Rio Olympics 2016: Olyroos Squad to Qualify as Australia National Team


Coach Aurelio Vidmar named his 23-man squad for next month’s AFC U-23 Championship, to be held in Doha from Jan. 14 to Jan. 30. The squad has been named for the final round of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games.

“We have put together an exciting squad that includes some players with Socceroos experience and also illustrates the strength of the Hyundai A-League and its position as a true pathway for national team footballers,” said coach Aurelio Vidmar, as per Fourfourtwo.

According to the Age, A-League Champions and Premiers Melbourne Victory will be the hardest hit as they lose five players to the Olyroos squad. According to the coach 12 players have been selected from the National Competition and the A-League clubs. He also congratulated the coaches of the respective clubs for their key involvement.

Here is the final squad. Match details are also stated below.

Olyroos squad for the AFC U-23 Championship Doha 2016 in Qatar

AMINI Mustafa (Randers FC, Denmark)

ANTONIS Terry (PAOK, Greece)

BORRELLO Brandon (Brisbane Roar)

BRILLANTE Josh (Calcio Como, Italy)

BURGESS Cameron (Fulham FC, England)

DE SILVA Daniel (Roda JC Kerkrade, Holland)

DENG Thomas (Melbourne Victory FC)

DONACHIE James (Brisbane Roar)

DUNCAN Jack (Randers FC, Denmark)

EDWARDS Ryan (Partick Thistle, Scotland)

GALLIFUOCO Giancarlo (Melbourne Victory FC)

GALLOWAY Scott (Melbourne Victory)

GERIA Jason (Melbourne Victory)

GERSBACH Alex (Sydney FC)

HOOLE Andrew (Sydney FC)

IKONOMIDIS Christopher (SS Lazio, Italy)

IZZO Paul (Central Coast Mariners)

LENNOX Aaron (Kilmarnock FC, Scotland)

MACLAREN Jamie (Brisbane Roar)

MAUK Stefan (Melbourne City)

PAIN Connor (Melbourne Victory)

TAGGART Adam (Dundee United FC, Scotland)

UGARKOVIC Steven (Uncontracted)


Match Details

Australia v UAE

14 January 2016

Grand Hamad Stadium

7.30pm (3.30am 15 January AEDT)

Vietnam v Australia

17 January 2016

Grand Hamad Stadium

4.30pm (12.30am 18 January AEDT)

Jordan v Australia

20 January 2016

Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium

7.30pm (3.30am 15 January AEDT)

Possible quarter final – 23 January 2016

Possible semi final – 26 January 2016

Possible 3rd/4th playoff – 29 January 2016

Possible Final – 30 January 2016

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