Soccer-Socceroos to get World Cup taster in Brazil friendly (Reuters)

SYDNEY, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Australia will get an early taste of the conditions in store at next year’s World Cup finals when they take on hosts Brazil in an international friendly in Brasilia next month, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said on Thursday. The Socceroos qualified for the World Cup finals for the third successive tournament with a 1-0 win over Iraq in June and coach Holger Osieck said the Sept. 7 match against the Selecao would be “a valuable learning experience”. …

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