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The Rale Rasic Story

The Soceroos’ First World Cup Coach

As told to Ray Gatt with foreword by Kevin Sheedy

New Holland

In 1974, Rale Rasic succeeded where many others had failed—he coached the Socceroos to the World Cup finals. It was the Socceroos first ever finals and it was a landmark achievement. It was to be another 32 years before Australia qualified again for a World Cup.

This is the remarkable story of a man whose passion for the sport started at a young age, when he was in an orphanage in the former Yugoslavia. He rose to the top ranks there before moving to Australia to successfully coach at club, state and then national level.

As told to Ray Gatt, a senior sports journalist, this story of many highs and some lows includes his relationship with some of the great names in the sport, the path that led to the 1974 World Cup and his controversial sacking immediately after.

Rale also includes his views on the 2006 World Cup Socceroos, what he considers the ten best matches ever played and he names his greatest ever Socceroos team.