The Australian football team will play in their first FIFA Football World Cup in Melbourne for the first time in more than four years, where they will face off against Vietnam. It is a must-win competition at the AAMI Park, where they need to secure victory to go to the world cup.
The match for the FIFA World Cup 2022, set on January 27, will be their first ever appearance since they went to Vietnam in September 2017. The Socceroos, then managed by Ange Postecoglou, trounced Thailand in a 2-1 qualifier for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
A Perfect Storm of Conditions
There have been a lot of things which barred the team from performing before an international audience. It is a mix of factors, but chief among these are tighter COVID-19 restrictions. This ensured that the Socceroos and, in connection, the Matildas, found themselves landlocked in New South Wales.
It is the hope of the Victorian government and the FA that people will flock to the AAMI Park and fill up its 30,000-capacity seating. This is a game that the Socceroos cannot afford to lose, especially since they’ve come up short against Japan while settling for a draw with countries China and Saudi Arabia.
A Vote of Confidence in Australia
According to Australia football’s James Johnson and Socceroos coach Graham Arnold, they’re confident with the return of the team to Melbourne’s AAMI Park. Johnson, for his part, said that the football match goes a long way and shows the team’s ‘proud association’ with the city of Melbourne and the state of Victoria as a whole.
The Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, or AAMI Park, has been one of the best football venues where both players and fans can congregate safely. The Victorian said that they’re ready to throw their whole support behind the national team and their quest to qualify for the group stages of the world competition.
A Kind of Homecoming among Many Events
Melbourne, currently trying to get the COVID-19 situation to come to grips, will be seeing some events in March. The Bendigo Art Gallery’s Elvis-themed “Elvis: Direct from Graceland” and Her Majesty’s Theatre’s show “Hamilton” are two events that will be sharing the stage with Australia’s match against Vietnam. 12BET online sports betting fans will surely be among those watching the said match.
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