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Following their second ever appearance at the World Cup in 2006, Australia’s passage to the 2010 tournament in South Africa proved far easier after leaving the Oceanic federation for the Asian football Confederation.
The Australians were one of the first teams to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa after cruising through their final Asian qualifying group stage with only one goal conceded.
Due to their superior seeding, the Socceroos automatically progressed through the first two knock out qualifying rounds. In the third round, they were drawn in a four team group …

On a night where Australia lacked experience in the back 4, drive and creativity in the final third and the ability to keep possession in midfield, the 2002-esque South Korea dominated Australia in a display of brilliance. On a pitch which was in terrible condition, South Korea showed their quality early by controlling the tempo and possession.
After an early mistake from the Australians, which involved a stray cross-field pass from Gold Coast marquee man Culina before North Queensland defender Stefanutto panicked as he tried to save a throw in, South …

A Cahill-less Australia is a lacking Australia. An Australia that lacks leadership. An Australia that lacks attack. An Australia that lacks drive. An Australia that lacks creativity, and ultimately, an Australia that lacks goals. Unfortunately for Australian fans, that is the Australia that will line up against South Korea on Saturday night. And if that’s not enough, you can throw in Kewell, Carney, Wilkshire and Invincible in the list of players which will not take part in the friendly match.
Harry Kewell has an ankle problem, Invincible a back problem, Carney …

A Socceroos side made up mainly of second string players continued Australia’s excellent form in the World Cup qualifiers, with a 2-0 over Bahrain on Wednesday night.
With Saturday’s draw against Qatar enough to see them through to South Africa 2010, Pim Verbeek experimented with some fringe players.
There were some familiar faces on hand though, with Schwarzer and Kewell both starting, along with regular first team stars Culina and Wilkshire, the latter returning after a suspension.
As one might have expected, regardless of the strength of the lineup, the home side proved …

The Socceroos sealed their place in next summer’s FIFA World Cup with a 0-0 draw away to Qatar.
Although the result in the Al Sadd Stadium was somewhat underwhelming, the draw was enough to secure qualification for the finals in South Africa, with two games left to spare.

Some of the fans who will be following the Socceroos to South Africa
Despite being beaten rather easily by Australia in their previous meetings, the home side started brightly in Doha. First, a header was hit straight at Mark Schwarzer in the ninth minute, before …

Socceroos Head Coach Pim Verbeek has a virtually full-strength squad to choose from ahead of the crunch World Cup qualifer against Qatar on Saturday.
The few absences include Mark Viduka, who rejected the chance to join up with the squad despite not having played for his country since 2007, with Luke Wilkshire and Michael Beauchamp out through suspension and injury respectively. Brett Emerton is still out, but Verbeek has successfully filled the midfield in the last 3 matches, regardless.
Tim Cahill is a doubt, after suffering a hip injury whilst playing for …

The Socceroos of Australia will qualify for the 2010 Word Cup, barring only the most bizarre set of results.
Australia currently lie on top of Group 1 in the fifth stage of the AFC qualifying campaign, with 13 points.

Harry Kewell leads out the Socceroos as they prepare to face Iraq in the Fourth Stage of the AFC qualifying campaign
Alongside Japan, Pim Veerbeek’s side have a game in hand on their other rivals, and so they would have to lose all their remaining games, with Bahrain winning all of theirs, in order …

Australian coach Pim Verbeek has named his squad for the up and coming Asian Cup qualifier against Indonesia.
The 21 man squad all currently playing in the A-League was a surprising choice as most of the players have yet to gain a cap for the national side or show any signs of being able to play together as a unit.
The squad has 6 Melbourne Victory players which should form a base for team unity and fluency with Goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos, Strike Pair Archie Thompson – Danny Allsopp, Star Defender Roddy Vargas …

The Australian Federal Government has got behind the FFA’s idea of the 2018 FIFA World Cup being hosted in Australia.
The money, which will be paid over the next three years, is to secure at least 13 votes from the 24-strong FIFA executive to gain Australia the World Cup ahead of rivals England, Russia, the US, Spain, Qatar, Mexico, a combined Netherlands-Belgium bid and a possible Asian rival, China.
“This sends a clear message to the football world that Australia is serious about hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup,” Sport Minister Kate …

Socceroo and Galatasaray star Harry Kewell has returned home and is resting after a minor hernia operation earlier this week.
“Harry is fine and is aiming to start training again in 3 to 4 weeks time,” said Socceroos coach, Pim Verbeek.
But Harry has had so many injuries in the past and just as he was beginning to build a nice career after a horrible run at Liverpool.
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