The “Socceroos” as the Australians are called has not been in its best performances as far as World cup is concerned. It has appeared only three time in world cup tournament, in 1974 and in 2006 and south Africa 2010. The team has been four-time Oceania Football Champion and 14th is its highest ever FIFA World ranking. Their best performance came when they moved up to the 16th round of the world cup 2006. In their campaign for South Africa 2010, they were drawn into a group comprising of Qatar, Iraq and China with the media dubbing it the “group of death” in the third round. Majority of the squad consisted of European based players.
Prospect: Australia are the lowest ranked country to qualify, and the remit for new coach Ange Postecoglou is to bring through the youth. His predecessor Holger Osieck was sacked in October after back-to-back 6-0 defeats to Brazil and France, having been accused of staying too loyal to the Socceroos' ageing players. Now firmly established as an Asian Football Federation member, the Socceroos qualified automatically behind Japan but their passage to Brazil was not easy. Winless in their first three matches, they went unbeaten over the last five and secured their place seven minutes from time in the final game against Iraq
HEAD COACH: Ange Postecoglou stated "when your country calls, you answer" after signing a five-year deal. As a player, Greek-born Postecoglou won four Australia caps. He is a former national youth team coach and led Brisbane Roar to two A-League titles. He's forged a reputation for starting and reviving numerous careers.
KEY PLAYERS: Australia's Player of the Year, Mile Jedinak, will surely have to play a vital role as chief midfield protector if the Socceroos are to enjoy a fruitful World Cup. In the prime of his career, the Crystal Palace captain can also play in defence. Tim Cahill (USA): Aged 33 and plays in the Midfielder. The pivot of the team who scored 2 goals in both matches with Japan in the 2010 qualification and has scored numerous goals for his team. Download for free World Cup 2014