Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou visited Perth today ahead of the team’s first home 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh on September 3, 2015.
- Socceroos’ coach visits Perth ahead of 2018 FIFA World Cup home qualifier
- Australia face Bangladesh on September 3 at nib Stadium
- Proudly supported by State Government, through Tourism Western Australia
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies welcomed Mr Postecoglou to Perth on behalf of the State Government during his visit to nib Stadium this morning.
Ms Davies said the State Government was proud to have secured the match and looked forward to seeing the 2015 AFC Asian Cup champions in action in Perth for the first time in 10 years.
“The Socceroos and football’s popularity has soared in the past decade and we expect there will be a huge amount of interest in this match,” she said.
“I am thrilled our national team will play their first match on the road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia at nib Stadium, which has recently undergone a $95.14 million redevelopment.”
Tourism Minister Kim Hames said securing the match against Bangladesh was a great coup for Western Australia and a taste of things to come when the new Perth Stadium opened in 2018.
“People from across Australia will be keen to visit Perth for this match or watch live broadcasts across the globe,” he said.
“To see the Asian Cup champions in their first home soil qualifier on their march to Russia is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we expect tickets will sell fast when they go on sale today.”
Dr Hames said major international events were vital for the State’s economy because they attracted visitors, added vibrancy and generated national and international media exposure for WA.
“Tourism is thriving in this State, with the industry generating more than 91,000 jobs and contributing $8.3 billion to the economy though visitor spend and we want to see it grow further,” he said.
“World-class events will play an important role in achieving the State Government’s goal to see visitor spend reach $12 billion by 2020.”
- Tickets go on sale to the public from noon today from Ticketmaster
- The Socceroos qualified for the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups
- For more information, visit http://www.socceroos.com.au
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