Definition of Socceroos in English:


plural noun

  • The Australian international soccer team.

    • ‘Coach Pim Verbeek, who was in Cape Town for Friday's draw, said Group D represented a major challenge for his Socceroos.’
    • ‘Frustrated by the number of Socceroos not available to play (through injury, etc), the journalists on today's telephone conference hit Farina with question after question.’
    • ‘After yesterday's 5-1 romp against the Solomon Islands playing away, the Socceroos will complete their 2005 Confederations qualifying formalities in Sydney on Tuesday night.’
    • ‘The Socceroos had to stand at the top of the pyramid, supported by a national league.’
    • ‘This newspaper article captures some sense of the excitement being built up around the Socceroos.’
    • ‘But the Socceroos' extraordinary progress over the past few weeks has done far more to unite the nation than any political, social or economic initiative.’
    • ‘The Socceroos were sans Viduka and Kewell, but Craig Moore and Tony Vidmar were deemed good enough to snuff out the Samoans.’
    • ‘Emerton was recently named the Oceanic Player of the Year after a string of impressive performances for the Socceroos.’
    • ‘The head coach of the Socceroos, Frank Farina, has stepped down after a string of lacklustre performances by the national team.’
    • ‘Hopefully, the fans will not behave as badly as they did four years ago when the Socceroos were spat on by a menacing crowd at the Montevideo airport.’
    • ‘The Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer admitted that the defeat had left the Socceroos with a sour taste in their mouths.’
    • ‘The Socceroos were looking condemned to a humbling defeat until Tim Cahill's stoppage time intervention in their 1-1 draw against Oman.’
    • ‘The Socceroos finding success in their first World Cup finals match in 32 years.’
    • ‘Their lack of international experience and pedigree took its toll as they were crushed 4-0 by the Socceroos, who advanced at their expense.’
    • ‘The Socceroos are still well placed to reach the next round after giving mighty Brazilians a proper game.’
    • ‘Bolton spent seven good years with the Strikers, including winning the 1997 NSL title under their then player/coach and current Socceroos doyen Frank Farina.’
    • ‘Firstly, if soccer is now called football, can we still call our national team the Socceroos?’
    • ‘Meaningful internationals are hard to come by for the Socceroos, which is why Farina intends to take all he can out of the Scotland game.’
    • ‘In the 84 th minute, the Socceroos of Australia find their substitute, Tim Cahill.’
    • ‘The Australian Socceroos jubilate after defeating Uruguay in the FIFA World Cup qualifier at Telstra Stadium in Sydney, yesterday.’


1970s: blend of soccer and roo, by analogy with the Kangaroos, the Australian international rugby league team.