Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Scottish Football Association (SFA) today announced that the Qantas Socceroos will meet Scotland in an international friendly match on Wednesday 15 August 2012, at Easter Road Stadium, Edinburgh.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Scottish Football Association (SFA) today announced that the Qantas Socceroos will meet the Scottish National Football Team in an international friendly match on Wednesday 15 August 2012, at Easter Road Stadium, Edinburgh (kick-off TBC).
This will be the fifth official match between Scotland and Australia at senior men-s international level.
Both teams will be using the match as part of their preparations for their respective 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaigns.
Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck is looking forward to the match at a crucial stage of the campaign.
“This match is a very good opportunity for us to start a new season with a similar match to last year-s one against Wales.
“We will be using the match to assess the quality of our players and get a good start going into the next phase of the qualifiers come September.
“Scotland is always a tough team to play against, especially at home,” concluded Osieck.
Scotland coach Craig Levein was equally enthusiastic about the upcoming match.
“I-m delighted to confirm this match against Australia, and complete our preparations for the World Cup qualifiers in September.
“Just last year Australia defeated our World Cup qualifying opponents, Wales, in Cardiff, and have been in good form in their own qualifiers, so I have no doubt that they will provide us with a tough test.
The Qantas Socceroos are currently ranked 22nd in the FIFA World Rankings whilst Scotland are currently 48th (as of 15 February 2012).
The match broadcast Live & Exclusive on FOX SPORTS.
Upcoming Match Details
Scotland v Qantas Socceroos Wednesday 15 August 2012 Easter Road Stadium, Edinburgh Kick-off TBC
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Head to Head - Australia v Scotland Australia: 1-win 1-draw 2-losses
Current FIFA World Rankings (as at 15 February 2012) Australia - 22nd Scotland - 48th
Last Match Details
Scotland 0 Australia 2 (Brett Emerton 12-,David Zdrilic 66-) 15 November 2000 Hampden Park, Glasgow Referee: Pascal Garibian (France) Crowd: 30,985
Scotland line-up: Jonathan Gould, David Weir (Matt Elliott 46-), Tom Boyd, Brian O'Neill (Colin Hendry 58-), Christian Dailly, Craig Burley (Paul Dickov 63-), Barry Ferguson, Colin Cameron (Neil McCann 46-), Dominic Matteo, Don Hutchison, Billy Dodds
Coach: Craig Brown (Scotland)
Australia line-up: Mark Schwarzer, Tony Popovic, Shaun Murphy, Kevin Muscat, Stan Lazaridis, Brett Emerton, Josip Skoko (Kasey Wehrman 75-), Paul Okon, Daniel Tiatto (Jacob Burns 67-), Paul Agostino (Mile Sterjovski 46-), David Zdrillic (Clayton Zane 89-)
Coach: Frank Farina (Australia)