After an international football drought lasting almost 1400 days, Brisbane is set to play host to two senior men’s matches in three days later this month.
South Korea will “host” Uzbekistan at Ballymore on Tuesday, November 20, three days after the Taeguk Warriors’ meeting with Australia across town at Suncorp Stadium on the 17th.
More than 2500 tickets had been sold in the Korean section at Suncorp Stadium for the match against the Socceroos, so organisers were hopeful of a decent crowd at Ballymore.
It will be the first international football match to be held at the venue, which the Brisbane Strikers called home in the dying days of the old National Soccer League.
The match will coincide with the Socceroos’ match against Lebanon in Sydney, which would be Tim Cahill’s farewell to international football.
Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop said the FFA had helped facilitate the international match, which would serve as a warm-up for the 2019 Asian Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates in January.
“It is a credit to our people and to the city of Brisbane that we have been able to lure another strong Asian football nation to Queensland to play,” Gallop said.
“Like Australia, Korea Republic, Uzbekistan, as well as Lebanon who the Caltex Socceroos will play in Sydney, are preparing for next year’s AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
“To have four of the 24 competing nations coming to Australia just two months before the tournament is a credit to the type of facilities and organisation Australia can provide.”
Prior to the two upcoming matches, the last international match to be played in Brisbane was the 2015 Asian Cup quarter-final on January 22 that year.
The Socceroos won that encounter 2-0, thanks to two Cahill goals including a memorable overhead strike.
Australia has drawn Syria, Palestine and Jordan in Group B at the Asian Cup.
South Korea will contest Group C against the Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, and China.
Uzbekistan will compete in Group F alongside Japan, Oman, and Turkmenistan.
Tickets to the Socceroos v South Korea match at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, November 17 (kick-off 6.50pm) are available through Ticketek.
Kick-off for South Korea v Uzbekistan at Ballymore will be at 8pm on Tuesday, November 20. Tickets are available through OzTix.