By John Maynard

Socceroos - A World Cup Odyssey, 1965 to 2022 (e-Book)

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Socceroos - A World Cup Odyssey is an in-depth look at the Socceroos history from their first World Cup qualifying campaign in 1965. The e-book version brings together the two volumes available as print versions. 

Volume 1 starts with the campaign to make the 1966 World Cup in England, which ended for Australia in Phnom-Penh in 1965; includes the first time Australia qualified for the World Cup held in West Germany in 1974; and ends with the defeat in Montevideo in 2001 in the final play-off match against Uruguay.

Volume 2 starts with the campaign for the 2006 World Cup and continues through five successful qualifying campaigns including Qatar 2022. In both 2006 and 2022, Australia was defeated by the eventual champions, Italy and Argentina respectively, in the round of 16. 

There is commentary on every match in every campaign, overlaid with the role and decisions of governing bodies such as FIFA and Football Australia (and its predecessors), media coverage, and the reception afforded to players and coaches.

It is a significant history of the game: simultaneously viewed through the expert eyes of an eminent Australian historian, and written by a passionate, lifelong fan. 

More Information

  • Format: e-Book
  • Published: May 2024 (original volumes August 2023)
  • ISBN: 978-1-925914-86-3
  • Pages: 518 pages including photographs
  • Imprint: Fair Play Publishing

About the Author

Professor John Maynard is a Worimi Aboriginal man from the Port Stephens region of NSW and a Professor of Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Newcastle.

He has held several major positions and served on numerous prominent organizations and committees including Deputy Chairperson of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association, New South Wales History Council, Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council, Australian Research Council College of Experts, National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network and the NSW Fulbright Selection Committee.

He gained his Ph.D. in 2003, examining the rise of early Aboriginal political activism. He has worked with and within many Aboriginal communities, urban, rural, and remote. Professor Maynard’s publications have concentrated on the intersections of Aboriginal political and social history, and the history of Australian race relations.

​John is a passionate football fan and the author of several books on Aboriginal people and sport.

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