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Socceroos confirm World Cup plans: Training camp, lead-up friendlies dates, details

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THE Socceroos won’t play their traditional home farewell match in the lead-up to the World Cup, with a training camp and a pair of international friendlies preferred.

The FFA have confirmed that Bert van Marwijk’s men will face the Czech Republic on 1 June at St Polten NV Arena near Vienna and Hungary at Groupama Arena in Budapest on June 9 as their final matches before the World Cup.

A base will be set up in Antalya, Turkey between May 19 and June 7 as the squad undertake an intensive pre-camp punctuated by the pair of friendlies.

The Australian Socceroos Manager Bert van Marwijk gives instructions during a training session
The Australian Socceroos Manager Bert van Marwijk gives instructions during a training sessionSource: Getty Images

FFA Chief Executive David Gallop stated that a range of national associations were contacted in the hope of scheduling a farewell match on home sail in late May, however a clash could not be organised.



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Tottenham chief Daniel Levy must back Jose Mourinho with new signing or face Man Utd issue

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Tottenham have under a week to appease Jose Mourinho and bring in a new striker.

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Chelsea player ratings vs Tottenham: Jorginho stars as Werner nets first goal in defeat

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Chelsea crashed out of the Carabao Cup by losing to Tottenham on penalties on Tuesday night. Express Sport rates the Blues after their spot-kick defeat.

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Football transfer news: Lionel Messi, Barcelona, La Liga, Rumours, Gossip

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Lionel Messi called for “an end” to arguments at Barcelona as he urged unity at the club he tried to leave before the season.

The Barcelona captain spoke to Barcelona newspaper Sport in an interview published online late on Tuesday.

“After so many disagreements, I would like to put an end to it,” said Messi.

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