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Socceroos to host Greece friendlies in June

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Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is relishing the chance to coach the Australian national team against Greece – the country of his birth – in a Sydney friendly on June 4.

Greece last came to Australia before the Socceroos jetted off for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when a crowd of over 95,000 filled the MCG.

“We’re excited to lock in the match against Greece on home soil,” said Postecoglou said.

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“There’s no doubt the Greek match will be a hit with the Socceroos and Greek fans and we can look forward to a special atmosphere at ANZ Stadium.

“Playing Greece will be a good match up for us as we look to play as many teams as possible from outside our region when we have breaks from our World Cup Qualifiers against Asian opposition.

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Postecoglou will coach against the country of his birth. Photo: Getty

“We have two very important World Cup Qualifiers coming up in Adelaide and Sydney in March, which are our first focus, but it is good to have this match locked in as we continue to build throughout the current World Cup cycle.”

There will also be a second game against Greece on June 7.

The venue for that clash – which is likely to be Melbourne – is yet to be announced.

FFA CEO David Gallop echoed Postecoglou’s excitement.

“This is a premium event that will excite Socceroos fans,” Gallop said.

“Greece has a proud football history and with so many Australians having a Greek heritage this is going to be a special match.

“We look forward to seeing a sea of green and gold Socceroos supporters and the passionate Greek football fans create a tremendous atmosphere as we return to ANZ Stadium.”

The Socceroos won the 2006 clash 1-0, thanks to a stunning strike from Josip Skoko.

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