Socceroos legend Tim Cahill is adamant the Australian National Football Team have a legitimate chance of success in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, despite drawing what has been dubbed by many as the ‘pool of death.’
One of just a small handful of Socceroos veterans to be retained in Coach Ange Postegolou’s 30-man provisional squad for June’s World Cup, Cahill told the Herald Sun he is confident the key to success lies in a genuine belief of success when facing off with the world’s best.
“I think one of the biggest moments in Australian sports could be created if we can do something special” Cahill said.
“So we need to go into this World Cup with the belief that there is going to be an upset.
“If we can get that result, it will chance the face of Australian football for a long time.”
Confirmed to make a third career appearance in the 2014 FIFA World Cup having contested both the 2006 Cup in Germany and 2010’s South Africa edition, Cahill said that while written off by many, Brazil will be anything but a holiday for the team.
“Everyone says you’re so lucky you’re going to Brazil, but we’re not going there to have fun; we’re not going to see Brazil, we’re not going to leave our hotel rooms” Cahill added.
“We didn’t see any of Germany. We were lucky to see a bit of South Africa, but this World Cup I’ll be happy to see nothing.
“I definitely know there’s going to be something special in this World Cup, with the teams we’re playing and the upsets we can create and the foundations we can lay for the next boys coming through.”
Unlucky to suffer a hamstring strain when playing for his club side New York Red Bulls early in the current Major League Soccer season, 34-year-old Cahill is confident he has seen enough game time to warrant peak condition leading into June 14th’s campaign opener against Chile.
“I feel like I’ll be peaking at the right time with the amount of games I’ve played and also the training under my belt in the camp” Cahill concluded.
Drawn alongside current champions Spain, as well as 2010 grand finalists the Netherlands and in-form South American outfit Chile, the Socceroos are currently given little hope for success in betting markets to lift the 2014 FIFA World Cup; offered by Ladbrokes Australia at generous odds of $501.