Young Sydney trio Hagi Gligor, Anthony Bouzanis and Christopher Naumoff have been selected to represent Australia in the 20-man Young Socceroos squad announced by Head Coach Paul Okon today.
The squad will travel to Spain from 12-21 August 2013, for the L’Alcúdia International Under-20 Football Tournament.
Okon has selected 16 Australian-based players and four players from overseas clubs.
Bouzanis and Gligor were also members of the Young Socceroos squad that recently competed at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, and Okon is looking forward to the start of the new qualification campaign.
“This is the first stage of a new campaign with a new playing group,” said Okon
“We had originally planned to have a training camp prior to the tournament to have a look at a larger group of overseas based players, but due to a number injuries we have had to postpone that camp until later in the year.
“This (COTIF) tournament is a very good one with four tough matches which include Spain and Mexico.
“This will be our first opportunity to develop our playing style and test ourselves against quality opposition,” concluded Okon
This is the 30th edition of the COTIF Tournament and will involve ten U-19 Mens National teams from Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Spain.
All matches will be played at the Estadio Municipal Els Arcs De L’Alcúdia.
This will be the first competitive outing for this group of players who are looking to eventually qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup which will be held in New Zealand.
The first stage of this qualification process is the AFC U-19 Championship qualifiers which will be held in Hong Kong from 3 to 11 October 2013.
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Young Socceroos Squad List – COTIF Tournament, L’Alcúdia, Spain – 12-21 August 2013.
Anthony BOUZANIS (gk) Sydney FC, Australia
James BALDACCHINO Western Sydney Wanderers, Australia
Nicholas COWBURN Newcastle Jets, Australia
Christopher CRISTALDO Melbourne Victory, Australia
Matthew DAVIES Perth Glory, Australia
Ben GARUCCIO Melbourne Heart, Australia
Christopher IKONOMIDIS SS Lazio, Italy
Rafa JIMENEZ Villarreal CF, Spain
Hagi GLIGOR Sydney FC, Australia
Awer MABIL Adelaide United, Australia
Peter MAKRILLOS Stoke City, England
Stefan MAUK Melbourne Heart, Australia
Jacob MELLING Adelaide United, Australia
Dylan MURNANE Melbourne Victory, Australia
Christopher NAUMOFF Sydney FC, Australia
Peter SKAPETIS Queens Park Rangers, England
Nicholas OLSEN Western Sydney Wanderers, Australia
Mitchell OXBORROW Newcastle Jets, Australia
Luke RADONICH (gk) Melbourne Victory, Australia
Riley WOODCOCK Perth Glory, Australia