December 29, 2018 / 3:50 PM / 6 months ago

Factbox: Australia at the Asian Cup

(Reuters) - Factbox on Australia ahead of the Asian Cup, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates from Jan 5 to Feb 1:

FIFA world ranking: 41

Ranking in Asia: 2

Previous Asian Cups: 3

Best performance: Champions (2015)

2015: Champions

Nickname: Socceroos

Coach: Graham Arnold

Regular captain: Mark Milligan

Player to watch: Martin Boyle

Recent form:

June 21 Denmark 1-1 Australia Kazan

June 26 Australia 0-2 Peru Sochi

Oct 15 Kuwait 0-4 Australia Kuwait City

Nov 17 Australia 1-1 South Korea Brisbane

Nov 20 Australia 3-0 Lebanon Sydney


Group B

Jan 6 Australia v Jordan Al Ain

Jan 11 Palestine v Australia Dubai

Jan 15 Australia v Syria Al Ain

A new-look Australia will seek the consolation of a successful Asian Cup title defence after their disappointing group stage exit from the World Cup earlier this year.

Under Bert van Marwijk, the Socceroos bowed out of Russia winless and with only two goals from penalties, underlining the team’s struggles to score against quality defences.

New boss Graham Arnold, in his second stint in charge, has shaken up the team’s attacking formation, opting for a trio of interchangeable strikers up front rather than a traditional centre forward. [nL3N1YQ66Z]

Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by John O'Brien

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