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The Socceroos will play at Adelaide Oval in a FIFA WC qualifying match in March

ADELAIDE Oval will host the Socceroos in an important 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying clash in March.

The Advertiser understands Ange Postecoglou?s 2015 Asian Cup-winning side will face either Tajikistan or Jordan on Thursday, March 24 in the Socceroos? penultimate match of the second phase of qualifying for the Russian World Cup.

The success of English premier league giant Liverpool attracting more than 53,000 fans to face Adelaide United (2-0) in July convinced state government officials to lobby harder for the Socceroos after Adelaide had been starved of the nation?s No. 1 soccer team.

The Socceroos clash in SA will be three days before Port Adelaide hosts St Kilda in the opening round of the 2016 AFL season at Adelaide Oval, while Adelaide United meets Central Coast on the same day at Coopers Stadium in an A-League match.

Australia currently tops the Asian Football Confederation?s World Cup Group B, after Tim Cahill jagged his second Socceroos hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Bangladesh away on Tuesday.

Australia needs to win the group or be among the best four second-place finishers in the eight groups to reach the third stage of the World Cup qualifiers. Cahill, 35, scored his maiden hat-trick for the national team in 2004 in Adelaide at the Marden Sports Complex in a 6-1 win over Fiji in front of just 2000 fans.

The five Oceania FIFA World Cup qualifying matches in Adelaide 11 years ago ? at Hindmarsh Stadium

Thank you Roar fans says Slippery Fish

Henrique has delivered a huge heart-felt 'thank you' to Brisbane Roar fans for their tumultuous response after he netted the match-winner against Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

The Slippery Fish, who had spent eight months on the sidelines after a knee reconstruction, became emotional as thousands of fans cheered his name after he darted in to slot away a clever Javier Hervas assist in the 74th minute.

"I recognised how much they love me and I think they know I love them as well," Henrique said after training today as he reflected on Sunday's match.

"This club is really special for me. Since I came here the club hugged me in a good way and the supporters too. It was really good to hear all of them cheering my name."

Although his comeback could not have been scripted any better, Henrique is certainly not getting ahead of himself ahead of Friday night's clash against Melbourne City FC at Suncorp Stadium (7pm kick off).

With Matt McKay, Jamie Maclaren and Corey Brown coming back into the squad later this week after international duty, the competition for spots goes up another notch.

"Sunday definitely was a big moment but now it is in the past. I am fully focussed on the next one," Henrique said.


Aloisi bringing out best in Petratos

 Roar striker Dimitri Petratos is looking to build on last week's impressive performance when Brisbane host Melbourne City FC in Round 7 of the Hyundai A-League at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night (7pm kick-off)

Petratos gave a stand-out performance in the Roar's 1-0 win over Perth Glory last Sunday and the attacking midfielder was unlucky not to find the net, hitting the woodwork twice.

"Sometimes it doesn't go in but I have to keep doing my job and try to hit the target," Petratos said today.

Petratos and the Roar squad have trained solidly this week despite just  a five-day turnaround between their Round 6 and 7 matches.

"We're very happy we got the win but we can make some improvements on some things. We have to work hard at training and look forward to the next game," he said.

Petratos believes he is in the best shape of his career and back to the form that saw him impress in the 2012/14 season where he scored five goals in 27 appearances.

"I feel a lot fitter this season, I worked very hard in the off-season," he said.

"I'm trying to get on the ball more. We have a good system here with the new coach (John Aloisi)."

Petratos is taking nothing for granted despite the Roar's positive start to the season (four wins and a draw), and says Friday night's clash with Melbourne City will be another challenge agains

Hiddink's frank Socceroos assessment

HE is the man that led Australia to a first World Cup in 32 years, but Guus Hiddink has admitted even he doubted the Socceroos? ability to achieve the remarkable feat.

The Dutchman is in Australia to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the drought-breaking World Cup qualification and told Fox Sports? Simon Hill that the regard in which he is still held among Australian football fans brings him great joy.

In an exclusive interview, Hiddink also revealed how he captured the hearts of a nation by transforming a footballing minnow with little self-belief into a force capable of competing on sport?s biggest stage.


On his first trip to Australia since leaving the Socceroos post, Hiddink was treated to a pulsating clash between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory in Saturday night?s A-League ?Big Blue?.

But despite doing his best to hide away in a box alongside Frank Lowy and fellow FFA heavyweights, Hiddink found himself swamped by fans eager to express their appreciation for his work a decade ago.

?Every now and then I have contact with people in Australia ? every year or every two or three months, but that was contact with friends,? Hiddink said.

?But now I?m here, I was yesterday at the game ? and people come to you, to me, and I was surprised about the depth of this contact.

?Normally after ten years things fade away, losses and also victories.

?But su

Henrique scores on return from knee injury to send Brisbane Roar to top

AN emotional Henrique scored in his return from a serious knee injury as Brisbane Roar jumped to the top of the A-League ladder with a 1-0 win over Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

The Roar favourite, who required a knee reconstruction after coming unstuck in an AFC Champions League match eight months, netted the decisive goal 17 minutes after coming on as a replacement for 17-year-old striker Nick D?Agostino.

Brisbane?s three substitutes combined to seal Brisbane their three points, with Devante Clut heading the ball to Javier Hervas, who with his first touch in the A-League flicked the ball with the outside of his left foot to Henrique.

The recently naturalised Australian did the rest, beating advancing Glory goalkeeper Ante Covic to the ball to knock it home to the delight of the 11,748 fans.

Embraced by his teammates, Henrique was in tears after the goal as emotion got the better of him in his A-League return.

The win, the Roar?s fourth of the season and third at home, moved Brisbane to 13 points on the ladder, two clear of second-placed Sydney FC, who lost 4-2 to Melbourne Victory on Saturday night.

The Roar deserved their latest win, but the Glory made it hard for this hosts, particularly for a large chunk of the second half.

However, Brisbane?s superiority told

Bangladesh vs Australia - 17/11/15 - WC/AC Qualifier - Bangabandhu Ntl. Stadium

Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Tuesday, 17th November 2015
Kickoff 5:30pm (BANGLADESH), 9:30pm (QLD)
Coverage on FS4 from 9:00pm QLD (Pre Game) & SBS from 10:00pm QLD

Will appear on matchday

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