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Sion's Vidosic: Australia can be World Cup surprise packets

Dario Vidosic believes Australia can be the team that surprises their opponents at the 2014 World Cup.

The Socceroos take on reigning world champions Spain, 2010 runners-up Holland and world number 13 Chile in Group B in Brazil but Vidosic is not discounting his side's chances.

"Every World Cup throws up surprises, so why can't it be us?," the FC Sion forward told SBS.

"I am certain all three teams in our group will underestimate us - they will look at Australia and say to themselves, 'well that's our three points'.

"That's fine by us. It will work in our favour. The boss (Ange Postecoglou) won't have us dwelling too much on that stuff.

"He will want us to be confident in possession and when we don't have the ball to win it back quickly.

"We will look at Spain, Netherlands and Chile and try and emulate how they play. That's the sort of style Australia will want to show in the future as we evolve as a football country.

"It's going to be fascinating tournament - and people will be surprised how positive we are at the World Cup.

"We want Chile, Holland and Spain to come off the pitch against us and say to each other 'we never want to play these guys again. They play good football, they harass us and they are just non-stop'.

"That's the thinking the boss has instilled in us. We know we are up against the best in the world, but it's a great challenge."

Australia's preparation for next month's World Cup is taking place in Gosford in the lead-up to a friendly with South Africa in Sydney on May 26.

A 27-man squad will then travel to Brazil two days later before taking on Croatia in a June 6 tune-up ahead of their opening Group B fixture against Chile in Cuiaba on June 13.

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