1. Pass the cigars
Proud papa of the Socceroos Ange Postecoglou will need some serious nerve-calming strategies for tomorrow. The former footballer and Greek-émigré started coaching our team last year. We suggest he chew on cigar or two. A haloumi, mint and preserved lemon cigar, that is.
2. Pimm’s for Tim
3. From Merle to Mile
4. Go behind enemy lines
What could Spain’s Red Fury be hiding up their crimson sleeves? Chorizo and paprika, most likely. Hoe into a bowl of super simple smoky chilli popcorn and watch the secrets spill.
5. Swap sleep for sliders
You don’t need to be the $10 million man (Matthew Leckie) to afford Neil Perry’s signature wagyu sliders from Rockpool. Make your own! This recipe takes two hours, so it’s a great incentive to stay up for the game. (Via Feast)
6. Faster and fritter
Socceroos centre-back Alex Wilkinson was pretty stoked with his team’s performance against the Netherlands. We reckon he’d also be impressed with these easy-to-make Dutch apple fritters. Shhh, don’t tell Clockwork Orange!
7. A national hero
Unlike fellow team players signed to international leagues, Australian-born and bred defender Matthew Spiranovic is sticking with Western Sydney post-WC. We salute the patriotic player with Anzac bickies in hand.
8. Trifling with success
Twenty-two-year-old attacker Tommy Oar is one of football’s freshest faces. Support the young gun with a colourful Aussie dessert: trifle. Pop in the fridge after dinner and it will set perfectly for kick off.
9. Get better (and fed) soon
It looks like injured midfielder Mark Bresciano will be joining Cahill on the bench. We wish the veteran footballer a swift recovery and access to equally snappy snacks, like this puff pastry-wrapped egg and bacon pie.
10. Celebrate with a Brazilian tipple
No matter what the final outcome is, the boys in green and gold have surely done us proud. Congratulatory caipirinhas all round!
For more World Cup snack ideas, head over to our collection page.
* Totally made up.