With Australia now regarded as world class thanks to qualification to this year’s World Cup in Germany, Socceroos fans can expect to see a high calibre of competition play against their team both in Australia and elsewhere. Australia host Paraguay (Sat SBS 730P) in Brisbane in, what is quaintly termed, an “International Friendly.” Paraguay, a land locked South American country, also qualified for this year’s WC by dint of the fact that they won all of their home games in Asuncion, at altitude. They struggled away from home however despite a dour defence. The Socceroos will relish this chance to play at home in front of their home fans again and should win.
This friendly is ahead of their last Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain in Sydney next Wednesday (SBS 730P). Aussie skipper Craig Moore missed the team’s plane trip to Brisbane (from Sydney) yesterday ahead of the Paraguay game and has been dropped for one match as a result under the FFA’s code of conduct. It is said that “Moore spent Tuesday night at Star City casino after an afternoon at Kembla Grange races.” Now why do you think he might have missed the plane north ?