The greatest Australian team to never make the FIFA World Cup? Absolutely.
In 1997, the Socceroos held a 1-0 half-time lead against Iran and scored a second goal just after the break in the final qualification match for the 1998 World Cup to be held in France. Immediately following the goal, serial pest Peter Hore, ran onto the field and cut Iran's goal net, causing a stoppage in play.
Despite being undefeated throughout their entire World Cup qualifying campaign, the Socceroos conceded two away goals late in the second half, leaving the men in green and gold (and the entire country) crestfallen. English coach, Terry Venables, could do no more. He did not lose a match. He came so close.
This squad included a young superstar in Harry Kewell, a hungry striker in Mark Viduka, Ned Zelic in his prime, Premier League-winner Robbie Slater and of course the most talented goalkeeper in Australia's history, Mark Bosnich. The difference? An away goal conceded.
This design aims to diminish the heartache by paying tribute to an iconic Australian national team, numbered 1-11.
And Iran T-shirt
- Unisex, regular fit
- Crew neck
- Mid-weight, 180 GSM
- 100% combed cotton
- Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
Size S M L XL 2XL 3XL W 47 52 56.5 61 64 68 L 71 75 78.5 82 83.5 85
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