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Socceroos to face off against against Kyrgyzstan in world cup qualifier at Canberra Stadium



The Socceroos are set to take to the field at Canberra Stadium for the first time in four years in their World Cup qualifier match against Kyrgyzstan in November, Football Federation Australia (FFA) has announced.

The reigning Asian Cup champions will face off against the 155th-ranked team on Thursday, November 12 in their fifth match of the opening round the World Cup qualification.
It will be the first time the Socceroos have played in Canberra since 2011 when they trounced Malaysia 5-0 in a friendly.

The Socceroos are coming off a 5-0 thrashing of Bangladesh in Perth on Thursday, with Canberra young gun Tom Rogic scoring two.
The 65th-ranked Socceroos are unbeaten in Group B qualifying after beating Kyrgyzstan 2-1 in June.
The Socceroos are currently in Dushanbe, ahead of their qualifier against 153rd-ranked Tajikistan on Tuesday night (AEST).
FFA chief David Gallop said the match against their Group B opponent was "serious".
"Kyrgyzstan is a good opponent for us; when we played over there recently we won 2-1," he said.
"This is a serious game and Ange and the boys will very much look forward to coming to Canberra.
"There will be plenty of opportunity in days around the match for fans to go out and meet the Socceroos and of course involve the team in the local football community, which is so vibrant."
Tickets for the game go on sale today.

Asian Cup success drives bid for Socceroos game in Canberra

Today's deal follows the success of the seven Asian Cup matches played in Canberra earlier this year.
The Canberra games attracted a total of more than 82,000 people, despite not featuring any Socceroos matches.
Mr Gallop said he expected the stadium, which has a capacity of 25,000, would be "close to a sellout" for the November clash.
"The Asian Cup games showed that people loved coming to this stadium," he said.
"It is a great stadium for football. The pitch is high quality.
"We recognised particularly after the Asian Cup that it is likely to be a success and likely to go close to a sellout."
The deal continues the ACT Government's push to attract more elite sports to the capital.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the event would showcase the territory to a large interstate and international audience.
"It has been our goal for some time to bring the Socceroos back to Canberra," he said.
"Given this is a competitive, international football match during the warmer months, we are expecting a big crowd.
"These events are a sign of the city's growth, and the Government will continue to explore other events that Canberra can host in the future."

Socceroos pay dispute continues

Mr Gallop did not reject the idea of Canberra hosting more Socceroos matches in the future.
"This is an opportunity for people to vote with their feet," he said.
"The commercial return is important but we want to see people come out and support the Socceroos, and if they do that then of course there is an opportunity to do it again."
But in relation to ongoing pay dispute, Mr Gallop said there would be more negotiations held this week.
Socceroos players cancelled a public appearance in Perth last week, due to their stalled negotiations with the FFA over their Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Gallop described the cancellation as a stunt, and said he was hopeful the stalemate would soon be broken.
"We certainly aim to get that resolved, and hopefully we never see a repeat of that," he said.
He said he "certainly hoped" the issue could be resolved this week.

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