Summer of 2014 is going to bring entertainment on a massive level for the zealous sports lovers out there. This is the year the wait for passionate soccer lovers come to an end with the opening of 2014 FIFA World Cup. The twentieth international men association tournament is being hosted by Brazil this year. The last time the tournament was held in Brazil in 1950. National teams belonging to thirty-two countries have advanced into the tournament by winning the qualification competitions. They are now ready for a face off in Brazil. By this time, you should be having your 2014 World Cup Australia tickets on you because if you miss the chance this year, you’ll have to wait another four years. This time, the matches are going to be different as a new Goal Decision system by the name ‘goal-line technology’ has been introduced to support the officials in decision making.
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The national team of Australia is scheduled to play in Group B in Match No 4 against Chile. The national association football team is governed by the Football Federation Australia (FFA). This controlling body is an associated member of the regional ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) as well as the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). This four time Oceania Football Confederation champion has also won as the ‘AFC National Team of the Year’ in 2006. This is the fourth time that this team of professionals is representing Australia in the FIFA World Cup. Previously they have appeared in the tournament in 1974, 2006 and 2010. Additionally, the team has appeared in the FIFA Confederations Cup tournaments on behalf of Australia on three occasions. The Australian national football team is popularly known as the Socceroos.
Let’s have a look at how the team qualified for the FIFA World Cup. Joining AFC for their second qualifying campaign to participate in the global show piece, Australia thought that this would be a smooth second consecutive qualification. But to their astonishment the ride to Brazil was in fact a much bumpy one. In order to secure their progression, they had to overcome some unpredictable instances. The Socceroos had their first warning shot when they won over Thailand and lost to Oman in the opening phase. Not severely affected, the team progressed to the succeeding phase as winners. They opened the next round with a draw against Japan and Oman until they lost to Jordan. The team was placed at the cusp of qualification with a victory over Iraq and defeat of Jordan. The Socceroos kept their cool in the final match against Iraq where Josh Kennedy scored to get the team through the qualification phase.
The Australian team is scheduled to play the soccer game against Chile at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. The stadium is currently under construction and is due to be completed by the end of April. Once complete, the stadium would open gates to about forty-two thousand spectators to come and enjoy exhilarating soccer games. The key players of the team include Mark Schwarzer who has set the highest record of appearances with one hundred and nine. He is the only Australian player to reach and surpass hundred caps. Second in row is Lucas Neill who has appeared ninety six times whereas Brett Emerton holds the third place with ninety five appearances. The title of Australia’s ‘highest goal scorer’ has been awarded to Tim Cahill. Since his appearance in 2004, Tim has set a record of thirty-one goals while playing on sixty-six occasions. Second in line is Damian Mori with twenty-nine goals whereas Archie Thompson is third in line with twenty-eight goals.
The 2014 World Cup is just around the corner, in about a short time thirty two aspiring teams will be in for a neck to neck competition in Brazil. This tournament is the biggest and brightest stage for the players to boast their skill set. Get a hold of World Cup Australia tickets to enjoy the games to the fullest with your sports loving friends.