Best Australian National Team,
Here we are, the 2022 FIFA World Cup is upon us, and once again Australian football will take its rightful place at football’s most exclusive table.
Against all odds, Australia were able to tap into their Aussie DNA, summon the Never Say Never attitude and play in a manner that would make every one of the late Johnny Warren and Les Murray proud to qualify for this year’s showpiece event. I can’t wait until we kick off our campaign against France on November 22nd.
I have been incredibly privileged to witness many of this team’s iconic moments in our recent history.
I was there when Josh Kennedy stepped over Iraq’s defense in the 83rd minute to head the ball into the back of the net to send Australia to Brazil 2014. I was there when Massimo Luongo and James Troisi were on the scoresheet against South Korea for Australia. to win the AFC Asian Cup at home. I was there for the Mile Jedinak masterclass against Honduras in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Playoffs in Sydney.
And most recently, I was there in Qatar, with you, when we defeated the United Arab Emirates and Peru to qualify for our fifth consecutive men’s World Cup. Australian football has a rich and proud history, and your performances in June in Qatar have undoubtedly added another chapter to our ever-evolving history. You will be remembered as the latest batch of footballers to inspire a nation to believe that Australia deserves to be recognized among football’s elite.
Moments after Australia beat Peru on penalties following Andrew Redmayne’s goalkeeping heroics, I immediately turned to how to support Australia at the World Cup. And then it dawned on me that I needed to come back to Qatar in five months to compete in my first ever men’s world championship.
Fast forward to November 2022, final preparations are underway, and I will be sitting on a plane from Sydney with hundreds of other Socceroos fans to support the team in its quest for World Cup glory very soon.
Soccer has the ability to unite the world, and the Socceroos have the ability to reunite our nation. Built on the foundation of respect, multiculturalism, equality and fairness, the Socceroos and Matildas embody all the qualities that made me fall in love with football.
Now is the time for the world to see what Australian football stands for. I have absolutely no doubt that regardless of the results, you Socceroos will do Australian football extremely proud in Qatar. So look out for me, that crazy fan in the stands who went ballistic in Qatar when Ajdin Hrustic volleyed home late in the knockout qualifier against UAE to secure a play-off against Peru, as I’ll be at Al Janoub Stadium for every one of our group stage matches cheering the boys every step of the way!
As a proud fan, and proud Australian, I wish the team the best of luck in their quest for world championship glory at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.