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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Socceroos, Aussies
Association Football Federation Australia
Confederation AFC
Head coach Netherlands Pim Verbeek
Captain Lucas Neill
Most caps Alex Tobin (87)
Top scorer Damian Mori (29)
FIFA ranking 23
Highest FIFA ranking 14 (September 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 92 (June 2000)
Elo ranking 18
Highest Elo ranking 9 (November 2001)
Lowest Elo ranking 75 (November 1965)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 New Zealand 3 - 1 Australia 
(Dunedin, New Zealand; 17 June 1922)
Biggest win
 Australia 31 – 0 American Samoa 
(Coffs Harbour, Australia; 11 April 2001)
(World Record for international matches)
Biggest defeat
 Australia 0 - 8 South Africa 
(Adelaide, Australia; 17 September 1955)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1974)
Best result Round of 16, 2006
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2007)
Best result Quarterfinals, 2007
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1980)
Best result Champions, 1980, 1996,
2000, 2004
Confederations Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1997)
Best result Runners-Up, 1997

The Australia national football team represents Australia in international association football competitions. Its official nickname is the "Socceroos". The team is controlled by Football Federation Australia (FFA), which is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation and also an invitee member of the ASEAN Football Federation since 2006.

Australia is a four-time Oceania Football Confederation champion and has been represented at two FIFA World Cup tournaments, in 1974 and 2006. 14th is Australia's highest ever FIFA World Ranking since the rankings were introduced in 1992. Australia topped their group in the 2010 World Cup qualification and became one of the first nations to qualify for the finals tournament without losing a match and only conceding one goal.

The late 2000s has seen Australian association football increase considerably in domestic popularity and in international competitiveness.



The first Australian national team was constituted in 1922 for a tour of New Zealand. During the tour, Australia suffered two defeats and scraped a draw. Australia, New Zealand, China and South Africa became regular opponents in "Test" or "Friendly" matches for the next 25 years. With the advent of cheap air travel, Australia diversified its range of opponents. However, its geographical isolation continued to play a role in its destiny for the next 80 years.


Early World Cup campaigns

The Australian national team first played at the World Cup finals in West Germany in 1974[1]. It would prove to be their only appearance until 2006.

The road to the 1974 World Cup began with a series of home and away matches against Iraq, New Zealand, and Indonesia. The Socceroos, having won this tournament, then played and won a two-legged fixture against one of the Socceroos' biggest rivals Iran, managing to hold on to a slim overall lead in front of 120,000 Iranian fans in the Azadi Stadium, Tehran, during the second leg[2]. South Korea, having itself knocked out Israel at the equivalent stage, was then drawn as Australia's final hurdle. Over the course of another two-legged playoff the scores remained even, and so a deciding match was played in Hong Kong. Australia won this match, through a Jimmy Mackay goal, scored off a free kick.

The team performed with honour at the 1974 World Cup, and although unable to overcome the professional teams from host nations East and West Germany, the Socceroos, captained by local amateur Peter Wilson, did manage a scoreless draw against Chile. It was to be the last appearance for the Australian team until the World Cup tournament returned to Germany more than three decades later. Over that 32 year time span, the Australian team was known for its near misses in its attempts to qualify for the World Cup, most notably 1998 against Iran and 2002 against Uruguay.

Also they have lost the play-offs of 1966 (North Korea), 1970 (Israel), 1986 (Scotland), 1994 (Argentina), 1998 (Iran) and 2002 (Uruguay).

USA 1994 qualifying campaign

Australia's road to USA 94 is an example of the difficult qualifying path which members of the Oceania confederation have had to endure. In order to qualify for USA 94, Australia had to endure 3 playoff stages. The first stage was the Oceania playoff. Australia finished on top of Group 1 in Oceania going undefeated in four games against weaker sides Tahiti and the Solomon Islands and scoring thirteen goals over the four games. Australia played New Zealand in the Oceania playoff. The first leg was played in New Zealand on 30 May 1993, with Australia winning the game 1-0. Australia won the return leg 3-0 to win the playoff stage with a 4-0 aggregate score. Having won the Oceania playoff, Australia now had to win a 2-leg playoff against Canada, the CONCACAF runner up. The first leg was played in Canada on 31 July 1993, with the Canadians winning the 1st leg 2-1. In the second leg, which was played on 15 August 1993 in Sydney, Australia managed a 2-1 win which saw the game go into extra time after a 3-3 aggregate scoreline. The game went into a penalty shootout which was won by Australia 4-1. Australia then qualified for the 2-leg playoff against the South American group 1 runner up, Argentina. The first leg was played in Sydney on 31 October 1993. The 1st leg ended with a 1-1 draw. On 17 November 1993, the second leg was played in Argentina, with Argentina winning 1-0 and denying Australia a place at the 1994 World Cup in the United States. After the game Argentine legend Diego Maradona was so impressed with the Socceroos performance that he said to then captain Paul Wade "Your tears of pain, will one day be tears of joy". Just to qualify for the 1994 World Cup Australia would have had to beat Argentina, the runners-up from the 1990 World Cup, and ranked 9th in the world at that time.

France 1998 qualifying campaign

In 1997, after winning the OFC qualifying tournament, Australia had to play Iran over two legs in one week, with the winner progressing to the World Cup finals to be held in France. Australia, under coach Terry Venables, tied the away leg 1-1 and looked like they were going to proceed to the finals in France, initially leading 2-0 in the home game in Melbourne, until Iran managed to score two late goals. This match has been named one of the most memorable matches by many of the retired Australian and Iranian football players. The atmosphere at the MCG after the game was described as "like that of a graveyard" by many fans - At the time the crowd that packed the MCG was the highest ever for a football match in Australia, and after being very confident of progressing to the FIFA World Cup with only 30 minutes to go - suddenly being eliminated was devastating.

Korea/Japan 2002 qualifying campaign

In 2001 Australia again won the Oceania Confederation qualifying tournament for 2002 FIFA World Cup. Second and third-string lineups thrashed a number of tiny island nations in a competition that made a mockery of the Confederation, including a world-record 22–0 win against Tonga, then smashed that record with a 31–0 win over American Samoa only two days later. Still missing Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka, Australia comfortably beat New Zealand, their only real threat in the Oceania confederation. Australia then once again had to win a two leg playoff in November, in order to advance to the World Cup finals to be held in South Korea and Japan.

On this occasion the opposition was the 5th placed South American team, Uruguay. In the preceding four months Uruguay's preparation had been six World Cup qualifying matches, as follows: beat #2 ranked Brazil 1:0; drew 1:1 with #8 ranked Colombia; drew 1:1 with #2 ranked Argentina. In contrast, Australia's preparation had included no qualifying games since two matches in 4 days in June, against #81 ranked New Zealand, although had played two friendly matches - a loss to Japan in August and a 1:1 draw with France in November.

In the first leg in Melbourne, Australia won 1-0 after Kevin Muscat scored from a penalty kick; however, Australia's qualification campaign ended unsuccessfully as they lost 3-0 in the away leg in Montevideo just five days later with the South Americans proving too strong.

Outside qualification campaigns

The team's previously miserable record in World Cup competition was not reflected in their reasonable performances against strong European and South American sides, with victories in the 2001 Confederations Cup against France and Brazil. Australia finished the competition in 3rd place after a 3rd place play-off win against Brazil.

Australia also drew with France 1-1 in Melbourne in November 2001. A particular highlight for Australian football, and the one that attracted most public attention, was the 3-1 victory over traditional sporting rivals England in a friendly in London in 2003. The importance of the result within the wider football fraternity led to the match being remembered as the most meaningless friendly in the history of the game.

Germany 2006 qualifying campaign

In 2004, the team took the first steps towards qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup by topping the round-robin stage of the Oceania Football Confederation World Cup qualification tournament. The team drew 2-2 with the Solomon Islands, which combined with other results put that team ahead of New Zealand in the standings and meaning that the Solomon Islands qualified for the final playoff rather than the expected New Zealand.

Australia faces Germany in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup

Coach Frank Farina stood down from the position by "mutual consent" on 29 June 2005 after Australia failed to win a game at the 2005 Confederations Cup, citing ever increasing speculation over his position. On 22 July, Guus Hiddink was announced by FIFA as the new national coach. This announcement came after intense speculation by the Australian media over potential candidates and even a premature announcement from Hiddink himself. Hiddink combined his roles as manager of Dutch club PSV Eindhoven with that of Australia, and remained the coach of Australia until the end of the Australian team's 2006 World Cup campaign, after which he accepted a position coaching Russia.

After some initial training sessions with the Australian team in the Netherlands, his first campaign as national coach resulted in a 11-1 aggregate win over the Solomon Islands in the OFC Qualifying Tournament Final. The remaining task for Hiddink and Australia was the Oceania-South America playoff against the fifth placed team from the CONMEBOL Qualifying Tournament for a place in the World Cup.

In October 2005, Australia beat Jamaica 5-0 in a friendly in London. The win was the Socceroos' biggest win against a team ranked higher than them in the FIFA World Rankings list and also Australia's biggest win against a country which has participated in the World Cup.

Australia, ranked #49, then moved on to play 18th ranked Uruguay in a rematch of the qualifying matches in 2001. Again, there was a huge contrast in preparation. Australia had only two recent qualifying matches, against #138 Solomon Islands, only three days apart. Uruguay's preparation had included four qualifying matches, in the previous two months, including: beaten #26 Colombia, drawn with #33 Ecuador, and beaten #4 Argentina.

Fearing a repeat of security problems which occurred in Montevideo in 2001, Australia announced that they would hold their training sessions in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and would only stay in Montevideo for the game. Uruguay called for the first leg to be moved a day earlier, to 11 November. This idea was rejected by Australia. As a result, Uruguay had announced that they had moved the kick off time back five hours to 9:00 p.m. local time on 12 November. This meant that Australia would miss their direct flight back to Sydney for the second leg. This would also mean that Uruguay would have an extra day of preparation for the second leg.

However, this plan backfired on the Uruguayans. Their plans to charter a plane for a direct flight to Sydney fell through (they ended up flying over in "economy" class seating on a regular commercial flight). When Uruguay asked to move the kickoff back, Australia, which by that time had arranged, with their sponsor Qantas, a specially fitted out 767 (which included massage tables, and much room and space) for immediately after the game, refused. Eventually, FIFA stepped in and ordered the kickoff moved back to 6:00 p.m. local time.

Australia playing Uruguay at ANZ Stadium(formerly Telstra Stadium) in 2005; the match is in the second period of extra time.

Uruguay defeated Australia 1-0 in Montevideo on 12 November 2005, after a header from Dario Rodriguez. Australia had the better of their Uruguayan opponents for a lot of the match, but they could not capitalise on their opportunities. In Sydney, on 16 November for the second leg of the qualifying series and in front of 83,000 fans at Telstra Stadium, and 3.4 million more watching the televised broadcast, and an estimated 4 million more watching in pubs and clubs, Australia led Uruguay 1-0 after 90 minutes following a goal by Mark Bresciano in the first half. The aggregate was tied, and extra time was played. Neither team scored after two periods of extra time, bringing the game to a penalty shootout. Australia won the penalty shootout 4-2, making Australia the only team to ever qualify for a World Cup via a penalty shootout. Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer made two saves and John Aloisi scored the winning penalty.

The resulting win led to scenes of wild jubilation across the country, as fans rejoiced at the Socceroos qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, their first qualification in 32 years.

Germany were also the hosts the last time Australia qualified for the World Cup back in 1974.

Immediately after that qualification, Australia went into the 2006 World Cup as the second lowest-ranked side. Their ranking on the FIFA World Rankings improved in subsequent months, leapfrogging other qualified countries.

Acceptance into the AFC

Many commentators and fans felt that the only way for Australia to progress was to abandon the Oceania Football Confederation. Football had developed over time to place increasing importance on tournaments rather than friendly matches. This established the Continental championships and their qualifiers as the major source of competitive matches for national teams. This served to starve Australia of potential opponents and resulted in long gaps between fixtures for the national team.

One respected football (soccer) broadcaster and former Socceroos captain (Johnny Warren), expressed his desire for Australia to join Asia. Despite previous attempts to do so, each notoriously ending in failure, a story was leaked from Tokyo in March 2005 suggesting that FIFA had entered into secret discussions with the AFC on this very issue. On 23 March, the AFC Executive Committee made a unanimous decision to invite Australia to join the AFC.

AFC President, Mohammed Bin Hammam, outlined reasons for this decision.

As well as being a developed football nation, Australia brings a developed economy and this is actually what we want in football. Besides Japan, Korea, China and Saudi Arabia if Australia joins the benefits are huge, this is what we're after.

On 17 April, the OFC executive committee unanimously endorsed Australia's proposed move. FIFA approved the move on 30 June, and it took effect on 1 January 2006. Earlier, on 1 December, the AFC Executive Committee announced that Australia will be put into the ASEAN zone. Currently, Australia is an invitee member of ASEAN Football Federation.

Australia was duly entered into the 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification. On 4 January, Australia was drawn into group D, alongside Bahrain, Lebanon and Kuwait. Lebanon later withdrew due to recent military conflict in the area. Australia's first game as a member of the AFC was on 22 February, a 3-1 win away to Bahrain in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification. They subsequently qualified for the finals on 16 August after defeating Kuwait 2-0.

Preparation for Germany 2006

Australia was placed into 2006 World Cup Group F, along with Japan, Croatia and defending champions Brazil.

In late December 2005, Coach Guus Hiddink appointed former Dutch player, Johan Neeskens, as Assistant Coach, to work alongside Graham Arnold, Ron Smith, Tony Franken and Anthony Crea.

On 13 February 2006, Australia launched a new home and away strip for the World Cup. The home strip, similar to the 1974 outfit, is an entirely yellow shirt with green shorts. The away strip is entirely obsidian blue with yellow trimmings (the heraldic colours of Australia). The jerseys were launched at a lavish ceremony at the Berlin Olympic Stadium in Berlin. On 17 March 2006, the FIFA World Cup trophy visited Sydney on its tour around the world.

In preparation for the upcoming World Cup, Socceroos player Tony Vidmar was ruled out of the World Cup after being diagnosed with a heart condition. In all, the squad that won the qualification matches saw 5 changes in the lead-up the World Cup finals. Joel Griffiths, Ahmad Elrich, Ljubo Milicevic, Tony Vidmar and Michael Thwaite were replaced by Joshua Kennedy, Mile Sterjovski, Michael Beauchamp, Craig Moore and Mark Milligan respectively.

As part of a national support effort for the Socceroos in Australia, the television network SBS put on a competition, "Song for the Socceroos", in order to select a World Cup anthem for the Socceroos. The winning song "Green and Gold" was announced on 16 May.[3].

On 25 May 2006 in Melbourne, Australia played a friendly against Greece, current European Champions, and ranked #20 in FIFA rankings. Australia won 1-0 thanks to a Josip Skoko volley early on in the match. The match, at the 100,000 capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground, was sold out in only 2 hours,[4] and was a great sendoff for Australia from home soil, despite the questionable quality of the Greek performance.

Australia played the Netherlands in a friendly match in Rotterdam on 4 June. The Dutch, ranked #3 in the world, went ahead in the 9th minute after goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer parried a Ruud van Nistelrooy shot, the Socceroos failed to clear the ball and van Nistelrooy scored with a follow-up strike. Australia's Tim Cahill equalised in the 53rd minute following a goal-line scramble after Mark Viduka hit the crossbar from a penalty kick. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. The only blemish was the dismissal of defender Luke Wilkshire in the 61st minute, after a wild challenge on Giovanni van Bronckhorst. The next day, the Socceroos left for Germany.

Australia played a final pre-World Cup friendly against 123rd-ranked Liechtenstein on 7 June. Defender Lucas Neill headed an own goal in the 8th minute, giving Liechtenstein the lead until Mile Sterjovski equalised in the 20th. Australia struggled to gain a lead on their opponents until the final 15 minutes when a goal each from Joshua Kennedy and John Aloisi won Australia the game 3-1.

Germany 2006

While in Germany for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the Socceroos stayed in the town of Öhringen. Just days before Australia's first World Cup match against Japan, it was reported in the west that the Japan Football Association chairman claimed the Socceroos were "guilty of a lot of dirty fouls" and that "they target ankles in particular."[5] However, a further scrutiny of the original Japanese script reveals that there was a misinterpretation by the western media, possibly to spice up the competition. While it is unclear who started this mistranslation, deliberately or otherwise, Saburo Kawabuchi of Japan Football Association later commented that this would not be the first or the last time mistranslation happens and should not be taken too seriously.

On 12 June, the Socceroos defeated Japan 3-1 in their opening game in Kaiserslautern, with Tim Cahill scoring two goals (84', 89') and John Aloisi scoring one (92+') in the last eight minutes to claim their first World Cup finals victory. An early controversial call by Egyptian referee Essam Abd El Fatah, that awarded a goal (26') to Shunsuke Nakamura, despite an apparent foul[6] to Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, had the Australians playing catch-up until the last eight minutes. Schwarzer and Viduka claimed that Abd El Fatah apologised over allowing Nakamura's goal to stand after the incident, admitting he had made a mistake,[7] although Abd El Fatah later denied making an apology and said that "FIFA's refereeing committee... agreed unanimously that Japan's goal against Australia was correct."[7] Both Cahill and Aloisi came in as substitutes in the second half of the game. Their goals are the first ever scored by Australia in the World Cup Finals, and Australia became the first team in the 2006 tournament to come back after being 1-0 down. Also, no other team has scored three goals in the last seven minutes of a match in World Cup finals history[8].

On 18 June, hours before Australia's second game against world champions Brazil, a British newspaper claimed that several Australian players had placed bets amongst themselves, which was said to be against FIFA regulations[9]. Tim Cahill admitted that teammates Lucas Neill and Archie Thompson bet that Cahill would score the first ever Australian goal at the World Cup. Mark Viduka also said that the players were taking bets on who was going to be the first to score, and that goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac was the bookmaker. FIFA have since cleared all players of any wrongdoing, by interpreting their regulations as referring to betting with professional bookmakers, rather than betting within a team.[10]

Australia met Brazil in their second Group F game in Munich on 18 June. The Australians held Brazil to a 0-0 half time scoreline before Adriano put Brazil in front (49'). Brazil substitute Fred scored (90') with the help of substitute Robinho to give Brazil a 2-0 win, which saw the Brazilians go through to the second round.

A day later, following the Brazil game, Harry Kewell was in hot water after an altercation with the referee from the Brazil game. FIFA announced that it would investigate the incident. On 20 June, charges were dismissed against Kewell due to "inconsistent reporting by match officials",[11] allowing him to play the next game against Croatia.

On 22 June, Australia faced Croatia in Stuttgart. The final score was 2-2. A goal from Darijo Srna in the second minute put Australia on the back foot. Australia equalised with a penalty goal from Craig Moore (38') after Croatian defender Stjepan Tomas handballed near the Croatian goal. Niko Kovac gave Croatia a 2-1 lead after halftime before Australia equalised again through Harry Kewell (79') in a moment described by SBS broadcast commentator Simon Hill as "well, it just had to be Harry". Kewell appeared to be offside for the goal, in a match riddled with errors.[12] The referee Graham Poll dismissed calls for a penalty in the 5th minute when Croatia's Josip Šimunić literally wrestled striker Mark Viduka to the ground near goal. Despite penalising Croatia for Stjepan Tomas' handball in the 39th minute, he failed to penalise Tomas for exactly the same deed in the 74th minute, when Australia were trying to equalise again. Towards the end of the match, Poll blew the final whistle at the moment that John Aloisi scored what would have been a winning goal, and then blew the final whistle again. And finally, in a most extraordinary error, Poll presented Simunic with three yellow cards before sending him off after the final whistle.[13] Here, Simunic is the world record holder for "Most Yellow Cards in a Football Match." Poll issued eight yellow cards resulting in three expulsions. Brett Emerton was sent off for his second bookable offence (although he was already suspended for the next match for receiving his second yellow card of the group stage earlier in the match). The Daily Telegraph reported on 25 June that Graham Poll was dismissed from World Cup refereeing duties by FIFA, who claimed that his mistake was "unacceptable". [14] As Brazil beat Japan 4-1, Australia proceeded to the next round to face Italy.

On 26 June, Australia met Italy in Kaiserslautern. Kewell was unavailable for the game, entering the stadium on crutches reportedly suffering from an attack of gout[15] and infected blisters (later diagnosed as septic arthritis). The score at half-time was 0-0. Italy went down to 10 men due to the red card (51') given to Marco Materazzi for a two-footed tackle on Mark Bresciano. Otherwise, six yellow cards were issued in total. Almost three minutes into stoppage time, with the score still at 0-0 and Australia being pushed into their own half, a controversial penalty was awarded to Italy when Fabio Grosso fell under a Lucas Neill challenge in the final seconds of the match. Francesco Totti scored from the spot (95') and the game ended immediately with Australia eliminated. Coach Guus Hiddink officially ended his reign as the coach of the Socceroos following the 1-0 loss to Italy and took the managerial job with Russia. Australian assistant coach Graham Arnold branded the penalty a "joke", to the agreement of several Australian players, including Tim Cahill, who believed Grosso should have been cautioned for diving. Further analysis of the incident in slow motion clearly shows that Fabio Grosso moves his foot into Neill, and still had time to get around him. Australia became the team to go out of a World Cup with the last kick of the ball (in regular time).

Asian Cup 2007

Australia, led by Graham Arnold, went to their first Asian Cup sending a strong squad which included 15 players from the World Cup team. Australia was drawn in Group A alongside (co-host) Thailand, Oman and Iraq.

In their first match, Australia were only able to earn a 1-1 draw against a lower-ranked Oman team. Australia played poorly, with Oman leading for most of the match after Badar Al-Maimani scored in the 32nd minute, but were once again saved by Tim Cahill who scored a late equaliser in the 92nd minute after coming on as a substitute in the second half.

Australia lost their second group match 3-1 to eventual Asian Cup winners Iraq, with Lucas Neill receiving a red card (90'), following two yellow cards. Mark Viduka scored the lone goal for the Australians in the 47th minute of the match which at that point in the game was the equaliser but Iraq scored another two goals to win.

In the third match of the group stage, Australia defeated Thailand 4-0 with Mark Viduka scoring two goals, with Michael Beauchamp and Harry Kewell scoring one goal each. The victory assured Australia's progression to the quarter final stage of the tournament.

After drawing 1-1 with Japan after extra time, Australia exited the tournament on penalties at the quarter final stage. The first two Australian penalty kicks were both unsuccessful by Harry Kewell and Lucas Neill with Australia eventually bowing out 4-3 to end their inaugural participation in Asia's most prestigious football tournament.

In a friendly international at the MCG on the 11th of September, 2007, the Socceroos were defeated by Argentina one goal to nil. The friendly was Graham Arnold's last game as head coach. It had been widely speculated that Dutchman Dick Advocaat would take over as Head Coach for the Socceroos 2010 World Cup Qualifiers by the end of 2007 but he backed out of a contract with the FFA to continue coaching Zenit Petersburg. It has been reported that FFA is considering legal action against both person and club. As a result the Socceroo's head coach position was left open, with technical director Rob Baan the caretaker for a match against Nigeria at Loftus Road, London (Australia winning 1-0.) The position was filled on the 6th of December 2007 when the FFA announced Pim Verbeek as the new head coach.

South Africa 2010 qualifying campaign

The Socceroos were seeded to enter the AFC qualification campaign in the third round alongside Iran, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Japan. They were drawn into a group comprising of Qatar, Iraq and China with the media dubbing it the "group of death". Fixtures started in February 2008, with a home match against Qatar at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne giving Australia a 3-0 victory. This was Pim Verbeek's first competitive match in charge of the Socceroos. The majority of the Australian squad consisted of overseas, mainly European based, players after Pim Verbeek announced the local A-league was not yet up to World Cup standards. A week after the match, Australia moved up to 38th on the FIFA World Rankings.

In the second group game, Australia drew 0-0 with China with Mark Schwarzer saving a penalty in the last few minutes. In their 3rd out of 6 qualifiers on Sunday, 1 June, Australia beat Iraq at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, 1-0, with a headed goal from Harry Kewell proving the difference between the two teams early in the 2nd half of play. In the return match in Dubai, Iraq defeated Australia 1-0 through a wonder strike from Emad Mohammed. Australia then defeated Qatar 3-1 on 14 June in Doha to progress to the fourth round of the AFC qualifiers. Their final game in 3rd round qualifying ended in a 1-0 home defeat to China.

Australia have been drawn alongside Japan, Bahrain, Qatar and Uzbekistan in the fourth round of Asian World Cup qualification, which commenced with a 1-0 victory over the Uzbeks in Tashkent on September 10, 2008. Scott Chipperfield's run was unmarked and he comfortably headed in a Luke Wilkshire cross. They then proceeded to beat Qatar 4-0 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, to go top of the group, with goals scored by Tim Cahill and Josh Kennedy with Brett Emerton scoring a brace for the home side. The game was delayed 30min (and close to abandoned) after a torrential rainstorm hit Brisbane Stadium prior to the match. Their next match was against Bahrain on the 19th of November. Australia managed a 1-0 victory despite a brilliant performance by the Bahrainis and a disappointing performance by Australia. Both the Australian coach and players admitted they were lucky to take the points which came courtesy of a Marco Bresciano goal in the 93rd minute. They dedicated the win to Craig Moore who missed the match following surgery for testicular cancer. Australia remained top of the group with 10 points after 4 games following a 0-0 draw away against Japan. The Socceroos were on the brink of qualifying after a convincing 2-0 win over Uzbekistan on April 1 in Sydney. After a lacklustre first half, the Socceroos scored two goals with a Josh Kennedy header in the 66th minute and a Harry Kewell penalty in the 73rd minute after Richard Garcia was taken down in the penalty box. Australia then secured their place in South Africa after holding Qatar 0-0 at Doha on 5 June. Australia's qualification was already assured before the final two games, both home fixtures. In Sydney on Wednesday 10 June, goals to Mile Sterjovski and David Carney gave Australia a 2-0 victory over Bahrain. Australia's final qualification game ended with a 2-1 victory over Japan, Australia coming back from a goal in the 40th minute by Japan's Marcus Tulio Tanaka with Tim Cahill's equalising header in the 59th minute, and his winning goal 17 minutes later off a Nicky Carle corner. This victory left Australia top of Group A ahead of Japan by 5 clear points.

Asian Cup 2011 qualification

The Socceroos were drawn in Group B for the Asian Cup 2011 qualifying stage along with Oman, Kuwait and Indonesia. The top two teams from the group will progress to the finals in Qatar. Australia progressed through to the 2011 finals in Qatar, topping Group B with 11 points with Kuwait coming in second with 8 points.

Australia drew 0-0 away to Indonesia on 28 January 2009 and then suffered a surprise 0-1 home defeat against lower ranked Kuwait on 5 March 2009.[16] On October 14, Australia defeated Oman 1-0 at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne to move to equal first in their qualifying group with Tim Cahill scoring the winner in the 74th minute.

On November 15, Australia reduced to 10 men for over 70 minutes of the match as a penalty was given in the box, won the match two goals to one despite an epic performance of attack from the Omanis in Muscat, Oman.

On January 6, Australia blew a 2 goal lead to draw 2-2 against Kuwait. Australia went up 2 goals after 5 minutes.

On March 3rd, Australia comfortably wrapped up qualification with a 1-0 victory over Indonesia.

Player drain to other countries

One obstacle for potential Australian soccer players is that some promising players choose other nations. As many Australians have roots in other countries throughout the world, they are eligible to play for non-Australian national teams.

The following were Australian-born players who chose other national teams:

The following players were/or are currently playing for other youth national teams, yet were either born or lived a considerable amount of their youth in Australia but are still eligible to play for/or have represented Australia at any level:

The following players were eligible to play for Australia but chose other national teams:

Tournament records

World Cup

FIFA World Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Did not qualify
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974 Round 1 14 3 0 1 2 0 5
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994
France 1998
South Korea Japan 2002
Germany 2006 Round of 16 16 4 1 1 2 5 6
South Africa 2010 Qualified - - - - - - -
Total 3/19 7 1 2 4 5 11
FIFA World Cup History
Year Round Opponent Result
1974 Round 1  East Germany 0 – 2
Round 1  West Germany 0 – 3
Round 1  Chile 0 – 0
2006 Round 1  Japan 3 – 1
Round 1  Brazil 0 – 2
Round 1  Croatia 2 – 2
Round 2  Italy 0 – 1
2010 Round 1  Germany
Round 1  Ghana
Round 1  Serbia

Confederations Cup

Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 No OFC Representative was Invited
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997 Runner-up 5 2 1 2 4 8
Mexico 1999 Did not qualify
South KoreaJapan 2001 Third Place 5 3 0 2 4 2
France 2003 Did not qualify
Germany 2005 Round 1 3 0 0 3 5 10
South Africa 2009 Did not qualify
Total 3/8 13 5 1 7 13 20

Oceania Nations Cup

Australia left OFC at the end of 2005.
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
New Zealand 1973 Did not participate
New Caledonia 1980 Winner 4 4 0 0 24 2
1996 Winner 4 3 1 0 14 0
Australia 1998 Runner-up 4 3 0 1 23 3
French Polynesia 2000 Winner 4 4 0 0 26 0
New Zealand 2002 Runner-up 5 4 0 1 23 2
Australia 2004 Winner 7 6 1 0 32 4
Total 28 24 2 2 142 11

Asian Cup

Australia joined AFC in 2006.
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
IndonesiaMalaysiaThailandVietnam 2007 Quarter-finals 4 1 1 2 7 5
Qatar 2011 Qualified - - - - - -
Total 4 1 1 2 7 5


As of October 14, 2009.
Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Win % Achievements
Yugoslavia Tiko Jelisavcic 1965 6 3 0 3 50%
Czechoslovakia Jozef Vengloš 1965 - 1967 7 4 1 2 57%
Yugoslavia Joe Vlatsis 1967 - 1969 23 13 7 3 57%
Yugoslavia Ralé Rasic 1970 - 1974 31 16 9 6 52% 1st round at the 1974 FIFA World Cup
England Brian Green 1976 2 2 0 0 100%
England Jim Shoulder 1976 - 1978 25 10 7 8 40%
Germany Rudi Gutendorf 1979 - 1981 18 3 8 7 17% Winner of the 1980 OFC Nations Cup
Australia Les Scheinflug 1981 - 1983 12 8 1 3 67%
Yugoslavia Frank Arok 1983 - 1989 46 21 14 11 46%
Australia Les Scheinflug (caretaker during Frank Arok absence) 1983 4 3 0 1 75%
Australia Les Scheinflug (caretaker) 1990 1 1 0 0 100%
Scotland Eddie Thomson 1990 - 1996 56 26 11 19 46% Winner of the 1996 OFC Nations Cup
Australia Les Scheinflug (caretaker during Eddie Thomson absence) 1992 3 2 1 0 67%
Australia Vic Fernandez (caretaker during Eddie Thomson absence) 1992 2 1 0 1 50%
Australia Les Scheinflug (caretaker during Eddie Thomson absence) 1994 1 1 0 0 100%
Argentina Raul Blanco (caretaker) 1996 2 2 0 0 100%
England Terry Venables 1997 - 1998 23 15 3 5 65% Runner-up of the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup
Argentina Raul Blanco (caretaker) 1998 - 1999 5 3 1 1 60% Runner-up of the 1998 OFC Nations Cup
Australia Frank Farina 1999 - 2005 58 34 9 15 59% Winner of the 2000 OFC Nations Cup
3rd place at the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup
Runner-up of the 2002 OFC Nations Cup
Winner of the 2004 OFC Nations Cup
1st round of the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup
Netherlands Guus Hiddink 2005 - 2006 12 7 2 3 58% 2nd round at the 2006 FIFA World Cup
Australia Graham Arnold (caretaker) 2006 - 2007 15 6 4 5 40% Quarter finalists at the 2007 AFC Asian Cup
Netherlands Rob Baan (caretaker) 2007 1 1 0 0 100%
Netherlands Pim Verbeek 2007 - 24 13 7 4 54% Qualified for 2010 FIFA World Cup

Top 5 coaches by win record

As of October 14, 2009.
Rank Name Period Win % Pts./Game
1 Australia Les Scheinflug (incl. 9 matches as caretaker) 1981 - 1994 71% 2.24
2 England Terry Venables 1997 - 1998 65% 2.09
3 Australia Frank Farina 1999 - 2005 59% 1.91
4 Netherlands Guus Hiddink 2005 - 2006 58% 1.92
5 Yugoslavia Joe Vlatsis 1967 - 1969 57% 2.00
Current Netherlands Pim Verbeek 2007 - 54% 1.92

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2011 Asian Cup qualifier against Indonesia in Brisbane on March 3, 2010.[18]

Caps and goals as of March 3, 2010, including the match against Indonesia.
Name DOB Club Caps (goals)
Clint Bolton 22 September 1975 (1975-09-22) (age 34) Australia Sydney FC 4 (0)
Eugene Galeković 12 June 1981 (1981-06-12) (age 28) Australia Adelaide United 4 (0)
Danny Vukovic 27 March 1985 (1985-03-27) (age 24) Australia Central Coast Mariners 0 (0)
Luke Wilkshire 1 October 1981 (1981-10-01) (age 28) Russia Dynamo Moscow 40 (2)
Jade North 20 August 1982 (1982-08-20) (age 27) Norway Tromsø 28 (0)
Simon Colosimo 8 January 1979 (1979-01-08) (age 31) South Korea Chunnam Dragons 26 (3)
Jon McKain 21 September 1982 (1982-09-21) (age 27) New Zealand Wellington Phoenix 12 (0)
Mark Milligan 4 August 1985 (1985-08-04) (age 24) Japan JEF United 9 (1)
Scott Jamieson 13 October 1988 (1988-10-13) (age 21) Australia Adelaide United 2 (0)
Robert Cornthwaite 24 October 1985 (1985-10-24) (age 24) Australia Adelaide United 1 (0)
Andrew Durante 3 May 1982 (1982-05-03) (age 27) New Zealand Wellington Phoenix 0 (0)
Shannon Cole 4 September 1985 (1985-09-04) (age 24) Australia Sydney FC 1 (0)
Luke DeVere 5 November 1989 (1989-11-05) (age 20) Australia Brisbane Roar 0 (0)
Jason Čulina 5 August 1980 (1980-08-05) (age 29) Netherlands PSV 46 (1)
Mile Sterjovski 27 May 1979 (1979-05-27) (age 30) Australia Perth Glory 43 (8)
Jacob Burns 21 April 1978 (1978-04-21) (age 31) Australia Perth Glory 11 (0)
Matt McKay 11 January 1983 (1983-01-11) (age 27) Australia Brisbane Roar 4 (0)
Matt Thompson 18 August 1982 (1982-08-18) (age 27) Australia Newcastle Jets 4 (0)
Michael Zullo 11 September 1988 (1988-09-11) (age 21) Australia Brisbane Roar 2 (0)
Stuart Musialik 29 March 1985 (1985-03-29) (age 24) Australia Sydney FC 0 (0)
Michael Marrone 27 January 1987 (1987-01-27) (age 23) Australia Adelaide United 0 (0)
Thomas Oar 10 December 1991 (1991-12-10) (age 18) Australia Brisbane Roar 1 (0)
Ben Kantarovski 20 January 1992 (1992-01-20) (age 18) Australia Newcastle Jets 0 (0)
Joshua Kennedy 20 August 1982 (1982-08-20) (age 27) Japan Nagoya Grampus 18 (6)
Alex Brosque 12 October 1983 (1983-10-12) (age 26) Australia Sydney FC 4 (0)
David Williams 26 February 1988 (1988-02-26) (age 22) Australia North Queensland Fury 2 (0)
Mathew Leckie 4 February 1991 (1991-02-04) (age 19) Australia Adelaide United 0 (0)
Daniel McBreen 23 March 1977 (1977-03-23) (age 32) Australia Perth Glory 0 (0)

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Australia squad within the last twelve months.

Caps and goals as of January 6, 2010, including the match against Kuwait.
Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Most recent call-up
Tando Velaphi 17 April 1987 (1987-04-17) (age 22) Australia Perth Glory 0 (0) v Kuwait, 6 January 2010
Mark Schwarzer 6 October 1972 (1972-10-06) (age 37) England Fulham 73 (0) v Oman, 14 November 2009
Brad Jones 19 March 1982 (1982-03-19) (age 28) England Middlesbrough 1 (0) v Oman, 14 November 2009
Adam Federici 31 January 1985 (1985-01-31) (age 25) England Reading 0 (0) v Oman, 14 November 2009
Ante Čović 13 June 1975 (1975-06-13) (age 34) Sweden IF Elfsborg 2 (0) v Oman, 14 October 2009
Michael Petković 16 July 1976 (1976-07-16) (age 33) Turkey Sivasspor 6 (0) v South Korea, 5 September 2009
Craig Moore 12 December 1975 (1975-12-12) (age 34) Greece Kavala 47 (3) v Kuwait, 6 January 2010
Matthew Špiranović 27 June 1988 (1988-06-27) (age 21) Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 4 (0) v Kuwait, 6 January 2010
Dean Heffernan 19 May 1980 (1980-05-19) (age 29) England Huddersfield Town 2 (1) v Kuwait, 6 January 2010
Matthew Kemp 8 August 1980 (1980-08-08) (age 29) Australia Melbourne Victory 1 (0) v Kuwait, 6 January 2010
Shane Lowry 12 June 1989 (1989-06-12) (age 20) England Aston Villa 0 (0) v Kuwait, 6 January 2010
Scott Chipperfield 30 December 1975 (1975-12-30) (age 34) Switzerland Basel 63 (12) v Oman, 14 November 2009
Lucas Neill 9 March 1978 (1978-03-09) (age 32) Turkey Galatasaray 53 (0) v Oman, 14 November 2009
David Carney 3 November 1983 (1983-11-03) (age 26) Netherlands FC Twente 23 (3) v Oman, 14 November 2009
Patrick Kisnorbo 24 March 1981 (1981-03-24) (age 28) England Leeds United 18 (1) v Oman, 14 November 2009
Rhys Williams 14 July 1988 (1988-07-14) (age 21) England Middlesbrough 3 (0) v Oman, 14 November 2009
Michael Beauchamp 8 March 1981 (1981-03-08) (age 29) United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 19 (1) v South Korea, 5 September 2009
Shane Stefanutto 12 January 1980 (1980-01-12) (age 30) Australia North Queensland Fury 3 (0) v South Korea, 5 September 2009
Adrian Madaschi 11 July 1982 (1982-07-11) (age 27) Italy Portosummaga 5 (2) v Republic of Ireland, 12 August 2009
Chris Coyne 20 December 1978 (1978-12-20) (age 31) Australia Perth Glory 7 (0) v Japan, 17 June 2009
Nick Carle 23 November 1981 (1981-11-23) (age 28) England Crystal Palace 12 (0) v Kuwait, 6 January 2010
Mile Jedinak 3 August 1984 (1984-08-03) (age 25) Turkey Antalyaspor 9 (0) v Kuwait, 6 January 2010
Dario Vidošić 12 April 1987 (1987-04-12) (age 22) Germany MSV Duisburg 4 (0) v Kuwait, 6 January 2010
Brett Emerton 22 February 1979 (1979-02-22) (age 31) England Blackburn Rovers 72 (17) v Oman, 14 November 2009
Mark Bresciano 11 February 1980 (1980-02-11) (age 30) Italy Palermo 52 (11) v Oman, 14 November 2009
Vince Grella 5 October 1979 (1979-10-05) (age 30) England Blackburn Rovers 42 (0) v Oman, 14 October 2009
Tim Cahill 6 December 1979 (1979-12-06) (age 30) England Everton 37 (19) v Oman, 14 November 2009
Carl Valeri 14 April 1984 (1984-04-14) (age 25) Italy Sassuolo 19 (0) v Oman, 14 November 2009
Danny Invincibile 31 March 1979 (1979-03-31) (age 30) Scotland Kilmarnock 0 (0) v South Korea, 5 September 2009
Aaron Mooy 15 September 1990 (1990-09-15) (age 19) England Bolton Wanderers 0 (0) v Republic of Ireland, 12 August 2009
James Holland 15 May 1989 (1989-05-15) (age 20) Netherlands AZ 4 (0) v Republic of Ireland, 12 August 2009
Oliver Bozanic 15 May 1989 (1989-05-15) (age 20) England Aldershot Town 0 (0) v Republic of Ireland, 12 August 2009
Richard Garcia 4 September 1981 (1981-09-04) (age 28) England Hull City 4 (0) v Japan, 17 June 2009
Archie Thompson 23 October 1978 (1978-10-23) (age 31) Australia Melbourne Victory 33 (21) v Kuwait, 6 January 2010
Bruce Djite 25 March 1987 (1987-03-25) (age 22) Turkey Diyarbakırspor 8 (0) v Kuwait, 6 January 2010
Nikita Rukavytsya 22 June 1987 (1987-06-22) (age 22) Belgium KSV Roeselare 2 (0) v Kuwait, 6 January 2010
Harry Kewell 22 September 1978 (1978-09-22) (age 31) Turkey Galatasaray 45 (13) v Oman, 14 November 2009
Brett Holman 27 March 1984 (1984-03-27) (age 25) Netherlands AZ 29 (1) v Oman, 14 November 2009
Scott McDonald 21 August 1983 (1983-08-21) (age 26) England Middlesbrough 15 (0) v Netherlands, 10 October 2009

Previous squads

Players with most appearances

As of January 6, 2010.
Players in bold are still available for selection.
# Name Caps Goals First cap Latest cap
1 Alex Tobin 87 2 March 9, 1988 November 6, 1998
2 Paul Wade 84 10 August 3, 1986 November 1, 1996
3 Tony Vidmar 76 3 February 6, 1991 October 7, 2006
4 Mark Schwarzer 73 0 July 31, 1993 November 14, 2009
5 Brett Emerton 72 16 February 7, 1998 November 14, 2009
6 Peter Wilson 64 3 November 4, 1970 June 13, 1979
7 Scott Chipperfield 63 12 September 25, 1998 November 14, 2009
8 Attila Abonyi 61 25 June 4, 1967 November 25, 1977
9 Stan Lazaridis 60 0 April 15, 1993 October 7, 2006
John Kosmina 60 25 August 18, 1976 September 22, 1988
11 Milan Ivanović 59 0 January 30, 1991 February 15, 1998

Players with most goals

As of January 6, 2010.
Players in bold are still available for selection.
# Name Goals Caps Avg. First cap Latest cap
1 Damian Mori 29 45 0.64 September 4, 1992 July 14, 2002
2 John Aloisi 27 55 0.49 March 12, 1997 February 6, 2008
3 John Kosmina 25 60 0.42 August 18, 1976 September 22, 1988
Attila Abonyi 25 61 0.41 June 4, 1967 November 25, 1977
5 Archie Thompson 21 33 0.64 February 28, 2001 January 6, 2010
6 David Zdrilic 20 30 0.67 January 18, 1997 March 29, 2005
7 Tim Cahill 19 37 0.51 March 30, 2004 November 14, 2009
Graham Arnold 19 56 0.34 October 23, 1985 November 29, 1997
9 Ray Baartz 18 48 0.38 May 28, 1967 April 27, 1974
10 Gary Cole 17 19 0.89 June 11, 1978 October 14, 1982
Aurelio Vidmar 17 44 0.39 January 30, 1991 June 3, 2001
Brett Emerton 17 72 0.24 February 7, 1998 October 14, 2009


As of January 6, 2010.
Players in bold are still available for selection.
# Name Captaincies Caps Goals First captaincy Latest captaincy
1 Peter Wilson 60 64 3 November 11, 1971 June 13, 1979
2 Paul Wade 46 84 10 August 25, 1990 November 1, 1996
3 Alex Tobin 30 87 2 February 11, 1995 November 6, 1998
Charlie Yankos 30 49 7 October 25, 1986 April 16, 1989
5 John Kosmina 25 60 25 October 6, 1982 March 9, 1988
6 Johnny Warren 24 42 6 November 5, 1967 December 1, 1970
Paul Okon 24 28 0 October 9, 1996 September 7, 2003
8 Lucas Neill 19 53 0 October 7, 2006 November 14, 2009
9 Mark Viduka 17 43 11 August 3, 2005 July 21, 2007
10 Craig Moore 13 47 3 February 18, 2004 January 6, 2010


FIFA World Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup

  • Runners-Up (Silver Medal):
  • 3rd Place (Bronze Medal):
  • Group Stage:

OFC Nations Cup

AFC Asian Cup

  • Quarter Finalists:

Other titles


Australia currently hold the world record for the largest win and the most goals scored by a player in an international match. Both records were recorded during the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification match against American Samoa on April 11, 2001. Australia won 31–0 with Archie Thompson scoring 13 goals and David Zdrilic scoring 8 goals.[19][20] Two days before the 31–0 win, Australia broke the record for largest win with a 22–0 win over Tonga. Both wins surpassed the previous record held by Kuwait who beat Bhutan 20–0 on February 14, 2000.[21]

With 13 and 8 goals respectively, both Thompson and Zdrilic broke the previous record jointly held by another Australian, Gary Cole, who scored seven goals against Fiji in 1981,[22] and Iranian Karim Bagheri, who also scored seven goals against Maldives in 1997.[23] Some sources mentioned that the previous record was 10 goals, which was achieved by Denmark's Sophus Nielsen at the 1908 Olympics and Germany's Gottfried Fuchs an the 1912 Olympics.[24] These matches, although fully recognized by FIFA, were played by amateur players.

Most goals in a match

Record in bold is the current world record.
# Goals Player Score Opponent Competition Date
1 13 Archie Thompson 31–0 American Samoa 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification April 11, 2001
2 8 David Zdrillic 31–0 American Samoa 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification April 11, 2001
3 7 Gary Cole 10–0 Fiji 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification August 14, 1981
4 6 John Aloisi 22–0 Tonga 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification April 9, 2001
6 Frank Parsons 08–1 New Zealand Friendly September 11, 1948
5 5 John Aloisi 13–0 Solomon Islands 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification June 11, 1997
5 Damian Mori 13–0 Solomon Islands 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification June 11, 1997
5 George Smith 10–0 New Zealand Friendly July 11, 1936

Largest win

Record in bold is the current world record.
# Score Opponent Competition Date
1 31–0 American Samoa 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification April 11, 2001
2 22–0 Tonga 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification April 9, 2001
3 17–0 Cook Islands 2000 OFC Nations Cup June 19, 2000
4 16–0 Cook Islands 1998 OFC Nations Cup September 28, 1998
5 13–0 Solomon Islands 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification June 11, 1997


Sponsorship has generally been hard to find for the Socceroos as until 2005 football (soccer) in Australia was not seen as an attractive investment for companies. After Australia qualified for the 2006 World Cup potential sponsors saw the Socceroos profile rise and jumped on board the so called bandwagon.

Currently the Socceroos are sponsored by Qantas, the Major Sponsor, and Nike, the Kit Supplier. Other sponsors include Foxtel, Hyundai, NAB, Powerade, Optus & Westfield.

Media coverage

Games are broadcast by SBS and Fox Sports Australia. The 2006 World Cup Qualification game against Uruguay was the highest rating program in SBS history [25] and a 2010 World Cup Qualification game set a record for the highest subscription television audience according to ASTRA ratings.[26]

In the United States, qualifiers are broadcast by Fox Soccer Channel.

Origin of "Socceroos"

The team's nickname was coined by Sydney journalist, Tony Horstead, in 1967 in his coverage of a "goodwill" tour by the national team to South Vietnam [27].

See Also

Australian national sports team nicknames


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  5. ^ "Hiddink dismisses dirty Roos claims". ABC. 11 June 2006. 
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  9. ^ "Aussies could face betting probe". Sky Sports. 18 June 2006. 
  10. ^ "AUSSIES GET FIFA BETTING ALL-CLEAR". Sporting 18 June 2006. 
  11. ^ "Ref's retaliation may have saved Kewell". Australian Associated Press. 21 June 2006. 
  12. ^ "Croatia 2-2 Australia". BBC Sport. 22 June 2006. 
  13. ^ "Frustrated Emerton denied an explanation". Sydney Morning Herald. 28 June 2006. 
  14. ^ "Red card for Poll after clanger". The Daily Telegraph. 24 June 2006. 
  15. ^ "Kewell was out with gout". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). 27 June 2006.,,19603291-5001021,00.html. 
  16. ^ "Kuwait stun Aussies 1-0 in Asian Cup qualifying". AFP. 6 March 2009. 
  17. ^ "Star who slipped the net". The Age. 24 May 2006. 
  18. ^,pim-shuns-aloisi-for-new-blood.aspx
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  20. ^ "Australia win 32-0 to set new scoring record". The Independent. Independent News and Media Limited. April 11, 2001. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
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  25. ^ ABC - Socceroos score record television audience
  26. ^ [1]
  27. ^ Cockerill, Michael (1998). Australian Soccer's Long Road to the Top. Port Melbourne, Victoria: Lothian Books. pp. 12. ISBN 978-0850918928. 

External links

Preceded by
1973 New Zealand 
Oceanian Champions
1980 (First title)
1996 (Second title)
Succeeded by
1998 New Zealand 
Preceded by
1998 New Zealand 
Oceanian Champions
2000 (Third title)
Succeeded by
2002 New Zealand 
Preceded by
2002 New Zealand 
Oceanian Champions
2004 (Fourth title)A
Succeeded by
2008 New Zealand 
Preceded by
Japan Japan
AFC Men's Team of the Year
2006[citation needed]
Succeeded by
Iraq Iraq
^A Australia is no longer part of the Oceania Football Confederation and was not defending the Oceanian title.

Simple English

Association Football Federation Australia
Confederation AFC
Nickname Socceroos
Coach Pim Verbeek
Most caps Alex Tobin (87)
Top scorer Damian Mori (29)
FIFA ranking 27
First game Auckland, New Zealand; 17 June 1922
New Zealand 3 - 1 Australia
Largest win Coffs Harbour, Australia; 11 April 2001
Australia 21-0 American Samoa
Largest loss Adelaide, Australia; 17 September 1955
Australia 0 - 8 South Africa
World Cup
Appearances 3
First Apps 1974
Best result Round 2 (2006)

Australia national football team is the national football team of Australia. Its official nickname is "the Socceroos". The team is under the control of the Football Federation Australia (FFA), which is a member of the Asian Football Confederation. It has also been invited to join the ASEAN Football Federation. Australia's Youth teams play in the ASEAN Youth Tournaments. Australia has been the Oceania Football Confederation champion four times, and has been at three World Cup finals tournaments, in 1974, 2006 and 2010. FIFA Rankings show the Australian National Football team is one of the strongest countries in Asia, and is currently ranked 20th in the world by FIFA. Australia made it to the round of 16 in the 2006 World Cup held in Germany and were knocked out in controversial circumstances by eventual champions Italy. Australia's 2010 world cup finals campaign was also blighted by controversial and mostly incorrect refereeing decisions and lead to the teams eventual elimination in the group stages despite a 2-1 win over a higher ranked Serbian team and a draw against Ghana. Australia will now prepare for the Asian cup in early 2011 and the 2014 world cup qualification.


Most appearances

1Alex Tobin8721988-1998
2Paul Wade84101986-1996
3Tony Vidmar7631991-2006
4Brett Emerton69161998-present
5Peter Wilson6431970-1977
6Mark Schwarzer6301993-present
7Attila Abonyi61251967-1977
8John Kosmina60251977-1988
8Stan Lazaridis6001993-2006
10Milan Ivanović5901991-1998

Top scorers

1Damian Mori29451992-2002
2John Aloisi27541997-present
3Attila Abonyi25611967-1977
3John Kosmina25601977-1988
5David Zdrilić21301997-2005
5Archie Thompson21272001-present
7Graham Arnold19561985-1997
8Ray Baartz18481967-1974
9Aurelio Vidmar17441991-2001
9Gary Cole17191978-1982

2010 World Cup

The Socceroos 2010 World Cup Squad, coached by Pim Verbeek, includes the following players:[1]


  1. "Australia World Cup Squad 2010" (in English). Sport (The Age): pp. 8. May 20 2010. 


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