Brisbane to host 2011 Asian Cup final replay, as the Socceroos' road to the World Cup becomes clearer

Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium has been chosen as the venue for Australia's first home AFC 2014 World Cup qualifier, with the Socceroos to face rivals Japan in June
Brisbane will host the 2011 Asian Cup final replay between Australia and Japan on June 12, in what will be the first home match of the Socceroos' AFC 2014 World Cup fourth round qualifying campaign.

In what looms as a hectic few days for Australia, Holger Osieck's men will take on Denmark in Copenhagen on June 2 in a friendly, followed by their opening qualifier against Oman in Muscat on June 8.

Having begun their third round of qualifying with a 2-1 victory over Thailand in Brisbane in September, however, Osieck is anticipating a happy return to Suncorp Stadium for the match against developing rivals Japan.

"Brisbane is an excellent venue and provides us a great atmosphere and environment for the next phase of our campaign," Osieck said.

"We have very good memories from the start of our last stage of qualifiers and we hope to duplicate that result on June 12. I'm expecting a sell-out crowd to see two of the top nations in Asia compete for a place at the Fifa World Cup."

Along with Japan and Oman, Australia - the AFC's top-ranked country - share Group A with Iraq and Jordan. 

The top two nations in the group will receive direct entry to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with the two third placed-teams to enter a fifth round of qualifying.

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