Socceroo 1974 Matches

Socceroo Internationals for 1974

Written by Thomas Esamie, Greg Stock and Jean-Michel Cazal. Thanks to Kevin Christopher for the use of his personal material and John Punshon for the cross referencing of material. For more details see credits.


1974 was the year that Australia were making their debut in the World Cup finals in West Germany. As part of the sides preparations the Australian Soccer Federation organised the Uruguayan national side to play two matches in Melbourne and Sydney. The Uruguayan side had also qualified for the finals and under new coach Roberto Porta were also looking for some hard competition before the finals. This was a friendly match.
Played : April 25 1974 Venue : Olympic Park, Melbourne, Australia
Australia
Jack Reilly, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer (Adrian Alston 37), Col Curran, Jim Mackay, Ray Richards, Jim Rooney, Ray Baartz, Gary Manuel (Peter Ollerton 62), Branko Buljevic
0 - 0 Uruguay
Hector Santos, Mario Gonzalez, Walter Olivera (Gustavo De Simone 46), Juan Masnik, Mario Zoryez, Julio Jimenez, Denis Milar (Walter Mantegazza 62), Alberto Cardaccio, Juan Ramon Silva, Fernando Morena, Ruben Corbo
Referee : Peter Ramplay
Attendance : 20283
Coaches : Rale Rasic (Australia), Roberto Porta (Uruguay)


The second match in Sydney was a hard game and is remembered as the day that Australian striker Ray Baartz was felled by a karate chop from Uruguayan defender Luis Garisto. Garisto was sent off for the incident and was reported to FIFA for "violent conduct". Ray Baartz on the other hand was declared medically unfit to play and missed the world cup finals in West Germany though he did travel with the team. This was a, believe it or not, friendly match.
Played : April 27 1974 Venue : Sydney, Australia
Australia
Jack Reilly, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Ray Richards, Col Curran, Jim Rooney, Dave Harding, Jim Mackay, Ray Baartz (Adrian Alston 76), Atti Abonyi, Peter Ollerton
Goals : Baartz 59, Ollerton 84
2 - 0 Uruguay
Gustavo Fernandez, Mario Gonzalez, Gustavo De Simone, Luis Garisto (sent off 76), Mario Zoryez (Juan Ramon Silva 83), Julio Jimenez, Walter Mantegazza, Alberto Cardaccio, Jose Gomez (Dennis Milar 68), Fernando Morena, Ruben Corbo
Referee : Don Campbell (Australia)
Attendance : 25708
Coaches : Rale Rasic (Australia), Roberto Porta (Uruguay)


The Australian team left for the World Cup finals in West Germany with a squad of 22 players. On the way over to West Germany the Socceroos stopped off in Jakarta and Tel Aviv to play two friendlies as warm-up games. The first in Jakarta was against the Indonesian national side. This was a friendly match.
Played : May 21 1974 Venue : Senayan Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia
Indonesia
Ronny Pasla, Harharha, Bahalwan, Subordro, Oyong, Liza, Batjo, Achmad, Waskito, Patinasarany, Risdianto (Andi Lala 85), Andjas Asmara (Djunsid Abdullah 80), Abdul Kadir
Goal : Waskito 89
1 - 2 Australia
Jack Reilly, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Col Curran, Ray Richards (John Warren 46), Jim Rooney (Harry Williams 72), Jim Mackay, Adrian Alston (Gary Manuel 60), Peter Ollerton, Branko Buljevic (Atti Abonyi 46)
Goals : Wilson 77, Curran 80
Referee : Juremi (Indonesia)
Attendance : 62000
Coach : Rale Rasic (Australia)


The Australian team then flew to Tel Aviv where they played another friendly against the Israeli national team. A second match was scheduled a few days later but was called off after a vandal sprayed broken glass all over the ground. This was a friendly match.
Played : May 28 1974 Venue : Bloomfield Stadium, Jaffa, Israel
Israel
Yosef Sorinov, Israel Hadjaj, Yeshaayahu Schwager, Zvi Rozen, Menachem Bello, Eli Leventhal, Itzhak Shum, Yeoshua Feygenbaum, Gideon Damti (Oded Machnes 80), Viki Peretz, Yoel Masuari
Goals : Feygenbaum 58, 88
2 - 1 Australia
Jack Reilly, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Harry Williams, Ray Richards, Jim Rooney, Jim Mackay, Adrian Alston, Peter Ollerton (Gary Manuel 80), Branko Buljevic (Atti Abonyi 88)
Goal : Mackay 89
Attendance : 14000
Referee : Jean Dubach (Switzerland)
Coach : Rale Rasic (Australia), David Schweitzer (Israel)


Australias first sojourn into a world cup finals series took place in June 1974. The press gave Australia little hope of getting through the first round after the draw had placed them in the same group as Chile, West and East Germany. Back in Australia the soccer public were wild with enthusiasm as it was Australias first time in such elite company. The first match was against East Germany in Hamburg. This was a World Cup Finals match.
Played : June 14 1974 Venue : Volksparkstadion, Hamburg, West Germany
East Germany
Croy, Kische, Bernd Bransch, Weise, Siegmar Waetzlich, Juergen Sparwasser, Irmscher, Pommerenke, Wolfram Loewe (Martin Hoffmann 55), Joachim Streich, Eberhard Vogel
Goals : Curran 56og, Streich 68
2 - 0 Australia
Jack Reilly, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Col Curran, Ray Richards, Jim Mackay, Jim Rooney, John Warren, Adrian Alston, Branko Buljevic
Referee : Youssoupha N'Diaye (Senegal)
Attendance : 15800
Coach : Rale Rasic (Australia), Georg Buschnar (East Germany)
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The second round robin match was played against West Germany again in Hamburg. The West German side were favourite to win the title and easily outclassed the Socceroos. This was a World Cup Finals match.
Played : June 18 1974 Venue : Hamburg, West Germany
West Germany
Sepp Maier, Berti Vogts, Georg Schwarzenbeck, Franz Beckenbauer, Paul Breitner, Uli Hoeness, Cullmann (Wimmer 67), Overath, Grabowski, Gerd Mueller, Jupp Heynckes (Hoelzenbein 46)
Goals : Overath 13, Cullmann 35, Mueller 53
3 - 0 Australia
Jack Reilly, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Col Curran, Ray Richards, Jim Rooney, Jim Mackay, Ernie Campbell (Atti Abonyi 46), Adrian Alston, Branko Buljevic (Peter Ollerton 62)
Referee : Mustafa Kamel (Egypt)
Attendance : 52000
Coach : Rale Rasic (Australia)
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The third match for the Australians was against the Chilean side but after the earlier two losses the game was meaningless for both sides after Chile had also fallen victim to the two German teams. The match went ahead in torrential rain and proved to be the closest game that Australia had to scoring a goal and winning a match in this tournament. If it hadn't been for Ray Richards being sent off, this may have been a reality, infact Richards played for about 4 minutes after being booked the second time before an alert linesman pointed out the mistake to the referee. This was a World Cup Finals match.
Played : June 22 1974 Venue : Berlin, West Germany
Chile
Vallejos, Garcia, Quintano, Figueroa, Arias, Paez, Reinoso, Valdez (Farias 57), Caszely, Ahumada, Veliz (Yavar 72)
0 - 0 Australia
Jack Reilly, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Col Curran (Harry Williams 79), Ray Richards (sent off 83), Jim Mackay, Jim Rooney, Atti Abonyi, Adrian Alston (Peter Ollerton 66), Branko Buljevic
Referee : Jafar Namdar (Iran)
Attendance : 16038
Coach : Rale Rasic (Australia)
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