How they qualified: The Socceroos struggled to get going, crashing to shock defeats against Oman and Jordan, but rallied to win their decisive final qualifier against Iraq. A bumpy 2013 finished with a whimper, when head coach Holger Osieck lost his job after successive 6-0 defeats in friendlies against Brazil and France.
World Cup pedigree: Qualified for the 1974 finals but went home without scoring a goal. Didn't reappear until Germany 2006, where they were edged out by eventual winners Italy in the round of 16. They also qualified for the 2010 World Cup, but were drawn in one of the toughest groups, with Italy, Ghana and Serbia, and didn't progress to the knockout stages.
Main man: Former Everton star Tim Cahill is still going strong. Cahill typifies the hardwired Australian fighting spirit – no stage is too big for him.
One to watch: Bayer Leverkusen forward Robbie Kruse, 25, is a cool finisher.
What are their chances? Non-existent. This group of players isn't a patch on the 2006 vintage, and just look at the group of death they ended up in; Spain, Chile and Holland will all view the Socceroos as Group B whipping boys.