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The first Australian national football team was established in the early twenties, when they toured New Zealand. Suffering two defeats and a draw, the team
quickly began playing regularly against New Zealand, alongside South Africa and the Republic of China all through to the late forties. With the
modernisation of air travel Australia quickly began to diversify its opponents, however due to its location Australia still remained the
football equivalent of the big fish in a little pond. Failing to qualify for both the 1966 and 1970 World Cup, Australia didn’t actually qualify for a game
until the seventies, where the team flew to West Germany. This isn’t to say that Australia were bad, as each time they failed to qualify, the team only
lost out in the play-offs, a tradition that has carried on up to now. Despite this the team have remained a permanent place of pride for Australia, with
the country fondly nicknaming the team “The socceroos”.
When the team did qualify in seventies, the team had excelled much further than anyone had anticipated. In the road up to the World Cup, the Socceroos,
played a series of home and away games against Iraq, New Zealand and Indonesia. After winning the tournament, they then went on to win a two-legged fixture
against Iran, where in the second leg, Australia held on to their slim lead in front of one hundred and twenty thousand Iranian fans. After this win,
Australia then played South Korea, where once again the Socceroos just scraped the win, with a winning goal from Jimmy Mackay off a free kick.
Unfortunately, Australia was drawn into Group A, against hosts and favourites alike. After losing both its games, the first against East Germany, the
second against (eventual winners) West Germany, the Socceroo’s left the world cup with one point, managing a draw with Chile. In the next ten years,
Australia remained fairly quiet in the realms of football, and although the Socceroos continued to try their best, nothing notable ever occurred.
The nineties saw a revival of Australian football, showing promise of what Australia could be capable of. When Australia tried to qualify for USA’s 94
World Cup, the team faced three play-off stages. The first was the Oceania playoff, where Australia finished at the top of Group one, the team remained
undefeated in all their games. The team then went on to play New Zealand, where Australia once again played brilliantly, remaining undefeated, and winning
the Oceania playoff. The second playoff saw the team face Canada, in yet another two legged game, and while Canada beat Australia in the first leg,
Australia beat Canada in the second, forcing the game to go into extra time, in which the team ended three all and so the game then went into penalties,
where Australia finally beat Canada four goals to one. The last play off matched Australia up against previous champions and ninth ranking country
Argentina, in once again a two legged game. In the first leg Australia drew with Argentina, one all, while unfortunately in the following game, Argentina
went on to beat Australia one nil, taking Australia out of qualification. Recent allegations by Diego Maradona himself, implicate the Argentinean team of
drug taking during this period, which goes to show how talented the Australian team at this time could have been. (Just goes to show, Australia have the
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The real golden age for Australian football begins in 2002, when Australia made a mockery of the confederation. After winning the qualifying tournament,
the second and third string line-ups consisted of a number of tiny island teams. Subsequently Australia broke the records for most goals in a match,
scoring twenty two goals against Tonga, before beating their record again against American Samoa with thirty one goals, Australian striker Archie Thompson
now holds the record for Most International Goals in One Match scoring a staggering thirteen goals. Their only real threat was New Zealand, which they
beat, bringing them to the second leg however their qualification ended abruptly when facing age old champions Uruguay.
The next world cup in 2006 saw Australia qualify, with the team beating Jamaica five nil in a friendly in London. However what was more impressive about
this was the final match with Uruguay. The game, in true Socceroo fashion, played out all the way through to penalty shootouts, where Australia finally won
four goals to two. The resulting win led to celebrations across the country, the first world cup qualification in thirty two years!
Soon after qualifying, fans and officials alike expressed the need for Australia to abandon the OFC (Oceania Football Confederation), as the system in
which they played games out starved Australia of opponents. Rumours had then spread to talks in between FIFA and the AFC (Asia Football Confederation)
concerning Australia’s placement. In 2007 Australia was entered into the Asian Cup qualification, where the team then qualified for the finals.
The year before, the World Cup saw Australia first face off against Japan, it was then reported that a JFA chairman (Japanese Football Association) claimed
that the Socceroos were “guilty of a lot dirty fouls” and that “they target ankles in particular”. However upon further scrutiny of the original script
revealed a mistranslation, with Saburo Kawabuchi of the JFA explaining that this will not be the first or last mistranslation, and should not be taken
seriously. As such what followed was a good clean game, with Australia beating Japan three one. The next group match saw the team play world favourites
Brazil, where they unfortunately lost two nil. The team then drew with Croatia, and lost with Italy (though once more the game was extremely close by all
Australia qualified again in 2010, where the Socceroos suffered a similar fate, however this time the team only failed to continue to the knockout stage
due to goal difference. Which leads us up to the question of now, should you get Australiaworld cup tickets? Of Course
you should, Australia play some of the most exciting game in football history, and who knows this, with their qualification into the 2014 world cup could
very well be their year!