Country Report – Australia

    A look at the country’s demographics, football history and its squad status prior to the Qatar World Cup 2022.

    Number of inhabitants: approx. 26 million.

    Continent: Oceania

    Confederation: AFC (Asian Football Confederation)

    National Football Association: Football Australia

    Number of members: around 550,000. (2.1% of total population)

    International trophies won: 4x Oceania Cup, 1x Asia Cup

    Best World Cup result: Round of 16 in 2006

    Key Players

    In the past: Aloisi, Cahill, Kewell, Viduka, Schwarzer, Emerton.

    Key current players: Matthew Ryan, Aaron Mooy, Ajdin Hrustic, Martin Boyle.

    Coach, formation and possible lineup

    Coach: Graham Arnold. (since 2018)

    Typical formation: 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3

    Possible lineup:

    • GK: Matthew Ryan (FC Kopenhagen)
    • LB: Aziz Behich (Dundee Utd)
    • RB: Fran Karacic (Brescia)
    • RCB: Harry Souttar (Stoke)
    • LCB: Milos Degenek (Columbus Crew)
    • CM: Jackson Irvine (St. Pauli)
    • CM: Aaron Mooy (Celtic)
    • LW: Awer Mabil (Cadiz)
    • RW: Martin Boyle (Hibernian)
    • ACM: Ajdin Hrustic (Hellas Verona)
    • ST: Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City)

    Age Report

    Players aged 25 or under in the current lineup: 1

    Players aged 32 or over in the current lineup: 1

    Only 1 player in this lineup will (most likely) be playing their last World Cup this year: Aaron Mooy.

    There is 1 player in this lineup that can play (at least) two more: Harry Souttar.

    The remaining 10 players could play in one (or in some cases maybe two) more World Cups.

    Youngest player: Harry Souttar, born 22 October 1998 (24)

    Oldest player: Aaron Mooy, born 15 September 1990 (32)

    Average squad age: 27.5

    World Cup Qatar – Group D


    Tuesday 22 November France vs Australia

    Saturday 26 November Tunisia vs Australia

    Wednesday 30 November Australia vs Denmark

    Our view:

    This Australia squad had to put in a lot of effort in order to qualify for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. That being said, this is without a doubt their greatest asset and strength – their resolve. I expect them to put up a good fight in their group, but considering the quality of their opponents for the group stage (especially France and Denmark, numbers 4 and 10 on the FIFA ranking) it will most likely be an uphill battle.

    Prediction: group stage exit

    Update 8 November after 26 man squad was selected. Changes: no Sainsbury, no Taggart. Replaced in the starting lineup by Souttar and Maclaren. Age report updated to reflect final changes.

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