Will sacking Holger Osieck and wholesale player changes really make any difference to the Socceroos' campaign for Brazil?
The Socceroos' World Cup hero Josh Kennedy is out of the East Asian Cup tournament starting Saturday after his Japanese club refused to release him.
Harry Kewell's second coming to the A-League has set him one of his greatest challenges as he attempts to win back his national team spot for the World Cup.
Criticised for being an aging side, the Socceroos are convinced experience, youth and depth will serve them well in Brazil next year.
As a third World Cup beckons, Mark Milligan has proved himself a critical starting player for the Socceroos in their march to Brazil.
Things tend to happen for the Socceroos when Mark Bresciano is involved, and there was further proof as he created the goal which booked a World Cup spot.
The Socceroos are through to the World Cup finals thanks to substitute Josh Kennedy's late winner against Iraq, and Holger Osieck's decision to bring him on.
The Socceroos' World Cup qualification came down to the last-gasp, and Holger Osieck's brave substitutions proved a masterstroke.
The Socceroos celebrated their World Cup qualification with excited dressing-room celebrations immediately afterwards, but there was also a sense of relief.
The Socceroos have beaten Iraq 1-0 in Sydney to ensure their qualification for next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.
Socceroos talisman Tim Cahill believes the spirit of 2005 can help Australia revisit one of their finest moments as they again chase World Cup qualification.
Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill has declared his camp a samba-free zone as they stand one win away from World Cup qualification.
Australia's players have maintained their focus ahead of the critical World Cup qualifier against Iraq on Tuesday night, says skipper Lucas Neill.
Australia's World Cup qualifier next Tuesday will be against an Iraq side out of contention for qualification after their overnight loss to Japan.
Brazil remains one win away, but Socceroos coach Holger Osieck appears to have found a starting 11 capable of getting to the World Cup.
Australia have beaten Jordan 4-0 in their World Cup qualifier in Melbourne with goals to Mark Bresciano, Tim Cahill, Robbie Kruse and Lucas Neill.