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Put the kettle on and watch the pot

It's cheesy, twee and every bit as compelling as a lotto draw - but it's also the prelude to the world's biggest sporting contest. Paul Marcuccitti explains the ups and downs of this week's FIFA World Cup Final Draw - and why the Socceroos' road to Russia could still hold a few significant potholes.

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Searching for the Socceroos' golden goal

In the buildup to Australia's final World Cup playoff, the waiting is the hardest part. Or at least, it is if you're anything like Paul Marcuccitti, a veteran barracker who well recalls a litany of last-gasp heartbreaks. And he has some timely advice for how to deal with the pre-game nerves (Hint: it may involve buying a last-minute flight to Sydney...)