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Australia to take on Saudi Arabia in first AAMI Park international

Official release from Football Australia The Qantas Socceroos will play at AAMI Park in Melbourne for the first time ever when they host Saudi Arabia in their final 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier Third Round match on Wednesday 29th February 2012 (Kick-off 7:30pm).

Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Victorian Government made the historic announcement today at AAMI Park with Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck and star Melbourne-based Qantas Socceroos Harry Kewell and Archie Thompson.

FFA CEO Ben Buckley said the Qantas Socceroos first appearance at AAMI Park would be a celebration for all members of the football family from the grassroots to the Hyundai A-League.

"This match will be a first for the Qantas Socceroos at a purpose-built stadium that captures a European-style football atmosphere," Mr Buckley said.

"We are giving the Football Family across Australia and players registered with Football Federation Victoria in particular the privilege of an exclusive pre-sale window and a 10% discount as recognition of their passionate support for football and the Qantas Socceroos.

"These people are the heartbeat of the game and I'm sure that passion will translate into a fantastic atmosphere for the Qantas Socceroos' first ever game at AAMI Park.

"We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Victorian Government and the Victorian Major Events Company for their contribution and continued support of the Qantas Socceroos and football in Australia," concluded Buckley.

This will be the Qantas Socceroos first match in Melbourne as part of their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign and with the Saudis needing a win to guarantee progression to the fourth round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, it is sure to be an exciting match.

Saudi Arabia, are currently ranked 98th in the FIFA World Rankings and are in second position of Group D of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers - Third round.

The match will be the fourth meeting between the Qantas Socceroos and Saudi Arabia. The last time these two teams met was in September 2011 when the Qantas Socceroos defeated Saudi Arabia 3-1 in Dammam.

Tickets for the match will go on-sale to the Football Family from tomorrow (Wednesday 23 November 2011) and to the general public from Wednesday 7 December from www.ticketek.com.au

Those eligible for the Football Family pre-sale window will be notified by email tomorrow (Wednesday 23 November 2011).

The Qantas Socceroos versus Saudi Arabia match is proudly supported by the Victorian Government and the Victorian Major Events Company.

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