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Aug 28, 2013   |  5:20PM AET

Milligan & Thompson Brazil-bound

Milligan & Thompson Brazil-bound

Melbourne Victory stars Mark Milligan and Archie Thompson will head to Brazil to take on the World Cup hosts in September’s upcoming international friendly.

Melbourne Victory stars Mark Milligan and Archie Thompson will head to Brazil to take on the World Cup hosts in September’s upcoming international friendly.

Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck today announced a 22-player squad that will face the Brazilian Men-s National Football team, “The Seleção”, in an international friendly match at the Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha Stadium, in Brasilia, Brazil on Saturday 7 September 2013 (kick-off 4:15pm local, 5:15am AEST).

Milligan and Thompson, along with Matt McKay and Mitchell Duke, make up the four Hyundai A-League players within the Socceroos squad.

This will be the seventh match between Brazil and Australia at senior men-s international level after the team-s last met at the Allianz Arena in the group phase of the 2006 FIFA World Cup where Brazil were 2-0 winners.

The Socceroos are currently ranked 46th in the FIFA World Rankings whilst the Brazilians are currently 9th (as of 8 August 2013).

The match between the Socceroos and Brazil will be broadcast Live & Exclusive on FOX SPORTS 3HD and 3 from 5.00am (AEST).

Socceroos Squad for Brazil International Friendly – Saturday 7 September 2013
Mark BRESCIANO Al Gharafa, QATAR
Tim CAHILL New York Red Bulls, USA
Robert CORNTHWAITE Chunnam Dragons, KOREA REPUBLIC
Mitchell DUKE Central Coast Mariners FC, AUSTRALIA
James HOLLAND FK Austria Vienna, AUSTRIA
Brett HOLMAN Al Nasr Sports Club, UAE
Mile JEDINAK Crystal Palace FC, ENGLAND
Josh KENNEDY Nagoya Grampus, JAPAN
Robbie KRUSE TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, GERMANY
Mitchell LANGERAK (gk) B.V. Borussia 09 Dortmund, GERMANY
Ryan McGOWAN Shandong Luneng Taishan FC, CHINA PR
Matthew McKAY Brisbane Roar FC, AUSTRALIA
Mark MILLIGAN Melbourne Victory FC, AUSTRALIA
Lucas NEILL Omiya Ardija, JAPAN
Tommy OAR FC Utrecht, NETHERLANDS
Sasa OGNENOVSKI Umm Salal SC, QATAR
Tom ROGIC Celtic FC, SCOTLAND
Mat RYAN (gk) Club Brugge KV, BELGIUM
Mark SCHWARZER (gk) Chelsea FC, ENGLAND
Archie THOMPSON Melbourne Victory FC, AUSTRALIA
Luke WILKSHIRE FK Dinamo Moscow, RUSSIA
Rhys WILLIAMS Middlesbrough FC, ENGLAND

Upcoming Match Details
Brazil v Socceroos
Saturday 7 September 2013
Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha Stadium, Brasilia, Brazil
Kick-off: 4.15pm local (5:15am AEST)

Time Zone
BRT: Brasilia Time (UTC – 3)
AEST: Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC + 10)

Current FIFA World Rankings (as at 8 August 2013)
Brazil – 9th
Australia – 46th