Stars call on fans to be 12th man in Brisbane
The Socceroos are set to play their first home game in the fourth – and hopefully final - stage of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in just over two weeks, and three stars of the team are calling on fans to be the proverbial ‘12th man’.
The Socceroos are set to play their first home game in the fourth - and hopefully final - stage of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in just over two weeks, and three stars of the team are calling on fans to be the proverbial ‘12th man-.
The crucial Asian group qualifier will be held in Brisbane on 15 October against Qatar, which is currently leading the group.
“We are really looking forward to our next game against Qatar at home. We need the crowd to get right behind us to get another win which will get us even closer to where we need to be,” according to captain, Lucas Neill.
The power of a home crowd, also known as the ‘12th man-, is well documented by sport psychologists and professional athletes alike.
“Last time we were there (in Brisbane) it was a fantastic crowd and fantastic atmosphere,” said fellow Qantas Socceroo, Chris Coyne.
“The home games are vital and you always look to win home games - it was a bonus going away (to Uzbekistan) and picking up three points but it is going to be very important for us to do it back on home ground,” added Luke Wilkshire.
Australia needs to finish in the top two of its group to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, after the current qualifying stage is complete in June 2009.
The Socceroos- next home match is not until 1 April against Uzbekistan, followed by matches in June against Bahrain and Japan. Football Federation Australia has not yet announced the venues for the games.
To be part of the action and support Australia on the road to South Africa at Suncorp Stadium on 15 October, purchase your ticket from Ticketek or agencies today.