World Cup Preview: Australia


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Not much is expected Australia this tournament but the boys from down under have surprised us before.

2006 was a successful summer for the Socceroos, unexpectedly making it through a group of Brazil, Japan and Croatia and then only being defeated by eventual winners Italy by a last minute Francesco Totti penalty in the last 16.

2010 was almost a similar story, only losing out on the second round by goal difference to Ghana who the Aussies drew with before defeating Serbia, a team many would have expected to finish ahead of Australia.

The omens do look good for 2014 but the group they are faced with does not. Being joined by holders Spain, the runners up Holland and promising side Chile make Australia appear as the group B whipping boys.

They are not helped by the fact they are forced to select two English third tier players in their final 23 man squad (Bailey Wright of Preston and Massimo Luongo of Swindon).

An injury to up and coming star Tom Rogic is unhelpful while star man Tim Cahill is the wrong side of 30, despite the two decent showings at the last two tournaments, 2014 could well be dismal.

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