2010 FIFA WORLD CUP - SOUTH AFRICA
Australia's national men's football team, the Qantas Socceroos, return to the FIFA World Cup for the the 3rd time; this time in South Africa 2010 after qualifying through Asia for the second time after a 36 year absence.
Australia previously qualified for Oceaia in 2006. Representing Oceania for the last time, the Socceroos defeated the Solomon Islands over two legs to win the Oceania Confederation place but had to defeat the 5th placed South American team - Uruguay - to qualify. They did this with a 0-1 loss in Montevideo and a 1-0 win in Sydney on November 16 last year. The resulting penalty shoot out, won with the famous goal by John Aloisi, reverberated across the world, and led to a seond round place, going out controversially to Italy.
Now in 2010 after getting through with Japan, South Korea, and DPR (North) Korea over the past 2 years the 23 Aussies take on the tough opponents of Group D in the 2010 tournament. Australia and North Korea didn't get out of the group stage. South Korea was knocked out by Uruguay in round of 16.
Germany defeated Uruguay 3-2 in the 3rd/4th place play-off, and Spain defeated Netherlands 1-0 to become only the 8th country to have won the World Cup whilst the Dutch still haven't, having lost their third final.
Now for Brasil 2014!
Mens World Cup: Group D
Australia 2 - Serbia 1
23/06/2010: The Qantas Socceroos' World Cup hopes in Group D were kept alive for most of the game but despite winning 2-1 against Serbia the game between Germany and Ghana ended in only a 1-0 win to Germany - not enough! Australia earn 4 points at this World Cup but Ghana goes through on goal difference.
[AFC link ..]
Ghana 1 - Australia 1
20/06/2010: The Qantas Socceroos' World Cup hopes in Group D rested on a result against Ghana in Rustenberg on Sunday morning and after going down to 10 men with the dubious sending off of Harry Kewell after 25 mins the team played with heart, and continued to attack. Bring on Serbia and end the tournament with the same passion.
[AFC link ..]
Germany 4 - Australia 0
14/06/2010: The Qantas Socceroos' World Cup hopes in Group D were going down, goal by goal from Germany, in Durban as the sun was rising across Australia - with Tim Cahill's red card adding to Pim Verbeek's woes. Australia now move on to play Ghana on Saturday night and will need to win to keep their hopes alive. [AFC link ..]
[FIFA stats ..]
Other Asian Football Confederation, and Oceania, results:
World Cup - Round of 16: Paraguay defeated 5-3 on penalties (0-0 aet) : 29 June 2006 - in Pretoria
[AFC World Cup pages ..]
(Japan out on penalties)
World Cup - Round of 16: Uruguay defeated South Korea 2-1 : 26 June 2006 - in Port Elizabeth
(South Korea out)
World Cup - Group G: DPR Korea 0 - Cote D'Ivoire 3: 25 June 2006 - in Nelspruit
World Cup - Group E: Denmark lost to Japan 1-3 : 24 June 2006 - in Rustenburg
(Japan progress to next round)
World Cup - Group F: Paraguay 0 - NZ 0 : 24 June 2006 - in Polokwane
World Cup - Group B: Nigera drew with South Korea 2-2 : 22 June 2006 - in Durban
(South Korea progress to next round)
World Cup - Group G: Portugal defeated DPR Korea 7-1 : 21 June 2006 - in Cape Town
World Cup - Group F: Italy drew with NZ 1-1 : 20 June 2006 - in Nelspruit
World Cup - Group E: Netherlands defeated Japan 1-0 : 19 June 2006 - in Durban
World Cup - Group B: Argentina defeated South Korea 4-1 : 17 June 2006 - in Johannesburg
World Cup - Group F: NZ drew with Slovakia 1-1 : 16 June 2006 - in Rustenberg
World Cup - Group G: Brasil defeated DPR Korea 2-1 : 15 June 2006 - in Johannesburg
World Cup - Group E: Japan defeated Cameroon 1-0 : 15 June 2006 - in Bloemfontein
World Cup - Group B: South Korea defeated Greece 2-0 : 12 June 2006 - in Port Elizabeth
Warm up friendlies:
Mens International Friendly:
Australia 1 - USA 3
05/06/2010: The Qantas Socceroos World Cup preparations continued tonight in Johannesburg, where the Socceroos lost 1-3 to team USA in a very solid hit-out for both sides before their opening games in a week's time. Falling behind in the first half Tim Cahill came up with a fine goal, but despite a better 2nd half the US strikers were too sharp. [FFA link ..]
Mens International Friendly:
Australia 1 - Denmark 0
01/06/2010: The Qantas Socceroos World Cup preparations stepped up another notch with the Qantas Socceroos playing their first game since arriving in South Africa against Denmark at Ruimsig Stadium in suburban Johannesburg today. After a rusty first half Josh Kennedy put Australia in front in the 71st minute. [FFA link ..]
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Johnny Warren (1943 - 2004)
'He told us so - The Conscience of Australian Football!'
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de Football Association - World Cup Germany 2010
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