Australia qualified for the FIFA World Cup on 13 November 1973 by the laces of midfielder, Jimmy Mackay. Mackay's strike against South Korea in Hong Kong secured Australia's appearance in the tournament to be held in West Germany. Australia, Haiti and Zaire all made their World Cup debuts in 1974.


The Socceroos were drawn in the first group with Chile, West Germany and East Germany. A tough assignment for any debutant.


Coach, Rale Rasic, chose the same starting eleven in all three matches, with the exception of one position. In the opening match against East Germany, Australia's favourite son Johnny Warren was selected. Warren succumbed to a foot injury and was replaced by Ernie Campbell in the second match against West Germany. Both matches ended in defeat (2-0 and 3-0). In the final match, Attila Abonyi was chosen to add attacking width to the side. However, the Socceroos could only manage a draw (0-0).


This design celebrates the pioneers, the 1974 World Cup and the birth of the Socceroos. Select from three iconic t-shirts.

Where It All Began 1974 T-shirt

SKU: FC0000397
  • Specifications

    • 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 Chart

    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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