Destiny 06 – 8 Days To Go
We continue the countdown to the World Cup (South American) play-off kick-off of the 1st Leg being played in Montevideo (Saturday 12 November), bringing you up-to-date with all the headline news from around the country surrounding the crucial play-off matches.
GET YOUR GOLD AT FFA ON-LINE SHOP
Support the Socceroos at Telstra Stadium by purchasing National Team gear from the FFA new On-Line store. The shop offers all Official Licensed Product for the Socceroos and all other Australia National Teams including the following:
Nike Official Replicas: (Home/Away Jersey, Team Polo) Nike Transit Range: (Polo, T-shirt, jacket,) Coopers 2nd Tier Apparel: (Polo, Reversible jacket, Spray jacket, women-s t-shirt, etc) Supporter Gear: (Beach Towel, Flags, Beanie Bears, Nursery Ball) Headwear & Scarves: (Caps, Beanies, Scarves)
With the Socceroos wanting to play in front of a sea of Gold it would be great if all Australia-s supporters, especially those at Telstra Stadium "Get their Gold” at www.footballaustralia.com.au/shop".
SUPPORT THE Socceroos
Australian sports fans can show their support for the Socceroos for the upcoming matches against Uruguay, by logging onto a new interactive fans site - http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/destiny06/
Some of the features of the site include: a message board, send a photo (by mobile only) and be part of a mosaic plus information on Australia and Uruguay. There will features added as we get closer to the big games.
Scott Chipperfield played a full game, as FC Basel won 2-1 away at Red Star Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda).
Mark Schwarzer played a full game, while Mark Viduka was replaced in the 64th minute, but not before goals in the 51st and 56th minutes, as Middlesbrough won 3-0 at home against Dnipro in the UEFA Cup.
Archie Thompson was replaced in the 88th minute, as Melbourne Victory lost 1-0 at home against Queensland Roar.
WHAT-S MAKING THE NEWS
Key Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan is likely to miss the two games against Australia, says his Spanish club Villarreal.
The former Manchester United marksman was injured in Villarreal-s Champions League clash against Benfica and confirmed that he had torn a muscle in his leg and is likely to be sidelined for about three weeks, which would rule him out of the two games.
Since arriving in Spain, Forlan has become one of the most prolific goalscorers in Europe and his loss would be a blow to Uruguay, although they still have a lot of firepower.
Forlan will still travel to Uruguay to be assessed by the national team doctors and if ruled out will return to Villarreal to continue his rehabilitation.
AAP reports that a leading Uruguayan newspaper El Telegrafo has said that FIFA will change the referees for the second leg in Sydney, from the Belgian officials originally to take charge of the game to a trio from Spain.
Uruguay coach Jorge Fossati was critical of the choice of officials, saying the officials were neighbours of Australian coach Guus Hiddink and that his side was at a disadvantage.