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Team Australia: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Team Australia: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Australia’s bid for strong World Cup football results will be put on a serious challenge when they start their campaign in Brazil following their group stage seeding that has placed them alongside football superpowers Spain, Netherlands, and Chile. Compared to their facade back in Germany 2006, their current status are more vulnerable to upsets and inconsistencies.

 

Australia’s pot of players is yet to be finalized, although plenty of speculations have been raised as to which players could make it to the final cut. Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton will probably not be listed on the team sheet. Tim Cahill, Marco Bresciano, and Lucas Neill meanwhile, have a great shot at gaining the count, although there are certain issues with regards to Neill’s captaincy. This is so because he has struggled for competitive club football in the countdown to Brazil. Neill, nevertheless, reassures his fans and administrators that he is the one to lead the side, but his fate could be decided in the boardroom rather than on the pitch.

 

The team will also head to Brazil without perennial favorite Mark Schwarzer onboard. Schwarzer have been with Socceroos since his debut in 1994 against Canada in a World Cup qualifier. The 41 year-old and the first Australian to join the Premier League “500” club held his No. 1 spot on rock-hard performances, which is exactly the level of competence he turned in for Chelsea in their fourth-round FA Cup win against Derby County.

 

The veteran, together with Jon Aloisi, was crucial to Australia’s berth in the 2006 World Cup finals―their first entry since 1974. They are among those who successfully created the most stunning moments in the national team’s entire footballing history.

 

Image source: fifa.com

 

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