Inside the Socceroos’ change room party: Aussies sing and dance to a VERY daggy playlist straight out of a 1970s jukebox after shocking the world with win over Denmark
The celebrations went from the pitch to the dressing room at Al Janoub Stadium on Thursday morning after the Socceroos‘ dramatic 1-0 victory over Denmark to secure their place in the round of 16.
A superb strike from Mathew Leckie ensured the Aussies would follow in the footsteps of the 2006 ‘golden generation’ by reaching the knockout stage of the competition.
The celebrations went from the pitch to the dressing room at Al Janoub Stadium on Thursday morning after the Socceroos dramatic 1-0 victory against Denmark to secure their place in the round of 16
Graham Arnold and the team’s substitutes ran onto the pitch at full time as Aussie fans in the stands hugged in joy and utter disbelief.
After congratulating each other on the pitch, Arnold’s men eventually headed back to the dressing rooms to carry on the celebrations and mark the fact they’ve cemented their place in history.
The team sung along to songs including Abba’s ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!’ and Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ in a playlist that could’ve come straight out of a 1970s jukebox.
The team sung along to songs including Abba’s ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!’ and Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’
Footage shows the players laughing, swinging shirts around above their heads and hugging each other as they sat with Socceroos legend Tim Cahill.
Of course, players can’t get too carried away as they have set up a round of 16 clash with Lionel Messi’s Argentina on Sunday at 6am AEDT.
Besides the locker room singing and dancing, the underdog side will be trying to rest and recuperate as best they can.
Asked how the team would celebrate after the game, Graham Arnold was all business.
Graham Arnold (pictured centre) and substitutes ran onto the pitch at full time, as Aussie fans in the stands hugged each in joy and utter disbelief
‘No celebrations,’ he said.
‘As I said to the boys, that’s why we won after a great win against Tunisia. No celebrations, no emotion. Sleep. No social media.’
But it’s a different story across Australia, with fans sharing clips of themselves going absolutely berserk during wild scenes in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The biggest crowd gathered at Federation Square in Melbourne where fans were sent into delirium by Matthew Leckie’s goal, and then again at the final whistle.
Socceroo fans have launched into wild celebrations across the the country as Graham Arnold’s underdog team made history with their World Cup win over Denmark
Pubs and clubs around the country had their licensing laws relaxed so supporters could enjoy a beer or two at a time when the venues are normally shut – and Aussies definitely took advantage of the opportunity.
At a bar on George Street in the heart of the Sydney CBD, fans were seen hugging and jumping in the air on the road as the full time whistle was blown and Australia’s World Cup campaign continued.
Similar scenes played out in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and on the Gold Coast.