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AUSTRALIA FOOTBALL HISTORY

The Australia national association football team represents Australia in international men's association football. The team is controlled by the governing body for association football in Australia, Football Federation Australia (FFA), which is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the regional ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) since leaving the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006. The team's official nickname is the Socceroos.

Australia is a four-time OFC champion and AFC National Team of the Year for 2006. The team has represented Australia at the FIFA World Cup tournaments on three occasions, in 1974, 2006 and 2010, and will do so again at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The team has also represented Australia at the FIFA Confederations Cup tournaments on three occasions.

The first Australia national team was constituted in 1922 for a tour of New Zealand.During the tour, Australia suffered two defeats and scraped a draw. For the next 36 years, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa became regular opponents in tour (exhibition) matches. During that period, Australia also competed against Canada and India during their tours of Australia in 1924 and 1938 respectively. Australia would have a rare opportunity to compete on the world's stage during the team's very first major international tournament as hosts of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. However, an inexperienced squad proved to be reason for the team's disappointing performance.With the advent of cheap air travel, Australia began to diversify its range of opponents. However, its geographical isolation continued to play a role in its destiny for the next 30 years.

In early 2005, it was reported that FFA had entered into discussions to join the AFC and end an almost 40-year association with the OFC.Many commentators and fans, most notably football broadcaster and former Australian captain Johnny Warren, felt that the only way for Australia to progress was to abandon Oceania. On 13 March, AFC executive committee made a unanimous decision to invite Australia to join the AFC. After OFC executive committee unanimously endorsed Australia's proposed move, FIFA approved the move on 30 June 2005. Australia would join Asia, with the move taking effect on 1 January 2006, though until then, Australia would have to compete for a 2006 FIFA World Cup position as an OFC member country.

Led by coach Graham Arnold, Australia went to their first Asian Cup in 2007, sending a strong squad which included 15 players from the previous year's World Cup team. A ring of satisfying matches in Group A against Oman (1–1 draw), Thailand (4–0 win) and Iraq (3–1 loss) assured Australia's progression to the quarter final stage of the tournament. Though after drawing 1–1 with Japan after extra time, Australia exited the tournament on penalties at the quarter final stage. An international friendly on 11 September 2007 against Argentina (1–0 loss) was Graham Arnold's last game as head coach, with the position eventually being filled by Pim Verbeek on 6 December 2007.

Australia began their 2010 World Cup campaign in the third round of qualification, drawn into a group, composed of Qatar, Iraq and China, in which Australia finished first. Australia eventually saw progression through to the 2010 FIFA World Cup after comfortably wining the fourth round of qualification in a group consisting of Japan, Bahrain, Qatar and Uzbekistan. Australia's qualification was already assured before the final two games, finally topping its group ahead of Japan by 5 points.

 

AUSTRALIA FOOTBALL TEAM

Fifa  Non-Fifa 
Name  D. o. B.  Position  Current club 
Ryan, Mathew 1992-04-08 Goalkeeper   Club Brugge 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jones, Brad 1982-03-19 Goalkeeper   Liverpool FC 0 1 0 0 0 0
Langerak, Mitchell 1988-08-22 Goalkeeper   Borussia Dortmund 0 1 0 0 0 0
Davidson, Jason 1991-06-29 Centre Back   Heracles Almelo 1 0 0 0 0 0
Franjić, Ivan 1987-09-10 Right Back   Brisbane Roar 1 0 0 0 0 0
Good, Curtis 1993-03-23 Centre Back   Dundee United 1 0 0 0 0 0
Špiranović, Matthew 1988-06-27 Centre Back   Western Sydney Wanderers 1 0 0 0 0 0
Wilkinson, Alex 1984-08-13 Centre Back   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0 1 0 0 0 0
Cahill, Tim 1979-12-06 Attacking Midfielder   New York Red Bulls 1 0 2 0 0 0
Jedinak, Mile 1984-08-03 Centre Midfielder   Crystal Palace 1 0 1 0 0 0
Oar, Tommy 1991-12-10 Left Midfielder   FC Utrecht 1 0 0 0 0 0
Rogić, Tom 1992-12-16 Attacking Midfielder   Melbourne Victory 1 0 0 0 0 0
Milligan, Mark 1985-08-04 Defensive Midfielder   Melbourne Victory 1 0 0 0 0 0
Bozanic, Oliver 1989-01-08 Attacking Midfielder   FC Luzern 0 1 0 0 0 0
Vidošić, Dario 1987-04-08 Attacking Midfielder   FC Sion 0 1 0 0 0 0
Leckie, Mathew 1991-02-04 Centre Forward   FSV Frankfurt 1 0 0 0 0 0

 

WORLDCUP HISTORY

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
 1930 Did not participate
 1934
 1938
 1950
 1954
 1958
 1962
 1966 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 9
 1970 9 3 5 1 12 8
 1974 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 5 11 5 5 1 21 10
 1978 Did not qualify 12 6 2 4 20 11
 1982 8 4 2 2 22 9
 1986 8 4 3 1 20 4
 1990 6 2 2 2 11 7
 1994 10 7 1 2 21 7
 1998 8 6 2 0 34 5
  2002 8 7 0 1 73 4
 2006 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 5 6 9 7 1 1 31 5
 2010 Group stage 21st 3 1 1 1 3 6 14 9 3 2 19 4
 2014 Qualified 14 8 4 2 25 12
 2018 To be determined
 2022
Total 4/20 0 titles 10 2 3 5 8 17 119 68 30 21 311 95

 

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