Stamatelopoulos called up to Young Socceroos training camp


Adelaide United striker, Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, is one of 24 aspiring Australian footballers that will convene on the Central Coast tomorrow for the start of a Young Socceroos training camp in preparation for the 2018 AFC U19 Championship, which will be held in Indonesia. 

Stamatelopoulos has scored six goals this pre-season for the Reds, while starting both FFA Cup 2018 matches against Central Coast Mariners and Lions FC.

The Young Socceroos will be put through a week-long camp on the Central Coast, which will include practice matches against Hyundai A-League opposition.

The time that Ante Milicic’s squad spends together north of Sydney will be the first of two Australia-based camps that will be held prior to the AFC U19 Championship later this year. A Young Socceroos selection will also train on the Sunshine Coast in late September/early October. 

Milicic’s Young Socceroos squad for this camp includes 21 players currently aligned to Hyundai A-League clubs, and three players – Ben Folami, Jacob Young, and Dylan Ryan – who are contracted to clubs in England. Folami plies his trade with Ipswich Town FC, Young is part of Sunderland AFC’s youth structure, while Ryan is contracted to Willem II Tilburg in the Netherlands.

Milicic said that the group must make the most of their time together in camp as they prepare for their Group C meetings against Korea Republic, Vietnam, and Jordan in West Java.

“The AFC U19 Championship is a crucial competition for the Young Socceroos,” said Milicic. “Not only does it act as the Asian Cup for this age group, it also doubles as the qualification process for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup™, which will be held in Poland.”

“Australia last qualified for FIFA U20 World Cup in 2013 when the tournament was held in Turkey, and it is certainly our aim to return to that elite tournament in Europe next year.

“But if we are to achieve that goal we must ensure that we make solid progress in our forthcoming camps in Australia, and arrive in Indonesia committed to the challenge that’s ahead of us,” he said.

The Young Socceroos’ 2018 AFC U19 Championship challenge will commence on Friday, 19 October 2018 against Korea Republic at the Patriot Candrabaga Stadium in Bekasi. Three days later Milicic’s men will return to the same venue to take on Vietnam, before meeting Jordan at the Pakandari Stadium in Cibinong on Thursday, 25 October 2018.

Australia will need to finish first or second in Group C to advance to the Quarter Final stage of the competition. To seal safe passage to Poland, the Young Socceroos must reach the Semi Finals of the 2018 AFC U19 Championship. 

Young Socceroos 24-Player Squad – Training Camp – Central Coast, Australia (September 1-11 2018)

Name

Club, Country

Nathaniel ATKINSON

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Joshua CAVALLO

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Mathieu CORDIER

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

James DELIANOV(Gk)

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Gengba Tai (Ben) FOLAMI

Ipswich Town FC, England

Macklin FREKE (Gk)

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

Thierry (Thiel) IRADUKUNDA

Melbourne Victory FC, Australia

Peter KEKERIS

Central Coast Mariners FC, Australia

Connor METCALFE

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Fabian MONGE

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Moudi NAJJAR

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Ramy NAJJARINE

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Dylan PIERIAS

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Oliver PUFLETT

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Aaron REARDON

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

John ROBERTS

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Dylan RYAN

Willem II Tilburg, Netherlands

Walter SCOTT

Perth Glory FC, Australia

Nicholas SETTE

Melbourne Victory FC, Australia

Apostolos STAMETELOPOULOS

Adelaide United FC, Australia

Angus THURGATE

Newcastle Jets FC, Australia

Marc TOKICH

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Jacob YOUNG

Sunderland AFC, England


Young Socceroos Match Schedule – 2018 AFC U19 Championship – Group C

Korea Republic v Young Socceroos
Date: Friday, 19 October 2018
Venue: Patriot Candrabaga Stadium, Bekasi, Indonesia
Kick-off: 7pm (local); 10pm (AEDT)

Young Socceroos v Vietnam
Date: Monday, 22 October 2018
Venue: Patriot Candrabaga Stadium, Bekasi, Indonesia
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 7pm (AEDT)

Young Socceroos v Jordan
Date: Thursday, 25 October 2018
Venue: Pakandari Stadium, Cibinong, Indonesia
Kick-off: 7pm (local); 10pm (AEDT)