The squad is picked, preparations have begun on the bottom and Australia’s 2022 FIFA World Cup destiny awaits in Qatar when the event begins in per week from right now.
That is Australia’s fifth straight look at worldwide soccer’s showpiece occasion, a exceptional truth contemplating the many years of ache and near-misses that preceded the Socceroos’ unforgettable qualification for the 2006 finals.
The streak seemed beneath critical menace within the late stage of a protracted and dramatic qualification marketing campaign earlier than the Socceroos squeezed previous Peru on penalties to guide the final of 32 spots on provide in Qatar. Right here’s all the pieces it’s worthwhile to know forward of what guarantees to be an exciting journey.
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Australia has been drawn in Group D. It’s not precisely the “group of loss of life” however there’s no getting round it — it’s going to be extraordinarily tough for the Socceroos to flee it and attain the knockout stage for less than the second time of their historical past.
Group D can also be dwelling to reigning champions France, who’re presently rated the world’s fourth greatest aspect on the FIFA rankings — 34 spots forward of the Socceroos. The French squad options among the greatest names in world soccer in Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, PSG megastar Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann. Their squad additionally options thrilling children like Aurelien Tchouameni and Arsenal’s William Saliba however large weapons Paul Pogba and N‘Golo Kante will probably be lacking by harm. See Didier Deschamps’ full 25-man squad right here.
The Socceroos face one other high 10-ranked opponent in Denmark, the clear second favourites to progress from the group and a event darkish horse within the eyes of many. Coach Kasper Hjulmand has to date named 21 of his 26-man squad and probably the most notable title to most followers is Christian Eriksen, the Manchester United star who has made an unbelievable comeback from struggling a cardiac arrest on the pitch at Euro 2020.
The Danes, led by inspirational skipper Simon Kjaer on the again, made the semi-finals on the event, negotiated World Cup qualifying with relative ease and boast expertise everywhere in the park.
Tunisia loom as probably the most beatable of Australia’s opponents, having additionally scraped by qualifying in unconvincing trend.
Nonetheless the world’s Thirtieth-ranked nation are removed from easybeats with a squad that includes loads of European-based expertise. Just like the Socceroos, they satisfaction themselves on a tricky resolve and are prone to sit again and take up strain, with skipper Youssef Msakni and France-based striker Wahbi Khazri posing vital threats in assault.
WHEN ARE THE SOCCEROOS PLAYING?
Australia v France: Wednesday, November 23, 6am AEDT – Al Janoub Stadium
Australia v Tunisia: Saturday, November 26, 9pm AEDT – Al Janoub Stadium
Australia v Denmark: Thursday, December 1, 2am AEDT – Al Janoub Stadium
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WHO IS IN THE SOCCEROOS SQUAD?
Squad sizes have been elevated to 26 from the same old 23 for this World Cup and there have been various surprises when Graham Arnold introduced his enjoying group for the event final week.
Veterans together with Tom Rogic, Trent Sainsbury and Mitch Langerak missed out as 17 World Cup debutants had been named in a youthful squad with a median age of simply 25 should you low cost a veteran trio of goalkeepers in Mat Ryan, Andrew Redmayne and Danny Vukovic.
Gamers like Keanu Baccus, Cameron Devlin and Joel King can be unfamiliar to many informal Australian sporting followers however they’ve been given an opportunity to make a reputation for themselves on the most important stage as Arnold bids to set the Socceroos up future success no matter occurs in Qatar.
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Teenager Garang Kuolwill grow to be Australia’s youngest ever World Cup participant after the 18-year-old’s exceptional choice regardless of having by no means began knowledgeable match. The Newcastle United-bound teen is joined within the squad by one other intriguing choice from the Central Coast Mariners, with Scottish-born striker Jason Cummings included as one other potential X-Issue participant.
However Australia’s hopes in Qatar will doubtless hinge on the established stars of Arnold’s squad like Aaron Mooy, Ajdin Hrustic and Martin Boyle, with the health of first-choice centre backs Harry Souttar and Kye Rowles – each coming off vital accidents — additionally key.
SOCCEROOS’ 26-MAN WORLD CUP SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan (c), Andrew Redmayne, Danny Vukovic
Defenders: Nathaniel Atkinson, Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Thomas Deng, Fran Karacic, Joel King, Kye Rowles, Harry Souttar, Bailey Wright
Midfielders: Keanu Baccus, Cameron Devlin, Ajdin Hrustic, Jackson Irvine, Riley McGree, Aaron Mooy
Forwards: Martin Boyle, Jason Cummings, Mitchell Duke, Craig Goodwin, Garang Kuol, Mat Leckie, Awer Mabil, Jamie Maclaren
WHERE ARE THE SOCCEROOS PLAYING?
All the Socceroos’ group stage matches will probably be performed on the 40,000-seat Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar’s second largest metropolis positioned simply 17km away from downtown Doha.
The stadium, designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid who died in 2016, was the primary stadium constructed from scratch for this World Cup. It includes a retractable roof and an look impressed by the standard boats used for pearl divers within the area — although some have identified the design resembles feminine genitalia, a declare Hadid dismissed as “ridiculous”.
The stadium options the cooling know-how being utilized in Qatar that may hold the temperatures on the enjoying floor to round 20 levels, with winter temperatures outdoors forecast to succeed in as much as 35 levels.
The Socceroos have performed there as soon as earlier than — defeating Jordan 2-1 in June, one in every of a number of matches that gave Australia essential expertise enjoying inside Qatar’s airconditioned stadiums throughout the qualifiers.
“It‘s like enjoying on ceramic tiles should you haven’t performed on them due to the warmth coming down and the airconditioning going up, as soon as it collides, it moistens an entire place,” Arnold instructed foxsports.com.au
“It’s chilly, consider it or not, it’s 20 levels and the ball simply hangs as a result of the airconditioning blowers, they’re about two metres off the bottom … Something above two metre the ball hangs.
“So it may be difficult And we’ve had these experiences of we’ve performed 5 video games there and we’ve received all 5 and we’ve skilled these airconditioned stadiums.”
If the Socceroos could make it to the Spherical of 16 they are going to play at both the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium or Al Thumama Stadium.
WHERE ARE THEY STAYING?
The Socceroos will base themselves at Doha’s Aspire Academy in the course of their marketing campaign.
Tim Cahill is Chief Sport Officer at Aspire and performed a task in securing the power, which may even be used because the host nation’s crew base.
Australia’s gamers will eat, sleep and practice on the spacious facility, which includes a full-sized indoor pitch, seven outside pitches, and different sporting amenities together with a swimming pool, outside health club and squash courts
Whereas there have been ideas the Socceroos will probably be slumming it in dormitory model sleeping preparations, Arnold insists Australia’s gamers could have a key benefit over the numerous rival nations staying in fancy inns.
“Lots of these nations are going to have an exquisite resort … with no soccer park, nothing close by. OK, they‘ll have retailers however there’ll be 1.4 million individuals (in Doha) and so they’re not going be capable to go outdoors their resort,” Arnold mentioned.
“However with us on the Aspire, we’ve bought soccer pitches throughout us. The boys can go have a recreation cricket if they need and so they can exit and simply lay within the solar. We’re getting arrange an enormous TV, with a cafeteria outdoors with an enormous tent over it so the boys can sit and watch different video games and have coffees and simply be collectively.”
WHY HAVE THE SOCCEROOS ALREADY MADE HEADLINES WORLDWIDE?
Qatar’s World Cup has been suffering from controversy ever because it was controversially awarded internet hosting rights again in 2010.
The host nation’s human rights report — significantly round staff’ rights — has been fiercely debated and Australia has taken the strongest stance of any competing nation so Socceroos gamers final month launched a video message voicing their considerations in regards to the points, together with Qatar’s legal guidelines opposing homosexuality. Different groups have additionally spoken out about points and captains from a lot of main European nations, together with England, France and Germany, will put on armbands in rainbow colors with the message “One Love” in an anti-discrimination marketing campaign.
FIFA has since known as on groups on the World Cup in Qatar to “concentrate on soccer” and cease “handing out ethical classes” in a message that acquired a pointy rebuke from Amnesty Worldwide and brought about social media backlash.
Qatar’s Supreme Committee additionally responds to the Socceroos’ protest by welcoming gamers elevating “necessary issues” however defending the progress that had been made round staff’ rights and level out “no nation is ideal”, even Australia.
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WHAT IS AUSTRALIA’S WORLD CUP RECORD?
In six World Cups — additionally competing in West Germany in 1974 — Australia have solely made it by the group stage as soon as, in 2006, earlier than falling to eventual champions Italy in heartbreaking circumstances.
The truth is Australia has solely ever received two World Cup matches, beating Japan 3-1 in 2006 and Serbia 2-1 at South Africa 2010 earlier than narrowly lacking group stage complication. The Socceroos have drawn 4, and misplaced ten of their 16 matches at World Cup finals.
Attending to the World Cup is tough sufficient, scoring objectives and successful matches while you’re there may be even tougher.
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WHAT ARE OUR CHANCES?
Native betting markets have the Socceroos as a lot as $250 to within the World Cup however they’re rated as a lot as 750-1 outsiders in abroad markets. The lifelike objective for Arnold’s crew is to succeed in the Spherical of 16 and so they’re rated a $3.80 likelihood of doing that by the TAB.
Simply attending to this World Cup is an achievement for this Socceroos crew however Socceroos nice Robbie Slater believes going a step additional is a practical objective.
Based on analysts Stats Insider, the Aussies have a 17.5% likelihood of creating it out of Group D, and a 0.1% likelihood of successful the event.
“It’s going to be tough nevertheless it’s not undoable,” Slater instructed The Again Web page.
“In the event you have a look at 2006 and 2010, we had 4 factors at each of these World Cups.
“In South Africa we had been overwhelmed 4-0 within the opening recreation and objective distinction meant we didn’t progress to the group stage.
“So we have to not lose closely one recreation, and seize 4 factors. I feel we will beat Tunisia — they’ll suppose they will beat us after all — after which we’ve bought to get a degree towards France or Denmark.”