Australia

Australia

2nd Group A | 0-0-0
    • American Samoa goalkeeper wants Socceroos rematch, 20 years on from 'devastating' record defeat
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      American Samoa goalkeeper wants Socceroos rematch, 20 years on from 'devastating' record defeat

      American Samoa captain Nicky Salapu wants to play the Socceroos again and has even got Tim Cahill to agree to the idea of a potential charity match. Salapu was in goal for his nation exactly 20 years ago when Australia claimed a world record 31-0 win in World Cup qualifying. Just 20 years of age at the time, Salapu was still one of his side's more experienced players and was helpless as Archie Thompson scored 13 times alone.

    • 'Didn't fit in' - Scott McDonald explains Socceroos struggles
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      'Didn't fit in' - Scott McDonald explains Socceroos struggles

      The longer it went the harder it got and it just got worse and worse. "But I still enjoyed it and I was proud to play for my country." McDonald's struggles in front of goal for the Socceroos ultimately meant he failed to make the cut for their 2010 World Cup squad.

    • The Socceroos milestone Simon Hill wants recognised
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      The Socceroos milestone Simon Hill wants recognised

      Simon Hill has hit out at a lack of recognition for Australia's football past, noting the 50th anniversary of the Socceroos name is yet to be acknowledged. Australian football icon Johnny Warren has previously stated the moniker was created in 1971 before being used a year later leading up to the 1974 World Cup. While Hill concedes such dates aren't exactly concrete, he believes a lack of recognition over the Socceroos name highlights a bigger issue when it comes to embracing football's history ...