron Devlin, Jason Cummings, Ryan Strain, Harrison Delbridge, Tyrese Francois and Keanu Baccus.
Mitch Langerak; Andrew Redmayne; Matthew Ryan
Nathaniel Atkinson; Aziz Behich; Harrison Delbridge; Milos Degenek; Thomas Deng; Fran Karacic; Trent Sainsbury; Ryan Strain; Bailey Wright; Joel King
Keanu Baccus; Cameron Devlin; Tyrese Francois; Ajdin Hrustic; Denis Genreau; Jackson Irvine; Riley McGree; Connor Metcalfe; Aaron Moy
Jason Cummings; Martin Boyle; Garang Kuol; Mathew Leckie; Awer Mabil; Adam Taggart; Marco Tilio; Mitchell Duke; Jamie MacLaren