Preview: The sports crazed country will be making its first appearance in the World Cup since 1972, and they had to go through Uruguay to get here.  Australia's group seeding is particularly difficult however, as it's stuck with the number 1, 12 and 14 teams in the tournament.  The squad will also have to improve on the form they showed in the Confederations Cup, where they failed to win a single match.

Many of Australia's players play in the English Premiership, including Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell, Mark Schwarzer, and also Tim Cahill who is questionable for the tournament.  Outscoring their opponents 21-3, the Aussies had a dominant qualifying run, which could provide some much needed momentum heading into the World Cup.

Result: Australia fielded perhaps one of it's best squads ever in 2006. They played relatively well in their loss to Brazil, seized second place in Group F, and lost to Italy in the first round on a bad penalty in the final moments of regulation.

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