20/09/2010 | 16:14:45

Aussie footballers join Hanoi’s millennium celebration

The Australian Mens Under 23 Football Team, nicknamed the Olyroos, will participate in the Thang Long Cup from September 18-25 to celebrate Hanoi’s millennium, according to the Australian embassy in Hanoi.

The 20-member squad will take on the Vietnam National Team on September 22, and the U23 teams from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on September 21 and Kuwait on September 24.

“Australia and Vietnam share a common passion for football and this tournament is a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful game together. We are pleased the Olyroos will participate in this tournament, an ideal warm-up ahead of the start of their London 2012 Olympics campaign,” said the Australian Ambassador Allaster Cox.

While in Vietnam, the team will also participate in charity activities for young Vietnamese footballers, organised in cooperation with the Australian embassy in Hanoi.

Football is increasingly prominent in Australia, with over one million Aussies playing in one form or another. The country is also currently bidding to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which would witness a welcome return of the World Cup to the Oceanic and Asian regions./.

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