Everything you need to know ahead of the Socceroos clash against Kuwait


Here is everything you need to know as the Socceroos commence their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST) with a clash against Kuwait.

Kuwait v Socceroos

When: 6.30pm, Tuesday September 10 2019 (1:30am AEST on Wednesday). 

Where: Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City


Kuwait: 2, Australia: 3, Draw:1

The Lowdown

The Socceroos kickoff their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a tough trip to the Middle East to take on AFC Group B rivals Kuwait in their first match on the road to Qatar.

Graham Arnold's Australia side have been short on match action this year playing only one match since they were bundled out of the Asian Cup at the quarter final stage in January. 

They will take on a Kuwait side brimming with confidence after claiming a 7-0 win against Nepal in their opening World Cup qualifier last Thursday.

It will be a new look Socceroos side which takes the pitch at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium with Arnold giving a number of new players a chance to cement their role in the national team. 

The Socceroos will be without veteran defender and captain Mark Milligan who withdrew from the squad on Monday, while Celtic duo Tom Rogic and Daniel Arzani are other high profile omissions as they recover from long-term injuries.


Coach: Graham Arnold

FIFA ranking: 46

Form: L-L-W-W-W

Last outing: 1-0 South Korea (loss) on July 5.

Man to watch: Aaron Mooy. The central midfielder has had a quiet English Premier League campaign after making the switch to Brighton & Hove Albion from relegated Huddersfield. However, coach Graham Arnold singled out the 28-year-old for praise after their Dubai camp and he's in line for a start.


Coach: Romeo Jozak 

FIFA ranking: 156

Form: W-L-D-D-L

Last outing: 7-0 Nepal (win) on September 5.

Man to watch: Youssef Nasser. Kuwait's fourth most prolific goal-scorer of all time bagged a brace in their last outing and has scored 8-9 in his most recent club matches in the Kuwait Premier League. The hosts will look to Nasser to find a result against Australia.

Source AAP