Can the Socceroos win World Cup 2018?
Australia have qualified for the World Cup, and once in the finals, any team can win it. New Dutch coach, Bert van Marwijk is confident the Socceroos can progress from its Soccer World Cup group stage. Can they go even further, defy everyone’s betting expectations, and win a World Cup Final?
Current betting (odds from Sports Betting site, Bookmaker.com.au) has the Socceroos at $251 to win the trophy and there’s been some small-time-interest from betting fans placing their $5 on Australia to take out the World Cup.
However, we examine that very-real-chances are better than they first appear of the Socceroos being group winner, progressing to the quarter, semifinals and bringing home the World Cup trophy as overall winner from Russia.
Socceroos World Cup History
Many media bodies including Sports Illustrated have Australia tagged as ‘worst side at the tournament’. Most Sports Betting Sites have ignored the Socceroos’ title chances.
Australia has a proud sporting history, however, its participation at the premier world sporting event – the FIFA World Cup – has been limited. They have reached the World Cup Finals five times, in Germany 1974 and 2006, South Africa in 2010, Brazil in 2014 and now, adding Russia in 2018.
Australia’s path to the World Cup is usually a rocky one and hard for followers to watch. Between 1930 and 1962, Australia did even not enter the World Cup. In 1966 and 1970 they did not qualify. In 1974 they made it only to the first round. From 1978 to 2002 they again failed to qualify, until 2006 where they again joined the best soccer nations in the world.
Australia can win the World Cup
Once in the knockout stages, any side can win the World Cup, so, can Australia progress through to the second round?
There is a real chance this time (unlike Brazil 2014) and with that comes a different Australian attitude at Russia 2018. A draw against France is achievable, meaning the Socceroos should aim for three points against Peru and at least a draw against the Danes. Fed with hope, miracles can happen.
Socceroos World Cup Match Odds and Predictions
Here are the latest match odds from Ladbrokes and our predictions (in bold);
Australia vs France – 16 June 2018 – Kazan
Australia vs Denmark – 21 June 2018 – Samara
Australia vs Peru – 26 June 2018 – Sochi
Stars who can win Australia a World Cup
Do we risk some scorn from our fellow sports fans, sports betting sites and sports betting aficionados if we raise the prospect of World Cup glory? Perhaps.
However, that’s the precise feeling many football fans back in the 1980s and 1990s had about qualifying.
Once we start raising our ambitions to a higher place, we’ll inevitably start speaking of stars like top goal scorer Tim Cahill, Mile Jedinak, Tom Rogic and Robbie Kruse as potential World Cup winners.