Sydney FC Trio Picked For Young Socceroos

Young Sydney trio Hagi Gligor, Anthony Bouzanis and Christopher Naumoff have been selected to represent Australia in the 20-man Young Socceroos squad announced by Head Coach Paul Okon today.

Young Sydney trio Hagi Gligor, Anthony Bouzanis and Christopher Naumoff have been selected to represent Australia in the 20-man Young Socceroos squad announced by Head Coach Paul Okon today.

The squad will travel to Spain from 12-21 August 2013, for the L'Alcúdia International Under-20 Football Tournament.

Okon has selected 16 Australian-based players and four players from overseas clubs.

Bouzanis and Gligor were also members of the Young Socceroos squad that recently competed at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, and Okon is looking forward to the start of the new qualification campaign.

“This is the first stage of a new campaign with a new playing group,” said Okon

“We had originally planned to have a training camp prior to the tournament to have a look at a larger group of overseas based players, but due to a number injuries we have had to postpone that camp until later in the year.

“This (COTIF) tournament is a very good one with four tough matches which include Spain and Mexico.

“This will be our first opportunity to develop our playing style and test ourselves against quality opposition,” concluded Okon

This is the 30th edition of the COTIF Tournament and will involve ten U-19 Mens National teams from Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Spain.

All matches will be played at the Estadio Municipal Els Arcs De L'Alcúdia.

This will be the first competitive outing for this group of players who are looking to eventually qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup which will be held in New Zealand. The first stage of this qualification process is the AFC U-19 Championship qualifiers which will be held in Hong Kong from 3 to 11 October 2013.

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Young Socceroos Squad List - COTIF Tournament, L'Alcúdia, Spain - 12-21 August 2013.

Anthony BOUZANIS (gk) Sydney FC, Australia James BALDACCHINO Western Sydney Wanderers, Australia Nicholas COWBURN Newcastle Jets, Australia Christopher CRISTALDO Melbourne Victory, Australia Matthew DAVIES Perth Glory, Australia Ben GARUCCIO Melbourne Heart, Australia Christopher IKONOMIDIS SS Lazio, Italy Rafa JIMENEZ Villarreal CF, Spain Hagi GLIGOR Sydney FC, Australia Awer MABIL Adelaide United, Australia Peter MAKRILLOS Stoke City, England Stefan MAUK Melbourne Heart, Australia Jacob MELLING Adelaide United, Australia Dylan MURNANE Melbourne Victory, Australia Christopher NAUMOFF Sydney FC, Australia Peter SKAPETIS Queens Park Rangers, England Nicholas OLSEN Western Sydney Wanderers, Australia Mitchell OXBORROW Newcastle Jets, Australia Luke RADONICH (gk) Melbourne Victory, Australia Riley WOODCOCK Perth Glory, Australia