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FFA to showcase Socceroos classic

If you’re a football tragic or Socceroos fan and struggling without your weekly fix of the world game, there may be a solution for you.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) is offering the football community a bumper week of entertainment to help football fans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

FFA will relive some of Australian football’s most memorable moments and has arranged for Australia’s epic 3-1 win over England from Upton Park from February 2003 to be the first match replayed this week.

To relive this glorious match – which saw Australia defeat England in an ‘A’ international for the first time with help from goals to Tony Popovic, Harry Kewell, and Brett Emerton – tune in at 7.30pm AEST today (Tuesday 21 April) for viewing via both Facebook and YouTube.

The Socceroos’ official social media handles will also provide coverage of the match as if it were being played ‘live’, offering a unique perspective of a game that was contested before those digital platforms were launched.

Australia’s fixture against England in East London was played in front of over 30,000 supporters and featured a raft of great names in both teams, including David Beckham, Mark Viduka, Michael Owen, and Craig Moore, to name a few. Vince Grella and Wayne Rooney both made their debuts in the match as second-half substitutes.

In addition to this Socceroos classic, this week marks the start of a month of Hyundai A-League Grand Final replays.

The grand final screenings will kick off on Wednesday 22 April with the 2012 decider between Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory premiering live and free on the Hyundai A-League’s Facebook page and Instagram TV, and the My Football YouTube Channel. The full list of matches for this week are listed below.

FFA Chief Executive Officer, James Johnson, said that FFA expects another positive week in social and digital engagement.

“We have seen huge numbers continue to engage with us via our digital platforms, and on Easter Saturday recorded more strong interactions with a triple-header of activity across the Socceroos, Westfield Matildas and FFA Cup platforms,” Johnson said.

“The England-Australia match was requested by many supporters after we played the Australia-Uruguay thriller, and I am pleased that our team has been able to gain the relevant permissions to make this Tuesday’s activity happen. We would also like to acknowledge the Football Association (FA) in England for assisting FFA with this initiative, demonstrating the power of football to bring us all together.

“The England-Australia game will underpin another content-rich week across the FFA network, with three memorable Hyundai A-League Grand Finals of yesteryear also being featured across the Hyundai A-League’s digital platforms.

“It is important that we all continue to remain positive and optimistic, and we are excited to be able to relive these wonderful moments together,” he said.

Match Replay Schedule (week commencing Monday 20 April 2020)

All games screen at 7.30pm AEST:

Tuesday 21 April
England v Australia – 2003 International Friendly
Available on Socceroos Facebook and My Football YouTube
Join the conversation using: #ENGvAUS

Wednesday 22 April
Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory – Hyundai A-League 2012 Grand Final
Available on Hyundai A-League Facebook and Instagram TV, and My Football YouTube
Join the conversation using: #BRIvPER #ALeagueGF

Friday 24 April
Western Sydney Wanderers v Central Coast Mariners – Hyundai A-League 2013 Grand Final
Available on Hyundai A-League Facebook and Instagram TV, and My Football YouTube
Join the conversation using: #WSWvCCM #ALeagueGF

Saturday 25 April
Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC – Hyundai A-League 2010 Grand Final
Available on Hyundai A-League Facebook and Instagram TV, and My Football YouTube
Join the conversation using: #MVCvSYD #ALeagueGF

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