Calendar (French time) in group D
November 22: France-Australia on the Al-Janoub Stadium (8 p.m., TF1 and BeIN Sports activities 1)
November 26: Tunisia-Australia at Al-Janoub Stadium (11 a.m., BeIN Sports activities 1)
November 30: Australia-Denmark at Al-Janoub Stadium (4 p.m., BeIN Sports activities 2)
Their nickname: The Socceroos. This portmanteau phrase was born from the fusion of “soccer” and “kangaroo” – respectively “soccer” and “kangaroo” within the English of Crocodile Dundee – below the pen of journalist Tony Horstead, in 1967.
The group of 26.
Goalkeepers: Mathew Ryan, Andrew Redmayne, Danny Vukovic.
Defenders: Nathaniel Atkinson, Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Thomas Deng, Craig Goodwin, Fran Karacic, Joel King, Kye Rowles, Harry Souttar.
Midfielders: Keanu Baccus, Cameron Devlin, Ajdin Hrustic, Jackson Irvine, Riley McGree, Aaron Mooy, Bailey Wright.
Forwards: Martin Boyle, Jason Cummings, Mitchell Duke, Garang Kuol, Mathew Leckie, Awer Mabil, James Maclaren.
Higher Qatar than ever. Thirty-first and penultimate nation to validate its ticket, Australia is collaborating for the sixth time in a last part, the fifth in a row. For now, the crew has solely managed to get out of their pool as soon as, in 2006, earlier than being eradicated within the spherical of 16 by the long run Italian champions on a controversial penalty following a simulation by Fabio Grosso.
The selector. Graham Arnold, 59 years outdated. A benchmark for soccer… in his nation. The previous striker can boast of getting been one of the crucial skilled coaches within the A-League, the Australian championship, of which he holds the best percentages of profession victories (54.9%) and conferences with out defeat (81.5%).
Already on the Socceroos bench for a brief freelance between 2006 and 2007, he formally took over as head of the nationwide crew on the finish of Dutchman Bert van Marwijk’s interim after the 2018 World Cup. not for all that the horrors of the competitors, he who officiated as assistant coach through the 2006 marketing campaign alongside Guus Hiddink.
Govt abstract from Le Monde
The robust factors. After having fought arduous to make the journey to Qatar, the Socceroos, undefeated for 5 video games, strategy the competitors with renewed confidence. Nonetheless, we will argue (rightly) that their opponents – New Zealand, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Peru – are a notch beneath the world’s gratin. Nonetheless, Australia has demonstrated that it may additionally keep the course.
The weak spots. The expertise. Many of the gamers within the choice evolve in second-class championships or usually are not holders of their skilled golf equipment. Just like the goalkeeper and captain, Mathew Ryan, who definitely went by Actual Sociedad, Valencia, Arsenal or Brighton, however who has solely performed six Superliga video games with FC Copenhagen for the reason that begin of the season.
Cupboard score (out of 5): 1.5. We’re not going to lie to one another, it’s higher to not guess an excessive amount of on the Australians. Nonetheless, they will play spoilsports. As an alternative, ask the French, who, earlier than being topped world champions in Russia 4 years in the past, had fought to win (2-1) towards the Socceroos once they entered the competitors.
Regulate him. When he was 11 years outdated, Awer Mabil had this dream: someday he’ll compete within the World Cup with Australia. In Qatar, the winger, now 27, realizes it. A pleasant revenge for the younger man born in a refugee camp in northwestern Kenya to Sudanese dad and mom who fled the civil conflict of their nation. That is the place he learns to play soccer, a sock full of plastic baggage as a ball. Helped by her uncle, her household was welcomed to Australia in 2006.
After taking his first steps within the Adelaide United membership, at simply 17 years outdated, Awer Mabil ready his weapons at FC Midtjylland, with which he received the Danish league title in 2020 and tasted the Champions League. After two transient stints in Portugal and Turkey, he has been enjoying for the reason that begin of the season in Cadiz, Spain.
Think about Arsene… that Australia owes its presence in Qatar to a person who formally performed just one minute through the intercontinental play-off towards Peru (0-0, 5 pictures on purpose to 4). One minute effectively price it! Andrew Redmayne, the substitute goalkeeper for the Socceroos, had certainly taken the place of the holder – and crew captain – Mathew Ryan to play the penalty shootout.
Not solely did the goalkeeper take out Alex Valera’s last shot on purpose, however he marked the general public along with his puppet gestures, gesticulating in all instructions to the purpose of creating the Peruvians lose their lucidity. When that mentioned Redmayne by no means left the native championship and needed to wait till 2017 to be an indeniable membership starter… at 28! 5 years and three alternatives later, he’s now firmly established within the nationwide crew.
When you have determined to boycott… and you’re keen on animals and nature, know that Australia is among the seventeen megadiverse nations on this planet – perceive that it hosts a really excessive biodiversity. Many of the native wild species are endemic: 87% of mammals, 93% of reptiles, 94% of frogs and 45% of birds! When you can not essentially go there, you’ll be able to at all times uncover part of it with the collection of documentaries “Vacation spot Wild: Australia” by Nationwide Geographic.