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AUSTRALIA
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AUSTRALIA AT THE WORLD CUPS  
  Australia at the World Cups              
                                         
                                         
                                           
   
   
                                           
                                         
                           
  We play football. We love football.          
  We breathe football. We live football.        
                             
                                         
                                         
  AUSTRALIA  
     
     
 

The Australia national football team represents Australia in international football and is controlled by the Football Federation Australia (FFA), the governing body for football in Australia. It is noteworthy that Australia left the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006.

The FFA was founded in1961, became a member of FIFA in 1963, and a member of AFC in 2006. The first recorded game played took place in Australia in 1875. However, despite its large player numbers among British immigrant communities, football in Australia always struggled to compete with other sports such as rugby union, cricket and rugby league. Football started having rapid growth again during the 50's and 60's with the arrival of immigrants from Croatia, Greece, Italy and Serbia. However, it was not until 1977 when the first-ever National Soccer League (NSL) was established, with teams in five states or territories. The professional A-League, the successor to the NSL (1977–2004), was founded in 2005. It is currently contested by ten teams; nine in Australia and one from New Zealand. Since then, Australia's top clubs have been Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners,both with 2 championships.

Australia is one of the most successful football teams in Asia. The Australians qualified for the last three consecutive FIFA World Cups, and have won the OFC Nations Cup a record 4 times.

 
       
       
  QUICK FACTS  
       
       
 
  Association
  Football Federation Australia   
  Confederation
  AFC
  Nickname
  Socceroos
  Foundation year
 1961
  Affiliate since
 1963
  Topscorer in WC
  Tim Cahill: 3
  Head Coach
  Ange Postecoglou
  Titles
  None
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
       
       
  TITLES  
   
   
 
AFC ASIAN CUP
Gold
Silver
Bronze
 2011 Qatar
2

 

CONFEDERATION CUP
Gold
Silver
Bronze
 1997 Saudi Arabia
2
 2001 Korea-Japan
 
3

 

OFC NATIONS CUP
Gold
Silver
Bronze
 1980 New Caledonia
1
 1996 No fixed place
1
 1998 Australia
2
 2000 French Polynesia
1
 2002 New Zealand  
2
 2004 Australia
1
       
       
  AUSTRALIA APPEARANCES AT WORLD CUPS  
       
       
 
Nro
Flag
World Cup
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Perf.
Rd
Pos
Par
Pt
P/Par
Ap.
Total
13
2
3
8
11
26
-15
9
2.66
20.25
28.00
5
22.97
3
10
 1974 West Germany
3
0
1
2
0
5
-5
1
0.33
1R
14
16
1
0.87
1
18
 2006 Germany
4
1
1
2
5
6
-1
4
1.00
2R
16
32
2
0.50
2
19
 2010 South Africa
3
1
1
1
3
6
-3
4
1.33
1R
21
32
1
0.66
3
20
 2014 Brazil
3
0
0
3
3
9
-6
0
0.00
1R
30
32
1
0.94
4
 
       
 
 Where: Perf: Pts/Pld     Rd: Round     Pos: Position in the WC     Total Pos: SUM(Pos)/Ap     Par: No. participants    
 Pt: How many points scores in the WC. Champion: 32, Finalist: 16, TP: 12, FP: 8, QF: 4, R16: 2, FR: 1
 P/Par: Pos/Par     Total P/Par: SUM(P/Par + 1.25 * each World Cup uncontested)/20     Ap: Appearances
 
     
       
  HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS (AT WORLD CUPS)  
   
     
 
More Played Matches
Nro
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
%Won
%Lost
1
 Chile
2
0
1
1
0%
50%
2
 Germany
2
0
0
2
0%
100%
3
 Brazil
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
4
 Croatia
1
0
1
0
0%
0%
5
 East Germany
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
6
 Ghana
1
0
1
0
0%
0%
7
 Italy
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
8
 Japan
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
9
 Netherlands
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
10
 Serbia
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
11
 Spain
1
0
0
1
0%
100%

 

Best Results
Nro
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
%Won
%Lost
1
 Japan
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
2
 Serbia
1
1
0
0
100%
0%

 

Worst Results
Nro
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
%Won
%Lost
1
 Brazil
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
2
 East Germany
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
3
 Germany
2
0
0
2
0%
100%
4
 Italy
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
5
 Netherlands
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
6
 Spain
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
 
     
     
  GOALSCORERS AT WORLD CUPS
   
   
Nro
Player
TG
30
34
38
50
54
58
62
66
70
74
78
82
86
90
94
98
02
06
10
14
11
0
5
3
3
1
 Tim Cahill
5
2
1
2
2
 Brett Holman
2
2
3
 John Aloisi
1
1
 Harry Kewell
1
1
 Craig Moore
1
1
 M. Jedinak
1
                                     
1
 
     
     
  TOP GOALSCORERS AT ALL COMPETITIONS  
       
       
  Players in bold are still active in the competence - As of July 13, 2014  
     
 
#
Name
Goals
Caps
AVG/Games
Career
1
 Tim Cahill
34
71
0.48
2004-Present
2
 Damian Mori
29
45
0.64
1992-02
3
 Archie Thompson
28
54
0.52
2001-Present
4
 John Aloisi
27
55
0.49
1997-08
5
 Attila Abonyi
25
61
0.40
1967-77
 John Kosmina
25
60
0.41
1976-98
7
 Jimmy Rooney
20
99
0.20
1970-80
 Brett Emerton
20
94
0.21
1998-2012
 David Zdrilic
20
30
0.66
1997-05
10
 Graham Arnold
19
56
0.33
1985-97
11
 Ray Baartz
18
48
0.37
1967-74
12
 Joshua Kennedy
17
33
0.51
2006-Present
 
       
       
  MOST CAPPED PLAYERS AT ALL COMPETITIONS  
       
       
    Players in bold are still active in the competence - As of July 13, 2014  
     
 
#
Name
Caps
Career
1
 Mark Schwarzer
109
1993-Present
2
 Jimmy Rooney
99
1970-80
3
 Lucas Neill
96
1996-Present
4
 Brett Emerton
95
1998-2012
5
 Alex Tobin
87
1988-98
6
 Paul Wade
84
1986-96
7
 Luke Wilkshire
80
2005-Present
 Alan Davidson
79
1980-91
9
 Tony Vidmar
76
1991-06
 Mark Bresciano
76
2001-Present
 
       
       
  SQUADS  
       
       
   
     
 

  

 
  AWARDED PLAYERS  
     
     
 

 

IFFHS PLAYER OF THE CENTURY
#
Name
Votes
Years
1
 Frank Farina
41
1983-99
2
 Joe Marston
34
1943-69
3
 John Kosmina
33
1973-90
4
 Alan Davidson
22
1976-98
5
 Paul Okon
17
1989-07
 Robert Slater
17
1982-01
7
 Reginald Date
14
1943-49
8
 Eddie Krnčević
13
1977-97
9
 Paul Wade
11
1984-97

 

IFFHS GOALKEEPER OF THE CENTURY
#
Name
Votes
Years
1
 Mark Bosnich
53
1989-09
2
 James McNabb
14

 

Source: Camw

 
   
   
  COACHES  
   
   
 
#
Cou
Name
P
W
D
L
%Won
Years
1
 Tiko Jelisavcic
6
3
0
3
50%
1965
2
 Jozef Vengloš
7
4
1
2
57%
1965-67
3
 Joe Vlatsis
23
13
7
3
56%
1967-69
4
 Ralé Rasic
31
16
9
6
52%
1970-74
5
 Brian Green
2
2
0
0
100%
1976
6
 Jim Shoulder
25
10
7
8
40%
1976-78
7
 Rudi Gutendorf
18
3
8
7
17%
1979-81
8
 Les Scheinflug
21
15
2
4
71%
1981-83, 83, 90, 92, 94
9
 Frank Arok
46
21
14
11
46%
1983-89
10
 Eddie Thomson
56
26
11
19
46%
1990-96
11
 Vic Fernandez
2
1
0
1
50%
1992
12
 Raul Blanco
7
5
1
1
71%
1996, 98-99
13
 Terry Venables
23
15
3
5
65%
1997-98
14
 Frank Farina
58
34
9
15
59%
1999-05
15
 Guus Hiddink
12
7
2
3
58%
2005-06
16
 Graham Arnold
15
6
4
5
40%
2006-07
17
 Rob Baan 
1
1
0
0
100%
2007
18
 Pim Verbeek
33
18
9
6
54%
2007-10
19
 Han Berger
1
0
0
1
0%
2010
20
 Holger Osieck
44
23
10
11
59%
2010-2013
21
 Aurelio Vidmar
1
1
0
0
100%
2013
22
 Ange Postecoglou
8
1
1
6
12%
2013-Present
   
   
  Coaches with most appearances  
   
   
 
#
Cou
Name
P
W
D
L
%Won
Years
1
 Frank Farina
58
34
9
15
59%
1999-05
2
 Eddie Thomson
56
26
11
19
46%
1990-96
3
 Frank Arok
46
21
14
11
46%
1983-89
4
 Holger Osieck
44
23
10
11
59%
2010-13
   
   
  FIXTURES AND RESULTS  
   
   
  2013  
   
#
Date
Place
Score
Competition
1
6 Feb 13
Marbella, Spain
2-3
Romania
F
2
26 Mar 13
Sydney, Australia
2-2
Oman
3
4 Jun 13
Saitama, Japan
1-1
Japan
4
11 Jun 13
Melbourne, Australia
4-0
Jordan
5
18 Jun 13
Sydney, Australia
1-0
Iraq
6
20 Jul 13
Seoul, Korea Republic
0-0
Korea Republic
7
25 Jul 13
Hwaseong, Korea Republic
2-3
Japan
8
28 Jul 13
Seoul, Korea Republic
3-4
China PR
9
7 Sep 13
Brasilia, Brazil
6-0
Brazil
F
10
12 Oct 13
Paris, France
6-0
France
F
11
16 Oct 13
London, England
3-0
Canada
F
12
19 Nov 13
Sydney, Australia
1-0
Costa Rica
F
 
   
   
  2014  
   
 
#
Date
Place
Score
Competition
1
5 Mar 14
London, England
3-4
Ecuador
F
2
26 May 14
Sydney, Australia
1-1
South Africa
F
3
6 Jun 14
Salvador, Brazil
0-1
Croatia
F
4
13 Jun 14
Cuiabá, Brazil
1-3
Chile
5
18 Jun 14
Porto Alegre, Brazil
2-3
Netherlands
6
23 Jun 14
Curitiba, Brazil
0-3
Spain
7
4 Sep 14
Liege, Belgium
Belgium
F
8
10 Oct 14
United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
F
9
14 Oct 14
Doha, Qatar
Qatar
F
10
14 Nov 14
Perth, Australia
Guatemala
F
11
18 Nov 14
Sydney, Australia
Venezuela
F
   
   
  MATCHES AT WORLD CUPS  
   
   
  1974 Germany World Cup
   
First Round: Match 1
East Germany
2-0
Australia  
Date: 14 June 1974
C. Curran o.g. 58'
 
Stadium: Volksparkstadion  
Venue: Hamburg    
Attendance: 17,000    
Referee: Youssou N'Diaye (Senegal)  
   
First Round: Match 2
3-0
Australia  
Date: 18 June 1974  
Stadium: Volksparkstadion  
Venue: Hamburg  
Attendance: 53,300  
Referee: Mahmoud Mustafa Kamel (Egypt)  
   
First Round: Match 3
0-0
Chile  
Date: 22 June 1974    
Stadium: Olympiastadion    
Venue: West Berlin    
Attendance: 17,400  
Referee: Jafar Namdar (Iran)  
   
  2006 Germany World Cup
   
First Round: Match 4
3-1
Japan  
Date: 12 June 2006
T. Cahill 84', 89'
S. Nakamura 26'
Stadium: Fritz-Walter-Stadion
J. Aloisi 90+2'
 
Venue: Kaiserslautern    
Attendance: 46,000  
Referee: Essam Abd El Fatah (Egypt)  
   
First Round: Match 5
2-0
Australia  
Date: 18 June 2006  
Stadium: Allianz Arena
Fred 90'
 
Venue: Munich    
Attendance: 66,000    
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)  
   
First Round: Match 6
Croatia
2-2
Australia  
Date: 22 June 2006 C. Moore 38'
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Arena H. Kewell 79'
Venue: Stuttgart    
Attendance: 52,000  
Referee: Graham Poll (England)  
   
Round of 16: Match 7
1-0
Australia  
Date: 26 June 2006
F. Totti 90+5'
 
Stadium: Fritz Walter Stadion    
Venue: Kaiserslautern    
Attendance: 46,000  
Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain)  
   
  2010 South Africa World Cup
   
First Round: Match 8
4-0
Australia  
Date: 13 June 2006  
Stadium: Moses Mabhida Stadium  
Venue: Durban  
Attendance: 62,660
Cacau 70'
 
Referee: Marco Antonio Rodríguez (Mexico)  
   
First Round: Match 9
1-1
Australia  
Date: 19 June 2006 B. Holman 11'
Stadium: Royal Bafokeng Stadium    
Venue: Rustenburg    
Attendance: 34,812    
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)  
   
First Round: Match 10
2-1
Serbia  
Date: 23 June 2006 M. Pantelić 84'
Stadium: Mbombela Stadium  
Venue: Nelspruit    
Attendance: 37,836  
Referee: Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)  
   
  2014 Brazil World Cup
   
First Round: Match 11
3-1
Australia
Date: 13 June 2014 T. Cahil 35'
Stadium: Arena Pantanal
Venue: Cuiabá
Attendance: 40,275
Referee: Noumandiez Doué (Ivory Coast)
   
First Round: Match 12
2-3
Netherlands
Date: 18 June 2014 A. Robben 20'
Stadium: Estádio Beira-Rio R. Van Persie 58'
Venue: Porto Alegre M. Depay 68'
Attendance: 42,877
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria) 
   
First Round: Match 13
0-3
Spain
Date: 23 June 2014 D. Villa 36'
Stadium: Arena da Baixada F. Torres 69'
Venue: Curitiba J. Mata 82'
Attendance: 39,375
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
   
  
          Last updated: 20 July 2014
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