Socceroos return to Perth to face Bangladesh
A completely different side will head to the WA capital in September to take on Bangladesh at nib Stadium in a World Cup qualifier.
The clash will mark the first time the Socceroos have played in Perth since defeating Indonesia 3-0 in 2005.
Not only is it a 10-year anniversary of sorts, it's also the Socceroos first match on home soil since clinching the Asian Cup in January.
Australia, in Group B, faces new footballing frontiers in the second round qualifiers having never played Tajikstan, Kyrgyzstan or Bangladesh in a full international before and only meeting Jordan twice - registering a win and loss.
The Aussies will be gunning for their fourth straight World Cup appearance when they kick off their campaign for Russia 2018 against Kyrgyzstan in June before heading home to Perth.
Coach Ange Postecoglou, who was in Kuala Lumpur for the draw on Tuesday, said it was a chance for the Green and Gold to create another piece of history after their Asian Cup triumph.
“The Socceroos are Australia’s football team and it is important we give all fans the opportunity to watch the team as we strive to qualify for the 2018 World Cup,” he said.
“The match against Bangladesh at nib Stadium will be the first time the Socceroos have played a match in Australia since winning the Asian Cup and it will be a special occasion.
“The Socceroos play matches all over the world in tough conditions but nothing beats looking around and seeing a sea of gold with the support of our fellow Aussies.”
Western Australia’s Deputy Premier and Tourism Minister Kim Hames said securing the match against Bangladesh was a great coup for WA.
“People from around Australia and the world will be keen to visit Perth for the match, or watch the game played on live broadcasts from WA across the globe,” he said.
“To see the Asian Cup champions in their first home-soil qualifier is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the State Government is proud to support it.”
It also gives WA football fans a chance to throw off the pall surrounding the Perth Glory cap drama and celebrate the game they love.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for all Western Australian sports fans to show their support for our Asian Cup winning Socceroos,” WA Football West Chairman Liam Twigger said.
“Through their recent achievements, the Socceroos have captured the hearts of all Australians and we look forward to welcoming them to Perth.
The Socceroos v Bangladesh match will be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports 4 (Channel 505) and on a one-hour delay on SBS.
Tickets will go on sale to the Football Family at 9am (AWT) Wednesday morning before opening up to the general public from 12pm (AWT) on Thursday.
Australia v Bangladesh
nib Stadium, Perth
Thursday 3 September 2015
Gates open at 5.30pm
The Socceroos matches in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) second round of qualifying are:
11 June 2015 BYE
16 June 2015 Kyrgyzstan v Socceroos (away– venue and time tbc)
3 September 2015 Socceroos v Bangladesh at nib Stadium, Perth. 7pm (AWT) kick off
8 September 2015 Tajikstan v Socceroos (away– venue and time tbc)
8 October 2015 Jordan v Socceroos (away– venue and time tbc)
13 October 2015 BYE
12 November 2015 Socceroos v Kyrgyzstan (home– venue and time tbc)
17 November 2015 Bangladesh v Socceroos (away– venue and time tbc)
24 March 2016 Socceroos v Tajikstan (home– venue and time tbc)
29 March 2016 Socceroos v Jordan (home– venue and time tbc)