They were labelled the ‘Golden Generation’ of Australian football.
A team which ended a 32-year wait to qualify for a World Cup Finals and wrote a new chapter into the country’s rich sporting history.
In 2006, Australia recorded their first ever victory at a World Cup, coming from behind to beat Japan 3-1 at The Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Germany.
Shunsuke Nakamura’s first half cross gave Japan the lead, when goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was blocked by a melee of bodies inside the penalty area.
However, after a couple of inspired substitutions from manager Guus Hiddink, the Socceroos scored three times in the final six minutes to claim a historic triumph.
Tim Cahill came off the bench to register Australia’s first ever goal at a World Cup with six minutes remaining and then scored again moment later, with a stunning strike from the edge of Japan’s box.
Another substitute, John Aloisi, completed the scoring in stoppage time with a calm finish, giving Hiddink’s men all three points.
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The accomplished shot stopper finally hung up his boots at the end of the 2015/16 season, after becoming the first player in Premier League history to be a part of two different back-to-back title-winning sides.
Schwarzer didn’t play a single league game for Leicester City, when The Foxes spectacularly won the title in 2016, or for Chelsea the previous season.
He did, however, play a total of 514 Premier League games, as well as reaching two UEFA Cup finals with Middlesbrough and Fulham.
At 44-years-old, Schwarzer has gone in to punditry, working with the BBC, and has regularly appeared on Match of the Day.