(Reuters) - Factbox on Australia ahead of the Asian Cup, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates from Jan 5 to Feb 1:
FIFA world ranking: 41
Ranking in Asia: 2
Previous Asian Cups: 3
Best performance: Champions (2015)
Coach: Graham Arnold
Regular captain: Mark Milligan
Player to watch: Martin Boyle
June 21 Denmark 1-1 Australia Kazan
June 26 Australia 0-2 Peru Sochi
Oct 15 Kuwait 0-4 Australia Kuwait City
Nov 17 Australia 1-1 South Korea Brisbane
Nov 20 Australia 3-0 Lebanon Sydney
Jan 6 Australia v Jordan Al Ain
Jan 11 Palestine v Australia Dubai
Jan 15 Australia v Syria Al Ain
A new-look Australia will seek the consolation of a successful Asian Cup title defence after their disappointing group stage exit from the World Cup earlier this year.
Under Bert van Marwijk, the Socceroos bowed out of Russia winless and with only two goals from penalties, underlining the team’s struggles to score against quality defences.
New boss Graham Arnold, in his second stint in charge, has shaken up the team’s attacking formation, opting for a trio of interchangeable strikers up front rather than a traditional centre forward.
Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by John O'Brien