Your Guide to SA 2010 : Australia

FIFA Ranking: 20

Ater returning to the world stage in 2006 ( after 32 years) the Socceroos had taken the strongly announced their presence by qualifying the group stages eventually to be knocked out by the then Champions-to-be Italy. This time round the team insists that they have something more special in store.

The Manager:

Dutchman Pim Verbeek has a good thirty year experience on the sidelines. Highly inspired by contryman Guus Hiddink he has lost just 5 games since his appointment with the Roos in December 2007. After SA 2010, he will move on to coach the Morocco youth squad.

The Squad:


Mark Schwarzer, Adam Federici, Brad Jones


Lucas Neill, Craig Moore, Scott Chipperfield, David Carney, Luke Wilkshire, Mark Milligan, Michael Beauchamp


Tim Cahill, Vince Grella, Brett Emerton, Jason Culina, Brett Holman, Carl Valeri, Mile Jedinak, , Dario Vidosic


Josh Kennedy, Nikita Rukavytsya, Harry Kewel,Richard Garcia, Mark Bresciano

Man To Watch

Tim Cahill

The man is capable of producing goals when needed. He bangs in with his head, right foot, left foot. The Aussie star is a reliable man and will be a key player for Australia. Cahill will be a major threat in set-pieces because of his amazing heading ability. Not a brilliant passer of the ball, but he can certainly bang in the goals!

FP Prediction

Australia are a good team and more than capable of proving a match to any opponent on their day. They have a very reliable keeper in Mark Schwarzer but their defence is what might prove to be the hurdle for the Aussies to make it through to the knockouts. They are strong, but there are stronger teams than them in Germany and Serbia.

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