Sydney: Eerie sound effects at Sydney`s Stadium Australia are leaving passers-by in a state of confusion. Snatches of Aboriginal singing, the Muslim call to prayer and whooshing wind effects can all be heard when walking past the former Olympic venue in Sydney`s suburbs, prompting pedestrians to stare about in puzzlement. The eclectic sounds come from speakers mounted on poles and were, according to people familiar, installed during the 2000 Olympics. The Swindon effect.
Third-tier English club Swindon Town is having an unforeseen impact on the Asian Cup after providing two of the stars so far. First Massimo Luongo was man of the match for his sparkling performance in Australia`s 4-1 win over Kuwait, including a brilliant headed goal. Yaser Kasim then lit up Iraq`s game with Jordan by slaloming through the defence to score the game`s only goal, and also earning man-of-the-match honours. Somewhat surprisingly, Swindon are scarcely missing the impressive pair as they sit top of League One on goal difference.
Iranian fans earned respect and praise for their vociferous support during the 2-0 win over Bahrain in Melbourne. Thousands of Iran supporters raised the roof in Melbourne, turning it into a mini Azadi stadium and making it appear like a home tie for `Team Melli`. According to some observers, noise levels were higher than when Australia played in the same venue a few days earlier. Australian news agency AAP said hundreds of fans were also left outside during the match, unable to buy tickets because booths were left unattended.