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Australia to play Korea Republic in Busan

Friday, May 3, 2019

Sydney: Football Federation Australia (FFA) confirmed on Friday that an agreement with the Korean Football Association (KFA) has been finalised for an international friendly to be played between the Socceroos and Korea Republic in the forthcoming FIFA match window.

Graham Arnold’s Socceroos will take on Paulo Bento’s Taeguk Warriors on June 7 in Busan, Australia’s first senior men’s match since the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.

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The fixture will provide Arnold and Australia’s coaching staff with a valuable opportunity to work with the squad in East Asia as Australia prepare for the start of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Australia are set to discover their opponents for the first phase of qualifiers in July, and will play FIFA World Cup preliminary fixtures on the Road to Qatar at home and abroad in September, October, and November 2019.

“It is fantastic news that this friendly has now been finalised and I am itching to get together with our boys in Busan,” Arnold said.

“With the commencement of our 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign only a few months away, next month’s camp and friendly in Korea will provide a great chance for us to work with a selection of players who we expect to play a part on our Road to Qatar over the coming years.”

Korea Republic will then play Islamic Republic of Iran in Seoul on June 11.

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