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06-28-2007, 01:56 PM

Australia take hi-tech approach to Asian Cup

June 28, 2007
SINGAPORE (AFP) - Australia are taking a high-tech approach to the Asian Cup finals, equipping players with heart-rate monitors and GPS navigation equipment to keep track of their fitness levels.

West Ham defender Lucas Neill revealed the training methods as the Socceroos attempt to get used to the hot and humid conditions they will face at the tournament co-hosted by Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

"We're all geared up with heart rate monitors and GPS navigation on our back so we can clock everything we're doing, and the boys are putting in good shifts," Neill said here where the team are acclimatising.

"The boys always want to keep pushing themselves. Every day we train, we provide the results and in the evening we sit down with the back room staff to go through the intensity and distance and heart rate and averages.

"It's just a guideline, we're not going to use it as our bible, but it is good to know if you have put in a good shift.

"We have been given a fantastic opportunity with the amount of backroom staff we have here and they are making it easier for us."

Australia are grouped with Iraq, Oman and Thailand and get their Asian Cup campaign underway on July 8 in Bangkok.