Pre-tournament, Australia were a much-unfancied side at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Graham Arnold’s men were massive underdogs to get out of the group stages after a calamitous qualifying campaign. Here we take a look at how the Socceroos have turned things around.
In the run-up to the 2022 World Cup, there were several damning statistics mentioned on repeat about the Aussies, such as the fact that they hadn’t kept a World Cup finals clean sheet since 1974 as well as not winning a match since at this competition since 2010 when they beat Serbia 2-0. Australia also hadn’t made it out of the Group Stages since 2006 when they had the likes of Harry Kewell, Tim Cahill, Mark Viduka and co in their national side.
These were records that needed to be broken so that this footballing nation could start afresh and write new World Cup history.