The year 1974 was incredible for Australian soccer. The Socceroos had qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time, joining 15 other nations at the Finals in West Germany. The Australian Soccer Federation organised a tour for the Uruguayan national team to visit Melbourne and Sydney to play two friendlies in preparation for the World Cup in June.
The first match on 25 April at Melbourne's Olympic Park ended 0-0. Uruguay were hard competition, as they had also made the Finals. The second match at the Sydney Cricket Ground was a marvellous occasion - the Socceroos defeated Uruguay 2-0. However, it will forever be remembered for an atrocious incident involving the Socceroos' most talented forward, Ray Baartz.
Baartz had scored on 59 minutes. Less than 20 minutes later, he was down and out. Uruguayan, Luis Garisto, karate chopped Baartz to the throat on 76 minutes. Garisto was sent off. Baartz required immediate medical attention and would later find out that his World Cup dream was over, although he did travel to West Germany with the team. He would spend time in hospital, have tests and scans, only to be told he would never play again.
This design is a reminder of the sacrifices the 1974 Socceroos made, as pioneers of the game in Australia, and the amazing success achieved by the team and coach, Rale Rasic.
The Other Uruguay Game 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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