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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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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The Qantas Olyroos have been drawn against Yemen in the second round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics men’s football tournament. The draw took place today at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur.

The Qantas Olyroos are scheduled to play the home leg of the tie on 19 June 2011 and the away leg on the 23 June 2011 with venues and kick-off times to be confirmed.


One of the most interesting pairings of the second round sees Iraq matched up with their local rivals IR Iran, whilst other fixtures include Japan meeting Kuwait, DPR Korea facing UAE, Korea Republic playing Jordan and China up against Oman.

Asia are allotted 3.5 slots for the 2012 London Olympics men’s football tournament.

The 12 winners from Round 2 will be divided into three groups of four teams each in the third round.

Again, a home-and-away format from 21 September 2011, to 14 March 14, 2012, will determine the winner of each group who will represent the continent in the Olympics.

Three second-placed teams from the third round will clash in a playoff at a centralised venue from March 25 to 29, 2012, and the winners of this group will meet the representatives of CAF (Africa) for a berth in the Olympics.

In other competition draws held earlier in the day at AFC house, the Qantas Young Socceroos have been drawn in Group G of the qualifiers for the AFC U-19 Championship 2012 along with China, Indonesia, Singapore and Macau.

The Qantas Joeys have also been drawn in Group G of their respective AFC U-16 Championship qualifiers with Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Myanmar and Guam.

The qualification process for both the AFC U-19 and U-16 Championships will see each group play one round league at a centralised venue with the top two teams from each group will make it to the tournament proper. The third best teams from each West and East zones will complete the 16-team line ups for the 2012 finals respectively.

2012 London Olympic Games – Asian Qualification Second Round Match-ups

Qatar vs India
Iraq vs Iran
Bahrain vs Thailand
Australia vs Yemen
Japan vs Kuwait
Syria vs Turkmenistan
DPR Korea vs UAE
Korea Republic vs Jordan
Uzbekistan vs Hong Kong
Saudi Arabia vs Vietnam
China vs Oman
Lebanon vs Malaysia

Notes:

·         Home Leg: 19 June 2011 and Away Leg: 23 June 2011

·         Venues and Kick-off times to be confirmed

AFC U-19 Championship Qualifier Groups

Group A: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Oman, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives
Group B: Bahrain, Jordan, Tajikistan, Qatar, Kuwait, Bhutan
Group C: Uzbekistan, Iran, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan
Group D: UAE, Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Lebanon
Group E: Korea Republic, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Guam, Chinese Taipei
Group F: DPR Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos
Group G: Australia, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Macau

Dates, venues and Kick-Off times to be confirmed

AFC U-16 Championship Qualifier Groups

Group A: Iraq, Iran, Bangladesh, Qatar, Palestine, Sri Lanka
Group B: UAE, Kuwait, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Maldives
Group C: Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan, India
Group D: Syria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Lebanon
Group E: DPR Korea, China, Timor Leste, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau
Group F: Japan, Vietnam, Chinese Taipei, Laos, Korea Republic, Cambodia
Group G: Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Guam

Dates, venues and Kick-Off times to be confirmed