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!