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Wheeler Place to host World Cup ‘live site’ for Socceroos’ clash

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Novocastrians will have the chance to cheer on the Socceroos this weekend as they continue to chase FIFA World Cup glory.

Following the national side’s thrilling 1-0 victory over Denmark, thousands of passionate football fans are expected to descend on Wheeler Place on Sunday 4 December to watch the Australian team tackle the might of Lionel Messi and his Argentinian outfit in a sudden-death fixture in Qatar.

City of Newcastle (CN) plans to host an open-air broadcast of the showdown from 6am.

The Socceroos cemented their place in the knockout stages for just the second time in World Cup history after Mathew Leckie struck home the winning goal on Thursday morning.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the “live site” would bring all the action to Newcastle, offering a family-friendly way for locals to enjoy the atmosphere from home.

“Novocastrians are passionate about football and turned out in droves to set an Australian crowd record for a women’s soccer match when the Matildas faced off against Brazil in Newcastle a few years ago,” she explained.

“While we may be 12,500km from the action in Qatar, I expect no less passion from supporters in Wheeler Place as they gather to watch the Socceroos take on Argentina.

“Council is thrilled to stage this live site for the community.

“So, I encourage everyone to don their green and gold and get down to Wheeler Place to soak up the atmosphere and show their support for the Australian men’s team.”

Newcastle boasts a proud association with the Socceroos, with records showing more than 75 players from across the region have taken their place in the squad in A-International encounters since 1922.

In more recent times, Newcastle’s Col Curran and Ray Baartz were selected to represent Australia at the 1974 World Cup, and were followed by Graham Jennings, David Lowe, Troy Halpin and Clayton Zane. 

Novocastrian women have also played a significant role in the success of the Matildas, with Cheryl Salisbury, Joey Peters and Emily van Egmond all representing Australia more than 100 times each.

Further details on Sunday’s live site will be shared on City of Newcastle’s Facebook page.

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