Where are they now? Kewell, Viduka and Australia's record-breaking 2006 side

Australia 2006 World Cup

A Socceroos side stacked full of European-based stars ended three decades of hurt by qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. They didn’t just make up the numbers either, losing to eventual champions Italy in the last 16. So what are they up to now?

Mark Schwarzer

Schwarzer (second from right) loved donning his national colours

The former Middlesbrough and Fulham No.1 currently holds the record for most caps with Australia (109) and is the only non-British player to make more than 500 appearances in the Premier League.

He was also the first player to win back-to-back Premier League titles with two different sides, despite not playing a single minute for either team, when he won the league with Chelsea in 2014/2015 and then Leicester City the following season.

He retired from international football in 2013, after representing Australia at the World Cup in 2006 and 2010, and is widely regarded as a Socceroo legend thanks to his performances in helping his country qualify for Germany and then reaching the knockout phase for the first time. These days, Schwarzer is an eloquent pundit for the BBC. 

Craig Moore

Moore (left) at an unveiling of an Australian strip in Sydney

Moore carved out his professional career at Scottish side Rangers before playing for Borussia Monchengladbach and Newcastle, and was the rock in Australia’s defence when they qualified for the 2006 World Cup.

The centre-back retired from both club and international football in 2010 after Australia crashed out of the World Cup group stage on goal difference.

Moore now manages Coomera Colts Soccer Club, an Australian side playing in the Gold Coast Premier League.

Lucas Neill

Neill took his captaincy honours very seriously

Neill is Australia’s longest-serving captain, having held that honour for seven years. He amassed 61 caps as skipper from after the 2006 World Cup to the end of 2013, appearing in the 2010 World Cup and then retiring from international football three years later.

A mainstay in Australian colours alongside Moore, Neill spent more than a decade in England plying his trade for Millwall, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham and Everton before making the move to Turkish Superlig side Galatasaray in 2010 and ending his playing career at Watford in 2014.

In 2016, however, Neill was declared bankrupt in the UK after a slew of failed investments cost him his Premier League fortune. He has remained out of the public spotlight ever since.

Scott Chipperfield

The versatile attacker is a household name at Basel, having spent the majority of his professional career with the Swiss Super League side. In his first season there he helped the RotBlau to their first league title in 22 years, as well as the Swiss Cup.

In 12 years, Chipperfield made 269 appearances – the fifth-highest amount in the club’s 123-year history – and won 13 trophies. He was also named Basel Player of the Season twice, in 2004 and 2010.

But for all his offensive prowess, Chipperfield played at left-back for the Socceroos and after Australia’s final group game in the 2010 World Cup, announced his retirement from international football.

Now 41, he coaches young players in Basel, where he has lived since 2001.

Luke Wilkshire

With 80 caps, Wilkshire is the eighth most-capped Socceroo of all time and is still playing – currently with Sydney FC in the A-League – having transferred there from Dynamo Moscow at the end of the 2016/17 season.

The 36-year-old’s career has been full of highs and lows – from being called up to Australia’s 2006 World Cup squad despite struggling for game time at third-tier English side Bristol City; being named Australia’s highest-paid footballer in 2012 when he was playing with Russian outfit Dynamo Moscow; to being cut from the 2014 World Cup squad by current coach Ange Postecoglou, and dropped by Feyenoord manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst in 2015 for being overweight.