Australia has made five FIFA World Cup appearances, with their best result coming in the round of 16.
The Asian Football Confederation and the Oceania Football Confederation are the two confederations in which they are the only team to have won their respective championships.
The team has recently displayed exceptional play, despite their unlucky tournament run. With their incredible lineup of skilled footballers, they hope to change soon the fact that they have only won two games in the competition.
After a thrilling penalty shootout victory over Peru in the intercontinental qualification playoffs, this will be their sixth tournament. They have performed horribly in the competition, losing all of their games over the past two phases.
If they manage a result against either Denmark or France, a win against Tunisia could position them to reach the knockout stages. Still, their lack of offensive strength will probably lead to a winless campaign and an early exit.
Although they were placed in Group D with France, Denmark, and Tunisia, they will be hoping to perform better this time around.
Australia Squad, Captain, and Coach
- Goalkeepers: Mathew Ryan, Andrew Redmayne, Danny Vukovic
- Defenders: Milos Degenek, Nathaniel Atkinson, Joel King, Fran Karacic, Bailey Wright, Harry Souttar, Kye Rowles, Aziz Behich, Thomas Deng
- Midfielders: Aaron Mooy, Craig Goodwin, Jackson Irvine, Cameron Devlin, Riley McGree, Ajdin Hrustic, Keanu Baccus
- Forwards: Mathew Leckie, Marco Tilio, Jamie Maclaren, Craig Goodwin, Mitchell Duke, Jason Cummings, Garang Kuol, Awer Mabil
- Captain: Mathew Ryan
- Coach: Graham Arnold
Australia Star Players
1. Ajdin Hrustic
An incredibly gifted attacking midfielder named Ajdin Hrustic helped Eintracht Frankfurt win the Europa League the previous season before joining Hellas Verona on the last day of the transfer window. The 26-year-old, who scored the crucial play-off win against the UAE, has a wicked left foot and the ability to outwit defenders and open up scoring opportunities.
Since making his debut as a substitute against Brazil in 2017, Hrustic has earned 19 Australia caps and scored three goals. Hrustic’s first goal for Australia came on June 4, 2021, against Kuwait in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying game. Hrustic bent the ball off the inside of the post from a free kick outside the box.
Hrustic expressed his excitement to be part of the action at the world cup to The Age’s Vince Vugari.
2. Awer Mabil
The sheer fact that Mabil is at this World Cup is motivating. After all, this is a young man whose parents fled the conflict in Sudan and gave birth in a refugee camp in Kenya. As a child, he lived off of one meal per day while playing football barefoot with a rolled-up sock for footwear.
When Australia took in Mabil’s family in 2006, the abilities developed in those terrible circumstances sparked. Since then, his ascent has been the stuff of legends, and they reinforced the bond with his adopted nation when he converted the sixth penalty in the shootout victory over Peru that guaranteed the Socceroos’ World Cup berth. Mabil later admitted, “I knew I was going to score.” It was the only way my family and I could express our gratitude to Australia.
Since making an emotional debut in 2018, this gifted, elusive winger has contributed far more than that deftly summoned penalty. He is one of the players who will be counted on to give Arnold’s team the attacking inspiration they will need against some of the best teams in the World. He is currently playing in La Liga with Cadiz after a successful seven-year stint with the Danish team Midtjylland.
Australia World Cup 2022 Possible Lineup
- Goalkeepers: Mathew Ryan
- Defenders: Harry Souttar, Kye Rowles, Aziz Behich, Nathaniel Atkinson
- Midfielders: Aaron Mooy, Jackson Irvine, Ajdin Hrustic
- Forward: Jason Cummings, Garang Kuol, Awer Mabil
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