I was up early this morning to watch the draw. Australia have drawn a tough pool. The other 3 teams ( Brazil , Croatia , Japan ) are all ranked in the top 20. Nevertheless , there's no reason why Australia can't get good results & finish 2nd in their pool & go through to the next round. It will be tough though.
I know there aren't too many soccer fans on this site , but myself and a few others are keen to see Australia do well in next years world cup ( June 2006 ). For a long time , soccer has been the sleeping giant of Australian sport. Qualifying for the world cup is the boost it needed.The timing is also very good , especially with recent results involving The Kangaroos , Wallabies & Aussie cricket team (Ashes series). The general interest & media attention in the months approaching the world cup will be enormous.
I'm still hopeful of getting myself over to Germany next year. May be tough for me , just having started a new job. There's always the 2007 cricket world cup in the Carribean.