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SYDNEY Hombre Nike Zoom Vapor Street Flyknit Khaki Baratas , May 26 (Xinhua)-- With just weeks before its anticipated Rio kick-off, Australia is doing its best to catch World Cup football-fever.
However, with this week's under-manned South African warm-up, a painful loss by the Matilda's in Japan and an underwhelming response to pre-tournament marketing, the beautiful game is struggling to turn heads Down Under.
Monday night's pre-World Cup friendly in Sydney has been fighting an uphill battle since the game was announced in January.
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After failing to reach the finals for Brazil, the South Africans (the Bafana Bafana) will be fielding a depleted and unmotivated team, exactly the wrong kind of warm-up match the battle-lacking Australians and their uncharismatic coach Ange Postecoglou's need at ANZ Stadium.
In Vietnam, the Australians lost an opportunity to push the game back in the spotlight when, even after a notable second half fightback, the defending champions went down 1-0 to Japan in the Asian Cup women's football final on Sunday.
More underwhelming has been the local response to World Cup marketing. The World Cup song has been ignored almost as much as the Socceroo's posters.
But more galling for Australian soccer fans are the slogans pinned to the official bus.
The Australian team are reportedly shaking their heads at the predictably lame: ""Socceroos: hopping our way into history!"".
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Almost the only Socceroo with a nationally recognizable profile, the Veteran Tim Cahill, as monday named as captain for the Sotuh African clash - a post-thought apology from Postecoglou to fans after last week naming Mile Jedinak in the role for Brazil.
Cahill will skipper the Australians for the very first time, Monday, despite having led their attack for 67 internationals.
Postecoglou was likewise underwhelming in his praise of Cahill.
""Tim's leadership and the way he conducts himself in the group as a senior player has been impressive and with Mile not able to play against South Africa Tim will captain the side,"" Postecoglou said in a statement.
The Australians have drawn the Group of Death for the World Cup Hombre Nike Air Max 270 Ultramarine Baratas , having to contend with the consecutive brilliance of Chile, Holland and finally the reigning world and European champions, Spain.
Jedinak, rested for the South African encounter, has come off the back of an extraordinary season with Crystal Palace and despite the universal dismissal of any Australian hope, reckons the Socceroo's shouldn't be written off.
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But with so much local Australian sport to keep the masses happy (there are four codes of football here over winter), the prospect of staying up late to watch certain defeat may well prove to be the final nail in the World Cup coffin for the notoriously fickle Aussie supporters.
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JERUSALEM, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- A pedestrian bridge collapsed over a major highway in Israel on Monday night after being hit by a truck, leaving two people trapped Hombre Nike Air Max 270 Grape Baratas , the police and emergency service said.
The accident occurred in Road 4 in Beni Brak, a suburb of Tel Aviv.
A police statement said the bridge collapsed after it was hit by a truck that tried to pass below it. A crane attached to the roof of the truck bumped into the bridge and apparently caused the collapsed.
A spokesperson for the rescue service said that the driver and another person were trapped inside the vehicle. The driver and a passenger in the track were in a critical condition, said the spokesperson.
The highway was closed and police have asked drivers to stay away from the area.