Farina Names Full Strength Provisional Squad
Socceroos coach Frank Farina today named a full-strength provisional squad for the upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup qualifiers against the Solomon Islands.
Socceroos coach Frank Farina today named a full-strength provisional squad for the upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup qualifiers against the Solomon Islands. With tickets going on sale today for the Australian leg of the home-and-away series to be played at Aussie Stadium in Sydney on October 12, Farina highlighted a list of 25 players which will be reduced to 20 just prior to the playoff. "It's a completely full strength squad," said Farina. "These are hugely important matches for us and we will be ensuring we put the best team on the paddock." The winner of the Australia v Solomon Islands series will land a place in next year's FIFA Confederations Cup alongside hosts Germany, World Cup holders Brazil, Argentina, Greece, Tunisia, Mexico and Japan. "The chance to qualify for the Confederations Cup and get quality matches against nations like Brazil, Greece, Argentina and Germany is vitally important to our chances of World Cup qualification so we won't be taking any chances," added Farina. Australia and Solomon Islands reached the final of the OFC Nations Cup by finishing first and second after Stage Two of the competition held in Adelaide during June. In a thrilling final game the two nations finished their match in a 2-all draw. Solomon Islands will host the first leg of the series in Honiara on Saturday 9 October before the return match in Sydney three days later. Provisional 25-man squad for FIFA Confederations Cup qualifying series John Aloisi (Osasuna, Spain) Eddy Bosnar (Everton, England) Marco Bresciano (Parma, Italy) Tim Cahill (Everton, England) Scott Chipperfield (Basel, Switzerland) Simon Colosimo (Pahang, Malaysia) Ahmad Elrich (Busan I'Cons, Korea) Brett Emerton (Blackburn Rovers, England) Vince Grella (Parma, Italy) Zeljko Kalac (Perugia, Italy) Harry Kewell (Liverpool, England) Steve Laybutt (KAA Ghent, Belgium) Stan Lazaridis (Birmingham City, England) Ante Milicic (Pahang, Malaysia) Craig Moore (Rangers, Scotland) Kevin Muscat (Millwall, England) Lucas Neill (Blackburn Rovers, England) Tony Popovic (Crystal Palace, England) Mark Schwarzer (Middlesbrough, England) Josip Skoko (Genclerbirligi, Turkey) Mile Sterjovski (Basel, Switzerland) Danny Tiatto (Leicester City, England) Tony Vidmar (Cardiff City, Wales) Mark Viduka (pictured above - Middlesbrough, England) Max Vieri (Ternana, Italy) MATCH DETAILS Solomon Islands v Australia OFC Nations Cup Final - First Leg 2.00pm (1.00pm AEST), Saturday 9 October 2004 Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara Australia v Solomon Islands OFC Nations Cup Final - Second Leg 7.30pm, Tuesday 12 October 2004 Aussie Stadium, Sydney The winner of the series will be Oceania's representative at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup to be held in Germany during June. TICKETING DETAILS - AUSSIE STADIUM MATCH Tickets went on sale today from all Ticketek outlets, (02) 9266 4800 or www.ticketek.com.au Adult Concession Family CATEGORY A $50 N/A N/A CATEGORY B $35 $17.50 $70 CATEGORY C $20 $10 $40 * A $7.95 transaction fee per booking applies.