GOAL: Sports Minister Stuart Ayres, Matilda Emily van Egmond and Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes. MATILDAS star Emily van Egmond has competed at an Olympic Games, won a Bundesliga titleand played footballin almost every continent on the globe.
The 23-year-old midfielder has earned 61 caps for Australia since making her debut as a teenager in 2010.
But she has never had an opportunity to wear the green and goldin her home town–until now.
As reported in the Newcastle Herald on Tuesday, the Matildas will take on Brazil at McDonald Jones Stadium on Tuesday, September 19.
Emily van Egmond will get to do what her football idols didn’t – play against Brazil in Newcastle. @[email protected]@FFApic.twitter南京夜网/XLXf304tsq
— James Gardiner (@JamesGardiner42) July 5, 2017TweetFacebook Matildas midfielder Emily van Egmond Pictures: Marina Neil and Getty Images“Newcastle has been a strong breeding ground for female footballers and I am very muchlooking forward to September.”
Brazil, led by five-time women’s player of the year Marta, are ranked eighth in the world, one placebelow Australia.
The Matildassuffered a heart-breaking loss 7-6 on penalties to the host nation in the quarter-final at the Rio Olympics last August,which continued string of close results between the nations.
“I’m sure we will be buzzing to go out and play Brazil again,” said, van Egmond, who is home on a break in between German seasons.“It is usually only a goal that separates us.”
Football Federation Australia last week confirmed that Australia will bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and Newcastle shapes as a potential games venue.
“It would be everyone’s dream to play at a World Cup in their home town,” Van Egmond said.
Australia and Brazil boastsimilar attacking styles and van Egmond expects first-time spectators to be surprised at the skill level and intensity on show in September.
“Women’s football is changing really quickly,” she said.“The bulk of our squad are based overseas.Brazil is in the same boat as us. It will definitely be a very good match.”
Matildas coach Alen Stajcic said the Brazil series, which falls within a FIFA international window,will be vital in the lead up to the Women’s Asian Cup whichwill be held in Jordan next April.
“It will be a tough challenge for us against some of the best players in the world,” Stajic said.“Brazil has definitely been one of the bench mark nations in world football and we are looking forward to meeting them.”
Tickets cost $20 adults, $15 concession, $10 child, $40 family andare available atwww.matildas.footballaustralia南京夜网.au/tickets.