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Switzerland vs Australia

A reasonably strong Australian side could only manage a 0-0 draw against an under-strength Swiss team.

The Swiss have a Euro qualifier coming up and didn't field their first choice side. Australia had most of its top players available. (Can we forget about Kewell now? He was injured again.)

The Socceroos had a pretty good first half and wasted some good chances. The Swiss probably had the better of the second half though and put a penalty over the bar. Schwarzer also made some key saves.

Slovenia vs Australia

In our first game since the World Cup, we were missing a few regular starters, we had a new (temporary) coach and were very rusty. We had a couple of good chances and could have stolen a draw or even a win, but Slovenia deserved their 2-0 victory.

Slovenia was ranked one place (and just a few points) above us (19th vs 20th) on the FIFA table. We both scored four points in our groups at the World Cup and failed to progress beyond the group stage. From that point of view, things looked pretty even.

Australia vs Serbia

At any other time, this would have been a marvellous result. Unfortunately today it was not enough. Cahill and Holman gave us a glimmer of hope mid-way through the second half, but in the end we fell short and our tournament is over.

Australia vs Ghana

The big question was: would the real Australia turn up and display the grit, determination and talent we know they have. The answer, despite us not getting the result we needed, was a resounding yes.

Serbia defeating Germany has thrown our group wide open. A win for us will see all four teams level on three points. From there, it's anyone's guess as to the final position.

Germany vs Australia

Our tournament got off to the worst possible start. We were thrashed 0-4 by the Germans and Tim Cahill was given an undeserved red card and will miss our next match.

Australia vs USA

You don't take a lot from friendlies, but it's nice to win. Losing 1-3 is not a disaster for the same reason, but you'd rather not lose like this in your last warm-up match before a big tournament. By all accounts, the USA played well and deserved their win. They're also rated a better side than Denmark, putting our last friendly in perspective.

Australia vs Denmark

A good hit out against a good team. Friendlies don't always tell you much, but there's some promising news in the 1-0 win.

Both sides played close to first choice sides for the first half and it finished 0-0 with good commitment from both sides. Fringe players got their chance in the second half. Kennedy bobbed up to score his first goal for Australia off his boot.

Two Weeks To Go

This time next week the first game (South Africa vs Mexico) will have been played. Australia was the first team to arrive in South Africa and are training at altitude. The aim is to be the fittest team (again?) at the finals, but will we be?

Australia vs New Zealand

A friendly against the Kiwis is normally anything but and this was no exception. However, it was Australia who behaved poorly with a couple of very rash tackles. We also played poorly. New Zealand took a deserved early lead in the first half. We picked up a bit in the second half and probably deserved our equaliser. We then pinched a goal with nothing on the clock to claim an undeserved win.

World Cup Finals Approach

There's a little under four weeks to go to the kick off of the 2010 Finals. The 32 countries have announced their preliminary teams. Leagues around the world have wrapped up. The sense of anticipation is building. Who will win this time?

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