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Legendary: John Aloisi celebrates the victory over Japan during the 2006 group stage in the World Cup ... an iconic moment for Socceroo

Long May shine green and gold! The top 10 sporting moments in the history of Aussie

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Whether you shoot at 5-0 or fight with England like the Socceroos did during the World Championship in 2006, Australia is without a doubt a big sports country.

And with the Commonwealth Games coming soon to offer yet another phase where green and gold will shine, there is no better time to look back at some of the most memorable and inspiring sporting moments in the United States.

From classic cricket to the Tour de France and even an unexpected victory at the Winter Olympics, these are our top sporting moments …

Legendary: John Aloisi celebrates the victory over Japan during the 2006 group stage in the World Cup ... an iconic moment for Socceroo

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Legendary: John Aloisi celebrates the victory over Japan during the 2006 group stage in the World Cup … an iconic moment for Socceroo

Defeat the Samurai

John Aloisi's penalty against Uruguay in 2005 was the iconic image of Socceroos' play-off victory to qualify for a first world cup final since 1974. But the win over Japan in the 2006 group stage was just as unforgettable. On 0-1 the attackers Tim Cahill, Josh Kennedy and Aloisi were run through. Two goals from Cahill and one late from Aloisi made history.

Unexpected hero

Speed ​​skater Steven Bradbury has spent a lifetime struggling to reach a final for the Winter Olympics, but he is more known for the accident of his opponents in Salt Lake City in 2002. He traveled to Australia's first individual Winter Olympics when the other four finalists made the final turn.

Sliding to the finish: Steve Bradbury celebrates his unexpected win at the 2002 Winter Olympics

Sliding to the finish: Steve Bradbury celebrates his unexpected win at the 2002 Winter Olympics

Sliding to the finish: Steve Bradbury celebrates his unexpected win at the 2002 Winter Olympics

Everyone is Cathy

When Cathy Freeman felt the weight of the expectations of a country on her shoulders in Sydney 2000 after lighting the flame of the Olympic opening ceremony, the skin-suited hero did not show it when she kicked the last corner of the 400m. Her relief while parading with the Aboriginal and Australian flags, however, was clear and a special moment like the race itself.

Nation & # 39; s sweetheart: Cathy Freeman is proud of Australia for her multiple gold medals in Olympic and Commonwealth Games

Nation & # 39; s sweetheart: Cathy Freeman is proud of Australia for her multiple gold medals in Olympic and Commonwealth Games

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Nation & # 39; s sweetheart: Cathy Freeman is proud of Australia for her multiple gold medals in Olympic and Commonwealth Games

The Thorpedo

Ian Thorpe & # 39; s herculean dive in the Sydney 2000 4x100m freestyle relay – which the US had not lost since its introduction in 1964 – was special. Klim took the lead, Fydler and Kallus holding it … and then Thorpe. Fresh from 400m gold, he gave rival Gary Hall Jr a master class, giving up half a body before he engulfed him when it came to gold.

Moment of triumph: Ian Thorpe is delighted after winning the men's 200m freestyle final at the 2004 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatic Center in Athens

Moment of triumph: Ian Thorpe is delighted after winning the men's 200m freestyle final at the 2004 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatic Center in Athens

Moment of triumph: Ian Thorpe is delighted after winning the men's 200m freestyle final at the 2004 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatic Center in Athens

Going gold: the glittering career of Ian Thorpe included a number of spectacular Olympic victories

Going gold: the glittering career of Ian Thorpe included a number of spectacular Olympic victories

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Going gold: the glittering career of Ian Thorpe included a number of spectacular Olympic victories

David beats Goliath

The triumph of Australia II in 1983 & America's # 39; s Cup captured the imagination of the nation.

David beat Goliath – the US – and ended their 132-year dominance.

The scenes in the Constitution Dock were inspiring when the ship docked with John Bertrand ships.

Prime Minister Hawaii said famously: "Every boss who sleeps on someone because he doesn't appear today is a wanderer."

Set a new standard

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Pat Cash was more than an underdog to beat world No. 1 Ivan Lendl in the Wimbledon final in 1987.

It was expected that the Melbourne serving volleyer would fold, but he refused and won in straight sets.

With his iconic controlled headband, Cash also became the first winner of the championship to climb the stands of the All England Club.

Tennis champion: Pat Cash started the trend to climb to the chest after winning Wimbledon in 1987

Tennis champion: Pat Cash started the trend to climb to the chest after winning Wimbledon in 1987

Tennis champion: Pat Cash started the trend to climb to the chest after winning Wimbledon in 1987

Ball of the century

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Shane Warne took 708 wickets in 145 career tests, but his first delivery at Ashes cricket at Old Trafford in 1993 must be the most memorable. Mike Gatting had no idea when Warne his & # 39; loosener & # 39; threw the outer leg stump, turned it over like a demon, and cut the top of the stump. Gatting was stunned. Fans still wonder.

Cricket Legend: Shane Warne & # 39; s first episode in the 1993 Ashes was perhaps his most memorable

Cricket Legend: Shane Warne & # 39; s first episode in the 1993 Ashes was perhaps his most memorable

Cricket Legend: Shane Warne & # 39; s first episode in the 1993 Ashes was perhaps his most memorable

The Don dominates

The greatest achievement of best batsman cricket cannot escape entry. Sir Donald Bradman & # 39; s 334 not from 1930 at Headingley was fierce. He tore off the attack from England that won the previous Ashes series 4-1 and scored 309 runs in the opening game – even with modern progress, no one has equaled that performance.

The greatest batsman of all time: Sir Donald Bradman tore the English team apart in the 1930s Ashes

The greatest batsman of all time: Sir Donald Bradman tore the English team apart in the 1930s Ashes

The greatest batsman of all time: Sir Donald Bradman tore the English team apart in the 1930s Ashes

Above the peloton

Alex Jesaulenko's 1970 & # 39; mark of the century "was crowned by Leo Barry & # 39; s fearless hold in the AFL Grand Final 2005, which ended Sydney & # 39; s 72-year drought title. The fullback showed no respect for the personal safety that threw itself into the peloton and invented the pill – a decisive act for the swans and an exclamation mark on a man-of-the-match effort.

Pack the yellow jersey: Cadel Evans blinded crowds with an acceptance speech in both French and English when he won the Tour de France in 2011

Pack the yellow jersey: Cadel Evans blinded crowds with an acceptance speech in both French and English when he won the Tour de France in 2011

Pack the yellow jersey: Cadel Evans blinded crowds with an acceptance speech in both French and English when he won the Tour de France in 2011

Vive l & # 39; Australia

Cadel Evans overcame the chances of winning the Tour de France 2011. He reached the peak of his sport through stubborn determination and deception, fighting the elements and politics that make the race such a competition. He then accepted his crown with class – a speech in French and then in English earned him admiration far beyond his own national borders

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