For the first time in over three years, the Socceroos will play in Brisbane when they host New Zealand on September 22.
Take a trip down memory lane as you think back to some of our best times in the Sunshine State.
Over the years, the Socceroos have played Brisbane more than 30 times, including playing the first-ever home game in the city.
Today’s announcement means Australia’s farewell match will be the national team’s first appearance in the Queensland capital since November 2018.
The friendly match will also mark a centenary celebration of the Socceroos – its location holding a special place in the team’s history.
Check out some of our best moments below!
1923 | Friendly vs New Zealand | 2-1 win | Brisbane Cricket Ground
The history of the Australian men’s national football team dates back to 1922, when an invitation to tour New Zealand football was accepted by the Commonwealth Football Association.
A year later, the Socceroos played another series of home friendlies. Australia’s first home game was played at the Brisbane Cricket Ground as 7,000 spectators watched the Socceroos beat New Zealand 2-1 thanks to goals from William Maunder and Percy Lennard.
1997 | Friendly vs Korea Republic | 2-1 win | Lang Park
After taking over as Australia coach at the start of 1997, this was Terry Venables’ second game in charge. The legendary England manager took charge of the team for a year and kicked off his tenure with a four-nation series designed to assess homegrown players.
The series included Norway, New Zealand and Korea Republic and this was game two. In front of over 15,000 spectators at Lang Park, the Socceroos breakthrough came after 35 minutes when a good heading pass was completed by Matthew Bingley.
Alistair Edwards came off the bench and scored with his first touch, and just when it looked like Australia might score a few more, the Koreans collected one from a free-kick that went past Zeljko Kalac.
1998 | Oceania Nations Cup vs Cook Islands | 16-0 win | Lang Park
Australia met the Cook Islands in their second and final 1998 Oceania Nations Cup group game at Lang Park and managed to miss a world record goal.
Iran set the world record in the 1998 World Cup qualifiers with a 17-0 win over the Maldives, but it was then overtaken by American Samoa 31-0 from Australia.
The Socceroos, despite the absence of their Europe-based players such as Harry Kewell and Mark Boschich, desperately outplayed the part-timers from the Cook Islands with eight goals in each half. Damian Mori and Robert Trajovski scored four each while Paul Trimboli netted a hat-trick.
Australia then lost the Oceania Nations Cup final 1-0 to New Zealand.
2006 | Friendly vs Paraguay | Draw 1-1 | Lang Park
While the 2006 friendly against Paraguay provided solid preparation for Asian Cup qualifying in the weeks to come, it was also an opportunity to say goodbye to Kalac, Stan Lazaridis, Tony Vidmar and Tony Popovic who all retired after the game.
Popovic thought he had won the match for the Socceroos with an 88th-minute header near the post from a Marco Bresciano free-kick, but Paraguay sent off their own retired great Carlos Gamarra with a 93rd-minute equaliser.
Over 47,000 spectators watched four Australian rules football greats hang up their boots and end their marvelous Geen and Gold careers.
2010 | Asian Cup Qualifier vs Indonesia | 1-0 win | Lang Park
In front of over 20,000 fans at Lang Park, the Socceroos sealed their Asian Cup qualification with a 1-0 win over Indonesia.
In torrential rain, Pim Verbeek’s side secured a hard-fought victory thanks to Mark Milligan’s first international goal.
Luke Wilkshire kicked in a free-kick and with the keeper beating Milligan’s header returned from the crossbar, but he pivoted and produced an excellent finish to score what turned out to be one of six goals for an illustrious green and golden career. .
2015 | Asian Cup against China | 2-0 win | Lang Park
Tim Cahill scored twice as Australia beat China 2-0 to progress to the Asian Cup semi-finals in January 2015 at Lang Park.
Cahill produced a moment of magic to wow over 48,000 spectators with an unforgettable bicycle kick that helped secure the win.
It might just be one of Socceroo’s great goals but it wouldn’t stop there. The legendary Green and Gold Striker added a second in the 65th minute as he headed home with a Jason Davidson cross to seal the victory.
2018 | friendly vs Korea Republic | Draw 1-1 | Lang Park
A last-minute strike from Massimo Luongo saw the Socceroos battle to earn a 1-1 draw against Korea Republic at Lang Park in their final game in Brisbane of 2018.
Hwang Ui-jo’s goal against the run of play in the 22nd minute appeared to be the defining moment in a game that Australia dominated from the opening whistle.
But Luongo netted a saved save from Korea Republic goalkeeper Kim Seung-yu with the game’s final kick to ensure Australia capped their first home game in over a year with an equalizer. spectacular late.