Minnows Guam not scared of Socceroos
They may be a from a tiny island nation with less than one per cent of Australia's population but don't expect footballing minnow Guam to be intimidated when they play the Socceroos on Friday.
World No.33 Australia meet No .181 Guam for the first ever time in their penultimate match at the East Asian Cup qualifying tournament in Hong Kong.
Guam have yet to taste victory in the competition, going down to Hong Kong (2-1), North Korea (5-0) before drawing 1-1 with Taiwan on Wednesday.
But they're far from shaking in their boots at the thought of playing the highest-ranked team they have ever faced.
"I love my team. They're great," said Guam's English coach Gary White.
"I tell them to run through a wall and they say 'how many?'. It's a great group of kids.
"We've had one day rest between every match which is just not enough.
"But I can tell you they're not scared. They're very confident and they're looking forward to the challenge against Australia".
White previously coached the Bahamas and lifted them 55 spots up the rankings during his two-year tenure and Guam look to be headed for the same way already climbing 13 places since he took the reins in February.
White has brought the likes of Major League Soccer players Ryan Guy and 'keeper Doug Herrick into the fold while trying to develop the squad comprising mainly of youngsters.
He admits he's even picked Socceroos coach Holger Osieck's brain to learn how things are done in more established set-ups.
But he said while Guam has set out to be competitive against similarly-ranked countries Hong Kong and Taiwan at the East Asia tournament, exposure to teams like the Socceroos is priceless.
"We came here to really show everyone that we can compete with the likes of Hong Kong and Taiwan and the North Korea game and the Australia games were always going to be good experience for us.
"These are teams that play in the World Cup so we're saying 'how about you measure yourself against some of the world's best and see how far away you are'.
"There's no better measuring stick than playing against this level."