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Football news 2022, Socceroos, A-League: Tommy Oar retires

Former football player Tommy Orr retired from professional football at the age of 30.

Striker Kazar made 28 appearances for the national team and was part of Australia’s 2014 World Cup and 2015 Asian Cup squads, making his Socceroos debut on March 10 as an 18-year-old alongside Harry Kewell.

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He stayed there for five years before a short and unhappy spell in England with Ipswich Town.

Oar soon returned to the A-League to join the Roar in February 2016, but was on the move again in June 2017, joining Cypriot outfit APOEL.

However, 14 months later, Rower returned to the A-League again, this time with the Central Coast Mariners, where he spent two seasons before joining MacArthur FC, where he spent the last two years of his professional career.

Tommy Orr (left) battles for the ball with Spain's Xabi Alonso at the 2014 World Cup.  Image: AAP Image/Lukas Coch
Tommy Orr (left) battles for the ball with Spain’s Xabi Alonso at the 2014 World Cup. Image: AAP Image/Lukas CochSource: AAP

“Over the past 14 years, I’ve been fortunate to meet some amazing people, travel and live in amazing places, enjoy some amazing times with teammates and staff, and I’m very proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish.” he said.

“I want to thank everyone for supporting me since I was a child to achieve my football dream.”

“I am excited for the future and will continue my love and support for football from the sidelines.”

Meanwhile, Football Australia has expressed interest in hosting the next Asian Cup, but only if the tournament is moved to February 2024.

The tournament was supposed to be held in China in June-July next year, but the Chinese Football Association has pulled out of the event due to ongoing concerns over Covid-19.

The FA cannot host the tournament at the same time because Australia is a co-host of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which also starts next July.

“Our preference is to host[the Asian Cup]in February 2024,” an FA spokesman said.

“Before we contemplate the tender, we will liaise with governments at all levels to understand the interest rates, because any event requires government funding and support.

“Based on the above, we may or may not submit a final bid to host.”

The bidding will be at the end of August and a decision will be made on the new tournament hosts in October.

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