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The Aussies are a long-shot to make any waves at the 2018 World Cup, but should they make a splash it will make for a great story.

The team has traveled more miles and played more games than any other squad in order to qualify, which they barely did via a fourth-round playoff against Syria, followed by an inter-conference playoff with Honduras.

The Australian team will head into the World Cup under new manager Bert van Marwijk’s leadership, after former manager, Ange Postecoglou quit following the game against Honduras.

Marwijk is tasked with guiding the Socceroos in what could be team captain Tim Cahill’s last world cup. Cahill is Australia’s top player, scoring 50 goals and over 100 caps for the team, making him the most decorated player in Australian history.

Australia World Cup History

Although Australia has qualified for the last four World Cups, they have never made it past the group of 16, which they did in 2006.

In 2010 and 2014, they failed to pass the group stage. Their first World Cup appearance came in 1974, when a team of mostly amateur players lost in the first stage, unable to score a single goal.

Between then and 2006, Australia had several near misses in qualifying for the World Cup, losing six different times in playoff matches.

How Does The Australia World Cup 2018 Squad Stack Up

Qualifying for Russia 2018 was nothing less than a circus for the Socceroos. They finished third in group B of the AFC qualifiers, just barely behind Saudi Arabia, who had the same amount of points but a better goal differential by only 2. That forced them to play a 2-leg playoff series with Syria, the third-place team from group A. They tied the first game 1-1 and won the second in overtime. Cahill led the team in goals during qualifying with 10, while Mile Jedinak netted 10 and Chris wood had 10.

Personnel-wise, the Socceroos depend heavily on those three to for scoring. Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, and Massimo Luongo are players who could possibly be count on to contribute offensively, and if Van Marwijk can assemble a formation that utilizes their potential, it would be very beneficial to the Aussies.​

Australia Odds To Win World Cup 2018

No matter what Australia does to prepare, in order to win anything they will need some major luck. They are 14/1 odds-against underdogs to win their group and face 7/2 odds in making it to the knockout stage. Their first game is against France, to whom they will almost certainly lose, but if they can manage a win or a couple of draws against Denmark and Peru (Australia is the underdog in both those games as well) in their next games, they certainly have a shot.

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