The Australian federation has existed since 1961, joining FIFA two years after its creation. Therefore, the Socceroos contested their first qualification in view of the 1966 World Cup in England. After two unsuccessful attempts, Australia was eliminated after the preliminary round at the 1974 World Cup in Germany.
Thirty-two years later, and once again in Germany, they made their comeback at the finals. This time, the Australian national team lost in the round of 16 to Italy, the eventual world champions of 2006. A year earlier, the Socceroos moved from the Oceanic Confederation (OFC) to the Asian Confederation (AFC). In the three editions that followed – the 2010 World Cups in South Africa, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the 2018 World Cup in Russia – they always had to go home after the preliminary round.
The coach of Australia, Graham Arnold
Graham Arnold took over the Australian national team immediately after the 2018 World Cup, although the 59-year-old former team striker served as an assistant with the senior side for a total of eight years and as interim coach from July 2006 to July 2007. He was also on the sidelines twice and most recently with the U23 national team from 2018 to 2021.
Prior to that, the former Belgium and Netherlands legionnaire coached three clubs from February 2010. Arnold worked for the Central Coast Mariners in the Australian A-League up to and including the 2012/2013 season, and then for Sydney FC from 2014 to 2018. In between, he spent a few months under contract with Vegalta Sendai in the Japanese J1 League.
The stars of the Australian national team
Three midfielders in the extended circle of the Australian selection earn their money in Germany. In this regard, Ajdin Hrustic has been gaining valuable experience at Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt since the fall of 2020. In addition, we think of Jackson Irvine as well as Connor Metcalfe from St. Pauli.
The goalkeeper and team captain Mathew Ryan was under contract in the Spanish La Liga and primarily collected minutes of action as a loan player in the English Premier League at Brighton & Hove Albion. He moved to Danish champions FC Copenhagen in the summer of 2022. Offensive all-rounder Awer Mabil went the other way, moving from Midtjylland to Cadiz.
Australia’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup
Australia experienced four wins, three draws and three defeats in Group B of the third phase of Asian World Cup 2022 qualifying. As a result, the Socceroos finished third behind Saudi Arabia and Japan. They took a total of one point against the Green Falcons and one against the Samurai Blue.
The Australian side then went on to beat the third-place team in Group A, the United Arab Emirates, 2-1. They then defeated Peru on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the intercontinental play-off.
Australia’s chances of success at the 2022 World Cup
The Australian national team, ranked 39th in FIFA’s June 23 rankings, will face defending champions France, Denmark and Tunisia in Group D at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. They are ranked number four, number ten and number 30 in the world. Thus, the European selections represent the house-high favorites to advance to the round of 16. In the event of a sensation, however, the Socceroos would most likely face two tough nuts in Argentina, Mexico or Poland.
Statistical features of Australia before the 2022 World Cup
Australia already faced France and Denmark at the 2018 World Cup. These are the most recent games against these teams. The Socceroos lost 2-1 to the eventual world champions, and they have one full win, one draw and three losses against the Bleus. Against the Scandinavians, the result was again a 1-1 draw. Australia also won once and lost twice against their second opponents at the 2022 World Cup. Moreover, the Australian team met Tunisia twice between 1997 and 2005, winning once and losing once.
The odds for betting on Australia in the 2022 World Cup
- Overall winner – 251.00
- Reach the final – 81.00
- Make it to the semifinals – 29.00
- Win the group – 11,00
- Group qualification – yes 3.25, no 1.33
- Reaches the quarterfinals – 11.00
- France – Australia win 10.00, draw 7.50, defeat 1.20
We show here the betting odds provided by Bet365. They are snapshots, which can change constantly. In addition, all odds are without guarantee.
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