The History of Australia at the FIFA World Cup
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to be held in Russia between June – July this year. Aside from this year, the Socceroos have represented Australia on four other occasions over the last 44 years.
1974: Australia made their first appearance at the FIFA World Cup finals. The team was made up by Aussie soccer trailblazers, many of whom left their jobs to partake in the tournament. Respectable results were achieved against some of world’s powerhouse, but unfortunately that first ever World Cup finals goal alluded the team.
2006: After 32 years of pain and heartache the Socceroos once again joined sport’s biggest stage. The 2006 campaign was Australia's best to date, featuring the first goal, first win, and first - and only - time through the group stage. Australia managed to qualify for the Round of 16, only to suffer the heartbreak of an injury time loss to eventual Champions Italy.
2010: Australia’s campaign was over before it began! The Socceroos suffered a 4-0 loss against Germany, putting them on the back foot for the rest of the tournament. An honourable draw (when initially leading) against African powerhouses Ghana left Australia needing a big result in the third game. Our best performance of the tournament saw a 2-1 win against Serbia, however Australia was eliminated from the competition on goal difference.
2014: Australia's last outing at the World Cup will always be remembered for the one that got away. In a stacked group with world football superstars Holland, Spain and Chile, the Socceroos gave all three teams a run for their money in every game. Slow starts and cheap goals were a recurring theme in this campaign, ultimately leading to 3 losses from 3 games. However, the performances of such a young team against great team gave Australia hope of a great future and excitement for 4 years time in Russia.
The Socceroos were the 31st team to secure their place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia later this year. How do you think they are going to go in their fifth World Cup? Will they take home gold? Let us know what you think the result will be – leave us a comment below!