Qantas Young Socceroos squad for Preparatory Championships

Qantas Young Socceroos squad announced for AFF Preparatory Championships in Vietnam

Qantas Young Socceroos Head Coach Jan Versleijen has today announced his squad for the upcoming Asean Football Federation (AFF) U-19 Youth Championship 2010 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The Qantas Young Socceroos will play four matches between 24-30 July in the AFF tournament in preparation for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-19 Championships 2010 in Shandong, China, from 3-17 October.

The squad, featuring 14 Hyundai A-League players and one from the Australian Institute of Sport, depart for Vietnam this Thursday for the seven day competition before returning to their respective clubs for the start of the Hyundai A-League 2010/11 season.

Also included in the squad is Hearts FC (Scotland) defender Dylan McGowan and 17-year-old Sunderland recruit Matthew Fletcher.

The Qantas Young Socceroos face Vietnam, Thailand and Korea Republic in the three-match group phase of the tournament with the two best placed teams going on to play for the AFF U-19 Youth Championship 2010 title.

Qantas Young Socceroos squad
AFF U-19 Preparatory Championships

24-30 July, 2010
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Mark Birighitti (G/K;) Adelaide United
Nikola Stanojevic; No current club
Brendan Hamill; Melbourne Heart
Sam Gallagher ; Central Coast Mariners
Kliment Taseski ; Melbourne Heart
Ben Kantarovski ; Newcastle Jets
Mathew Leckie; Adelaide United
Steven Lustica; Gold Coast United
Eli Babalj; Melbourne Heart
Christopher Bush; No current club
Ben Halloran; Gold Coast United
Dimitrios Petratos ; Sydney FC
Mustafa Amini; Central Coast Mariners
Matthew Fletcher ; Sunderland, UK
Kamal Ibrahim; Melbourne Heart
Daniel Bowles ; Brisbane Roar
Theo Markelis ; No current club
Matthew Acton (G/K) ; Brisbane Roar
Dylan McGowan; Hearts FC, Scotland
Ryan Edwards ; AIS

Team Officials

Head Coach: Jan Versleijen (FFA)
Assistant Coach: Alistair Edwards (FFA)
Team Manager: Taryn Rockall (FFA)
Goalkeeping Coach : Fernando Alves (QLD)
Video Analysis : Peter Cklamovski (NSW)
Doctor : Trevor Law (ACT)
Physiotherapist : Nino La Scala (VIC)
Recovery/Massage : Leigh Smith (SA)

Schedule :
22 July : Arrival of Teams & Match Officials

23 July : Managers- Meeting

24 July :
Match 1 Australia v Korea Rep.

Match 2 Vietnam v thailand

25 July : Rest Day

26 July :
Match 3 Thailand v Australia

Match 4 Korea Rep. v Vietnam

27 July Rest Day

28 July :
Match 5 Korea Rep. v Thailand

Match 6 Vietnam v Australia

29 July Rest Day

30 July :
Match 7 3rd Position v 4th Position

Match 8 Winner v Runner-up