This is Australia’s third Asian Cup after switching from the Oceania Confederation in 2006. 2007, their Asian debut, was a dismal failure – they scraped through the group, and then were eliminated in the quarter-final by Japan after going into the tournament with expectations of winning the trophy. 2011 was far more promising, with Holger Osieck taking the side to the final where they again lost to Japan, this time falling to a 120th minute equaliser.

As one of the continent’s premier nations, and this time as hosts, hopes are high for the Socceroos to go one step further in 2015…but the reality offers a sobering raincheck.

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Published by Tim Palmer

Tim is a football coach, writer, analyst and sports scientist. He is currently Assistant Technical Director, Head of Player Development & Video and a coach at GHFA Spirit, as well as working with the Pararoos. Previously, he has worked as an analyst with the Socceroos, and in the A-League.

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