Australia look to upset odds in Group C

Posted Diciembre 03, 2017

Australia was drawn in Group C for the tournament and will now play France in Kazan (16 June), Denmark in Samara (21 June), and Peru in Sochi (26 June) at next year's international showpiece.

Stand-in Socceroos coach Ante Milicic sees enough in the World Cup draw to believe Australia can get out of its group with France, Denmark and Peru. His ability to drive through midfield and score goals will be a constant threat to the Australian midfield and defence.

Group H is the final group of the tournament and it sees Poland drawn against Senegal, Colombia and Japan.

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The 2016 European Championships finalist will be hot favourites to progress from the group. Fans will remember he was close to joining Manchester United for an eye-watering dee exceeding eight digits.


COACH: Age Hareide — The 64-year-old Norwegian has spent his entire career in Scandinavia, including a five-year spell leading his home country.

Olivier Giroud says Didier Deschamps men are aiming for the semifinals of the World Cup, and believes England are afraid of France.

Aliou Cisse's side have qualified for their second ever World Cup and will hope to replicate their incredible feats from 2002, where the side reached the quarter-final after impressive performances against France, Uruguay and Sweden.

Following an underwhelming qualifying campaign which saw France beaten in Sweden and held to a goalless draw at home to Luxembourg, Monaco full-back Djibril Sidibe attempted to keep a lid on expectations.

"It is obvious when you are in Pot 4 that you are going to come up against three strong opponents, and if you look at the FIFA rankings that's what we've got".


"In England in the locker room, I know they are particularly afraid of us because we have a fairly talented generation, with very good players". All the teams in Russia deserve to be there and they'll give everything during the competition.

Australia have made the round of 16 just once, in 2006, where they were defeated by eventual champions Italy. Nevertheless, Senegal is definitely one nation they would love to avoid.

Previous World Cups - Russia will be Peru's fifth World Cup, their first since Spain 1982. But it's a status we'll have to embrace.

You can also hire a car but bear in mind that Russia has some of the most dangerous roads in the world. Like Australia, both opponents were forced to qualify via last-chance play-offs, beating Ireland and New Zealand respectively to reach Russia 2018. Eriksen netted a brilliant hat-trick.