Quiz! Can you name the Australia line-up from the 2010 World Cup match against Germany?

Lukas Podolski of Germany celebrates scoring the first goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Germany and Australia at Durban Stadium on June 13, 2010 in Durban, South Africa.
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Three minutes on the clock, 14 players to guess.

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Australia arrived at the 2010 World Cup with very little expectation. 2006 was their first tournament since the 70s – they made it through their group but were beaten by eventual winners, Italy – so the following competition was all about continuing the momentum.

It couldn't have got off to a worse start. Germany, one of the favourites for the trophy, scored within eight minutes of the Socceroos' first match through Lukas Podolski. Miroslav Klose doubled the lead before half-time before an Australian sending-off in the second half made things even trickier.

Sure enough, Die Mannschaft are efficient. Two goals in the first 45, two in the second, as Thomas Muller and Cacau rounded off an excellent start. Coach Pim Verbeek was always going to have his work cut out following countryman Guus Hiddink, wasn't he?

The Aussies are back in action today, having qualified as one of the final teams for this World Cup. So cast your minds back and tell us the XI of that day 12 years ago, plus the substitutes who got onto the field.


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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.