FIA Sports Management is pleased to announce the signing of Alastair Bray to Melbourne Victory for the 2016/17 season.
The former Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper has been on trial at Victory for the past few months, and fills the goalkeeping vacancy left by the recent departure of Danny Vukovic.
He joins Lawrence Thomas and youth team goalkeeper Lucas Spinella on Victory’s roster for the upcoming campaign.
The two recent games, against Iraq at home and UAE away, showed, against very different opponents, just how balanced the team is.
In 2004, Manchester United signed young Chinese forward Dong Fangzhuofrom what was then China’s most successful club Dalian Shide. Dong did not qualify for a work permit so was farmed out to Royal Antwerp for three encouraging seasons. But, after he landed back in England, he made only one league appearance for the Red Devils in an end of season game after the title had been already clinched.
Apostolos Giannou has earned another call-up to the Australian national team for their two FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Iraq in Perth (1 September) and then the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi (6 September).
The squad not only reflects the importance of starting this phase of World Cup Qualification strongly but the journey the Socceroos have lived since Postecoglou became Head Coach in 2013.
“This squad sets us up well for the huge challenge we have ahead over the next 12 months to qualify for the World Cup but importantly it is specific to the first tasks at hand.” Postecoglou said.
The Matildas have qualified for the Rio knockout stages after thrashing Zimbabwe 6-1 in their final group game.
The Australians, who went into the match third in their four-team group, needed a win to give themselves a chance of snaring a spot in the quarter-finals.