Galekovic named in Socceroos' 23-man Asian Cup squad

Eugene Galekovic has been selected in Ange Postecoglou's 23-player Socceroos squad for the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 which will be held from 9 to 31 January.

Eugene Galekovic who has hasn't been a part of the Socceroos set-up since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, was today selected as one of three goalkeepers for the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.

"It’s an honour to go into camp with the Socceroos again," said Galekovic.

"The Asian Cup is a massive tournament, especially being on our home soil and it’s great to be apart of it."

To date, Galekovic has made eight appearances and recorded six clean sheets for the Socceroos.

The squad contains:

  • 7 members of the Socceroos squad that were runners-up at the AFC Asian Cup 2011 Qatar (Burns, Cahill, Jedinak, Kruse, McKay, Oar & Spiranovic)
  • 16 members of the Socceroos squad that went to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil (Bresciano, Cahill, Davidson, Franjic, Galekovic, Jedinak, Langerak, Leckie, Luongo, McKay, Milligan, Oar, Ryan, Spiranovic, Troisi & Wilkinson)
  • 7  players from the Hyundai A-League (Antonis, Burns, Galekovic, Juric, McKay, Milligan & Spiranovic)

The Socceroos face Kuwait in the opening match of the tournament at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne on Friday 9 January (kick off 8pm AEDT).

Having now finalised his selection, Postecoglou is confident his 23-man squad will deliver a positive outcome at next month's tournament.

“It’s been almost six months in the making since the FIFA World Cup,” Postecoglou said.

“We’ve had a series of games where there have been some pretty clear objectives, particularly in terms of broadening the pool and seeing whether we could get some better balance in the squad and more depth."

“In the end, I’m pretty pleased with the 23 we’ve ended up with, there’s a good combination of the core of the group that went to the FIFA World Cup, there’s some experience there, but also a sprinkling of guys who will enhance the squad we took to the FIFA World Cup.”

The Socceroos will assemble in Melbourne for a pre-tournament training camp from Saturday 27 December.

“We've made sure that from a long way out we were well managed in terms of the individual progress of the players,” Postecoglou said.

“From our perspective, we’re pretty comfortable with this group that they’ll all be available and, more importantly, capable of playing out the whole tournament."

Tickets to all AFC Asian Cup matches, including the three Socceroo group stage games, are available by logging onto  www.tickets.afcasiancup.com

Socceroos squad for AFC Asian Cup 2015 Australia

Name

Club, Country

A International Caps (Goals)

Terry ANTONIS

Sydney FC, Australia

3 (0)

Aziz BEHICH

Bursaspor, Turkey

7 (2)

Mark BRESCIANO

Al Gharafa, Qatar

81 (13)

Nathan BURNS

Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand

7 (0)

Tim CAHILL

New York Red Bulls, USA

76 (36)

Jason DAVIDSON

West Bromwich Albion F.C., England

13 (0)

Ivan FRANJIC

FK Torpedo Moskva, Russia

12 (0)

Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk)

Adelaide United, Australia

8 (0)

Chris HERD

Aston Villa, England

3 (0)

Mile JEDINAK

Crystal Palace FC, England

52 (6)

Tomi JURIC

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

5 (1)

Robbie KRUSE

TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany

32 (3)

Mitchell LANGERAK (gk)

B.V. Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany

5 (0)

Mathew LECKIE

FC Ingolstadt 04, Germany

16 (1)

Massimo LUONGO

Swindon Town FC, England

5 (0)

Matt McKAY

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

50 (1)

Mark MILLIGAN

Melbourne Victory FC, Australia

33 (2)

Tommy OAR

FC Utrecht, Netherlands

20 (1)

Mat RYAN (gk)

Club Brugge KV, Belgium

13 (0)

Trent SAINSBURY

P.E.C. Zwolle, Netherlands

4 (0)

Matthew SPIRANOVIC

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

21 (0)

James TROISI

S.V. Zulte Waregem, Belgium

16 (1)

Alex WILKINSON

Jeonbuk Hyundai FC, Korea Republic

11 (0)

as at 23 December 2014

Note : Under the AFC Asian Cup competition rules, players injured up to the start of the tournament can be replaced but the new player must come from the original list submitted on 9 December.

SOCCEROOS AFC ASIAN CUP GROUP STAGE MATCHES

Australia v Kuwait
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Friday 9 January 2015
8pm kick off (AEDT)

Australia v Oman
Stadium Australia
Tuesday 13 January
8pm kick off (AEDT)

Australia v Korea Republic
Brisbane Stadium
Saturday 17 January
7pm kick off (8pm AEDT)

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