The Soc­ceroos

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While some na­tional foot­ball team names don’t at first seem ob­vi­ous, the Aus­tralian team’s moniker is pretty clear con­sid­er­ing the red kan­ga­roo is the coun­try’s na­tional an­i­mal. How­ever, the ori­gins of this nick­name are not as easy to dis­cern.

While var­i­ous sources lay dif­fer­ent claims to the ex­act tim­ing of the emer­gence of the term ‘Soc­ceroos’, most seem to agree that Syd­ney­based jour­nal­ist Tony Horsted coined the phrase at some point be­tween 1967 and 1973.

Since Aus­tralia’s first match against New Zealand in 1922, the ’Roos have gone on to qual­ify for five World Cups. This sum­mer they will once again com­pete at a World Cup while bear­ing a badge fea­tur­ing a kan­ga­roo (and an emu), a mam­mal that weighs 90.7 kilo­grams

(200 pounds) and would be able to bound from one end of the pitch to the other in just 12 leaps. Now that would be some winger!

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