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Apr 12, 2010   |  10:31PM AET

Colosimo Makes Appearance For AZ Alkmaar Reserves

Colosimo Makes Appearance For AZ Alkmaar Reserves

Simon Colosimo’s World Cup ambitions have received a massive boost after the Melbourne Heart FC signing played the full 90 minutes for AZ Alkmaar’s reserve team over the weekend.

Simon Colosimo-s World Cup ambitions have received a massive boost after the Melbourne Heart FC signing played the full 90 minutes for AZ Alkmaar-s reserve team over the weekend.

Colosimo headed to the reigning Dutch Champions on a short-term training stint to maintain his fitness heading into June-s football showcase in South Africa, joining fellow Australians Brett Holman, Joey Didulica and James Holland.

However, the 31-year-old-s unexpected appearance for AZ-s reserves will serve as an added bonus and help Colosimo further press his claims for selection to Qantas Socceroo Head Coach Pim Verbeek-s final 23 man squad.

General Manager of Football Operations John Didulica expressed his delight at the development.

“We are really excited that Simon-s time with AZ Alkmaar is ensuring Simon remains in the World Cup frame. Having match time at a good level under the noses of the Australian coaching staff is just invaluable for him now,” he said.

“From a club perspective, it is great that we already have established enough credibility with a club that played in the Champions League this year that they would help one of our players.

“It-s a credit to the respect that John van-t Schip has in the Netherlands and the professional approach of the Australian players who have played in the Eredivisie.”

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