Australia’s Journey in the 2022 FIFA World Cup

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Australian soccer fans will no doubt be in good moods all around the world today.

Despite what the FIFA world cup odds looked like at the beginning of this campaign, the Socceroos did surprise many. In this piece, we’ll go through what the FIFA world cup journey was like for the Australian football team and what is next for the team.

What was the Journey like?

The 2-1 loss to Argentina in the round of 16 brought an end to Australia’s 2022 World Cup run, but their trip was exceptional and unmatched.

The two-and-a-half-year qualification process, followed by a legendary World Cup performance, will inscribe the Australian team’s name in history. The Socceroos travelled to Qatar, aware that they would be put to the test as a team and would lose in a tricky Group D matchup. When they lost their initial game, 4-1 against France, the prediction appeared to be accurate.

However, they recovered from the brutal beating and produced something that none of them could have anticipated when the draw was made in April. They gained the confidence they needed after a courageous 1-0 victory over Tunisia, and they entered the final group stage match knowing that a victory would advance them.

The Socceroos’ 1-0 victory over Tunisia was their first at the tournament in 12 years, and they also kept a clean sheet for the first time in 48 years.

Then, in the decisive match, a resilient Denmark, also on the verge of losing the championship, put up a fierce fight. But Graham Arnold’s team managed to eke out a 1-0 victory, shocking the tenth-ranked team in the world.

They lost 2-1 in the round of 16 games, ending their unbeaten streak. The Socceroos, on the other hand, continued to press them until the very end. However, the current campaign has unquestionably been one of the most successful in their history and will be cherished for a very long time by supporters and enthusiasts.

What Comes Next for Australia From Here?

With nine players 24 years of age or younger, Qatar will likely be the beginning of their World Cup experiences for a sizable portion of this team. Arnold’s “quick fix” hiring as Olyroos manager may have been done to fill a temporary gap, but it will benefit the national squad for years to come. With the World Cup serving as a potential career booster, Harry Souttar, in particular, has emerged as one of the tournament’s breakout stars. He almost certainly played his way into a significant transfer soon, whether in January or at the end of Stoke City’s season.

Of course, this will likely be the last World Cup for the six players in the team who are over 30. However, with the current team’s solid young presence and the 32 debutants from the previous cycle, including Denis Genreau and Connor Metcalfe, there is a good group of players just entering their physical primes who are waiting in the wings.

When the final whistle blew on the loss to Argentina, Arnold’s contract was officially terminated. Although he has previously expressed a desire to return to the position, he has also proven to be consistently evasive when asked about his plans.

Who the Australian football team will entrust with leading the Socceroos into this new age is the most significant challenge facing the organization as it moves forward. The administration has already indicated that an evaluation will be conducted in the upcoming weeks and presented to the board in the new year.

Conclusion

Regardless of what happens afterwards, the 2022 World cup will forever be recorded in the history of Australia. One to remember, as well as the beginning of greater things for the Socceroos.

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