Qatar coach out for revenge against Socceroos
BANGKOK, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Qatar's Uruguayan coach Jorge Fossati will have revenge on his mind against Australia on Wednesday after the Socceroos denied his former team a place at the 2006 World Cup finals.
Fossati, whose Uruguay team were beaten on penalties in a playoff for a World Cup berth, said being drawn with the Socceroos in the 2010 qualifiers was a gift from God and the perfect chance to get his own back.
'The last time I coached a national team, it was with my country Uruguay and I lost,' Fossati told Reuters ahead of Wednesday's match in Melbourne.
'Now I'm back to Australia but with a different team, a different dream and I think God gave me this chance to take my revenge on the Australians.
'Who knows? Maybe I will do it this time.'
The two teams have been drawn in the so-called 'group of death' alongside Asian Cup holders Iraq and 2002 qualifiers China.
Fossati, who steered Qatari league champions Al Sadd to an unprecedented domestic treble last year after only 18 months in charge, said his team were unfazed by Australia's European-based players.
'I think Australia will play with their European players... even if they didn't it's the same to me,' he said.
'We know that we are facing a very tough group but we are optimistic that we can qualify to the fourth round.
He added: 'We have young players, we also have players with experience so with this combination I think we will succeed.'