Guus Hiddink accepted the Australian national team job because he believed there was a chance to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Hiddink understood Australia's "huge mental force" was an advantage but stated there was "no balance between the effort and the cleverness of play". He was determined to address the on-field issues.
Boasting Australia's Golden Generation, Hiddink cleverly negotiated qualification by defeating Uruguay on penalty-kicks in Sydney on 16 November 2005. Australians were elated. Books were written about it. For the first time since 1974, Australia had qualified for the Finals.
Australia was drawn in Group F and would play Japan (3-1), Brazil (0-2) and Croatia (2-2). Tim Cahill, Mark Bresciano and Lucas Neill made their names in these three matches. Australia arguably played the best football in the nation's history, progressing to the Round of 16.
Eventual champions, Italy, would knockout Australia in added time. A Francesco Totti penalty-kick after a controversial foul by Neill on Italian left-back, Fabio Grosso, ended Australia's fairytale campaign.
Hiddink, a giant in stature, will always be Aussie Guus and remembered for his great belief in Australian football.
Aussie Guus 2006 T-shirt
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