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5 controversial refereeing decisions at the 2014 World Cup,…

Vinicius Junior and Neymar celebrate in Brazil vs Chile match
Vinicius Junior and Neymar celebrate in Brazil vs Chile match

Many goalkeepers have impressed at the 2014 World Cup. For example, Jasper Cillessen (Netherlands) to Keylor Navas (Costa Rica).

Despite the emergence of a formidable goalkeeper at the 2014 World Cup, this edition in Brazil has also become an event for a rain of goals. A total of 171 goals were created or an average of 2.67 goals per game.

But this 20th edition of the World Cup, is not a good achievement for the referees to the linesman. A number of controversial decisions emerged in several matches at the 2014 World Cup.

This controversial decision is certainly very detrimental to those who receive punishment. Even this controversial decision is still worth remembering to this day.

Here are 5 controversial decisions that occurred at the 2014 World Cup which took place in Brazil.

1. Neymar’s Yellow Card Against Croatia

Neymar in action in the middle of the opponents siege South Korea vs Brazil international friendly match
Neymar in action in the middle of the opponent’s siege, South Korea vs Brazil, international friendly match

Brazil won 3-1 over Croatia in the opening match of the tournament. But the victory was colored by a controversial moment from the field court.

In the 27th minute, Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura gave Neymar a yellow card. Neymar clearly used his elbow to aim at Luka Modric’s face.

However, Yuichi Nishimura only gave him a yellow card instead of a red card in this opening match. Football pundits including Alan Shearer said Nishimura should have given a red card.

2. Georgios Samaras penalty against Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast’s group stage clash against Greece took place in the final match of Group C. Up to 90 minutes, the position was still tied at 1-1 and if it didn’t change then Ivory Coast advanced to the last 16.

But in the 91st minute, Greece got a penalty. Georgios Samaras who became the executor managed to enter the ball and change the position to 2-1.

This victory made Greece, who accompanied Colombia to the last 16. However, from replays, the contact between Giovanni Sio and Samaras was minimal.

3. Manuel Neuer’s knee to Gonzalo Higuain’s face

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer shone at the 2014 World Cup in the role of sweeper or false five. But he was very lucky to stay on the pitch during the final when he went out of his way and hit Gonzalo Higuain.

The German goalkeeper punched the ball away from the net. But at the same time Neuer’s knee hit Gonzalo Higuain’s face.

Manuel Neuer should have gotten a yellow card for his dangerous game. But referee Nicola Rizzoli ruled that Neuer was the one who had been fouled and awarded Germany a free-kick.

4. Thiago Silva Yellow Card in Third Place Playoff

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Thiago Silva, Brazil

Thiago Silva did not play as Brazil were thrashed 7-1 by Germany in the semifinals. He was absent due to a yellow card accumulation penalty.

The Paris Saint-Germain star returns to play in the race for third place against the Netherlands. He only needed three minutes to commit a foul to Arjen Robben in the penalty box.

Referee Djamel Haimoudi did award a penalty but only gave Silva a yellow card. Even though at that time Silva was the last person to stop Arjen Robben’s movement to score.

5. Blaise Matuidi’s Horror Tackle to Ogenyi Onazi

Blaise Matuidi
Blaise Matuidi

In the last 16 match, France’s Blaise Matuidi made a horror tackle to Nigeria’s Ogenyi Onazi. As a result, the Lazio star had to undergo surgery because his tendon was torn.

American referee Mark Geiger only considered the offense worthy of a yellow card. Then the absence of Onazi certainly spoils Nigeria’s chances of advancing to the quarterfinals.

Geiger was also accused of supporting Les Blues when he did not punish Olivier Giroud for his elbow on Jon Obi Mikel. Nor did he award a penalty when Patrice Evra fouled Peter Odemwingie.

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1998 World Cup Final and Ronaldo’s Mysterious Illness

1998 World Cup Final and Ronaldo’s Mysterious Illness

Ronaldo at the 1998 World Cup
Ronaldo at the 1998 World Cup

Brazil is very favored to win the 1998 World Cup in France. However, Ronaldo who became an important player at this time suffered a mysterious injury and Brazil finally failed to win.

The 1998 World Cup was held in France. The hosts advanced to the final and the opponent they faced was Brazil. The final was played at the Stade de France. It was an ideal final because of the performance of both teams.

The two teams that will compete in the final round have two players who at that time became world stars. The genius footballer Zinedine Zidane in France and the world’s best player Ronaldi in Brazil.

Ronaldo even came to France armed with 34 goals with Serie A club, Inter Milan. In this 1998 World Cup he also scored four goals until the final including a goal against the Netherlands in the semifinal match.

The superstar revealed what happened before the 1998 World Cup final. This he revealed in the film Ronaldo Redemption, directed by Four Four Two.

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Ronaldo said after having lunch with the whole team at the hotel he decided to take a nap. While in the room, Ronaldo had a seizure and foamed at the mouth.

Roberto Carlos, who was his roommate, saw this and shouted for help. The Brazilian team doctor at that time, Dr. Lidio Toledo, who was crying took Ronaldo to the hospital.

“I had a seizure and the players and the late Dr Lidio Toledo were there. They didn’t want to tell me what was going on,” Ronaldo said.

Keep playing in the Finals

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Ronaldo, Brazil

Brazil coach at the time, Mario Zagallo, had received Ronaldo’s medical test results. Many think that Ronaldo will not play in the final match.

Ronaldo was not seen in the Brazilian camp and his name disappeared ahead of the final match. But Ronaldo asked Zagallo to play him.

“After all, I have an obligation to my country and I don’t want to miss it. I am there to fulfill my responsibility,” Ronaldo said.

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In this final match, Ronaldo seemed unable to move. In fact, he had collapsed when French goalkeeper Rafael Bartez lunged at him.

Brazil eventually lost 0-3 to the hosts. Three of France’s goals were scored by Zidane’s two goals and one from Emmanuel Petit.

But after that, a number of conspiracy theories emerged regarding what happened to Ronaldo. This conspiracy theory is still developing today.

FIFA conspiracy?

The biggest conspiracy theory is that Brazil sold the World Cup to FIFA for a fee of 23 million dollars. This is based on an e-mail written from a source on TV Globo.

Defeat Brazil and let France win to please the new FIFA President Sepp Blatter. In addition to helping the French people forget their social problems.

FIFA then promised Brazil that they would win the 2002 World Cup and host the 2006 World Cup. However, a number of these conspiracy theories have not been proven to date.

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7 Interesting Facts about the World Cup Trophy: 2…

7 Interesting Facts about the World Cup Trophy: 2 times stolen, the champion only gets a replica that is not made of gold

The 2022 World Cup trophy will be held in Qatar
The 2022 World Cup trophy will be held in Qatar

A series of interesting facts about the World Cup trophy. Hundreds of players will fight for the championship trophy at the 2022 World Cup from November to December.

Throughout the history of the World Cup, there have been two trophies presented to the winner. The first trophy was the Jules Rimet Cup (1930-1970) which was named after the Third President of FIFA.

Then changed to the FIFA World Cup until now. The last trophy was won by France in the 2018 edition.

Got Lost


Brazil has the right to save the 1970 Jules Rimet Cup because it was the first country to win 3 World Cup titles. Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen in 1966 in England and a dog named Pickles found the trophy wrapped in newspaper.

In 1974, FIFA introduced a new trophy, namely the FIFA World Cup trophy which depicts a human holding the earth. The trophy that FIFA has worn until now is the work of Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga.

However, there are a number of interesting facts about this gold-based trophy. Here are 7 interesting facts from the FIFA World Cup Trophy.

Should be Hollow

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World Cup Trophy

According to chemistry professor Martyn Poliakoff, from the University of Nottingham, the solid gold World Cup trophy will weigh around 70 kilograms. This weight will make it difficult for a player to lift it.

Poliakoff also thought the ball at the top of the cup should have a hole. The goal is to be light enough for lift players and won’t be a huge waste to buy gold.

Can’t Save

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Since the 1974 World Cup, the World Cup-winning country has the right to lift the FIFA World Cup trophy. But after the celebrations in the stadium, FIFA will save it again.

FIFA will again store the World Cup trophy at the World Football Museum located in Zurich, Switzerland. The winning country will only bring home a replica.

There is no clear reason why the original World Cup trophy was not rotated to be brought back to the winning country. Based on the experience of missing the Jules Rimet Cup, FIFA may not trust anyone else to look after it.

Replica Not of Gold


There is something interesting about the replica of the World Cup trophy brought by the winning country. This replica trophy is no more expensive than the original trophy.

This is because the replica of the World Cup trophy is not entirely pure gold. But only made of gold plated bronze.

Not First Original Cup

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World Cup Trophy

As we know, the current FIFA World Cup trophy is not the first trophy. This is because there was the Jules Rimet Cup in the 1930-1970 World Cup.

At the 1970 World Cup, the Jules Rimet trophy was handed over to Brazil by FIFA. This is because Brazil became a country that won three World Cups in 1970.

Jules Rimet Disappear

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After FIFA handed over to Brazil, until now the Jules Rimet trophy has disappeared. This is because the trophy was stolen again in 1983 by robbers from a window in Rio de Janiero.

Many parties claim that this trophy has disappeared and will not return because the perpetrators have melted it into pure gold and then they sell it. This is what probably made FIFA finally not hand over the original World Cup trophy to the winning country until now.

Running out of space to write the winner’s name

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FIFA will soon run out of space to write the winner’s name engraved on the World Cup Trophy. The final winner’s name is for the winner of the 2030 World Cup.

FIFA will have to rethink about the new World Cup trophy or the name of the next World Cup winner. In 2030 as well as a century of the World Cup, FIFA must immediately take a decision regarding this issue.

The Cup That Is Not In The Shape Of A Cup

Spain squad winning the 2010 World Cup

Unlike Jules Rimet, the current World Cup trophy is not shaped like a cup or saucer. Uniquely, FIFA still uses the Copa de Mundial which comes from the word Cup (glass).

The World Cup trophy this time is in the form of a lump. However, FIFA refused to change the name of the tournament according to the current form of the trophy.

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What’s up with Lionel Messi at the 2014 World…

What’s up with Lionel Messi at the 2014 World Cup, Almost Won

Argentina star Lionel Messi
Argentina star Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is always said to be unable to do much for the Argentine national team . Because, the trophy run with Barcelona did not continue with Argentina.

Until finally, Messi had the opportunity to prove that he was capable of doing it for the sake of his beloved country. The opportunity came when Argentina entered the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil.

In the final, La Albiceleste challenged Germany, a team that had made hosts Brazil cry a lot in the semifinals because they were crushed 1-7.

Unfortunately, luck has not been in favor of Messi et al. Germany managed to secure their fourth World Cup trophy with a score of 1-0.

Argentinian Struggle

Argentinian Struggle
Lionel Messi’s action in the Argentina vs Estonia test match at El Sadar Stadium

Argentina got a relatively easy group at the 2014 World Cup. One of the giants in South America was joined by Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iran, and Nigeria.

All three matches were eliminated with wins. Although the goal that was escorted by Sergio Romero had broken three times.

Raihan nine points from three matches ensure Argentina as winners of Group F. They face Switzerland in the round of 16.

With great effort

Argentina star Lionel Messi is escorted by Paraguays
Argentina star Lionel Messi is escorted by Paraguay’s Miguel Almiron (back) during Friday’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Argentina’s journey in the knockout stages was arduous. Everything was passed with a thin score, even one of them was a penalty shootout.

Argentina only won 1-0 when they met Switzerland in the last 16 and Belgium in the quarter-finals. When facing Switzerland, Messi et al to reach extra round.

Argentina also had time to reach extra round when they met the Netherlands in the semifinals. However, as the score remained 0-0, the match went to a penalty shootout which was won by Argentina with a score of 4-2.

Final Party

The German national team won the 2014 World Cup
The German national team won the 2014 World Cup

Throughout the 90 minutes, Germany and Argentina always had a chance to score. One of Messi’s chances early in the second half was in a one-on-one with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but his shot went wide.

However, poor finishing and a number of misfortunes made the match in normal time ended with the score 0-0. The game was continued into extra rounds.

Germany was finally able to score a goal that broke the deadlock and the only goal was created through Mario Goetze in the second half of extra time. Goetze executed a perfect volley to thrill the Argentine net.


Lionel Messi scored against Bolivia in the Conmebol zone 2022 World Cup Qualifier
Lionel Messi scored against Bolivia in the Conmebol zone 2022 World Cup Qualifier

After the failure in the World Cup final, Messi had several chances to win the title with Argentina. At that time, he managed to bring Argentina to the Copa America final twice with luck in the 2015 and 2016 editions.

Unfortunately in the two finals which both met Chile, Argentina lost on penalties. Three times the opportunity to bring the trophy to his beloved country failed to create.

Until finally Messi decided to retire from defending the Argentine national team. Until finally, the player nicknamed La Pulga came back in 2018.

First Degree

Argentinas players celebrate their success in winning the Finalissima after beating Italy 3 0
Argentina’s players celebrate their success in winning the Finalissima after beating Italy 3-0

Messi finally fulfilled his duties perfectly as an Argentine footballer. The 2021 Copa America trophy managed to become his first trophy with the Argentine national team.

The final was also special. Because, Argentina frustrate the toughest enemy resistance, Brazil in the final with a thin score 1-0.

2022 World Cup

Lionel Messi won the 2022 Finalissima after Argentina beat Italy
Lionel Messi won the 2022 Finalissima after Argentina beat Italy

Messi is not finished with Argentina. The 35-year-old will still play for Argentina at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Argentina joined in Group C which is again fairly easy. The three opponents that must be faced are Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.

This edition of the World Cup is predicted to be the last stage for the seven Ballon d’Or winner. At the same time, it becomes another proof for Messi to treat his misery at the 2014 World Cup.

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10 Strongest Candidates to Win the 2022 World Cup,…

10 Strongest Candidates to Win the 2022 World Cup, Is There a New Champion?

World Cup Trophy
World Cup Trophy

The strongest candidate to win the 2022 World Cup . It doesn’t feel like this universal soccer party is just counting the months. Several teams deserve to be put forward as champion candidates.

Unlike the previous editions, the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar from November to December. This period is the middle of the season in Europe’s top competition.

However, the competitive atmosphere makes it a challenge for the coaching team and players. Well, as usual, there are always several teams that are considered qualified so that they deserve to be champions.

Without denying other teams, a series of countries below have the potential to repeat their best achievements in the most prestigious tournaments every four years. Here are 10 countries that deserve to be championed at the 2022 World Cup Qatar.

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England in the UEFA Nations League
England in the UEFA Nations League

Coming with a line of their best players, England are ready to chase their second title as they did at the 1966 World Cup at Wembley. The Three Lions have progressed rapidly under Gareth Southgate.

At the 2018 World Cup, England appeared shiny and finished in fourth place. A great achievement, considering that they have not experienced the semifinals since the 1990 edition.

At the Euro 2020 stage, the Three Lions are also stunning. They appear as runners up. Armed with these achievements, Harry Kane et al are more confident to seal the status of champions.


Belgium in 2022 World Cup Qualifiers

Belgium remains a serious threat even though they have never tasted the sweetness of the title. In Qatar later, not a few who favor De Rode Duivels.

Inhabited by qualified pillars on all lines such as Kevin de Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois, Axel Witsel and Romelu Lukaku, Belgium is ready to go far. FIFA ranked 1st status, Roberto Martinez’s fleet will be a scourge for his opponents.

Four years ago, Belgium pushed to the semifinals and won third place. It was their greatest achievement in their Golden Generation.


Germany squad celebrating Ilkay Gundogans goal against Italy UEFA Nations League

Dubbed the tournament specialist, Germany is a World Cup regular. They only missed two times, the 1930 and 1950 editions.

So far, Die Mannschaft has won four titles, namely 1954, 1974, 1990, and finally 2014. Unfortunately, in the 2018 edition they appeared sluggish.

At that time, coming as the defending champion, Germany was actually eliminated at the beginning of the tournament. Manuel Neuer is convinced that Germany can bounce back and be strong again under coach Hansi Flick’s ingredients. “Winning the 2022 World Cup is realistic for us. We have a chance for that,” said Neuer, reported by Sport Bild.


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Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Switzerland in matchday 2 of Group A2 of the UEFA Nations League at the Estadio Jose Alvalade

Shortly after confirming himself to qualify for the 2022 World Cup finals, Cristiano Ronaldo immediately spread terror. “Goal achieved, we are in the Qatar World Cup. We are in the right place! Forca Portugal!” wrote Ronaldo on his personal Instagram.

Ronaldo is not bragging. The Euro 2016 stage can be a reference. At that time, , Selecao das Quinas less favored.

However, Ronaldo and colleagues actually came out as champions after defeating the top French team in the final. Coach Fernando Santos must have prepared a precise strategy to carve history in Qatar. Portugal has never won. Their best achievement is only up to third place. It was presented at the 1966 World Cup.


Senegal won the 2021 African Cup of Nations after defeating Egypt at the Paul Biya Stadium, Olembe, Cameroon

You could say, Senegal is a dark horse ready to give a surprise in Qatar. The 2002 edition was their first appearance at the World Cup.

At that time Senegal immediately made a spectacular breakthrough because they were able to survive until the quarterfinals. Proud, because no African team has ever made it beyond the quarter-finals of the World Cup so far.

Senegal also has a cool-handed eccentric coach, Aliou Cisse. In 2021, the skipper presented the African Cup of Nations title to the people of Senegal. Armed with a line of star players such as Cheikhou Kouyate, Sadio Mane, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Abdou Diallo, Les Lions de la Teranga are ready to pounce on their opponents.


Uruguay players celebrate with Luis Suarez after scoring a goal against Venezuela in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers

Long time without being on the podium of honor, La Celeste will rise from its long slump. After 1930 and 1950, Uruguay never again lifted the trophy.

At the 2018 World Cup, for example, they only reached the quarter-finals. A stifling nick, considering Uruguay never run out of stock of star players.

Now, under the regime of Diego Alonso, La Celeste vows to repeat history. Replacing the legendary coach Oscar Tabarez, Alonso did not take long to immediately set up with Luis Suarez and his friends.


Netherlands players celebrate

Will the curse soon end for the Netherlands? Three times as runner-up, namely 1974, 1978, and 2010, the Dutch people again became anxious. Van Gaal, the coach, knows very well what the De Oranje supporters expect.

“My goal is to become world champion,” said Van Gaal. “But I can’t do it alone,” he added. That means, Virgil van Dijk et al have a formidable mission: ending the curse. Hopefully!


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Carlos Soler (right) celebrates his goal in Spain vs Czech Republic, UEFA Nations League

One 2010 World Cup title and three European Cups (1964, 2008, 2012) put Spain in the elite list of candidates to win this time. It’s been a long time without being on the podium of honor, adding to the elan that the La Furia Roja players are getting more and more smoldering.

Dani Carvajal, Pedri, Rodri and Ferran Torres are some of the famous names that coach Luis Enrique brought to Qatar. Enrique himself advances undaunted.

“Our style is very clear and it will be very difficult to play against us. This is the message I have to give. We respect our opponents, anyone can beat us, but we can beat anyone,” he said.


Neymar (second from left) celebrates his goal in the South Korea vs Brazil match at Seoul Sang-am Stadium, Seoul, South Korea

The five-time championship (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002) puts Brazil at the top of the list of all-time World Cup winners. After failing in several editions, A Seleção is determined to make Qatar a place of revival.

In the Conmebol zone qualification, Neymar et al went without a hitch and sat proud at the top of the standings. “It’s time to go back to the final and be a champion,” said Tite, the skipper.


The moment Lionel Messi and Argentina lift the 2022

Remember the 2014 World Cup final? At that time, Argentina met Germany in the final. The Argentineans prayed endlessly with one hope: La Albiceleste emerged as champions.

Unfortunately, Argentina lost 0-1. The dream to repeat the success in the previous two editions, 1978 and 1986, has been dashed.

Lionel Messi is the most highlighted figure behind the failure of Team Tango. But now, Messi et al are ready to fight it out for the prestigious trophy. “As long as there is Messi, we are candidates for champions. We have the best players of all time,” said Juan Roman Riquelme, related to Lionel Scaloni’s fleet chance in Qatar, reported by TyC.

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2022 World Cup: 5 Unique Facts about the Australian…

2022 World Cup: 5 Unique Facts about the Australian National Team, the AFF Representative in Qatar

The Australian national team celebrates qualifying for the 2022 World Cup
The Australian national team celebrates qualifying for the 2022 World Cup

 The Australian national team is not the top team in the 2022 World Cup . However, the country that represents the AFF in the 2022 World Cup has the potential to make a surprise.

Australia has been able to qualify for the World Cup, although it has not had a striking achievement. However, they should not come to Qatar without a specific target. Australia has to compete on a competitive level.

The Australian national team coach, Graham Arnold, chose to be humble regarding the chances of his team on stage at the 2022 World Cup. The 58-year-old said his squad was used to going through steep roads, including via the playoffs.

The 2022 World Cup is Australia’s fifth World Cup. In the inaugural edition, 2006, they immediately stepped on the gas, at which time the Socceroos were able to survive until the round of 16.

The beautiful romance of 2006 did not continue into the next three editions: 2010, 2014, and 2018. The Socceroos stopped at the group stage. In this fifth edition, the Australian people hope that their favorite team can go far, although to make it happen is not as easy as turning the palm of the hand.

Looking back, Australia actually has a pretty proud record on the international stage.

1997 Confederations Cup runners-up

You could say, at this moment the rise of Australian football. Despite losing prestige to the World Cup, the Confederations Cup is no less prestigious.

Advancing to the final, Australia met Brazil at the King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Australia lost 0-6. Brazilian stars at the time, Ronaldo and Romario each scored a hat-trick.

The defeat in the final was inversely proportional to the actions of Mark Viduka et al in the previous phase, when they successfully beat Mexico and Uruguay and had time to hold Brazil to a 0-0 draw in the second match of Group A.

2006 World Cup Round of 16


A 2-2 draw against Croatia was enough for Australia to accompany Brazil to the knockout stages. The Australian doubles were scored by Craig Moore and Harry Kewel, respectively.

In Group F, Australia is in second place with four points. Victory was obtained when they beat Japan 3-1. Unfortunately, the steps of Kewel et al stopped in the round of 16 after being bent by Italy 1-0 which later emerged as champions.

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Tim Cahill’s beautiful goal at the 2014 World Cup

Tim Cahill

In this edition, Australia lifts luggage faster. They failed to continue the stellar trend they had four years earlier in Germany.

Left out in the group stage, but Tim Cahill’s goal against the Netherlands deserves to be remembered. Cahill, who was playing with Everton at that time, made his name on the scoreboard via a volley in the 21st minute.

Unfortunately, Cahill’s goal was not able to save his team from defeat. Australia gave up 2-3.

Win with a score of 31-0

Australian National Team
Australian National Team

In the world of football, losing 0-5 or 0-7 is normal. However, if you lose by tens of goals, that’s just extraordinary.

Yep, the fact beyond reason was presented when Australia skinned Samoa 31 goals without reply in the 2002 Pre World Cup match. Previously, they also massacred Tonga 22-0.

2015 Asian Cup Champion

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The Asian zone, Australia was once powerful. It was presented in 2015 after they crushed another top seed, South Korea, in the final.

Competing in front of their own supporters, Australia ended the duel at the Australian Stadium, Sydney, with a thin 2-1 score through Massimo Corey Luongo and James Troisi.