Qantas Futsalroos head coach Steven Knight has named a 13-player squad that will represent Australia at next month’s FIFA Futsal World Cup 2012 in Thailand.
Led by captain Greg Giovenali who will be attending his first FIFA Futsal World Cup, he will be supported by experienced campaigners Peter Spathis, Danny Ngaluafe and Lachlan Wright who were members of the Qantas Futsalroos team that last competed at the FIFA Futsal World Cup in 2004 in Chinese Taipei.
The remainder of the Qantas Futsalroos squad will also be making their debuts at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand 2012.
A fourteenth player will be added to the Qantas Futsalroos squad subject to the outcome of a fitness test by goal keeper Gavin O’Brien on Wednesday 17 October.
Selecting the final squad was a difficult job for Knight, but he and the players are excited about the tournament ahead.
“It was a very difficult decision to settle on the final group of players that will go to Thailand for the FIFA Futsal World Cup,” Knight said.
“We have a relatively young team in comparison to other nation’s but this will be an experience of a lifetime for them and will definitely help them take their game to a new level.
“All players are fit and ready for the tournament and we’re all looking forward to getting to Bangkok, completing our pre-tournament preparation and getting onto the court for our first match against Italy.”
The Qantas Futsalroos will have their final training session in Australia on Thursday 18 October and will be officially farewelled at a reception at FFA headquarters in Sydney on Friday 19 October before leaving for Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday 20 October.
The Qantas Futsalroos have been drawn in Group D of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand 2012 and will play their opening match against Italy on Friday 2 November (kick-off 5:00pm local, 9:00pm AEDT ), followed by Mexico Monday 5 November (kick-off 5:00pm local, 9:00pm AEDT, and Italy in their final group match on Thursday 8 November (kick-off 5:00pm local, 9:00pm AEDT).
All Qantas Futsalroos matches at the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2012 will be broadcast live on SBS Two (see www.sbs.com.au for broadcast details).
Qantas Futsalroos Squad for FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand 2012 – November 2012
Name – Club
Jarrod Basger – Maccabi Hakoah
Aaron Cimitile – East Coast Heat
Keenan Duimpies – No current Club
Daniel Fogarty – West City Crusaders/Supercats
Greg Giovenali – Dural Warriors
Angelo Konstantinou – Boomerangs FS
Fernando De Moraes – Victoria Vipers FC
Danny Ngaluafe – No current Club
Nathan Niski – Dural Warriors
Tobias Seeto – Dural Warriors
Peter Spathis – East Coast Heat
Lachlan Wright – Enfield Rovers
Chris Zeballos – Sydney City Eagles
As at 16 October 2012
Steven Knight – Head Coach (NSW)
Rob Varela – Assistant Coach (NSW)
Roger Cua – GK Coach (ACT)
Wisan Maivijit – Video Analysis (THAILAND)
Deane Stephens – Physiotherapist (SA)
Arthur Kazas – Strength and Conditioning (NSW)
Caroline Drummond – Massage Therapist (QLD)
Russell Gibbs – Media Officer (ACT)
Joel Freeme – Team Manager (FFA)