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First Aust World Cup side were guinea pigs

  • First Aust World Cup side were guinea pigs

Former Matildas star Lisa Casagrande and indigenous pioneer John Moriarty are the latest inductees into the Football Federation Australia (FFA) Hall of Fame.

Casagrande made her Matildas debut at just 14 and retired at 22 with injury problems, but scored 13 goals in 64 games and played at the 1995 and 1999 World Cups.

Moriarty was the first recognised indigenous player to be selected for a national soccer team, but never had the chance to play to play for the Socceroos, as their tour of Hong Kong he was chosen for was cancelled after Australia's expulsion from FIFA.

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