Football is arguably the sport most rooted in the multicultural idea that Australia projects
Australia’s win in the cricket World Cup in March was a reassertion of its supremacy in the game over the past two decades. Other teams have enjoyed spells at being top dog but there was always a sense that they were only filling a breach while Australia regrouped. Yet the more significant achievement for Australia as a sporting nation came two months before that, when its football team was crowned Asian champions for the first time. Best to clarify here that “football" refers to soccer, because Australia play many kinds of football—rugby league and union, and their own “footy" or Australian Rules football, apart from soccer—and are among the world’s best in each.