Year Awarded: 2007
Hall of Fame Moments

Australia defeated Uruguay in 2005 to qualify for Soccer's 2006 World Cup

For the first time in 32 years, Australia qualified for and competed at the FIFA World Cup. On a memorable night in Sydney, the Socceroos faced Uruguay, ranked 18 in the world (Australia was ranked 49 at the time). Taking the game to a penalty shootout, Australia won 4-2 with Australian goal keeper Mark Schwarzer making two brilliant saves. The country was united as fans from all backgrounds rejoiced as the Socceroos qualified for the World Cup.

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