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 official FFA media release:

Sydney

Friday 30 September 2011

Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck today named his squad for the upcoming international friendly match against Malaysia (Canberra, 7 October 2011) and 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier against Oman (Sydney, 11 October 2011).


Osieck has selected 19 players who were all part of the Qantas Socceroos squad that recently defeated Thailand (2-1) and Saudi Arabia (3-1) in their opening two matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers.

The Qantas Socceroos will assemble in Sydney early next week and will host an international friendly match against Malaysia in Canberra on Friday 7 October 2011 (8pm kick-off).

This will be the first meeting between the Qantas Socceroos and Malaysia in Australia and the match will be used as a crucial build-up to the Qantas Socceroos’ 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier against Oman at ANZ Stadium in Sydney four days later.

The match will be the seventh meeting between the Qantas Socceroos and Malaysia with the six previous matches between the two countries played at venues in Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia.  The last time these two teams met was in 1992 when Malaysia defeated Australia 1-0 in Jakarta.

The Qantas Socceroos will then play Oman in their 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier at ANZ Stadium on Tuesday 11 October 2011 (Kick-Off 7.30pm).

It will be the Qantas Socceroos third match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The Qantas Socceroos are currently top Group D with wins over Thailand and Saudi Arabia.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier between the Qantas Socceroos and Oman is proudly supported by the NSW Government and Destination NSW

QANTAS SOCCEROOS SQUAD – Tuesday 27 September 2011

Player Name

Club, Country

A-International Appearances (goals)

Alex BROSQUE

Shimizu S-Pulse, JAPAN

7 (1)

Tim CAHILL

Everton FC, ENGLAND

55 (24)

Adam FEDERICI (gk)

Reading FC, ENGLAND

4 (0)

Brett HOLMAN

AZ Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS

50 (6)

Mile JEDINAK

Crystal Palace FC, ENGLAND

28 (2)

Josh KENNEDY

Nagoya Grampus, JAPAN

26 (12)

Neil KILKENNY

Bristol City FC, ENGLAND

11 (0)

Robbie KRUSE

Fortuna Dusseldorf, GERMANY

10 (2)

Matthew McKAY

Glasgow Rangers, SCOTLAND

19 (0)

Lucas NEILL

Al-Jazira Club, UAE

75 (0)

Sasa OGNENOVSKI

Seongham Ilwha Chunma, KOREA REPUBLIC

11 (1)

Adam SAROTA

FC Utrecht, NETHERLANDS

1 (0)

Mark SCHWARZER (gk)

Fulham FC, ENGLAND

92 (0)

Matthew SPIRANOVIC

Urawa Red Diamonds, JAPAN

8 (0)

James TROISI

Kayserispor Kulubu, TURKEY

7 (1)

Carl VALERI

U.S. Sassuolo Calcio, ITALY

41 (1)

Luke WILKSHIRE

FK Dinamo Moscow, RUSSIA

62 (5)

Rhys WILLIAMS

Middlesbrough FC, ENGLAND

6 (0)

Michael ZULLO

FC Utrecht, NETHERLANDS

6 (0)