World Cup 2014 team preview – Australia

Manager: Ange Postecoglou
Captain – Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace)

Australia is probably not the favorite to progress in group b with spain , chile and netherlands. But if things gets better for them they can upset any team in the group. During the course of qualification Australia has been criticized for sticking to its old squad. But now they injected some young and emerging talent on the team.

Notable Strength – Australian team  are determined, gritty and hardworking.  They will disrupt opposition teams through a physical style and direct style of play.

Notable Weakness – Sadly though the team has a lack of talented ballplayers.


Projected Starting XI



Goalkeeper – Mathew Ryan should starting between the post for them. He will have plenty of shots on his goal.And it will require his shot-stopping skills.

Defenders – The Australian  now boost with the likes of Ivan Franjić , Matthew Špiranović  , Ryan McGowan and Jason Davidson.  This defense could expect lots bombardment by attacks of opposing teams, they should get ready to deal it.

Midfielders – If Australia has its strength , It will start from its midfield Mile Jedinak will anchor the midfield along with Mark Milligan and Mark Bresciano . At the wings youngster Tommy Oar and Ben Halloran will help australia to play a direct style of football.

Forwards – Tim Cahill is the undisputed striker for the team. Direct football but he should get plenty of help from youngsters Mathew Leckie and Adam Taggart.

Key Player –Mile Jedinak is the key for Australia , his style of play could be crucial for australia , his anchor role on that midfield could provide some upsets on the opposing teams.

Notable Missing Players – Mark Schwarzer although the veteran goalkeeper has been missing in the national setup for a while. Robbie Kruse could be a crucial part of this team , but injury prevented him in making it to the squad.

Surprise –  Australia is not old as they would thought , possible starting keeper Mathew Ryan is just 22 , possible left back Jason Davidson is also 22. While wingers Ben Halloran and Tommy Oar are 21 and 22 respectively.


One to Watch –  Mathew Ryan Belgian league’s goalkeeper of the year in his very first season and it will require him to have plenty of shots stop on during the group stages.

Young Star – Matthey Ryan will surely star this world cup , But how many goals could he stop from rampaging Spain , Chile and Netherlands ? . Ben Halloran and Tommy Oar  are crucial players and youngsters for the team. While Mathew Leckie and Adam Taggart should be given chance to play upfront.



Making it out of the Group Stage could be considered as an achievement already . an upset from or a draw from one of the three things could be good. Worst case scenario for them is they lost all of their three games.


Complete Squad


# Pos. Player age Caps Goals Club
1 GK Mathew Ryan 22 6 0 Belgium Club Brugge
12 GK Mitchell Langerak 25 3 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund
18 GK Eugene Galeković 32 8 0 Australia Adelaide United
2 DF Ivan Franjić 26 8 0 Australia Brisbane Roar
3 DF Jason Davidson 22 6 0 Netherlands Heracles Almelo
6 DF Matthew Špiranović 25 17 0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
8 DF Bailey Wright 21 0 0 England Preston North End
19 DF Ryan McGowan 24 9 0 China Shandong Luneng Taishan
22 DF Alex Wilkinson 29 2 0 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
5 MF Mark Milligan 28 28 2 Australia Melbourne Victory
10 MF Ben Halloran 21 1 0 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf
11 MF Tommy Oar 22 14 1 Netherlands Utrecht
13 MF Oliver Bozanić 25 3 0 Switzerland Luzern
14 MF James Troisi 25 10 1 Australia Melbourne Victory
15 MF Mile Jedinak (captain) 29 43 4 England Crystal Palace
16 MF James Holland 25 13 0 Austria Austria Wien
17 MF Matt McKay 31 46 1 Australia Brisbane Roar
20 MF Dario Vidošić 27 22 2 Switzerland Sion
21 MF Massimo Luongo 21 1 0 England Swindon Town
23 MF Mark Bresciano (vice-captain) 34 73 13 Qatar Al-Gharafa
4 FW Tim Cahill (vice-captain) 34 68 32 United States New York Red Bulls
7 FW Mathew Leckie 23 7 1 Germany FSV Frankfurt
9 FW Adam Taggart 21 4 3 Australia Newcastle Jets


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