Australians have a long tradition of finding national pride in our defeats. The ANZAC experience at Gallipoli in the First World War is the best known instance. The 1-3 loss to Chile in the #WorldCup2014 is the latest example.
Lisa Singh, a Labor senator for Tasmania in the federal parliament, put it succinctly:
— Lisa Singh (@Lisa_Singh) June 14, 2014
Self-styled ‘sports broadcaster’ Francis Leach is travelling with the Green and Gold Army (@GGArmy), as fans of the Australian national team are styled.
He is definitely enjoying himself:
— Francis Leach (@SaintFrankly) June 15, 2014
@geeksrulz was showing some bravado, given that Australia plays Spain in the first round:
— Winker Tiny Abbitt (@geeksrulz) June 13, 2014
The Socceroos know how to reward the faithful:
— Socceroos (@SocceroosReply) June 15, 2014
It would not be football unless there were accusations about the refereeing and cheating. Our solo scorer Tim Cahill joined the chorus:
Cahill blasts ‘cheating Chileans', referee: Socceroos star says Australia was robbed of a clear penalty in the… http://t.co/Vh7aXzrY18
— Wendy Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Pope (@pinkalchemy) June 14, 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is travelling overseas, has continued his problem with names during the trip. After earlier referring to Canadia, he mixed up the name of captain Mile Jedinak, causing the hashtag #Mike to trend down under.
— Stephen Spencer (@sspencer_63) June 13, 2014
Political commentator and critic of the PM Van Badham tweeted:
Tony Abbott gets the name of the Socceroos captain wrong. Please JESUS: don't ask him to explain the offside rule. http://t.co/wcp22H0P8f
— Lady Van Badham (@vanbadham) June 14, 2014
But let’s not end on a sour note. Sam McMillan shared this moment:
— Sam Mac (McMillan) (@MrSamMac) June 15, 2014