Sports are meant to be a pleasant release from the stresses and turmoil that so many people living on the planet Earth face day-in-and-day-out. And while individual temperaments might flare from time to time, there is no question that sports are meant to be uplifting, exciting, and peaceful. They too are often disappointing, especially for fans frequently being let down by the team they support.
Perhaps there is no bigger stage in sport than the FIFA World Cup; the tournament, set every four years, has been nothing short of a spectacle worth celebrating since its inception in 1930. 32 teams have qualified for the finals tournament set to take place in Brazil this summer, and many diehard and casual fans alike will set their gaze at the happenings at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Amongst the field of 32 is a team representing the land down under: Australia.
Group B may be difficult for the Aussies
This will be the fourth time Australia has reached the finals of the World Cup tournament, with their best finish being in 2006 when they made the Round of 16. The 2014 edition of the tournament may prove to be more challenging for the socceroos to make it to the knockout stage, however, as they find themselves in a very loaded group.
Fans of the Australian national team must have put their hands in their face when the World Cup draw took place, pitting them in a group that includes Spain, Netherlands, and Chile. All these opponents will be a challenge, with Spain being the reigning World Cup and Euro champions and the squads from Netherlands and Chile being nothing short of quality themselves. If the Aussies want to stir things up, they’ll look for quick counterattacks and an exciting attacking style of play. It may seem unlikely for them to advance, but the Aussies have made it to the knockout stage before.
Who to watch
Tim Cahill is a veteran for the socceroos and if they are to have any success at the World Cup, he’ll have to shine. He is the all-time leading goal scorer for Australia and has scored three World Cup goals for the squad in 2006 and 2010 combined. He may be getting up there in age, but Mr. Cahill can still prove to be vital for Australia. The team may be pegged as one of the weaker in the tournament, but the matches still need to be played and the Aussies will come out fighting.
June 13 versus Chile in Cuiaba
June 18 versus Netherlands in Porto Alegre
June 23 versus Spain in Curitiba