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Soccer giants on way to Australia?

  • Soccer giants on way to Australia?

Australia has enjoyed visits from some of the world's biggest club football sides, and major national teams might not be far behind.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has his eye on any spare gaps in the FIFA calendar and hopes to organise a major drawcard match next year in Australia.

Speaking in Amman, ahead of the Socceroos' important World Cup qualifier with Jordan, Postecoglou said he was exploring opportunities to give his side international experience.

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"I'd certainly be keen on having a couple of big games ... even at home, some really big games," he said.

There is a vacant international window in early June after the first group stage in Australia's qualification route, before the next group stage begins in September.

That could mean the return of Asian powerhouses such as Japan, Korea, China and Iran to Australia, which could be marquee matches.

"The second half of qualifying, once we get through, we can have some big games at home, with big home crowds. To expose the guys to more of that will be good," Postecoglou said.

"That's part of the planning at the moment - to fill those gaps with some big games next year."

Melbourne hosted Real Madrid, Manchester City and Roma in June this year, with other cities hosting English Premier League sides Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool during the A-League's winter break.

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