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Australia qualified for the 2006 World Cup Finals on November 16th, 2005 as an OFC member. As from January 1st, 2006 Australia are a member of the Asian Football Confederation.

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Australia in the World Cup Finals

World Cup Appearances:
Germany 2006 is Australia's 2nd appearance at the World Cup Finals.

Australia's Best World Cup Performance

Australia didn't make it out of the group stage in West Germany 1974 and have yet to score a goal in the World Cup Finals. They did manage a (0:0) draw with Chile though.

Australia World Cup Preparations

Australia will use PSV Eindhoven's facilities as a training and logistics base, prior to the 2006 World Cup Finals.

Australia Team Hotel

Wald & Schlosshotel, Australia Team Hotel during the 2006 World Cup Finals.
Wald- und Schlosshotel:
Friedrichsruhe-Zweiflingen.
Located in a magnificent 3 acre private park, adjoining the large forest of Hohenlohe, the Wald- und Schlosshotel is Australia's 2006 World Cup Finals base.

Combining the charms of an unusual habitat and exquisite menus, Prince Zu Hohenlohe-Ehringen's former summer palace and hunting pavilion have become one of Germany's most renowned gourmet retreats. Visitors to the hotel can savour sublime fish and game specialities and extraordinary desserts as well as taste the excellent Verrenberg, a wine from the estate's vineyard.

Australia Friendly Matches

Beat Greece (1:0), Thursday 25th May. (Melbourne)
Josip Skoko (16).

Drew with Holland (1:1), Sunday 4th June. (Rotterdam)
Tim Cahill (54).

Beat Liechtenstein (3:1), Wednesday 7th June. (Ulm)
Mile Sterjovski (20), Joshua Kennedy (75), John Aloisi (83).

Australia in the 2006 World Cup

Football Federation Australia
Group F

Australia vs Japan in Kaiserslautern:
After going behind to a dubious goal in the first-half, Guus Hiddink pokered everything on attacking substitutions in the second.

Brazil vs Australia in München:
Australia kept it tight in the first-half but Brazil's quality and Australia's poor finishing means that if the Socceroos lose to Croatia, they're out.

Croatia vs Australia in Stuttgart:
Australia twice came back from behind to get the draw they needed to qualify for the knockout stage, as Graham Poll went mad with the cards.

Knockout Stage

Second Round
Italy vs Australia in Kaiserslautern:
Australia couldn't score against ten men for ninety minutes as Guss Hiddink saved two substitutes for extra-time; but didn't need them.

Australia World Cup Squad 2006

Australia Football Kit
Socceroos

Goalkeepers:

1 Mark Schwarzer (Middlesbrough, England)
12 Ante Covic (Hammarby, Sweden)
18 Zeljko Kalac (AC Milan, Italy)

Defenders:

2 Lucas Neill (Blackburn Rovers, England)
3 Craig Moore (Newcastle United, England)
6 Tony Popovic (Crystal Palace, England)
16 Michael Beauchamp (Central Coast)
22 Mark Milligan (Sydney FC)

Midfielders:

4 Tim Cahill (Everton, England)
5 Jason Culina (PSV Eindhoven, Holland)
7 Brett Emerton (Blackburn Rovers, England)
8 Josip Skoko (Stoke City on loan from Wigan Athletic, England)
11 Stan Lazaridis (free agent)
13 Vince Grella (Parma, Italy)
14 Scott Chipperfield (Basle, Switzerland)
20 Luke Wilkshire (Bristol City, England)
21 Mile Sterjovski (Basle, Switzerland)
23 Marco Bresciano (Parma, Italy)

Forwards:

9 Mark Viduka (Middlesbrough, England)
10 Harry Kewell (Liverpool, England)
15 John Aloisi (Alaves, Spain)
17 Archie Thompson (PSV Eindhoven, Holland)
19 Joshua Kennedy (Dinamo Dreseden, Germany)

Trainer:
Guus Hiddink (Holland).

Players to watch:
10 Harry Kewell (Liverpool, England)
15 John Aloisi (Alaves, Spain)
23 Marco Bresciano (Parma, Italy)

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