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

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Mark Viduka

Viduka scored goals wherever he played

Captain of Australia’s 2006 World Cup team, the ‘V-Bomber’ first rose to prominence with Celtic before joining Leeds and becoming a pivotal part of their Champions League semi-final run in 2001.

The forward scored 67 goals in his 156 appearances over four years for the Whites, then helped Middlesbrough reach the UEFA Cup final in 2006. He ended his career at Newcastle in 2009 after playing at St. James’ Park for two seasons.

Viduka now coaches the Melbourne Knights’ youth sides, who count one of his three sons among their ranks. 

Tim Cahill

The Everton legend was in hot water for a controversial celebration after scoring Australia's winning goal in World Cup qualifying against Syria, leading to speculation that FIFA were considering investigating what was a sponsored move.

But that minor blip aside, Cahill is Australian football royalty and continues to perform at a high level despite the fact he will turn 38 next month.

The only member of the 2006 World Cup squad still playing for his country, the attacker has more than 100 caps to his name – second only to Schwarzer. He also became Australia’s first ever scorer at a World Cup when he netted a brace in the opening 3-1 victory over Japan in Germany.

Cahill is Australia’s top goalscorer of all time with 50 to his name, and will be looking to increase his tally when the Socceroos face Honduras in the upcoming two-legged play-off.

Josh Kennedy

The 6ft 4in striker spent almost a decade in Germany, playing for Wolfsburg, Cologne, Dynamo Dresden and Nuremberg among others. He then transferred to J-League side Nagoya Grampus in 2009, where he stayed for five years and scored 63 goals in all competitions.

Kennedy has 36 caps for Australia, featured in the 2006 and 2010 World Cup squads, and scored a late winner in his country's final 2014 World Cup qualification match against Iraq to help them secure a spot in the finals.

But despite making their squad for the 2014 World Cup, he was eventually cut from the team in Rio due to injuries.

The final season of Kennedy’s 15-year career was played at A-League side Melbourne City in 2015.

John Aloisi

Currently manager of A-League club Brisbane Roar, Aloisi’s name is etched in Australia sporting history after he scored the winning penalty against Uruguay that granted them a spot in the 2006 World Cup.

In a 20-year career that led Aloisi through spells in Belgium, Italy, England, Spain and finally Australia (for Melbourne Heart), the striker scored a total of 147 goals in 459 club appearances.

He also spent nine years in the Australia senior team, racking up 27 goals in 55 appearances.

After his first and only season for Melbourne Heart in 2011, Aloisi became their youth coach for a year and assumed the position of head coach until 2013 – before Brisbane Roar came calling in 2015.

Guus Hiddink

'Aussie Guus'

The Dutchman sparked enormous excitement when he became Socceroos coach in 2005, going on to guide them to World Cup qualification and then into the second round.

Hiddink, who had previously led South Korea to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup, fondly became referred to as ‘Aussie Guus’ for his record-breaking exploits with the Socceroos.

His next stop was guiding the Russian national team for four years, which included reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2008, followed by stints with Chelsea, Turkey and the Dutch national team.

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