One goal left: to beat the Spanish

Launceston's Alan Eadie with former Socceroo Vince Grella.
Launceston's Alan Eadie with former Socceroo Vince Grella.

THE Socceroos might have been eliminated from the World Cup but Australian fans have not lost the thirst for a result against Spain in the side's final group game.

Launceston man Alan Eadie has been following the Socceroos in Brazil, watching the opening 3-1 loss to Chile in Cuiaba and the heartbreaking 3-2 defeat against Holland in Porto Alegre.

Eadie said the atmosphere of a World Cup at the home of the beautiful game had been amazing and the 15,000 Aussies who had travelled to Brazil were very well received by locals.

``The locals love us,'' he said. ``They certainly know how to party and we certainly fit in to their party culture.''

``Me sleeping a hangover off in the middle of the hill kept them entertained and having undercover police arrest some drug dealers at gunpoint right in front of me was an added bonus.''

Eadie said result against Chile was disappointing as he felt Australia was good for a point at least. ``You could not help but admire the Chile fans though.''

In Porto Alegre, the Aussie 15,000 fans had the 4000 Dutch fans well outnumbered.

``Porto Alegre is a very compact town, so it's very busy. When the Dutch rocked up the town was a see of orange and yellow. 

It is Eadie's second World Cup after following Australia's campaign in South Africa in 2010. The style or tour differs in Brazil, with Eadie moving between each game city rather than having a permanent base to return to.

``Getting to see more cities is nice, but it would be good to settle down for a little while,'' he said. ``There isn't that togetherness that Durban had because we are split across so many hotels. It is nice to have a proper bed and hot shower though.''

Eadie, travelling with the Fanatics tour, will spend the next few days in coastal city Florianopolis in southern Brazil before heading to Curitiba for the Socceroos' clash against the reigning World Champions Spain on Tuesday (AEST).


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