Socceroo 1988 B Matches

Socceroo B Matches for 1988

Written by Greg Stock and Andrei Libin. Thanks to John Punshon for the cross-referencing of data. For more details see credits.


Australia played a one off match against visiting club side IFK Gøtenburg.
Played : January 10 1988 Venue : Parramatta Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Australia
Jeff Olver (Mike Gibson), Wally Savor (Alex Tobin), Charlie Yankos, Robbie Dunn, Graham Jennings, Alan Davidson (Mike Petersen), Paul Wade (Ernie Tapai), Oscar Crino, Frank Farina, Graham Arnold, Scott Ollerenshaw (Joe Mullen)
0 - 1 IFK Gøtenburg (SWE)
(Lineup unavailable)
Coach : Frank Arok (Australia)


A two match series against visiting Yugoslavian club side Dinamo Zagreb gave the Socceroos some more valuable match practice ahead of the Olympic Games qualifiers in late February and March.
Played : February 3 1988 Venue : Olympic Park, Melbourne, Australia
Australia
Jeff Olver, Wally Savor, Charlie Yankos, Alex Tobin, Graham Jennings, Gary McDowall, Paul Wade (Mike Petersen), Oscar Crino, Frank Farina, Graham Arnold, Joe Mullen (Aurelio Vidmar)
Goal : Arnold
1 - 1 Dinamo Zagreb (YUG)
(Lineup unavailable)
Coach : Frank Arok (Australia)


Played February 5 1988 Venue : Parramatta Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Australia
Jeff Olver, Alan Davidson, Charlie Yankos, Gary McDowall, Graham Jennings, Mike Petersen (Tommy McCulloch), Oscar Crino (Aurelio Vidmar), Paul Wade, Frank Farina (Scott Ollarenshaw), Graham Arnold (Ernie Tapai), John Kosmina
Goals : Kosmina x2, Farina
3 - 1 Dinamo Zagreb (YUG)
(Lineup unavailable)
Coaches : Frank Arok (Australia)


Australia had qualified for the Olympic games and their first group match was against the far more fancied Yugoslavs. This match appears in the 'B' archive since the European sides had restrictions on team selections in that they could not pick players who had been involved in World Cup games. Drawn in Group D, Australias opponents would be Yugoslavia, Brazil and Nigeria. This match was an Olympic Games Finals match.
Played : September 18 1988 Venue : Kwangju, South Korea
Yugoslavia
Dragoje Lekovic (Stevan Stojanovic 30), Vujadin Stanojkovic, Refik Sabanadzovic, Ivica Barbaric, Predrag Spasic, Dragan Stojkovic, Srecko Katanec, Dragoljub Brnovic, Vladislav Djukic, Semir Tuce, Dusko Milinkovic (Mirko Mihic 69)
0 - 1 Australia
Jeff Olver, Charlie Yankos, Robbie Dunn, Alan Davidson, Graham Jennings, Paul Wade, Oscar Crino, Mike Petersen, Frank Farina, Graham Arnold (Robbie Slater 79), David Mitchell (Vlado Bozinoski 87)
Goal : Farina 48
Referee : Juan Carlos Lousteau (Argentina)
Crowd : 12000
Coach : Frank Arok (Australia), Ivan 'Ivica' Osim (Yugoslavia)


Australias first Olympic match was against European opposition and so was its last. Frank Arok had modelled the Socceroos on the Soviet style of play but they showed that they still did it best and Australia bowed out of the Olympic Games Finals after this 3-0 loss.This was an Olympic Games Finals match.
Played : September 25 1988 Venue : Pusan, South Korea
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Dmitriy Kharin, Viktor Losev, Gela Ketashvili, Sergei Gorlukovich, Aleksei Cherednik (Sergei Fokin 72), Arminas Narbekovas, Yevgeniy Kuznetsov, Aleksei Mikhaylichenko, Igor Dobrovolskiy, Vladimir Tatarchuk (Igor Sklyarov 68), Vladimir Lyuty
Goals : Dobrovolskiy 50pk, 54pk, Mikhaylichenko 62
3 - 0 Australia
Jeff Olver, Alan Davidson, Charlie Yankos, Robbie Dunn, Graham Jennings, Paul Wade, Gary van Egmond, Oscar Crino, Frank Farina (Vlado Bozinoski), Graham Arnold, David Mitchell (sent off 68)
Referee : Juan Cardellino (Uruguay)
Crowd : 7000
Coach : Frank Arok (Australia), Anatoliy Byshovets (USSR)