Caltex Socceroos’ FIFA World Cup stats

Did you know Tim Cahill has scored five of Australia’s 11 FIFA World Cup goals? And he’s one of only nine players to have scored at each of the last three World Cups?

Check out these other top Opta stats ahead of Saturday’s 2018 World Cup draw.

  • This will be Australia’s fifth World Cup appearance and fourth in a row.
  • Australia played 22 qualifiers to win their place at Russia 2018, more than any other nation and scored 51 goals, the most of any country in qualifying for this tournament.
  • Australia had only made one World Cup appearance prior to 2006, when they finished bottom of their group and didn’t score a single goal at the 1974 tournament.
  • Australia have reached the knockout stages of the World Cup just once, when they were beaten 1-0 by eventual winners Italy in the round of 16 in 2006.
  • The Caltex Socceroos have won just two of their 13 World Cup games, against Japan in 2006 (3-1) and Serbia in 2010 (2-1). They have also drawn three times.
  • Australia has kept just one World Cup clean sheet, in a 0-0 draw with Chile in 1974.
  • Mark Bresciano has played the most World Cup games for Australia with nine.
Tim Cahill
Tim Cahill scores against Japan in their first match of the 2006 World Cup.