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Farina expects stars for Norway

25/10/2004 06:47:23 PM Comments (0)

Socceroos coach Frank Farina said he expected most of the big names who missed this month's Oceania Nations Cup final to be available to play Norway in London next month.

The Australian Soccer Association confirmed the Socceroos would take on the Norwegians at Fulham's Craven Cottage ground in south London on November 16.

"This will be an important match for us as we continue our build-up for next year's Confederations Cup and World Cup qualifiers," Farina said in an ASA statement.

"I expect Norway to provide very strong opposition with many of their players competing in Europe's best leagues.

"The vast majority of our players who missed the matches against the Solomon Islands through injury will be available again for selection and we hope that we can provide a great spectacle for the crowd," he said.

Mark Viduka, Marco Bresciano, skipper Craig Moore, Tim Cahill, John Aloisi and Stan Lazaridis all missed the two matches against the Solomons through injury, although Liverpool's Harry Kewell played one half of the Sydney game as he was restricted by injury.

Norway, who qualified for the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and are 37th in the FIFA world rankings, will be tough opponents for Australia, who are looking for hard matches ahead of next year's qualifying for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.

Australia and Norway have only met once before at senior level with Australia winning 1-0 in Sydney in January 1997.

Australia's next scheduled match will be against South Africa in Durban on February 9 next year.

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