Australia received what can be viewed as the worst possible draw for the 2014 World Cup after being pitted in the "group of death" alongside Spain, The Netherlands and Chile but Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou remains upbeat over their chances of causing an upset.
Australia was drawn in Group B with the reigning world and European champions, the 2010 World Cup runners-up and an emerging dark horse in Chile which is widely regarded as the most difficult group of the tournament.
It means the likes of Tim Cahill, Lucas Neill and Robbie Kruse will lineup against Andreas Iniesta, Robin Van Persie and Arturo Vidal in Brazil next June and Australia must string a number of upsets to progress to the second round.
Speaking immediately after the draw in Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, Postecoglou said that while the draw was not favourable for Australia, he is relishing the prospect of the Socceroos testing themselves against three of the best nations in world football.
"We certainly wanted to play some of the big guns and we got all of them in our group which is fantastic. It will be a great experience for us all and a chance for us to create some history for ourselves as a nation. Enormous challenge, difficult group but that's what the World Cup is about," Postecoglou said.
The Socceroos boss was brave in his assessment of Australia's chance of success and says that they will be strong enough to test the powerhouses in their group.
"There will be some great football played in our group that's for sure, we will play our part," Postecoglou said.
Australia did however avoid a difficult draw in terms of travel and games in heat and humidity with all three games in the south of Brazil. The Socceroos will open their World Cup campaign against Chile on June 13 in Cuiaba, before playing The Netherlands in the southern city of Porto Alegre on June 18. Their final group stage game against Spain is on June 23 in the Curitiba.
Postecoglou confirmed that Australia will likely train out of a base in Vitoria, north of Rio De Janeiro which will be a warmer climate to any of their three group stage venues.
In other groups, Italy was the unfortunate European nation to be selected in Pot X, ensuring it would draw another European nation from the second pot but the 2006 world champions escaped a harsh draw. Italy was drawn alongside seeded nation Uruguay, England and Costa Rica in Group D.
Hosts Brazil will play Croatia in the opening game of the tournament with Mexico and Cameroon completing Group A.
In other groups, Argentina were drawn alongside Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria in group F and Germany received a challenging group stage, drawn with USA, Portugal and Ghana in Group G.
France were the perhaps the biggest winners on the night, escaping the Pot X as earlier expected and drawing Switzerland from the seeded pot and Ecuador and Honduras.
Group C contains Colombia, Greece, Cote D'Ivoire and Japan while Belgium, South Korea, Algeria and Russia make-up the final Group H.
Australia's 2014 FIFA World Cup matches
June 13: Chile v Australia at Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba. 6pm kick off (local time)
June 18: Australia v Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre. 1pm kick off (local time)
June 23: Australia v Spain at Arena da Baixada, Curitiba. 1pm kick off (local time)
2014 FIFA World Cup Groups
Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia
Group C: Colombia, Greece, Cote d’Ivoire, Japan
Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras,
Group F: Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria
Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA
Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea Republic