The card of Australia by Mr. Van Marwijk, which is part of the Group C together with France, Peru, and Denmark. Stella, talent ready to explode, history in the most important event in the world and prospects of the “Socceroos”.
Titles: Asia Cup 2015, Oceania Cup 1980, 1996, 2000 and 2004 (Confederations Cup finalist in 1997)
Fifa Ranking: 40th
How they are qualified
Australia has made a real Odyssey before landing in Russia. Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Thailand, Syria (with a detour in Malaysia) and, finally, Honduras, the Socceroos they have traveled for much of the world. Included in the Asian zone in 2006, Australia has for the first time passed a group comprising the first four countries listed and then ranked third in a group comprising the following five countries. He played the play-off against Syria in a daring way and thus obtained the right to play the intercontinental play-off against Honduras last November. After a goalless draw away, Australia coach Postecoglou won 3-1 in Sydney thanks to a hat-trick of Mile Jedinak taking off the pass for Russia 2018.
Goalkeepers: Brad Jones (Feyenoord), Matt Ryan (Brighton), Danny Vukovic (Genk) Defenders: Aziz Behich ( Bursaspor ), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F. Marinos), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Samsung Blue Wings), James Meredith (Millwall) , Josh Risdon (Western Sydney), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshopper). Midfielders: Jackson Irvine ( Hull City ), Mile Jedinak ( Aston Villa ), Robbie Kruse (VfL Bochum ), Massimo Luongo ( QPR ), Mark Milligan (Al-Ahli), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield), Tom Rogic ( Celtic ), Tim Cahill (Millwall). Forwards: Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City), Tomi Juric (Lucerne), Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds), Dimitri Petratos ( Newcastle Jets), Jamie Maclaren (Hibernian).
The star – Tim Cahill (Millwall)
Between legend and polemics, Tim Cahill has not yet finished talking about himself. The 38-year-old forward is part of the history of the Socceroos after scoring the first ever goal of Australia in a final round of the World Cup (in 2006 against Japan). In Russia, he will play his fourth world title and if he scores once again he would join Pele and the Germans Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Kloseamong the players who scored in four editions of the World Cup. Despite his past and two goals in the play-off against Syria, veteran Cahill is seriously criticized for his declining form. After leaving the Premier League in 2012, he tried the MLS and then the Chinese championship. Returning to Australia, he later moved to the English Millwall in the championship last January but has not played a lot since.
The young man who will shine – Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City)
The trajectory of the 1999 class midfielder Daniel Arzani crosses that of Tim Cahill. The nineteen-year-old exploded in Melbourne City immediately after the departure of his illustrious compatriot. Born in Iran and arrived in Australia at the age of seven, Arzani is still at the dawn of his career. He made his debut on his club’s first team last January and exploded from there. Little by little he became the owner earning the trust of Bert van Marwijk, who was immediately seduced by his dribbling and his ability to make the difference.
The coach – Bert van Marwijk
Despite the qualification for the Russian World Cup reached, former coach Ange Postecoglou, who was in charge for four years, resigned amid general amazement last November. To replace him, the Australian federation turned to the Dutchman van Marwijk in January, who in the meantime had resigned as coach of Saudi Arabia in September after having qualified his team at the World Cup. Van Marwijk, 66, is a pragmatic trainer. Former coach of the Netherlands, he led them to the 2010 World Cup finals building a group of compact players despite an often rough game. His Oranje instead came out in the first round of Euro 2012 and his debut in friendly matches with the Socceroos he was not brilliant with a defeat in Norway (4-1) and a draw against Colombia (0-0).
History in the World Cup
Australia had to wait until 1966 to take part in the world qualifications and participated in its first final stages in 1974 in West Germany. With two defeats against East and West Germany and a draw against Chile, all without scoring a goal was above all the opportunity to accumulate experience. However, we had to wait until 2006 to review the Socceroos in the final phase. Led by Tim Cahill and Harry Kewell, they even came to the second round, where they were eliminated from Italy then world champion. In 2010 and 2014, the Australians were eliminated in the first round of the tournament.
Reasons to be optimistic
The Socceroos are in their fourth consecutive appearance in a final phase and want to be ambitious in a balanced group C behind France. “We did not have the best players but we had the best team,” said Bert van Marwijk, analyzing the Dutch walk in 2010. He will try to do the same with Australia in Russia, focusing on the athletic and motivational aspect.
June 16: France – Australia (13:00)
June 21st: Denmark – Australia (16:00)
June 26th: Australia – Peru (5.00pm)