Fans plan World Cup campaigns
GERMANY, here we come ... 203 days and counting.
Soccer-mad Australia supporters Jim Sparks and Stefan Schwarz can't wait for the action to unfold at next year's World Cup.
Still over the moon after Wednesday night's thrilling penalty-shootout victory over Uruguay at Sydney's Telstra Stadium, Schwarz is already planning his European adventure.
The flight is booked and now the former German citizen is in the process of trying to arrange tickets.
Sparks, who is the president of the Murwillumbah Services Soccer Club, would love to be there, but will have to wait to see if he can afford it. If he can't, you can be sure he won't miss a minute's coverage on the television.
"The last time we were at a World Cup I had hair," Sparks said. "I'm just so thrilled, we deserved it after 32 years waiting ... it was divine intervention.
"It was the best night of football I have enjoyed."
Both supporters were among a big crowd who watched the game at the Murwillumbah RSL.
They say it doesn't matter who the Socceroos draw now to play at the Cup, the team was already a winner by qualifying.