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Socceroos to hit the road before Asian Cup

Ange Postecoglou
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Coach Ange Postecoglou wants his Socceroos to transform potential into results in three key international friendlies later this year.

Australia’s post World Cup phase will begin with a fixture against Belgium on September 4 in Belgium.

The Socceroos will then play the United Arab Emirates on October 10 in the UAE and Qatar in Qatar on October 14.

Postecoglou hopes another three internationals will be scheduled before Australia host the Asian Cup in January.

Officials are negotiating for another match in Europe in September and two more games in Australia in November.

“Our performances in Brazil at the World Cup reaffirmed that we are moving in the right direction,” Postecoglou said in a statement on Tuesday.

“But it also showed we need to improve if we want to be regarded as one of the leading football nations, which is our ultimate target.

“Our challenge going forward is to continue to improve as individuals and a team and to start converting our performances into results.”

Postecoglou said playing Belgium, a World Cup quarter-finalist in Brazil, would offer an indication of how the Socceroos were progressing, with the hit outs against Asian opponents more geared to tactical preparations for the Asian Cup.

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