Australia at the FIFA World Cup

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Australian Peter Wilson with East German Bernd Bransch before their match at the 1974 FIFA World Cup

The Australia national association football team, nicknamed the Socceroos, has represented Australia at the FIFA World Cup on four occasions: in 1974, 2006, 2010, and, most recently, in 2014.[1]

In Australia's first appearance, a team made up entirely of amateurs secured a scoreless draw against Chile, though eventually departed from the 1974 tournament without a goal to show from their inaugural appearance. Australia made up for lost time at Germany 2006 and qualified for the Round of 16 before narrowly falling to eventual champions Italy. The German theme continued at South Africa 2010 although this time Australia suffered a 4-0 loss against the European giants in a scoreline which ultimately scuppered their progress. A ten-man 1–1 draw against Ghana and a 2–1 win against Serbia saw the Aussies eliminated on goal difference, three goals off the Africans.

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not participate
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 9
Mexico 1970 9 3 5 1 12 8
West Germany 1974 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 5 11 5 5 1 21 10
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 12 6 2 4 20 11
Spain 1982 8 4 2 2 22 9
Mexico 1986 8 4 3 1 20 4
Italy 1990 6 2 2 2 11 7
United States 1994 10 7 1 2 21 7
France 1998 8 6 2 0 34 5
South Korea Japan 2002 8 7 0 1 73 4
Germany 2006 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 5 6 9 7 1 1 31 5
South Africa 2010 Group stage 21st 3 1 1 1 3 6 14 9 3 2 19 4
Brazil 2014 Group Stage 30th 3 0 0 3 3 9 14 8 4 2 25 12
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total 4/20 0 Titles 13 2 3 8 11 26 119 68 30 21 311 95

Record by opponent[edit]

FIFA World Cup matches (by team)
Opponent Wins Draws Losses Total Goals Scored Goals Conceded
 Brazil 0 0 1 1 0 2
 Chile 0 1 1 2 1 3
 Croatia 0 1 0 1 2 2
 Germany* 0 0 3 3 0 9
 Ghana 0 1 0 1 1 1
 Italy 0 0 1 1 0 1
 Japan 1 0 0 1 3 1
 Netherlands 0 0 1 1 2 3
 Serbia 1 0 0 1 2 1
 Spain 0 0 1 1 0 3
  • Games of East Germany and West Germany are counted towards Germany.

1974 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 East Germany 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 5
 West Germany 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3 4
 Chile 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
 Australia 3 0 1 2 0 5 −5 1
14 June 1974
19:30 CET
East Germany  2 – 0  Australia
Curran Goal 58' (o.g.)
Streich Goal 72'
Report
Volksparkstadion, Hamburg
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Senegal Youssou N'Diaye

18 June 1974
16:00 CET
Australia  0 – 3  West Germany
Report Goal 12' Overath
Goal 34' Cullmann
Goal 53' Müller
Volksparkstadion, Hamburg
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Egypt Mahmoud Mustafa Kamel

22 June 1974
16:00 CET
Australia  0 – 0  Chile
Report
Olympic Stadium, West Berlin
Attendance: 14,681
Referee: Iran Jafar Namdar

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9
 Australia 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
 Croatia 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
 Japan 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
12 June 2006
15:00 CEST
Australia  3 – 1  Japan
Cahill Goal 84'89'
Aloisi Goal 90+2'
Report Goal 26' Nakamura

18 June 2006
18:00 CEST
Brazil  2 – 0  Australia
Adriano Goal 49'
Fred Goal 90'
Report
Allianz Arena, Munich
Attendance: 66,000
Referee: Germany Markus Merk

22 June 2006
21:00 CEST
Croatia  2 – 2  Australia
Srna Goal 2'
N. Kovač Goal 56'
Report Goal 38' (pen.) Moore
Goal 79' Kewell
Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: England Graham Poll

Round of 16[edit]

26 June 2006
17:00 CEST
Italy  1 – 0  Australia
Totti Goal 90+5' (pen.) Report

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Group D[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 6
 Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
 Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 −3 4
 Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3


13 June 2010
Germany  4 – 0  Australia
Podolski Goal 8'
Klose Goal 26'
Müller Goal 68'
Cacau Goal 70'
Report

19 June 2010
16:00
Ghana  1 – 1  Australia
Gyan Goal 25' (pen.) Report Holman Goal 11'

23 June 2010
20:30
Australia  2 – 1  Serbia
Cahill Goal 69'
Holman Goal 73'
Report Pantelić Goal 84'
Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Attendance: 37,836
Referee: Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Group B[edit]

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Netherlands 3 3 0 0 10 3 +7 9
 Chile 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
 Spain 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 3
 Australia 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0
13 June 2014
18:00
Chile  3–1  Australia
Sánchez Goal 12'
Valdivia Goal 14'
Beausejour Goal 90+2'
Report Cahill Goal 35'
Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
Attendance: 40,275
Referee: Noumandiez Doué (Ivory Coast)

18 June 2014
13:00
Australia  2–3  Netherlands
Cahill Goal 21'
Jedinak Goal 54' (pen.)
Report Robben Goal 20'
Memphis Goal 68'
Persie Goal 58'

23 June 2014
13:00
Australia  0–3  Spain
Report Villa Goal 36'
Torres Goal 69'
Mata Goal 82'
Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Attendance: 39,375
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

Goalscorers[edit]

Player Goals 1974 2006 2010 2014
Cahill, TimTim Cahill 5 2 1 2
Holman, BrettBrett Holman 2 2
Aloisi, JohnJohn Aloisi 1 1
Kewell, HarryHarry Kewell 1 1
Moore, CraigCraig Moore 1 1
Jedinak, MileMile Jedinak 1 1
Total 11 0 5 3 3
Own goals scored for opponents

Most appearances[edit]

Player Appearances World Cups
Mark Bresciano 9 2006, 2010, 2014
Tim Cahill 8 2006, 2010, 2014
Scott Chipperfield 7 2006, 2010
Jason Culina 7 2006, 2010
Lucas Neill 7 2006, 2010
Mark Schwarzer 7 2006, 2010
Brett Emerton 6 2006, 2010
Craig Moore 6 2006, 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Country Info". FIFA. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Referee designations for matches 1-16" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 5 June 2010. Archived from the original on 5 July 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Referee designations for matches 17-24" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 14 June 2010. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010.