Australia – World Cup 2010 – Betting
Manager: Pim Verbeek
Captain: Lucas Neill
FIFA Ranking: 16
World Cup Appearances: 2 – 1974, 2006
Best World Cup: 2006 – Last 16
Australia Team Profile
Australian manager Pim Verbeek will be aiming to eclipse the 2006 World Cup which seen Australia go as far as the last sixteen under former manager Guus Hiddink. Australia had to contend with the likes of Brazil, Croatia and Japan in group F and yet Guus Hiddink guided the ‘Aussies‘ out of a very tough group with their only defeat in the group stage coming against the classy Brazilians.
The 2006 finals was just Australia’s second world cup appearance but football has really started to take off down under and for a country that went over 40 years without a world cup apperance before the 2006 finals, the ‘Aussies‘ have now reserved a place in their second successive World Cup. That’s a massive achievement for a country that has only just come to light in terms of producing some players with real quality.
Australia go into the World Cup as the 20th best team in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings. They certainly have the right form heading into the finals but they have one huge weaknesses and that’s their lack of strength in depth. Their first eleven could push even the top teams close but they only have a team right now, not a squad. They have a great chance of bypassing the group stage but when it comes to competing against the classier countries, after some gruelling group games, we expect the Australians to unfortunately come up second best.
Pim Verbeek is a Dutch manager who spent most of his playing career in the Dutch league with Sparta Rotterdam, Roda JC and NAC Breda. However, Pim Verbeek made a name for himself when aiding South Korea to the Semi-Finals in the 2002 World Cup when he was assistant manager under Guus Hiddink. Before taken over as manager of Australia in 2007, Pim Verbeek led South Korea to a third place finish in 2006 at the AFC Asian Championship and has now guided Australia to their third world cup appearance.
Pim Verbeek prefers to play with two holding midfielders and concentrates his attacking emphasis down the flanks. He tends to employ just the one front man with the tactic of overloading the opposing defence with crosses from the wings. Pim has been criticised back in Australia for playing ‘Dull football’ but remains adamant that as long as his team reaches the finals, it doesn’t matter what style of football they play.
Australia Key Players
The Everton maestro has been the best player to come out of Australia for some time, and with the likes of Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell bracing the Premiership in recent years, that’s some statement to make. Not only can the former Millwall play-maker create a goalscoring opportunity out of nothing but he’s made a reputation from being a nuisance in the oppositions penalty area, especially from set-pieces. Despite not being the tallest of players at 5ft 10in, he has an immense talent for putting himself in the right place at the right time and defenders often struggle to pick the little ‘Aussie’ up. Cahill has become a talisman for Australia and he will be crucial to their chances in south Africa.
The Fulham goalkeeper has bags of experience on his C.V. and has been a sought after keeper throughout his career. When Middlesborough let Schwarzer leave, some Australian critics thought Mark would find it hard to remain as the ‘Aussie’ number 1 in goal but he’s made that position his own and his performances, not only for his country but for his club as well, has reinstated his stance as the best goalkeeper in Australia at current. Schwarzer is the most capped player in the squad with 68 caps and his experience and quality at the back will be a huge boost for manager Pim Verbeek.
Australia Qualification for the World Cup
Goals Scored: 12
Goals Conceded: 1
World Cup Potential: 3/5
Football, or Soccer as it’s referred to over in Australia, is growing at a rate of knots ‘Down Under’ and it’s easy to see why when you see the national team performing so well, encouraging the younger generation to take up a sport which had been overshadowed by a number of other sports for decades. The country got right behind their team when they made their first ever appearance in a World Cup back in 2006 and they’ll do the exact same the second time around.
In fairness, Australia don’t have a particularly bad set up considering they’re one of the outsiders to win the competition. They have a world-class goalkeeper in Mark Schwarzer, a super shot-stopper and a man who commands his box with authority. Their defence doesn’t have many household names but the ones they do have tonnes of grit and determination, and a heap of experience needed on the big stage; Lucas Neill (53 Caps), Brett Emerton (72 Caps) and Scott Chipperfield (63 Caps) three of the more experienced Australian defenders. With Tim Cahill (19 Goals), Harry Kewell (13 Goals) and Scott McDonald (0 Goals) all strutting their stuff in the final third of the pitch, the Australians might just have enough to etch enough points to sneak through what is a difficult Group.
Australia were drawn in a tough group back in 2006 and they battled their way through adversity. They’ve been put in a similarly difficult group this time around as well. However, while the group does look tough on paper, it’s mainly because it’s a competitive group and that’s good news for the Australians as it means they have just as much chance of making the knock-put stage for the second World Cup running as the rest in Group D; Germany, Serbia and Ghana, of making the last-sixteen. The Aussies could be South Africa’s Dark Horses.
Australia World Cup Betting Odds
Australia to win the World Cup: 500/1 Bet365
Before the World Cup the odds on Australia were 150/1
Official Australia World Cup Squad
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham)
Brad Jones (Middlesbrough)
Adam Federici (Reading)
Lucas Neill (Galatasaray Istanbul)
Luke Wilkshire (Dynamo Moscow)
Scott Chipperfield (FC Basel)
David Carney (FC Twente Enschede)
Mark Milligan (JEF United)
Michael Beauchamp (Al-Jazira)
Jason Culina (Gold Coast)
Tim Cahill (Everton)
Brett Emerton (Blackburn Rovers)
Mark Bresciano (Palermo)
Vincenzo Grella (Blackburn Rovers)
Brett Holman (Alkmaar)
Carl Valeri (Sassuolo)
Mile Jedinak (Antalyaspor Kulubu)
Richard Garcia (Hull City)
Dario Vidosic (MSV Duisburg)
Harry Kewell (Galatasaray)
Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus)
Nikita Rukavytsya (Twente Enschede)
last update: 18 June 2010
World Cup 2010 Australia Fixtures – Group D
|Date - Time||Group||Match||Result|
|13/06 - 15.00||D||Serbia - Ghana||0-1|
|13/06 - 19.30||D||Germany - Australia||4-0|
|18/06 - 12.30||D||Germany - Serbia||0-1|
|19/06 - 15.00||D||Ghana - Australia||1-1|
|23/06 - 19.30||D||Ghana - Germany||0-1|
|23/06 - 19.30||D||Australia - Serbia||2-1|
World Cup 2010 Group D - Table
|Rank||Team||Matches / Points|
|1||Germany||3 Matches / 6 Points|
|2||Ghana||3 Matches / 4 Points|
|3||Australia||3 Matches / 4 Points|
|4||Serbia||3 Matches / 3 Points|