11 days to go: Adam Taggart's FIFA World Cup story

The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is just over a week away and as part of our countdown to the tournament, we are profiling every Australian player who's been to a FIFA World Cup.

Today's Caltex Socceroo is Adam Taggart, a member of Australia's World Cup journey in Brazil 2014.

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Cap number: 553

​​​World Cups played at: 2014

Position: Striker

Age at World Cup: 21 (now aged 25)

Clubs played for: Perth Glory, Newcastle Jets, Fulham, Dundee United, Brisbane Roar

Adam Taggart


Best World Cup moment: 

After watching Australia's opening match against Chile from the bench, Taggart was summoned by Ange Postecoglou with little over 10 minutes remaining as the Caltex Socceroos' desperately searched for an equaliser against the Netherlands in game two.

The 3-2 loss to the Netherlands meant Australia could not progress past the group stage, which meant Taggart was able to lead the line for the Caltex Socceroos in the final game against Spain. 

Career highlight: Taggart was named Newcastle Jets' Young Player of the Season after claiming the Golden Boot in 2013/14 for the Novocastrians, earning himself a place in the PFA Team of the Season in the process.

It was that breakout season that earned the then 20-year-old a ticket to Brazil and a transfer to English Championship side Fulham.

Post-playing career:

Taggart is still banging in the goals in the Hyundai A-League, recently signing with Brisbane Roar for next season after returning from a stint in England to play the 2016/17 and 2017/18 season with Perth Glory.

Did you know?

While playing for Fulham’s reserve team during his time in England, Taggart scored goals against the reserves of Premier League clubs Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton.

Adam Taggart