Veteran Socceroo divulges the secrets of victory
As cliched as it is, Holger Osieck’s side will be hoping that the old ways are the best as they prepare to take on Brazil at the Estadio Garrincha.
The last time the Aussies beat Brazil was way back in 2001, when a Shaun Murphy goal took them to a 1-0 win in the the Confederations Cup.
Mark Schwarzer was a member of that side, and 12 years later will be pulling on the number one jersey for the Socceroos again.
Speaking to Football Australia, Schwarzer reminisces about the tournament.
“I remember it being, the tournament itself, being a fantastic tournament.
“We beat France in the group stage, we got to the semi finals and unfortunately lost to Japan and then left with playing the third and fourth playoff against another formidable Brazil side.
“If anything they probably underestimated us on that particular day and we dug in, we fought very well, scored a good goal and we held on and won the game.
“I think, from memory, we weren’t too much under the pump, we contained them pretty well.”
As well as a solitary win at international level, the Young Socceroos have also had their moment in the sun against Brazil, beating them 3-2 in the 2003 U20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi.