(Sydney, Australia) – On Saturday, June 4, 2016, the Greek team played a friendly match in Sydney, Australia agains the Socceroos where the Socceroos beat Greece 1-0 thanks to a last minute goal by Socceroos forward, Matthew Leckie. Each year, the Socceroos play a friendly match against the Greek team. In recent years, the Socceroos coach, Ange Postecoglou has been working his team hard in order to get them to play at a level that will allow them to compete in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the matchup between Greece was looked at as a progress checker to determine how far they’ve come and how much they still need to work on.
Although the Socceroos did win this particular matchup, Postecoglou has said that they still have a lot of work to do. This game was significant for the Socceroos because the Greek National Team won the UEFA Euro 2004 Championship in a matchup between Portugal. The Socceroos coach has long acknowledged that the Greek team has been playing at a level that the Socceroos would need to play in order to be on a competitive level on their journey to the World Cup. Although they did win, Postecoglou is quick to point out that the time still has work to do.
The friendly was hosted at ANZ Stadium in Australia in an attempt to maximize spectators. Top executives have spent time and resources attracting people to watch the game and they chose Sydney to give the Socceroos exposure within the city, and also to tap into the Greek population that lives in Sydney and the surrounding area. In order to encourage people to watch the games, they even lowered the ticket prices. The two teams are scheduled to play another game on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. During this matchup, Greece has a chance to tie the series at 1-1.