Forget about Kangaroos as the first mental or oral prompt, after hearing Australia. The Island continent has resiliently illustrated sporting excellence as a persistent habit. Pre-dating the new millennium, Australia was at the tip of the tongue, where aquatics, rugby and cricket are concerned; to name a few. Today, 2015 Asian Football Confederation Champion, Australia has mapped itself on the ‘Football Atlas‘ with a selection harmoniously balancing youth and experience. Affectionately called ‘the Socceroos,’ Soccer Australia thrives off several globally experienced national representatives, ranging North America, through Europe and Asia; and also off a vibrant and highly competitive Hyundai A-League.
In search of more internationally competitive counterparts, the FIFA member association migrated to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) from its regional Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). The results were staggering with immediate effect. Not only is Soccer Australia AFC Champion, the delegation has achieved successive FIFA World Cup appearances, giving respectable accounts of themselves. Led by goals from Tim Cahill in 2014, the Socceroos bowed out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup with 3 goals without a win in the opening round. Mile Jedinak and Mathew Leckie were other standout players for the Aussies.
Legendary intercontinental Australian football names include: Liverpool stalwart Harry Kewell, Celtic Tom Rogic, BVB Dortmund 2nd string goalie Mitchell Langerak and one-time Everton FC’s Tim Cahill. The Socceroos’ female peers (Australia Matildas) have recently dismissed former Champions Brazil (featuring WPOTY Marta) from the FIFA Women’s World Football World Cup recently concluded in Canada. Previously disregarded in the world of football, Australia has stealthily become a powerhouse. Take a leaf.
Written and Copyright by Javaughn O. Smith @ApplythePeppa 2013.