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goalfeast

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Perth get first match
« on: June 12, 2016, 03:57:27 PM »
First WCQ match off to Perth.  Considering the state of Suncorp pitch, when will we get our match.

http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/article/ange-delighted-with-perth-as-host-for-crucial-clash/2z01hws6m67y1kikbw43azglj

Coach Ange Postecoglou says the Caltex Socceroos are ready to take their football to the next level, starting with their FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Iraq at Perth's Rectangular Stadium on September 1.
Football Federation Australia confirmed on Sunday that the Socceroos' first step on the next phase of the road to Russia will begin in Perth on Thursday, September 1.
Postecoglou knows it?s vital his side get off to a flying start and is delighted to be back in the West, vowing his side will aim to thrill WA's football fans.
Socceroos start Road to Russia in Perth
?We?re happy to be facing Iraq in Perth to kick start this stage of World Cup Qualifying,? Postecoglou said.
?It is an exciting stage of our progression as we move into the final round of qualification for the World Cup.
?We have been pretty consistent in our approaches to matches, whether we are home or away, and we aim to not only win the game but have the people of Perth out of their seats as we continue to play our progressive attacking style of football.? 
The Socceroos cruised through the first phase of qualifying, topping Group B with seven wins from their eight matches.
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One of those victories came in Perth with one of the green and gold?s best displays in a 5-0 demolition of Bangladesh last September.
The pristine surface at Perth's Rectangular Stadium - home to Hyundai A-League club Perth Glory - is perfect for the Socceroos' up-tempo, passing game, so expect them to go full-throttle to make an early statement against the talented Iraqis.
?It?s important that we get off to a good start as we have a tough first half of the campaign so football fans in Perth can expect us to be ready for the challenge Iraq poses,? Postecoglou said.
?Iraq has a good recent history, they did well at the 2015 Asian Cup, knocking Iran out of the competition on the way through to the semi-finals.
?We are expecting a tough match but we will take the game to them and look to dominate as we do every match on Australian soil.
?We qualified strongly though the first phase and gained great experience in the games against England and Greece but it is time to take our football to the next level to ensure we not only qualify for the World Cup in Russia but we are at a standard where we will make an impact.?
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Re: Perth get first match
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2016, 04:49:04 PM »
From earlier reports we might not even get a match.

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Re: Perth get first match
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2016, 07:15:48 PM »
From memory the next home match is against Japan. But weird on the street that Melbourne will get that.

I can't remember if there is another before the end of the year.

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Re: Perth get first match
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2016, 08:14:58 PM »
IRAQ - Perth
JAPAN - Melbourne (rumoured at MCG)
UAE - ?? in March 2017
SAUDI ARABIA - ?? in June 2017
THAILAND - ?? in September 2017

I still think Sydney host Thailand game. Worth also noting that around that Saudi Arabia game, there's actually a window for TWO games. So they could have a Socceroos vs ?? on 5th June, then Saudis on the 8th, so depending on IF they utilise the window of opportunity and aim to bring out a top team from Conmebol (the only Confederation with an open matchday throughout June 2017), they could argue whether the Saudi game would be the stronger game.

Also worth noting that Brazil and Argentina would be freed up to come over as it's Chile going to the 2017 Confed Cup. I could definitely see China/South Korea/Japan throwing mad cash to try and get those sides to Asia for friendlies in that time period.
« Last Edit: June 12, 2016, 08:32:43 PM by TenaciousAC »

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Re: Perth get first match
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2016, 10:35:39 AM »
And the confed cup starts in Russia on June 17.

In terms of having a decent pitch at Suncorp, March is the best option.  The Rugby will have just started and the NRL about to start.  June it will be shit and so will Sept.

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Re: Perth get first match
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2016, 09:02:06 PM »
It'll be fucked (pitch-wise) whoever gets the Thailand game as that'll be the first week of finals for NRL & AFL. If we eliminate Melbourne (due to plausible Japan game, and Melbourne stadia likely to host AFL Finals' games in Week 1) and run with Sydney then the NRL is going to want games at ANZ because..... well, because they can. They CAN, but they won't want an edict which dictates that Week 1 2017 NRL Finals Series' games in Sydney MUST be at Allianz.

A June fixture in Brisbane would be preferable to March. March WILL have all 3 codes running and possibly ACL Group Stage. At least in June you can factor in bye rounds for the NRL and Super Rugby.

2016 had eight event days at Suncorp in March in a 22-day span. And this current June... just 3.

Looking at March 2017 as well, IF they awarded the Saudi game to Brisbane, you'd see

SAT 25TH MARCH - Roar vs Victory
TUES 28TH MARCH - Australia vs Saudi Arabia
SUN 2nd APRIL - Roar vs CCM

Hosting it in Adelaide would make it flow a lot better

FRIDAY NIGHT - Possible home AFL Game (Crows or Power)
TUES 28TH MARCH - Australia vs Saudi Arabia
FRI 31 MARCH - Adelaide vs Perth Glory @ Hindmarsh
SAT/SUN - Possible home AFL Game (Crows or Power)
« Last Edit: June 13, 2016, 09:12:39 PM by TenaciousAC »

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Re: Perth get first match
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2016, 09:08:03 PM »
But it's June now and Suncorp is shit. 

As for Sydney in Sept, most of the 1st rd of semi's are played at Allianz or elsewhere and not usually at ANZ stadium.  Unless it's between the Bulldogs and Sths, but all other clubs are likely to be at Allianz, a suburban field or interstate.

No reason why Canberra can't host that one, or even Newcastle.  Little chance that the Knights will improve to be top 8 next season.

 

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