A new feature this season in the matchday programme is our WORLD OF ARSENAL page where we look at the connections Arsenal Football Club has around the globe.

We'll also provide you with some interesting footballing facts and figures about each country featured. For our first feature we take a trip Down Under via South America and Europe...

Argentina
Population 40 million
Capital Buenos Aires

Languages spoken Spanish (official), English, Italian, German, French
Currency Peso

International Record

World Cup
Appearances: 14 (First in 1930)
Best result: Winners (1978 and 1986)

Copa America
Appearances: 37 (First in 1916)
Best result: Winners (1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993)

Most Capped Player 105 - Diego Simeone (1988-2002)

National league champions
Current - Boca Juniors
Most titles - River Plate (32)

Useful football phrase
Me podría decir còmo llego al estadio?
Please could you show me the way to the stadium?

Arsenal connections

  • Nelson Vivas and Fabian Caballero both played for Arsenal in the late 1990s. Vivas made 69 appearances scoring once while Cabellero played just three times for the Gunners, all as a substitute, in his single season at Highbury in 1998/99.
  • Dennis Bergkamp scored the 1998 World Cup 'Goal of the Tournament' against Argentina.
  • Emmanuel Eboue and Kolo Toure both made their World Cup debuts for the Ivory Coast at the 2006 World Cup against Argentina.

Australia
Population 20 million
Capital Canberra

Languages spoken English, Chinese, Italian
Currency Australian dollar

International Record

World Cup
Appearances: 2 (First in 1974)
Best result: Second Round (2006)

OFC Nations Cup
Appearances: 6 (First in 1980)
Best result: Winners (1980, 1996, 2000, 2004)

Most Capped Player 87 - Alex Tobin (1988-1998)

National league champions
Current - Sydney FC
Most titles - Sydney City Hakoah (4)

Arsenal connections

  • Interestingly, on October 10, 1921, Highbury hosted a rugby league game featuring England against Australasia with the hosts narrowly winning 5-4.
  • Arsenal's sole Australian representative is John Kosmina who played for the Gunners between March 1978 and March 1979. Kosmina also played in a friendly against his old team at Highbury for Australia in November 1984 with Arsenal winning 3-2.
  • Seven years earlier in July 1977 Arsenal played an Australia National XI in Sydney and lost 3-1, George Armstrong scoring the consolation goal for the Gunners.

Austria
Population 8 million
Capital Vienna

Languages spoken German, Slovene, Croatian and Hungarian
Currency Euro

International Record

World Cup
Appearances: 7 (First in 1934)
Best result: Third place (1954)

European Championships
Appearances: None (First in 2008 as joint hosts with Switzerland)

Mose Capped Player 103 - Andreas Herzog (1988-2003)

National league champions
Current: FK Austria Wien
Most titles: SK Rapid Wien (31)

Austrian Arsenal Supporter's Club
Contact Name: Paul Filipiak
E-mail: paul.filipiak@chello.at
Contact no: 00 43 6603196466

Arsenal connections

  • Alex Manniger, Arsenal's former goalkeeper was the first Austrian to play in the Premiership when he joined in June 1997. Alex made over 50 appearances for Arsenal winning a League Championship and FA Cup winner's medal in season 1997/98.
  • Arsenal have played many times against Austrian club XIs with the first known fixture dating back as far as 1907 when the Gunners played a Vienna select team and won 4-2.
  • Austria is also the favoured pre-season destination of Arsène Wenger and his coaching staff. The squad often travel there to continue their pre-season preparations against teams such as Schwadorf and SV Mattersburg.
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