Australian postage stamps mark World Cup entry

The Australian postal service is celebrating Australia's entry into the 2006 World Cup with the release of a Souvenir Stamp Sheet featuring ten 50-cent “kangaroo and flag” stamps with the Australian team logo featured on the stamp tabs. With the title Australia Qualifies, the sheet includes dramatic images of Australia's 16 November clash with Uruguay such as "Mark Schwarzer’s heroic diving save, John Aloisi with his fingers pointed in the air in celebration and the Qantas Socceroos rising as one when Aloisi’s penalty struck the back of the net".

According to Australia Post, two details "which will be forever etched in the memory of those who witnessed the event", the final score and the date, are also featured on the sheet which retail for A$15.95.

“The support that the Australian team has received from the Australian public since qualifying for Germany has been outstanding,” said John O’Neill, Football Federation Australia's CEO. “For Australia Post to recognise the Qantas Socceroos on this Souvenir Stamp Sheet is a sensational tribute to the team and to the sport. Hopefully people will buy the stamps and send them to their friends and family all over the world to let them know that Australia is on its way to Germany.”