When are the Socceroos playing at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil?

Find out what time the national team - led by head coach Ange Postecoglou - take on Chile, the Netherlands and Spain at the eagerly anticipated showcase event
There's just under two months left before Australia's campaign at the biggest football show in the world - the 2014 FIFA World Cup - begins in South America.

If you've just come out of a coma and didn't see the draw for the tournament, it wasn't kind to the Socceroos.

Ange Postecoglou and his players must take on the two 2010 finalists, Spain and the Netherlands, as well as Chile, arguably the third strongest team in CONMEBOL behind only Brazil and Argentina.

With tickets being snapped up fast and the cost of flights and accommodation already sky-high, we can't all make the trip to cheer on the boys in green and gold in person.

So, if you're watching from the edge of your seat back home, here's what time and when the national team are in action:

Chile v Australia - 6pm, Friday June 13, Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba (8am, Saturday June 14 AEST)

Australia v Netherlands - 1pm, Wednesday June 18, Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (2am, Thursday June 19 AEST)

Australia v Spain - 1pm, Monday June 23, Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (2am, Tuesday June 24 AEST)

We'll also bring you up to speed with each of the Socceroos' daunting opponents:


FIFA ranking - 15

Coach - Jorge Sampaoli

Stars - Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona), Arturo Vidal (Juventus),

Watch out for - Matias Fernandez (Fiorentina), Eduardo Vargas (Valencia), Gary Medel (Cardiff City), Mauricio Isla (Juventus).

Playing style - Chile developed a high pressing, all-action style under Marcelo Bielsa, which took them to the round of 16 at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. They continue to combine work-rate with excellent technique under Sampaoli, and recently gave Germany a scare in an international friendly, as well as beating England at Wembley.

Hands off | Mauricio Isla in action against Germany


FIFA ranking - 11

Coach - Louis van Gaal

Stars - Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray)

Watch out for - Siem de Jong (Ajax), Memphis Depay (PSV), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord)

Playing style - There's no doubt the Netherlands will employ some form of their classic 4-3-3 formation, but it's anyone's guess whether or not they will produce when it matters. They shone under Marco van Basten early at Euro 2008, before being dumped out by Guus Hiddink's Russia. Bert van Marwijk infamously orchestrated a physical, bullying run to the final in South Africa, before they flopped spectacularly at Euro 2012. Van Gaal got them scoring freely to win their World Cup qualifying group, but it remains to be seen which Oranje will turn up in Brazi.


FIFA ranking - 1

Coach - Vicente del Bosque

Stars - Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Barelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona)

Watch out for - Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Isco (Real Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid)

Playing style - Spain perfected possession-based 'tiki-taka' football between 2008 and 2012, winning two European Championships and the World Cup. They have an opportunity to win an unprecedented four successive major international tournaments this year, but will their trademark approach still be sufficient to meet the challenge posed by the likes of Argentina, Germany and the hosts? Brazil ripped a lacklustre Spain apart to win 3-0 in the final of the 2013 Confederations Cup, and that victory remains the model for any teams hoping to get the better of the holders.

The one that got away? | Brazilian-born Diego Costa in action for naturalised country Spain

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