World Cup participations: 1
Greatest World Cup achievement: none
Finally - after 32 years Australia has reached the World Cup finals again.
In the last qualifications they always just failed, but this time they made
it in a penalty shoot-out thriller against Uruguay.
The hero was goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer of Middlesborough who together with
his club colleague Mark Viduka and many other 'Britons' - Tim Cahill (Everton),
Harry Kewell (Liverpool), Emerton and Neill of Blackburn is part of the
big stars of Australia.
Australia is coached by legend Guus Hiddink who does the job as a sideline
(mainly he is manager of PSV Eindhoven).
Hiddink became a coaching legend after he led underdog South Korea in 2002 into the
world cup semi-final!
Kewell and Cahill are excellent midfield players that can drive the game
forward - Australia's defence is not as strong and could decide in potentially
narrow matches against Croatia and Japan, but on the other hand the
world cup euphoria is really big.
The odds on Australia as world cup winner were naturally very high
- 151.0 at Betandwin.
For a bet on group winner Australia you get 15.0.
For a bet on Australia going to the 2nd round you get 3.10.
Association Football Federation Australia
Coach Frank Farina, 2000-
Most caps Alex Tobin (87)
Top scorer Damian Mori (29)
New Zealand 3 - 1 Australia
(Dunedin, New Zealand; June 17, 1922)
Australia 31 - 0 American Samoa
(Coffs Harbour, Australia; April 11, 2001)
Australia 0 - 8 South Africa
(Adelaide, Australia; September 17, 1955)
Appearances 1 (First in 1974)
Best result Round 1, 1974
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1980)
Best result Winners, 1980, 1996,
World Cup Squad Australia
This is the official world cup squad -
you can find here all the
world cup players
Other World Cup Teams
Trinidad and Tobago
Serbia and Montenegro