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Career Socceroos - The Golden Generation (Final Update)

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So, after completing a few short-term challenges and with FMM 2019 less than a month ahead, i thought i would wrap my 2018 with the same challenge that is started my Vibe career with:

 

So, this time i am choosing the mighty Socceroos.

Alongwith the 200 International Goal Challenge for which i will be using this player:

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                                                              Jamie MacLaren

 

Bio: Jamie Maclaren (born 29 July 1993) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Hibernian, on loan from Darmstadt 98. He has also previously played for Perth Glory and Brisbane Roar. Maclaren initially represented Scotland at youth level, but has since appeared for Australia at both youth and senior international level. He won the 2016–17 A-League Golden Boot with 19 goals.

 

In addition to this, i have created some new challenges for this save. One is the Calendar Year Scoring Challenge but with a twist i.e how many goals can you score with your national team in a calendar year, second is how many total goals can you score with your national team under your management. I don't know if this warrants enough attention so i have not put this under official challenge but may do so if it gets popular. 

 

Apart from this, i will look to erase all the records of Socceroos and create some new records. The brief records history will be posted next which will be updated time to time depending on the records i create.

 

Thanks for anybody looking at this and wish me luck and i promise this will be my last career for 2018.

 

 

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                                                                          History of Socceroos

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                                                          Association: Football Federation Australia

                                                          Confederation : AFC (Asia)

                                                          Head Coach: Mr. Kanegan (current)                        

                                                                             Ranking History

                                          Current: 43     Highest:  1 (Sep 2034)   Lowest: 102 (Nov 2014)

 

                                                                                    Records

                                                               Most caps:     Mitch Wright (120)

                                                                                       Mark Schwarzer (109)

                                                               Most goals:    Mitch Wright (159)

                                                                                       Jamie Maclaren (138)

                                                                                       Tim Cahill (50)

                                            World Cup Appearances: 9      Champions2034     Runners-up:  2026, 2030 

                                            Asian Cup Appearances: 7        Champions: 2015, 2019, 2027, 2031, 2035    Runners-up: 2011

                                            Confederations Cup Appearances: 7    Champions: 2029                Runners-up: 1997, 2021, 2033

                                             

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Woohoo! You are making us Aussies happy! I mean it from the bottom of my heart when I say I hope you do really well! 😄

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4 hours ago, Real_Random said:

Aussie Aussie Aussie 🇦🇺. Good luck mate, great choice of player. 

 

16 minutes ago, Scratch said:

Woohoo! You are making us Aussies happy! I mean it from the bottom of my heart when I say I hope you do really well! 😄

Then you Aussies would love the first update that will drop now.

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5 minutes ago, Kanegan said:

 

Then you Aussies would love the first update that will drop now.

Watching!!! 👀

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Update 1 - The 2017 wrap-up & Lead up to World Cup 2018

So, having taken over the reigns of the Socceroos, my 1st piece of business was the World Cup qualifiers. We were already sitting at the top of our group with only two matches left so this was already in the bag. So, i went about testing my tactics and:

 

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers

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Very ordinary performance, especially the draw against Thailand was stupid. Perhaps complacency crept in but Maclaren managed his first goal under me so not everything was lost.

 

Friendlies - 2017 & Pre-World Cup

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And then our ordinary performance continued. Firstly, the hosts of 2018, Russia crushed us 3-1 with all four goals scored by them and then Iran took the lead against us which we somehow managed to equalize against them.

 

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The pre-world cup friendlies were better as Maclaren notched up his first hattrick against Cape Verde but we were brought down on earth by a resilient Wales team with Bale becoming the hero of the match. 

Leading in to the World Cup, Maclaren had 5 goals from 6 matches.

We were drawn into Group F alongwith Portugal, Wales and Ghana. Though not a very tough group, it was not a easy one either. The next update will be of our World Cup adventures.

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Update 2 - World Cup 2018

So, we head to our 5th world cup looking to better our record of 2nd round finish but first we need to qualify from a tough group. Our preparations were not good at all as we only won 1 of our 4 friendlies. We start against the group favorites Portugal:

 

Match 1 (vs Portugal) - Guns of CR7

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Everybody had predicted the outcome but nobody had predicted the scoreline. What a crazy match!!!! Moutinho, Silva and Ronaldo scored in a space of 7 minutes to go 3 up while Maclaren pulled back before a foul on Ronaldo earned him a penalty and he notched up his second. We went in the break 4-1 down but i gave them one hell of a pep talk and the Socceroos came out all guns blazing. 3 second half goals and an OG from Danilo meant we had drawn the match 5-5 but CR7 played spoilsport as usual notching up his 4th of the match in the 90th minute to break Aussie hearts, but what an incredible fightback. One of my finest i have watched in FMM 18.

 

Match 2 (vs Ghana) - Slaying the Stars

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Our confidence was sky high after that showing and Ghana was dispatched off easily. Maclaren hit his 3rd in 2 matches and Leckie, our impressive ISF notched up his 1st of the Cup before he hobbled off to a challenge.

 

Match 3 (vs Wales) - Parking the Aussie Bus

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Well, after the goal fest of the first match, we organized our defensive capabilities against Ghana but this was a tactical battle which ended up with both teams having the same ideas. So 15 shots apiece still couldn't yield a goal.

So, with these results, we somehow manage to qualify for the next round.

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In the second round, we faced the mighty Germans. Surely, our run would end here as we all know even the fake Germans are strong like hell

Round of 16 (vs Germany) - The Giant-Killers??

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Oh holy shit!!! We actually did the unthinkable. Defeating the world champions 6-1. Maclaren bursting out with a hattrick becoming the first Australian to score one in World Cup. Germany, unable to cope with us also got two send-offs.

 

Quarter-Final (vs Switzerland) - Still going

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Our confidence was sky high and all it needed to dispatch Switzerland was a solitary goal from Maclaren. We were in the semis, in my first world cup in charge and it was looking like we were living a dream. Surely, we would be caught now.

 

Semi-Final (vs England) - Bubble has burst

We went into England having lost most of our star players to injuries and suspensions so we were wafer thin on talent and experience.

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Yes, we were humiliated. Barkley and Rashford fired hattricks in tandem with Maclaren and Kruse managing to grab consolation goals. We were finally out of the World Cup but i was proud of my boys. Defeating Germans 6-1 is no mean feat.

 

3rd Place Playoff (vs Belgium) - Bad day at office

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What started as a fantastic run ended badly as our second choice and subs after being humiliated by England couldn't keep up with the pace of the Belgians and we had to contend with 4th place.

Some more great news followed:

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Jamie Maclaren wins the FIFA Golden Boot with 9 goals at the World Cup.

 

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Spain picked up their 2nd title via penalties after 120 minutes of play yielded 2-2.

 

Friendlies - Slaying the South Americans

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Our run at the world cup had filled us with confidence and we slayed the South American giants Chile and Brazil with Maclaren netting his 3rd hattrick of his international career.

 

Brazil takes revenge

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Brazil comes back next month and this time they take revenge while Wales edged us in a highly competitive match.

 

Stupid AI

Our final two friendlies were against a pair of Central Asians - Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan and without looking at the squad, assuming that most of our top players will be present submitted the squad. But stupid A.I actually omitted Maclaren, Oikonomidis, Mooy and many others and we were left with bunch of youngsters.

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So, that brings an end to this long update.

 

Australian Calendar Year & Total Goals Challenge

2018 - 45    

Total Goals - 49

 

0.2K International Goal Challenge

Jamie Maclaren

Appearances - 17

Goals - 20/200

Hattricks - 3

FIFA Golden Boot - 1

 

 

Edited by Kanegan

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I was not expecting those world cup results after the friendlies - great read 👍

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Update 3 - Asian Cup 2019

So, after our exploits in the World Cup, we looked forward to 2019 and our 1st order of job was the Asian Cup as we looked to make an impact.  We were drawn in a relatively straight-forward group of Tajikistan, UAE and Saudi Arabia with UAE the only one who could cause problems

 

Match 1 (vs Tajikistan) - Warming up

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A straightforward win with goals from Maclaren and Williams sees us defeat the Tajikis.

 

Match 2 (vs UAE) - Shock for the ages

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This was a shocker. UAE dominated us from start to finish as we couldn't cope up with their pace. Maclaren scored a consolation for us as we were thoroughly unbeaten.

 

Match 3 (vs Saudi Arabia) - Getting back into form

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We needed to win the last match and win we did with a brace from Maclaren ensuring full points for us though he hobbled off due to injury at the 67th minute.

 

Here is the final group stage table:

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Saudi Arabia actually tops the group after winning their other two matches. 

 

Round of 16 (vs Iran)

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Iran were a strong opponent but we dispatched them easily, again via a Maclaren brace.

 

Quarter-Final (vs Kyrgyzstan)

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The Central Asians were no match for Maclaren as he smashes four past them with Troisi adding a 5th.

 

Semi-Final (vs Saudi Arabia)

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Once again the Saudis crossed our paths and we dispatched them easily. Maclaren continues his scoring spree while Kamau chips in with a brace.

 

Final (vs Korea)

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We had to go on penalties after 120 minutes yielded 3-3. Maclaren finishes with a high scoring a brace in the final and we held our nerves to win the shootout and the title!!! Fantastic.

 

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Jamie Maclaren wins the Golden Boot again, this time with a staggering 13 goals. He scored in every match. He has now won two golden boots in two major competitions successively.

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This is how he looks after the Asian Cup.

 

Friendlies - March to June

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Some big goalfests there with us coming out on the losing side on 2 of the 3 occassions. The tie against Russia was the most exciting with Smolov netting 5 and Maclaren grabbing another hattrick.

 

Friendlies - June to September

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Maclaren continues his goaling spree scoring in every match he has been a part of this year. He missed the NZ match due to injury.

 

Friendlies - October to December

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The end of the year is a bad one for us as Russia trumps us again and we fail to defeat Jamaica and Montenegro though Maclaren continues his goaling spree scoring in every match he has played, his scoring streak standing at 15. We need to organize our defense well and that is what i would be looking at for next year.

 

Australian Calendar Year & Total Goals Challenge

2017 - 4

2018 - 45    

2019 - 43

Total Goals - 92

 

0.2K International Goal Challenge

Jamie Maclaren

Appearances - 32 (+15)

Goals - 44/200 (+24)

Hattricks - 5 (+2)

FIFA Golden Boot - 1

AFC Golden Boot - 1

 

Edited by Kanegan

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Nice job mate, great to see troisi scoring in the Asian Cup final, as it was his goal that won it for us in 2015. KIU

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3 hours ago, Real_Random said:

Nice job mate, great to see troisi scoring in the Asian Cup final, as it was his goal that won it for us in 2015. KIU

Thanks mate. Troisi is a decent player. He has never got below 7 AvR so far in this save.

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Update 4 - 2020 Friendlies & 2021 Confederations Cup

Since, we are the hosts of 2022 World Cup, we will not get any qualifiers which means less goal scoring chances for Maclaren. Oh my!!! this challenge just got harder.

 

2020 Friendlies

Spoiler

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We played only 9 friendlies in the year with two big losses against Belgium and Italy.  Maclaren missed only the UAE match due to suspension but he played and scored in the remaining 8 taking his scoring streak to 23.

 

Build up to Confederations Cup

Spoiler

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We dispatched the African champions Angola with ease and survived a late surge against South Africa before losing a competitive match against World Champions and current #1 Spain. Maclaren adds three more games to take his scoring streak to 26.

 

2021 Confederations Cup

We qualified for this after winning the  Asian Cup. There are no easy groups in this tournament as it is literally the tournament of champions, but we got the short end of the stick when we were drawn with Copa America winners Argentina, World Champions Spain and Oceanian champions New Zealand. So, except New Zealand, the other two were virtually unbeatable for us.

 

Match 1 (vs Argentina) - Dream Start

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What a start. A famous Maclaren hattrick saw us win against the Argentineans and the entire nation went into a frenzy. Maclaren knows how to step up in the big tournaments and we couldn't have asked for a better start.

 

Match 2 (vs Spain) - Goals galore

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Spain was always going to be tough and Morata showed his brilliance notching up 4 against us, though Maclaren was not to be left behind as he pumps his second hattrick in as many matches becoming the only player to do so.

 

Match 3 (vs New Zealand) - Easy win

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We needed to win to have a chance at qualifying and it was straightforward with Maclaren getting a brace. He has raced up to 8 goals in this tournament now and we qualified for the semis.

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Semi-Final (vs USA)

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We had to wait till extra time to see off USA but this was a thrilling match. Maclaren scored his 9th of the tourney and McGree scored the winner in 95th to send us in finals. Fantastic again from the Socceroos, though we would be a depleted side going into final as 5 of our players including Mr. Maclaren would be unavailable due to suspensions.

 

Final (vs Spain)

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Of course our depleted side was no match for the world champions but we fought well. The absence of so many players, especially Maclaren and Oikonomidis hurt us badly.

 

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Nothing to see, another golden boot for Maclaren.

 

2021 Friendlies wrap-up

Spoiler

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Maclaren took part in only 2 matches as he was injured playing for Bolton in the Championship but scored in both taking his scoring streak to 32.

 

Australian Calendar Year & Total Goals Challenge

2017 - 4

2018 - 45    

2019 - 43

2020 - 21

2021 - 30

Total Goals - 143

 

0.2K International Goal Challenge

Jamie Maclaren

Appearances - 48 (+16)

Goals - 76/200 (+32)

Hattricks - 9 (+4)

Worlc Cup Golden Boot - 1

Asian Cup Golden Boot - 1

Confederations Cup Golden Boot - 1

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Just now, URz said:

Such a tough challenge @Kanegan but you are smashing it 👏👏

Socceroos in the Confederation Cup final 😎

Thanks @URz. Yes, my team is definitely performing above par in the major tournaments now. The only problem is the defense as Maclaren is definitely handling the lone striker duties very well.

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Update 5 - 2022 World Cup

We had two major friendlies before the World Cup, against Germany and Austria, both much higher than us in the food chain so i was hoping for just a decent fight from my lads.

Lead up to World Cup

Spoiler

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But Socceroos surprised me. First they held Germans to a 2-2 draw even after playing with 10 men for 86 minutes with Maclaren notching up yet another brace. Then we destroyed Austria 4-2 with Maclaren again on target with 2 goals. So, with Maclaren on song, we were confident heading into our home world cup or should we??

We were drawn with Argentina, Czech Rep. and Senegal in Group A. Quite a tough group but we were confident to qualify. Heading to our first match, we got a major shock as Maclaren got injured and would miss about a month which meant the entirety of World Cup. There goes my dreams 😖

 

2022 World Cup

Match 1: (vs Argentina)

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This was a thorough domination by the Argentineans and without Maclaren upfront we couldn't create any chances. A strike each from Icardi and Pavon gave them an easy 2-0 victory.

 

Match 2: (vs Senegal)

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We needed to win to keep our hopes alive and win we did - by a solitary goal from Taggart who has replaced the injured Maclaren for the tournament.

 

Match 3: (vs Czech Rep.)

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Czech dominated us and even went ahead via a Schick goal but Taggart pulled level and then neither of the team could find a goal as the match was drawn. Now, our fate was in the other match between Senegal and Argentina. 

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and, we qualified for the second round with Senegal holding Argentina 1-1 and giving us a lifeline. We had drawn Spain in the second round and of course, our hopes would come to an end now.

 

Round of 16: (vs Spain)

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We put up a good fight frustrating the Spaniards with our ultra defensive game but a late Koke goal in 79' was enough to send them through quarters and dash our hopes. I had zero motivation for the tournament once i found out that Maclaren would be unavailable so considering everything, this was a decent result.

 

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Spain could not repeat their heroics as Italy downed them by 2 goals picking up their 5th title.

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Mbappe wins the golden boot with 7 goals in the tournament.

 

Friendlies

Spoiler

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Maclaren missed 2 matches out of the 6 that we played post World Cup. So, this year his tally is very low. I am now seriously worried about his long term prospect if he keeps getting injured like this.

 

Australian Calendar Year & Total Goals Challenge

2017 - 4

2018 - 45    

2019 - 43

2020 - 21

2021 - 30

2022 - 20

Total Goals - 163

 

0.2K International Goal Challenge

Jamie Maclaren

Appearances - 54 (+6)

Goals - 85/200 (+9)

Hattricks - 9 (+0)

World Cup Golden Boot - 1

Asian Cup Golden Boot - 1

Confederations Cup Golden Boot - 1

 

And now, this save is in threat of serious derailment. We were supposed to take part in Asian Cup 2023 but we were completely ignored. Neither did we take part in qualifiers nor did we got direct entry. WTF!!!!!

Spoiler

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I don't know if i have hit a bug or something. Can you guys shed some light?? I have now full motivation to pull the plug on this as if i dont get any matches, how will Maclaren score goals??

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You are having terrible luck!! Losing Maclaren for the World Cup through injury and then the Asian Nations Cup bug 😕

Would be sorry to see Maclaren and the Socceroos journey end here.....but understand how de-motivated you must be

 

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47 minutes ago, URz said:

You are having terrible luck!! Losing Maclaren for the World Cup through injury and then the Asian Nations Cup bug 😕

Would be sorry to see Maclaren and the Socceroos journey end here.....but understand how de-motivated you must be

 

Yes but i will continue just to see how far i can take Maclaren to and also Conf. Cup and World Cup win is a target that i will try to achieve.

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Update 6 - 2023 & 2024

So, with the bug hitting us we had to only rely on friendlies.

 

2023 Friendlies

Spoiler

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Some big wins in the friendlies. Beating the Teranga Lions 4-1 and then the mighty France 3-2 even with an out of form Maclaren meant our future was looking bright. Oikonomidis performed exceptionally well against France snatching a brace. The end of year friendly against the same opposition Senegal, was a much tighter affair as we shared the honors 2-2.

 

World Cup Qualifiers - Part 1

Spoiler

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The world cup qualifiers were an easy affair and just a chance to get Maclaren up to speed and he did not disappoint, scoring 8 goals in 4 matches including his 10th international hattrick. He missed the last 2 qualifiers due to injuries again.

 

World Cup Qualifiers - Part 2 (2024)

Spoiler

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We wrapped up the first qualifying stage with Maclaren continuing his scoring form notching up another hattrick and 6 goals in 2 matches.

 

Friendlies 2024

Spoiler

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The friendlies were a mixed affair. The win against Ecuador was good while Bosnia's Almir Seferovic, the new hitman for At. Madrid put in a crackling performance to defeat us and then we conceded a late goal to lose against Switzerland. 

 

World Cup Qualifiers Stage 2 (2024 Part 3)

Spoiler

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We were clubbed with the major Middle east nations and North Korea with Iran and Qatar the strongest rivals in the group.  Maclaren played only 2 matches before another 5 month long injury derailed his season. I may have to find a new candidate for my challenge as Maclaren is getting injured almost every 3 months.

 

Australian Calendar Year & Total Goals Challenge

2017 - 4

2018 - 45    

2019 - 43

2020 - 21

2021 - 30

2022 - 20

2023 - 26

2024 - 18

Total Goals - 207

 

0.2K International Goal Challenge

Jamie Maclaren

Appearances - 65 (+11)

Goals - 104/200 (+19)

Hattricks - 11 (+2)

World Cup Golden Boot - 1

Asian Cup Golden Boot - 1

Confederations Cup Golden Boot - 1

 

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Despite his injries, Maclaren still has 104 international goals - amazing 👏

How old is he now?

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31 years old now. Tentatively he has another 4-5 years left before he retires so that's a lot of work.Screenshot_2018-10-16-11-34-48-40.thumb.png.92f775b04a62ab654cd231ed6ec10412.png

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18 hours ago, Real_Random said:

Half way there. KIU

Yes but this next half would be much more difficult with the amount of injuries he is accumulating. 

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Update 7 - 2025 & World Cup 2026

2025 Friendlies

Spoiler

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World Cup Qualifiers - Wrap-up

Spoiler

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So, we qualify comfortably for the World Cup.

 

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So, we have been clubbed in Group F along with Belgium , Chile and Norway. Again not an easy group but you expect that in World Cup.

 

Just one friendly before the World Cup but what a match:

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Wright and Maclaren combined to down Romania though they hit us with 3 goals. Mitch Wright is our new contender for the 200 goal challenge alongwith Maclaren.

 

World Cup 2026

Match 1: vs Chile

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An easy win against Chile with Maclaren and Oikonomidis scoring for us. 

 

Match 2: vs Belgium

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Once again we crossed paths with Belgium. Wright notched up his first international hattrick but it was not enough as a Gethin Jones own goal created the downfall for us.

 

Match 3: vs Norway

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This time we came out on top as a Maclaren brace on either half and goals from Oikonomidis and Wright helped us to win after the Norwegians almost got back to us.

 

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We qualified for the next round as second behind the Belgians.

 

Round of 16: vs Russia

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A very tight match where we had to rely on the lottery of penalties to proceed.

 

Quarter Final: vs Portugal

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Wright on fire. He smashes his 2nd international hattrick and first in world cup as we edge out Portugal despite Jota's heroics.

 

Semi Final: vs Italy

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And our run continues as the mighty Italians fell prey to our counter-attacking game and now the Socceroos are in the final. What a run!!!

 

Final: vs Spain

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Unfortunately, our run ended as we couldn't cope up with the tiki-taka of Spain and the 33 year old Alvaro Morata who hit 4. Our front two combined for three goals but it wasn't enough. 

 

Still our first ever appearance in the World Cup finals call for celebration. Proud of the mighty Socceroos.

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Wright, the new target man wrests away the Golden Boot from the legend Maclaren.

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More good news followed as we got upto 11th in the world rankings, the highest we had ever achieved.

 

Australian Calendar Year & Total Goals Challenge

2017 - 4

2018 - 45    

2019 - 43

2020 - 21

2021 - 30

2022 - 20

2023 - 26

2024 - 18

2025 - 9

2026 (till World Cup) - 27

Total Goals - 243

 

0.2K International Goal Challenge

Jamie Maclaren

Appearances - 77 (+12)

Goals - 116/200 (+12)

Hattricks - 11 (+2)

World Cup Golden Boot - 1

Asian Cup Golden Boot - 1

Confederations Cup Golden Boot - 1

 

Mitch Wright

Appearances - 9

Goals - 15/200

Hattricks - 3

World Cup Golden Boot - 1

Asian Cup Golden Boot - 1

Confederations Cup Golden Boot - 1

 

Edited by Kanegan

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Just now, URz said:

Wow, the Socceroos in the World Cup final!!    Kudos @Kanegan

🇦🇺🇦🇺

Thanks mate, although sad that they lost in the final but next time i am making them champions.

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Update 8 - Post World Cup 2026 & Asian Cup 2027

2026 Friendlies

After the successful world cup, we had some friendlies scheduled.

Spoiler

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Italy took revenge on us and we went a win apiece against Colombia.

We were also given some good news as we cracked the top 10 ranking for the first time ever:

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Asian Cup 2027

We were drawn with South Korea, Thailand and Iraq.

Match 1: vs South Korea

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We were in for a rude shock as South Korea handed us a loss in the opening game.

 

Match 2: vs Thailand

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Maclaren hattrick was the highlight as Thailand was dumped out.

 

Match 3: vs Iraq

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We end our group stage with another win as we qualified for the next round.

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Second Round: vs Iran

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We had to rely on penalties to proceed as Iran equalized on 118' to send this to shootout. Our GK Ryan put in an outstanding performance to make three successive saves.

 

Quarter Finals: vs Kuwait

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Kuwait was no match for us as we comfortably trounce them.

 

Semi Final: vs South Korea

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Another penalty shoot-out as we take revenge on South Korea.

 

Final: vs Japan

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And we win our 3rd title and this time in front of our home, though we had to wait till extra time when a header from Macbeth brought us home.

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We miss out on Golden Boot though as Kim Min-Jae of South Korea takes it after having scored one more than Maclaren.

 

Post Asian Cup Friendlies

Spoiler

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Next update will be the World Cup qualifiers.

 

Australian Calendar Year & Total Goals Challenge

2017 - 4

2018 - 45    

2019 - 43

2020 - 21

2021 - 30

2022 - 20

2023 - 26

2024 - 18

2025 - 9

2026  - 41

2026 (till date) - 28

Total Goals - 285

 

0.2K International Goal Challenge

Jamie Maclaren

Appearances - 105

Goals - 135/200 

Hattricks - 12 

World Cup Golden Boot - 1

Asian Cup Golden Boot - 1

Confederations Cup Golden Boot - 1

 

Mitch Wright

Appearances - 32

Goals - 32/200

Hattricks - 5

World Cup Golden Boot - 1

Asian Cup Golden Boot - 0

Confederations Cup Golden Boot - 0

 

Edited by Kanegan

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52 minutes ago, URz said:

Penalty kings! 👏

KIU - hopefully Maclaren keeps on scoring

Hopefully. 🤞

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