Socceroos - A World Cup Odyssey, Volume 1, 1965-2002

Socceroos - A World Cup Odyssey, Volume 1, 1965-2002


Author: John Maynard

The first of two magnificent volumes from Emeritus Professor of History, John Maynard, on the Socceroos journey through World Cup qualifying campaigns. 

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.

Socceroos - A World Cup Odyssey is an in-depth look at the team's history with commentary on every qualifying match, the role and decisions of governing bodies such as FIFA and Football Australia, 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 historian, and written by a passionate, lifelong fan. 

When you get to the end of Volume 1, you will want to keep reading Volume 2 (2006 to 2022). 

Please note that Volume 1 and Volume 2 are sold separately, but a 10% discount will be applied at checkout if both volumes are purchased at once.

More Information

Format: Softcover
Published: August 2023
ISBN: 978-1-925914-50-4
Weight: 400g
Size: 234mm x 156mm
Pages: 300 + 8 pages of black and white photographs
Imprint: Fair Play Publishing