Skoko on past do-or-die Socceroos World Cup qualifiers and what the current side can learn

Ahead of Australia's do-or-die World Cup qualifier playoff with Honduras in the intimidating San Pedro Sula on Saturday we spoke to former Socceroos midfielder Josip Skoko who played in three similar do-or-die playoff matches.

FIFA 2006 World Cup Playoff - Australia v Uruguay

Josip Skoko of the Socceroos celebrates victory after the second leg of the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Australia and Uruguay Source: Getty Images AsiaPac

In Iran in 1997, in Uruguay in 2001 and once again against Uruguay in 2005. We ask him about what it's like to play in such a high-pressure environment and what lessons the current Socceroos can learn from the past campaigns.

Topics discussed:
4:30 – Iran away in 1997
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7:00 – Venables’ approach away from home
9:20 – Players discussing hostile atmospheres before away trips
10:45 – Parallels with Honduras 
11:45 – Uruguay at the MCG in 2001
15:00 – Uruguay away in 2001
19:15 – Impact of Hiddink in 2005
21:50 – Differences from 2001 to 2005
23:45 – Most intimidating atmospheres in the world 
25:30 – Confidence going into home leg in 2005
27:00 – Coming on against Uruguay in extra-time
29:30 – The penalty shootout 
31:00 – Post-match celebrations 
32:00 – Differences between campaigns in 1997, 2001 and 2005. 
34:00 – Advice to current Socceroos facing Honduras.


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Published 8 November 2017 at 2:02pm
Source: SBS The World Game