Australia will take on Vietnam at AAMI Park on Thursday, 27 January 2022, with a capacity crowd expected to converge on the Melbourne Park precinct for the green and gold’s first match in the city since September 2017.
Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, James Johnson, and Socceroos Head Coach, Graham Arnold, today visited Victoria today for the official match announcement made alongside Victoria’s Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula.
Johnson said Football Australia are thrilled that after over four years the Socceroos will return to Melbourne to play in one of the nation’s top football-specific Stadiums.
“We’re delighted that the Socceroos, who have a long and proud association with the City of Melbourne and State of Victoria, will return to Melbourne late next month,” Johnson said. “Melbourne Rectangular Stadium is one of Australia’s best football-specific venues for both players and fans, so our focus will be to ensure that we put on an event that Melburnians, Victorians, and interstate visitors remember for years.”
“The Victorian Government have shown great support to bring this match to Melbourne, and we’re thrilled to be playing a central role in helping them kick-off their calendar of events for 2022 by playing a crucial qualification fixture in the State.
“We also recognise Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC, and the A-Leagues for collaborating with us to move their UNITE A-League Men’s and A-League Women’s matchday from January 26, to January 25. This cooperation will enable some of the biggest matches on the domestic football calendar to be played at the same venue as a major international match with just two sleeps between fixtures for fans,” he said.
The Socceroos’ most recent match in Melbourne was a 2-1 win over Thailand, also at AAMI Park, on September 5, 2017, in front of 26,393 fans.
The Australians make their overdue return to the Victorian capital desperate for victory, with their World Cup qualifying hopes having taken a blow following a run of three matches without a win.
Football Australia chief executive James Johnson described AAMI Park as “one of Australia’s best football-specific venues for both players and fans”.
The Socceroos’ match against Vietnam will be broadcast exclusively live and free in Australia on Network 10 and simulcast on Paramount+ and 10 Play.
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