Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Australian U-23 squad for 2008 Olympic campaign

Football Federation Australia has announced a 24-player squad that will begin preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympic qualifying campaign. All bar three of the squad are contracted to A-League clubs. Newly appointed national under-23 coach and FFA technical director Robert Baan has been reviewing footage of eligible players and has announced a squad that will attend a three-day training camp at the AIS next week. Australia's Olympic qualifying campaign will commence with home and away clashes with Chinese Taipei on 7 and 14 February. The winner will progress to Group D of round two qualification alongside Iran, Saudi Arabia and either Jordan or Kyrgyzstan, with the first match against Iran to be played away on 28 February.

Under-23 squad: Nathan Burns (Adelaide United), Mark Bridge (Newcastle Jets), Adam Casey (New Zealand Knights), Robert Cornthwaite (Adelaide United), Adam D'Apuzzo (Newcastle Jets), Spase Dilevski (Queensland Roar), Bruce Djite (Adelaide United), Luka Glavas (Perth Glory), Ben Griffin (Queensland Roar), Labinot Haliti (Newcastle Jets), Ben Kennedy (Newcastle Jets), Vince Lia (Melbourne Victory), Adrian Leijer (Melbourne Victory), David Micevski (Perth Glory), Mark Milligan (Sydney FC), Stuart Musialik (Newcastle Jets), Shaun Ontong (AIS), Kristian Sarkies (Melbourne Victory), Jacob Timpano (Sydney FC), Nikolai Topor-Stanley (uncontracted), Tando Velaphi (Perth Soccer Club), Dario Vidosic (Queensland Roar), Daniel Vukovic (Central Coast Mariners) and Ruben Zadkovich (Sydney FC).

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