If you wish to win the FIFA World Cup, you’ve acquired to beat the Socceroos first.
The Socceroos loved their finest ever World Cup marketing campaign in Qatar, reaching the spherical of 16 and recording extra wins than even the golden technology of 2006.
Wins over Denmark and Tunisia ensured Australia progressed to the knockout stage and in an fascinating quirk, the one two groups that managed to beat the Socceroos are actually within the closing.
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France and Argentina will sq. off within the closing on Monday morning (AEDT) as Lionel Messi chases footballing immortality and France goals to grow to be simply the third nation to win back-to-back World Cups.
The match-up between the 2 soccer powerhouses hasn’t gone unnoticed by Socceroos followers, who’re cheekily arguing it’s proof Australia is the third finest crew on this planet.
In truth, FIFA’s official match standings will see the Socceroos end in eleventh place, behind solely Japan and Senegal because the third finest crew to be knocked out of the spherical of 16.
The Socceroos’ world rating can also be anticipated to rise 11 locations to No. 28 when FIFA’s record is up to date.
The France vs Argentina match-up continues an intriguing sample from Australia’s six World Cup campaigns.
The Socceroos have been overwhelmed by the eventual winners 4 instances and on the opposite two events, have been overwhelmed by the crew that gained the third place playoff.
Of their first marketing campaign in 1974, Australia misplaced within the group stage to West Germany, who went on to win the World Cup.
Then who may overlook the heartbreak of 2006 when Lucas Neill was penalised within the dying seconds of the spherical of 16 conflict with eventual winners Italy.
The Socceroos misplaced to Germany in 2010 and the Netherlands in 2014 because the European nations went on to complete third.
In 2018, Australia misplaced to eventual World Cup winners France within the group stage.
And no matter occurs within the closing on Monday morning, the Socceroos can maintain their head excessive figuring out that after once more, whoever wins the World Cup needed to beat them first.