Socceroos make history

IT WAS a long wait between drinks, so to speak, for the Australian football (soccer) team, known as the Socceroos.

The last time the team made the World Cup was in 1974. Thirty-two years later, Australia has not only broken the drought and made it onto the world stage, but the team has made it into the second round.

Despite the team's controversial loss to Italy due to a questionable penalty in the final minutes of the elimination final, our players are being hailed as heroes for their record-breaking efforts.

The spirit the players showed, always performing under the pressure of being underdogs, emulated some of the virtuous characteristics that Aussies hold dear - playing hard, playing fair, and never giving up.

As a result of Australia's performance in Germany, soccer has a much brighter future down under.

Although soccer has long been played in Australia, it has always been in the shadow of four major sports - Australian Rules Football, Rugby League, Cricket and Tennis.

However, our fledgling national soccer league has been building momentum over the last few years and, on the back of the Socceroos' achievements at the World Cup, the scene is now set for soccer to muscle confidently onto Australia's sporting stage and share the limelight.

Australia wishes all the best to Italy and the remaining teams, as they contest the title of football's 2006 World Cup.



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