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Angolan Supporters Angolan football supporters and the Palancas Negras (The Black Antelopes) have succeeded in the placing the name of Angola on the football map since 1982. Since their apperance in the World Cup (Germany 2006) Angola is gradually emerging as a promising side.
Nigerian Football Team Football fans will not forget nostalic memories of Nigeria's glorious days when the Eagles boasted of the mesmorising talent of Austin Jayjay Okocha and the defence barrier provided by Sunday Oliseh Rashidi Yekini as the scoring machine upfront.
Egyptian Football Team The pharaoh of Egypt, the African cup holder are the most successful team (6 titles) that the continental competition has ever recorded. Regrettably Pharaohs' failed to qualify for South Africa 2010. This lack of form questione their readiness.
Ghanian Fans Ghanaian football fans are the fact that Black stars have given a good account of themselves in matches. Stars have been enjoying massive support from fans. By all account, the soccer fever sweeping the nation surpasses even the heydays of Ghanaian football.
Cameroun Football Team Cameroun emerges as a football force in Africa and has been able to set a number of records at the World Cup. The Indomitable Lions particpated in the World Cup 5 times (1982, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002); and first African team to reach the quarter finals.

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 twice in world cup tournament, in 1974 and in 2006. 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. The first play was with Qatar where Australia under their new head coach Pim verbeek had a 3-1 defeat. This was the first competitive match under their new coach. Majority of the squad consisted of European based players. Australia made very positive steps and succeeded to move to the fourth round after beating Iraq 1-0 in Brisbane and Qatar 3-1 in Doha in a return leg. In the fourth round, Australia was paired alongside Japan, Bahrain, Qatar and Uzbekistan. In the first round of the games, Australia topped the zone with 10 points after a draw 0-0 with Japan. In the second leg, Japan beat Uzbekistan, Bahrain and Japan to gain a ticket to the world cup in South Africa.

HEAD COACH: Pim Verbeek, a Dutchman who served as assistant to Guus Hiddink at South Korea world cup in 2002, then assistant to Dick Advocaat at world cup 2006. Led South Korea to a third place at 2007 Asia cup as head coach.

KEY PLAYERS:

Tim Cahill (Everton): Aged 29 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.

Lucas Neill (Everton): Aged 31and plays in the defence. He is a very experienced player who entered the national team in 1996 when he was just 18 and is now the captain. Has played in England for almost a decade.

Mark Schwarzer (Fulham): Aged 37 and is the goalkeeper. He is the most capped player and has appeared 73 times in the national team.

Australia occupies the 21st position in FIFA ranking as of Nov 2009. The team was able to make it up to the last 16 in 2006 and could make it to the second round again this time. They have enough experienced players to trouble any opponents but possibly lack the depth required to advance deep into the tournament.

 

 

 

 

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