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Socceroos World Cup blockbusters confirmed

Football Australia today confirmed Melbourne's MCG as host of the blockbuster World Cup qualifying match against Japan. The clash, Australia's final qualifier from Round 4 of the Asian qualifying round, is booked in for Wednesday June 17 at the iconic stadium where a 90,000 plus crowd will be hoping to cheer on the Australian side to World Cup qualification. Whilst the home side may already have qualified for the 2010 World Cup finals by the time this match is played, it would then become a major celebration of consecutive World Cup appearances. Socceroo striker Scott McDonald is looking forward to returning for the clash in his home state. "It's wonderful to see a sea of gold at home and a big, vocal and enthusiastic crowd can really make a difference. Melbourne is my home town and I know there's nothing in the world like a big MCG crowd," said McDonald. Football Australia also confirmed today that Sydney will host two critical home qualifiers. Australia will meet Uzbekistan on 1 April 2009 and Bahrain on 10 June 2009 in two of their four home qualifying matches in round 4. Sydney has been confirmed as the host of the home leg should Australia fail to gain automatic qualification and end up in sudden death play-offs after this round is complete in June.

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