Preliminary Socceroos squad for Asian Cup named

Australian national team coach Holger Osieck has named a preliminary squad of 50 for next month’s Asian Cup tournament.

The Socceroos will compete with 15 other Asian nations in Qatar, kicking off on January 7, and are among the top three favourites to take out the event.

Osieck’s 50-man squad includes 17 A-League players including Melbourne Victory strike pair Archie Thompson and Robbie Kruse, in-form Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic and his Brisbane Roar counterpart Michael Theoklitos, Sydney FC striker Alex Brosque and young Roar defender Luke DeVere.

The usual suspects such as Mark Schwarzer, Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell, Lucas Neill, Luke Wilkshire and Brett Holman were also included.

The squad will be trimmed to the final 23 on December 28.

50-man preliminary Australian squad for Asian Cup


Adam Federici
Bradley Jones
Eugene Galekovic
Mark Schwarzer
Mitchell Langerak
Nathan Coe
Michael Theoklitos


Adrian Madaschi
Shane Cansdell-Sherriff
David Carney
Jason Davidson
Luke Devere
Ersan Gulum
Jonathan McKain
Lucas Neill
Luke Wilkshire
Michael Thwaite
Michael Beauchamp
Jade North
Sasa Ognenovski
Matthew Spiranovic


Matthew Thompson
Adam Sarota
Brett Emerton
Brett Holman
Carl Valeri
Christopher Herd
Tim Cahill
Jason Culina
Benjamin Kantarovski
Neil Kilkenny
Matthew McKay
Mile Jedinak
Aaron Mooy
Oliver Bozanic
Richard Garcia
Thomas Oar
Dario Vidosic


David Williams
Archie Thompson
Alex Brosque
Joel Griffiths
Joshua Kennedy
Brent McGrath
Nathan Burns
Nikita Rukavytsya
Harry Kewell
Robbie Kruse
Ryan Griffiths
Scott McDonald

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