Who Is Walter Pless?

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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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This is an unedited official FFA media release:

Sydney

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck today named his squad for Australia’s opening 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers against Thailand (Brisbane, 2 September 2011) and Saudi Arabia (Dammam, Tuesday 6 September 2011).


Osieck has selected an extended squad of 23 players which includes all 18 players who were part of the Qantas Socceroos squad that recently defeated Wales in Cardiff City earlier this month as well as Brett Holman who had to withdraw from the squad due to a slight groin strain.

Coming into the Qantas Socceroos squad are goalkeeper Nathan Coe, defenders Sasa Ognenovski and Mark Milligan, and striker Josh Kennedy.

Adding to the local flavour, seven of the Qantas Socceroos selected are born, or were raised, in Queensland (Nathan Coe, Luke DeVere, Neil Kilkenny, Robbie Kruse, Matt McKay, Adam Sarota and Michael Zullo) and 6 of the 23 (Luke DeVere, Robbie Kruse, Matt McKay, Sasa Ognenovski, Adam Sarota and Michael Zullo) have played for Brisbane Roar, or their previous incarnation Queensland Roar, in the Hyundai A-League.

Local Brisbane-boy Luke DeVere will also have the chance to make his senior international debut in his home town should he take the field against Thailand at Suncorp Stadium.

This will be the third A-International between the Qantas Socceroos and Thailand, with the two nations having last met at the AFC Asian Cup 2007 where Australia won 4-0 at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok.

It will be the fourth encounter between the Qantas Socceroos and Saudi Arabia with the Saudi’s winning the last match 1-0 in the group stage of the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup which was held in Riyadh.

The Qantas Socceroos will begin to assemble in Brisbane on Monday 29 August ahead of the match.

QANTAS SOCCEROOS SQUAD – Tuesday 23 August 2011

Player Name

Club, Country

A-International Appearances (goals)

Tim CAHILL

Everton FC, ENGLAND

53 (24)

Nathan COE

Sønderjysk Elitesport, DENMARK

2 (0)

Luke DeVERE

Gyeongnam FC, KOREA REPUBLIC

-

Brett EMERTON

Blackburn Rovers, ENGLAND

87 (18)

Adam FEDERICI

Reading FC, ENGLAND

4 (0)

Brett HOLMAN

AZ Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS

48 (6)

Mile JEDINAK

Crystal Palace FC, ENGLAND

27 (2)

Josh KENNEDY

Nagoya Grampus, JAPAN

24 (9)

Neil KILKENNY

Bristol City FC, ENGLAND

10 (0)

Robbie KRUSE

Fortuna Dusseldorf, GERMANY

8 (2)

Scott McDONALD

Middlesbrough FC, ENGLAND

25 (0)

Matthew McKAY

Brisbane Roar, AUSTRALIA

17 (0)

Mark MILLIGAN

JEF United, JAPAN

11 (1)

Lucas NEILL

Al-Jazira Club, UAE

73 (0)

Sasa OGNENOVSKI

Seongham Ilwha Chunma, KOREA REPUBLIC

10 (1)

Adam SAROTA

FC Utrecht, NETHERLANDS

1 (0)

Mark SCHWARZER

Fulham FC, ENGLAND

90 (0)

Matthew SPIRANOVIC

Urawa Red Diamonds, JAPAN

7 (0)

James TROISI

Kayserispor Kulubu, TURKEY

6 (1)

Carl VALERI

U.S. Sassuolo Calcio, ITALY

39 (1)

Luke WILKSHIRE

FK Dinamo Moscow, RUSSIA

60 (4)

Rhys WILLIAMS

Middlesbrough FC, ENGLAND

6 (0)

Michael ZULLO

FC Utrecht, NETHERLANDS

5 (0)

Upcoming Match Details

2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers – Third Round – Group D – Match Day 1

Qantas Socceroos vs. Thailand
Friday 2 September, 2011
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off: 8.00pm
Gates Open: 6.00pm

Ticket Prices
Category A - $90 all tickets
Category B - $60 Adult, $30 Concession, $150 Family
Category C- $30 Adult, $15 Concession, $75 Family
Australian Home End - $30 Adult, $15 Concession

Category A Restricted View - $65 all tickets
Category B Restricted View - $45 Adult, $25 Concession, $115 Family
Category C Restricted View - $25 Adult, $10 Concession, $60 Family
Australian Home End Restricted - $25 Adult, $10 Concession

Combined Brisbane Roar Membership Ticket (4 match pass)

Category A Socceroos Ticket plus 3-game Platinum Roar Membership
$195 – Adult
$180 – Concession – Full Time Student or pensioner
$150 – Junior – Child aged 4-15
$690 – Family – (2 Adults and 2 Juniors)

Category B Socceroos Ticket plus 3-game Black Roar Membership
$150 – Adult
$100 – Concession – Full Time Student or pensioner
$75 – Junior – Child aged 4-15
$420 – Family – (2 Adults and 2 Juniors)

Category C Socceroos Ticket plus 3-game Orange Roar Membership
$90 – Adult
$65 – Concession – Full Time Student or pensioner
$45 – Junior – Child aged 4-15
$255– Family – (2 Adults and 2 Juniors)

Click here (http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=SOCCQUAL11) to purchase tickets for the match.

2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers – Third Round – Group D – Match Day 2

Saudi Arabia v Qantas Socceroos

Tuesday, 6 September, 2011
Prince Mohammed Bin Fahad Stadium, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Kick Off: 8.30pm AST (3:30am (AEST), Wednesday 7 September)

Time Code

AST = Arabia Standard Time (UTC+3),

AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC+10),

UTC= Universal Time, Coordinated

2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers Third Round - Groups

Group A:
China PR, Jordan, Iraq, Singapore

Group B: Korea Republic Kuwait, UAE, Lebanon

Group C: Japan, Uzbekistan, Syria, Korea DPR

Group D: Australia, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Thailand

Group E: Iran, Qatar, Bahrain, Indonesia

2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers Third Round - Match Schedule

Group D:

Match Day

Kick-off - Date

Match

Venue

1

8:00pm - Friday 2 September,2011

Australia

v

Thailand

Suncorp Stadium

7:00pm - Friday 2 September,2011

Oman


Saudi Arabia

Al Seeb Sports Stadium

2

8:30pm  - Tuesday 6 September,2011

Saudi Arabia

v

Australia

Prince Mohammed Bin Fahad Stadium

6:30pm  - Tuesday 6 September,2011

Thailand

v

Oman

Rajamangala Stadium

3

Tuesday 11 October, 2011

Australia

v

Oman

Tuesday 11 October,2011

Thailand

v

Saudi Arabia

4

Friday 11 November,2011

Oman

v

Australia

Friday 11 November,2011

Saudi Arabia

v

Thailand

5

Tuesday 15 November,2011

Thailand

v

Australia

Tuesday 15 November,2011

Saudi Arabia

v

Oman

6

Wednesday 29 February,2012

Australia

v

Saudi Arabia

Wednesday 29 February,2012

Oman

v

Thailand


Note: Venues and Kick-off times to be confirmed. Fixtures are subject to change

Current FIFA Rankings (27 July 2011)

Australia – 23rd

Thailand – 119th

Head-to-Head AUSTRALIA v Thailand

Overall record: Played 2. Win 2 Draw 0 Loss 0

Date

Fixture

Venue

Match

10/10/1982

Thailand

0:4

Australia  

Singapore

Friendly

16/07/2007

 Thailand

0:4

Australia  

Bangkok

AFC Asian Cup 2007

Note: The head-to-head refers to A-Internationals only

Last Match Details

AFC Asian Cup 2007 – Group

Australia          4 (Michael Beauchamp 20’, Mark Viduka 80’/83’, Harry Kewell 90’)

Thailand           0

Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand

16 July 2007

Referee: Jong Chul Kwon (Korea Republic)

Assistant Referees: Hae Sang Jeong (Korea Republic) & Yew Mun Tang (Singapore)

Fourth official: Lee Gi Young (Korea Republic)

Crowd: 46,000

Australia Team line-up: 1.Mark Schwarzer, 5,Jason Culina, 6.Michael Beauchamp, 7.Brett Emerton, 8.Luke Wilkshire, 9.Mark Viduka (c)(14.Brett Holman 84’), 13.Vince Grella, 15.John Aloisi (10.Harry Kewell 61’), 20.David Carney, 22.Mark Milligan, 23.Mark Bresciano (4.Tim Cahill 74’)

Substitutes Not Used: 3.Patrick Kisnorbo, 11.Archie Thompson, 12.Brad Jones (gk), 16.Michael Thwaite, 17.Carl Valeri, 18.Michael Petkovic (gk), 19.Nick Carle, 21.Mile Sterjovski,

Not Eligible: 2.Lucas Neill

Coach: Graham Arnold (AUS)

Yellow Cards: John Aloisi 28’, Luke Wilkshire 84’.

Red Cards: Nil

Thailand Team line-up: 18.Kosin Hatrairattanakool (gk), 2.Suree Sukha, 5.Niweat Siriwong, 6.Nataporn Phanrit, 8.Suchao Nutnum, 10.Tawan Sripan (c), 12.Nirut Surasiang, 13.Kiatisuk Senamuang, 14.Teeratep Winothai (23.Pipat Thonkanya 60’), 16.Kiatprawut Saiweao (4.Jetsada Jitsawad 56’), 17.Sutee Suksomkit (7.Datsakorn Thonglao 54)

Substitute(s) Not Used: 3.Patiparn Phetphun, 9. Therdsak Chaiman, 19. Choeichiu Phichitphong, 20. Suwan Hadtaporn, 21. Dangda Teerasil, 22. Taweekul Narit (Gk), 24. Apichet, 28. Natthaphong Samana

Not Playing: 1. Koedpudsa Weera (gk)

Coach: Chanvit Phalajivin (Thailand)

Yellow Cards: Kiatisuk Senamuang 45+2’, Datsakorn Thonglao 73’.

Red Cards: Nil


Current FIFA Rankings (27 July 2011)

Australia – 23rd

Saudi Arabia – 92nd

Head-to-Head AUSTRALIA v Saudi Arabia

Overall record: Played 3. Win 1 Draw 1 Loss 1

Date

Fixture

Venue

Match

09/07/1988

 Australia

3:0 (2:0)

Saudi Arabia  

Sydney

Friendly

09/10/1996

 Saudi Arabia

0:0

Australia  

Riyadh

Friendly

16/12/1997

 Saudi Arabia

1:0 (1:0)

Australia  

Riyadh

FIFA Confederations Cup

Note: The head-to-head refers to A-Internationals only

Last Match Details

1997 FIFA Confederations Cup – Group A – Match 10

Australia  0
Saudi Arabia           1 (
Mohammed AL KHLAIWI 40')

King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

16 December 1997

Referee: Javier CASTRILLI (ARG)

Assistant Referees: Alberto BARRIENTOS (ARG) & Oscar SORIA (BOL)

Crowd: 20,000

Australia Team line-up: 1.Mark BOSNICH (gk), 2.Steve HORVAT, 3.Stan LAZARIDIS, 4.Milan IVANOVIC, 5.Alex TOBIN (c), 6.Ned ZELIC, 7.Robbie SLATER, 8.Craig FOSTER, 15.Josip SKOKO (10.Aurelio VIDMAR +74'), 17.Damian MORI (9.Mark VIDUKA 66'), 18.John ALOISI (11.Harry KEWELL 66').

Substitutes Not Used: 12. Matt BINGLEY 13. Robert HOOKER 14. Tony VIDMAR 16. Paul TRIMBOLI 19. Ernest TAPAI 20. Zeljko KALAC 21. Kevin MUSCAT

Yellow Cards: Steve HORVAT 42', Milan IVANOVIC 85’

Red Cards: Nil

Coach: Terry VENABLES (ENG)

Saudi Arabia Team line-up: 1.Mohammed AL DEAYEA (GK), 3.Mohammed AL KHLAIWI, 4.Abdullah AL ZEBERMAWI, 6.Ibrahim AL HARBI, 9.Sami AL JABER, 10.Said AL OWAYRAN, 11.Fahad AL MEHALEL (19.Obeid AL DOSARI 67'), 12.Ahmed AL DOSARI, 13.Hussein AL SULAIMANI, 14.Khaled AL MUWALLID (c) (8.Khalid AL TEMAWI 77''), 16.Khamis Alowairan AL DOSSARI,

Substitutes Not Used: 2.Mohammed AL JAHANI, 5.Ahmed MADANI, 7.Ibrahim AL SHAHRANI, 15.Hussein AL SADEQ, 17.Mohammad AL SAHAFI, 18.Khamis AL ZAHRANI, 20.Hamza SALEH, 21.Mehaisen AL DOSARI

Coach: Otto PFISTER (GER)

Yellow Cards: Mohammed AL KHLAIWI 50'

Red Cards: Nil