Australia are considered one of the biggest underdogs in the 2014 World Cup tournament, but can now lay claim to becoming the first team to arrive in Brazil after they flew into Curitiba International Airport this morning.
Australia begin their World Cup campaign against Chile on June 13 and most pundits are predicting that the side will be eliminated from the tournament without picking up a point following their clashes with Spain and The Netherlands.
Socceroos youngster Tommy Oar, who was one of their best performers in their farewell clash against South Africa on Monday night, admits that Australia are heading into the tournament as big underdogs, but told reporters that he has been happy with the preparation of the side thus far.
“We are the underdogs,” Oar said.
It will be a good opportunity for the Australian team to surprise, so this is all very exciting and being in the ‘soccer country’ is extra motivation.
“We’ve been training for the last few days and things have gone well.
“We still have some two more weeks to keep on training, so I think we will be well-prepared for the World Cup.”
Veteran midfield Mark Bresciano will be playing in his third World Cup in Brazil and said that he is just excited as he was when he was making his World Cup debut eight years ago in Germany.
Like Oar, Bresciano concedes that Australia are the clear outsiders in the their pool, but the talented playmaker said that his side is going into the tournament with the belief that they can progress from their pool.
“It’s always a dream going to a World Cup, regardless if it’s your first or third,” Bresciano said
“I guess the expectation is maybe a little bit high (this time) because, in the last nine or 10 years, we’ve been very successful as a nation.
“Saying that, we know that we are going to Brazil in a very tough group but we’re going to go there and just try and do our country proud and do ourselves proud and try and shock the world.”
Australia are rated outsiders in each of their pool games during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au; with the side available at odds of $6.50 to upset Chile in their opening clash of the tournament.
The Socceroos have never lost to Netherland, but are still available at FIFA World Cup odds of $9 to beat the Dutch, while they are available at the massive quote of $13 to beat defending World Champions Spain.