Mauk named in Olyroos squad for Olympic qualifiers

Stefan Mauk has been rewarded with a call up to the Olyroos following an impressive start to the season with Melbourne City FC.

Mauk, 20, has featured in 10 matches for City, making 7 starts and contributing 4 goals - his latest goal coming in Saturday's 2-1 triumph over Melbourne Victory in the Melbourne Derby.

Having featured just five times last season, Mauk has already established himself as an important contributor to City's midfield in the 2015/16 season, which contains the likes of Jacob Melling, Robi Koren, Aaron Mooy and Erik Paartalu.

Mauk is part of the 23-man Olyroos squad named on Wednesday morning by Head Coach Aurelio Vidmar, which will compete in the AFC U-23 Championship Doha 2016 in Qatar from 14-30 January - which is the final round of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Mauk joins Socceroos Chris Ikonomidis, Josh Brillante, Adam Taggart, Terry Antonis, Daniel de Silva and Mustafa Amini as well as 11 other players from the Hyundai A-League.

“We have put together an exciting squad that includes some players with Socceroos experience and also illustrates the strength of the Hyundai A-League and its position as a true pathway for national team footballers,” Vidmar said.

“The squad contains 12 players from our National Competition and the A-League clubs and coaches should be congratulated for the part they play in developing these players.

“We have taken the group through an important journey with qualifying, camps and friendly matches but this is a step up in class that they have to take in their development as international football players.

“We head to Qatar for a tough tournament but we have a good group of players that and we’re confident we can qualify for the Olympic Games, which is a great opportunity for the players.”

The Olyroos will head to Dubai for a seven day camp before the opening match in Group D against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 14 January at the Grand Hamad Stadium. The Olyroos also play Vietnam (17 January) and Jordan (20 January) with the top two teams progressing to the quarter finals.

The top three teams will qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games Football Tournament.

Olyroos squad for the AFC U-23 Championship Doha 2016 in Qatar

Surname

First Name

DOB

Club

AMINI

Mustafa

20-04-93

Randers FC, Denmark

ANTONIS

Terry

26-11-93

PAOK, Greece

BORRELLO

Brandon

25-07-95

Brisbane Roar FC

BRILLANTE

Josh

25-03-93

Calcio Como, Italy

BURGESS

Cameron

21-10-95

Fulham FC, England

DE SILVA

Daniel

06-03-97

Roda JC Kerkrade, Holland

DENG

Thomas

03-20-97

Melbourne Victory FC

DONACHIE

James

14-05-93

Brisbane Roar FC

DUNCAN

Jack

19-04-93

Randers FC, Denmark

EDWARDS

Ryan

17-11-93

Partick Thistle, Scotland

GALLIFUOCO

Giancarlo

12-01-94

Melbourne Victory FC

GALLOWAY

Scott

25-04-95

Melbourne Victory FC

GERIA

Jason

10-05-93

Melbourne Victory FC

GERSBACH

Alex

08-05-97

Sydney FC

HOOLE

Andrew

22-10-93

Sydney FC

IKONOMIDIS

Christopher

04-05-95

SS Lazio, Italy

IZZO

Paul

06-01-95

Central Coast Mariners

LENNOX

Aaron

19-02-93

Kilmarnock FC, Scotland

MACLAREN

Jamie

29-07-93

Brisbane Roar FC

MAUK

Stefan

22-10-95

Melbourne City FC

PAIN

Connor

11-11-93

Melbourne Victory FC

TAGGART

Adam

02-06-93

Dundee United FC, Scotland

UGARKOVIC

Steven

19-08-94

Uncontracted

 

Match Details

Australia v UAE

14 January 2016

Grand Hamad Stadium

7.30pm (3.30am 15 January AEDT)

 

Vietnam v Australia

17 January 2016

Grand Hamad Stadium

4.30pm (12.30am 18 January AEDT)

 

Jordan v Australia

20 January 2016

Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium

7.30pm (3.30am 15 January AEDT)

 

Possible quarter final – 23 January 2016

Possible semi final – 26 January 2016

Possible 3rd/4th playoff – 29 January 2016

Possible Final – 30 January 2016