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No club versus country clash Down Under

The club versus country row does not just rear its head in England.

But Harry Kewell (pictured) and Brett Emerton's Australian A-League clubs do not seem too concerned about putting pressure on Football Federation Australia to rest their star players for next month's Socceroos friendly against Malaysia.

And, if anything, Australian soccer has a support system that Sir Alex Ferguson could only dream of, as the former Premier League duo are likely to be rested anyway, to ensure that a game the Canberra Times describes as the "season-opening blockbuster", between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC, does not lose any of its sparkle.

The Aussies' friendly with Malaysia will be played in Canberra on Friday, October 7 - a day before Kewell's Victory take on Emerton's Sky Blues.

A crowd of more than 50,000 is expected to pack into the Etihad Stadium (the Middle Eastern airline clearly has world domination in its sights) for the eagerly-anticipated showdown between two of the A-League's highest profile stars.

The apparent level of support from Football Federation Australia seems particularly generous when you take into account that the Socceroos will take on Oman in a World Cup qualifier in Sydney just four days after the big Victory versus Sydney clash.


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