The Socceroos’ most important campaign since last year’s FIFA World Cup begins tomorrow when the Aussies, bolstered by the inclusion of Premier League stars Tim Cahill and Mark Schwarzer, take on Thailand in their opening FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier in Brisbane.
The Australians will be heavily favoured to kick off their campaign with a victory, having crushed the visitors 4-0 in their most recent meeting at the 2007 AFC Asian Cup.
Coach Holger Osieck named a near full-strength squad for his side’s opening two Group D qualifiers, including Sydney FC recruit Brett Emerton and all 18 players who were part of the Socceroos squad that took down Wales in a friendly at Cardiff last month.
FOX SPORTS, Australia’s home of the Socceroos, will provide LIVE and EXCLUSIVE coverage of the clash, beginning with a one-hour pre-game show from 7pm AEST tomorrow (Friday 2 September).
Once again FOX SPORTS coverage of the Socceroos will be delivered by the nation’s leading football commentary team, headed by Simon Hill and Andy Harper and featuring expert analysis from former Socceroos and Premier League champions Mark Bosnich and Robbie Slater.
Friday night’s coverage from Suncorp Stadium will also feature special guest commentary from premiership-winning Brisbane Roar Coach Ange Postecoglou.
Following the Brisbane clash, the Socceroos will head to Saudi Arabia to continue their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign on Wednesday.
Simon Hill and Andy Harper will call all the action LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on FOX SPORTS from 3am AEST in Australia’s first encounter with the Saudi’s since the home nation’s 1-0 victory in the group stage of the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Fans can stay up-to-date with latest from the Socceroos camp by tuning into FOX SPORTS News and online at Australia’s leading general sports website, www.foxsports.com.au, which will feature a live blog during Friday night’s opening match.
FOX SPORTS’ LIVE and EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers is available in high definition for FOXTEL and AUSTAR subscribers.
2014 FIFA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS
LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on FOX SPORTS 2HD & FOX SPORTS 2
Friday 2 September
Australia v Thailand
Wednesday 7 September
Saudi Arabia v Australia