World Cup 2022 – Finally the right one for Australia?
The 2022 World Cup will finally start in ten days and we can’t wait to watch the competition between the various options. The latest World Cup, with 32 nations participating, promises to be more open than ever, given the unprecedented times in which it will be contested. Because for the first time in its history, the World Cup will take place in winter, and this redistributes the cards for both big and small nations. And among these nations, we can cite Australia, which has become a regular at the world’s biggest football gathering. So the Oceania qualifiers will host their fifth World Cup in a row and this year the program has big ambitions.
Australia finally wants to see the round of 16 of the World Cup
For Australia, the road to the World Cup in Qatar was through a qualifying match against Peru. After a tense and particularly scrappy match at times, the Socceroos ended the standings in a penalty shoot-out. And while Graham Arnold’s men have duly celebrated this fifth World Cup qualification, they will now have to take on their ambitions and, in particular, the aim of reaching the last 16 in a fairly full group.
For Australia, that’s the challenge of this World Cup, which is to finally get out of the group and qualify for the play-off stage. The footballers achieved this indicator twice for the first time in the 1974 World Cup. Later, although Australia was able to reach the 1/8 finals at the 2006 World Cup held in Germany, the course of the yellow-green team ended with a cruel match. Against Italy, future competition winner Francesco Totti scored a penalty after extra time. In 2010, 2014 and 2018, Australia failed to progress beyond the group stage., especially in 2018 against France in Group H, but the 2-1 defeat in the opening match against future world champions France is undeserving. But this year, the Aussies want to climb to 8th place and they will have to rely on an exciting team led by head coach Graeme Arnold.
Australian passion in this Qatar World Cup encounter?
Under former Sydney FC coach Graeme Arnold, Australia can count on a tough man to succeed at the 2022 World Cup, as Arnold took over the reins of selection after the 2018 World Cup in Russia and he is now reaping the rewards of his work. Labor during this competition in Qatar. Despite a health crisis and poor manpower, the Socceroos coach never gave up and managed to lead his country to a fifth consecutive World Cup. He will now rely on certain elements to get out of this Group D. Especially with Matthew Ryan, Australia’s goalkeeper and third consecutive World Cup appearance. The FC Copenhagen goalkeeper is no longer a rookie and his vast experience in Brazil and Russia will serve him well. Having been through Arsenal, Valencia, Club Brugge as well as Real Sociedad, Ryan knows the major championships and big matches well and that can only be helpful.
On the side of young talents, we can mention Denis Genreon, who is well known to the French as the player developed in the Ligue 1 resident Toulouse side.. The attacking midfielder has been with the Purples since 2021 and he is a huge sensation at Ville Rose, who will be crowned Ligue 2 champions and promoted to Ligue 1 at the end of last season. He was an important player in Tefece joining the first division with 2 goals and 3 assists in 34 Ligue 2 games. Now he wants to shine at the World Cup to help his family reach the playoffs. But the Socceroos remain fairly limited and will have to rely on a lot of mutual support from everyone to qualify, especially from the French world champions, in a group that doesn’t intend to give gifts. .
Australia will find France and can dream of 8
Because fate wanted to bring France and Australians together again in the draw ceremony of the group stage of the World Cup. So, as in 2018, France and Australia will face each other in the first game of the group stage, which is on November 22. This time, the yellow-greens want to bring down the blues, who are crowned with the status of world champions. In 2018, after a 2-1 defeat by Griezmann’s penalty and an own goal by Behich, Australia was forced to start the World Cup without a point, without a point in the 80th minute of the match. And this made the choice of Oceania difficult.
This time around, the Socceroos look to beat France before facing Tunisia on November 26 and Denmark on November 30. Because, in the event of a surprise success against the Blues, the Australians would then face the most profitable opponents in the group: the Eagles of Carthage. And then, Denmark will be there to conclude this group stage. But for this 2022 World Cup, which will be unlike any other played before, Australia knows there could be legions of surprises and the Socceroos are ready to strike in Qatar. Now all that remains is to shine and finally find a way to the 1/8 finals after 16, 16 years in Germany. The entire nation of Australia is ready to tremble and above all else ignite before Graham Arnold’s players, especially with the country’s first ever mid-summer World Cup in contention, and that promises to be an atmosphere. if the players go far, a large party of …