Australia’s Socceroos, with a world rating of No. 42, secured qualification for a fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup™ on Tuesday morning (AEST), recording a historic victory 5-4 over world-ranked No. 22, Peru, in a dramatic penalty shootout on the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
After a qualification marketing campaign that stretched a whopping 1,008 days and noticed Australia’s senior males’s nationwide soccer workforce play simply 4 of its twenty qualification matches on residence soil, Graham Arnold’s aspect put in an inspiring and brave efficiency in Qatar’s capital to e book the penultimate berth on supply at this 12 months’s FIFA World Cup™.
A powerful workforce show, a well-executed sport plan, together with the heroics of the substitute Goalkeeper, Andrew Redmayne, helped seal the Socceroos’ spot on the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, with Australia now set to tackle reigning World Champions France, Tunisia, and Denmark in Group D in November.
An emotional Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold heralded the triumph as a milestone second for soccer in Australia and one that may endlessly sit alongside the inspiring achievements of Australia’s FIFA World Cup™ and qualifying squads from 1974, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018.
“I’m so happy with the gamers, workers, and everybody who has been concerned in our marketing campaign over the previous 4 years,” Arnold stated. “All through COVID, gamers and workers needed to reside away from their households for weeks and generally months on finish to assist our nation obtain at this time’s outcome and our objective of qualification for a fifth straight FIFA World Cup™.”
“In lots of our camps, the gamers and workers have been confined largely to their lodge rooms after they weren’t on the coaching pitch or match stadium. The dedication and sacrifice that has gone into this marketing campaign from so many individuals has been immense, and as coach of Australia I’m so thrilled that hundreds of thousands of individuals throughout our nation will at this time be speaking concerning the Socceroos – a workforce that represents modern-day Australia by its variety and multiculturalism and unites the nation.”
Soccer Australia Chair, Mr Chris Nikou, congratulated Arnold and the workforce on qualification to Qatar 2022 and labelled the achievement as an outstanding accomplishment below making an attempt circumstances.
“Everybody concerned in Australian soccer will at this time be overjoyed with the achievement of our workforce to qualify for a fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup™,” Nikou stated. “It has been an extended journey for this group – a complete of 48 gamers contributed on the sphere for the reason that cycle kicked off in Kuwait Metropolis in September 2019.”
“COVID threw many challenges at our workforce and organisation all through this cycle, however as Chair of Soccer Australia I couldn’t be prouder of the best way that our folks – from gamers to coaches, help workers, directors, and executives – all rose to the problem to assist Australia arrive at this landmark day.”
Soccer Australia Chief Government Officer, James Johnson, was in Doha for the play-off. He stated Australia’s qualification for Qatar 2022 was a significant enhance for the game, offering the Australian public with extra elite soccer content material to be enthusiastic about and to interact with over the following 12 months.
“With qualification for Qatar 2022 now secured, we’ll enter a interval of nationwide workforce soccer the likes of which Australia has by no means skilled earlier than,” Johnson stated. “From celebrating our males’s nationwide workforce’s one centesimal birthday on residence soil in September, to taking up the world’s finest in Qatar on the finish of the 12 months, and co-hosting the FIFA Girls’s World Cup™ with New Zealand in 2023 – the following 12 months can be a particular time for the sport and one that each one Australian soccer followers, and the broader public and media, must be enthusiastic about.”
“To ‘Arnie’ (Graham Arnold), the gamers, and workers – congratulations in your unwavering dedication and drive to realize this objective. The mission to succeed in Qatar 2022 has been achieved and all the nation will be part of you in celebrating this nice achievement. Personally, I’m so blissful that Arnie, after nice private sacrifice, can share on this particular second collectively together with his household.
“Now he, and the workforce he has led, have written a brand new chapter for the sport and our collective consideration and efforts will flip to supporting the Socceroos’ marketing campaign in Qatar come November 2022,” concluded Johnson.
Soccer Australia additionally acknowledges the media that travelled to Qatar to cowl the Socceroos’ FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ AFC and Intercontinental matches this month. Mainly, Soccer Australia recognises Community 10 for its day by day protection of the workforce over the previous two weeks, and by way of its match broadcasts. Moreover, Soccer Australia recognises SBS, AAP, and the ABC for sending reporters and/or crews to Qatar to cowl these vital matches in Australian sporting historical past.