The Matildas' shattered Olympic dreams could be revived as Australia appeals to have North Korea banned from next year's London Games over a doping row.
Oman coach Paul Le Guen urges his players to adopt a 'never-say-die' approach to have any chance of upsetting the Socceroos.
Australia's move to the Asian confederation has earned Socceroos players more respect around the world, says captain Lucas Neill.
They are the two superstars of the Asian Cup but Socceroos ace Tim Cahill won't get caught up focusing on a showdown with Park Ji-Sung.
With their graduation into Asia complete, the Socceroos are about to find out if they really belong at the top of the class as the Asian Cup kicks off.
Sasa Ognenovski became Australia's first Asian player of the year but admits the awards in Kuala Lumpur were tarnished by unavailabilities.
Australian defender Sasa Ognenovski has celebrated his Socceroos call-up by leading Seongnam Ilhwa to the Asian Champions League title.
Qatar insist they have not given up hope of World Cup qualification despite having to field a young and inexperienced side against the Socceroos.
Olyroos coach Graham Arnold says Australia's experience in Asian football conditions could prove the key to progressing at the Beijing Olympics.