Vidmar announces Olyroos squad for Japan friendly
Qantas Olyroos Head Coach Aurelio Vidmar today announced his 19-player squad that will travel to Japan this week to play an international friendly match against the Japanese U-23 National team at the Tohoku Denryoku Bigswan Stadium, Niigata on Wednesday 1 June 2011.
The match will be a curtain-raiser before the Kirin Cup match between Japan and Peru.
Following three recent training camps for Australian-based players, Vidmar is looking forward to testing his team against Japan in Niigata.
"We finished our local camps well and made plenty of progress but we still have a little way to go in terms of our match fitness.
"This match against the Japanese, who are a quality team, will show us where we are at and what we need to work on.
"Following this tour we will make the necessary adjustments in time for our Olympic qualification matches against Yemen," concluded Vidmar.
Following this international friendly match, the Qantas Olyroos will return to Australia to prepare for the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games Asian Qualifiers where they will face Yemen on the 19th and 23rd June 2011 with the venues to be confirmed by the AFC shortly.
Upcoming Match Details
Japan U23 National Team v Qantas Olyroos Wednesday 1 June 2011 Kick-Off: 4:20pm JST (5:20pm AEST) Tohoku Denryoku Bigswan Stadium, Niigata, Japan
Qantas Olyroos Squad List - Japan Tour27 May - 3 June (Match 1st June)
Aziz Behich (Melbourne Heart) Dean Bouzanis (gk) (free agent) Oliver Bozanic (Central Coast Mariners) Isaka Cernak (Melbourne Victory) Diogo Ferreira (Melbourne Victory) Matthew Foschini (Melbourne Victory) Jack Hingert (Dandenong Thunder) Jason Hoffman (Melbourne Heart) Marko Jesic (Newcastle Jets) Matthew Jurman (Brisbane Roar) Ryan McGowan (Heart of Midlothian) Golgol Mebrahtu (Gold Coast United) Tahj Minniecon (Gold Coast United) Scott Neville (Perth Glory) Mitch Nichols (Brisbane Roar) Mirjan Pavlovic (Wellington Phoenix) Andrew Redmayne (gk) (Brisbane Roar) Sebastian Ryall (Sydney FC) Rocky Visconte (Brisbane Roar)