Join Tim Cahill’s guided tour of the Socceroos’ space-age secret weapon for the Qatar World Cup

Discover the Socceroos’ incredible secret weapon for the World Cup: Tim Cahill gives football fans a guided tour of the Australians’ space-age recovery facility in Qatar

Tim Cahill has revealed how the Socceroos are leaving nothing to chance ahead of their decisive game against Denmark on Thursday morning (AEDT) in Doha.

Australia’s all-time greatest goalscorer provided fascinating insight into how Graham Arnold’s side are preparing for their date with footballing destiny – and it was impressive to say the least.

Space-age recovery facility Aspetar is the Socceroos’ ace up their sleeve as they seek to qualify for the knockout stages of a World Cup for the first time since 2006.

Hot and cold baths, treatment pools, massages and recovery pods have all been used by Mat Leckie, Ajdin Hrustic, Aaron Mooy, Riley McGree and Andrew Redmayne as the Australian players prepare to shock the world at the stadium Al Janoub.

Whether training or recovering, the 26-man squad have the option of refueling at Aspetar – and they’re not short of options.

Tim Cahill gave insight into how the Socceroos are preparing for the game against Denmark

The likes of Ajdin Hrustic and Mat Leckie featured in the Cahill clip, with recovery between games crucial to the Socceroos' chances of qualifying for the Cup knockout stage

The likes of Ajdin Hrustic and Mat Leckie featured in the Cahill clip, with recovery between games crucial to the Socceroos’ chances of qualifying for the Cup knockout stage

Cahill – who lives in Qatar and is a global legacy ambassador alongside Brazilian legend Cafu, former Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o and Spanish great Xavi Hernandez – is also the sporting director of the Aspire nearby Academy, which the Australians used as their training basis.

With Cahill narrating the clip from inside the Aspetar facility, the former Everton midfielder said the key for the Socceroos was unlocking a point of difference.

“Recovery is a crucial aspect when it comes to elite performances, that’s why we chose Aspetar ahead of the World Cup,” he said in the video.

“If the players want some time off, they can get together and play cricket or basketball.

“They come here to refuel their bodies, this environment is designed for peak performance.”

As part of the high performance ‘Specialty Menu’, players also have the opportunity to stretch and use the on-site gym.

Craig Goodwin and Jason Cummings are pictured enjoying some downtime in the pool

Craig Goodwin and Jason Cummings are pictured enjoying some downtime in the pool

Midfielders Aaron Mooy (left) and Riley McGree enjoy their recovery session

Midfielders Aaron Mooy (left) and Riley McGree enjoy their recovery session

Striker Mitch Duke also jumped in the water at the Aspetar facility ahead of the Denmark clash

Striker Mitch Duke also jumped in the water at the Aspetar facility ahead of the Denmark clash

Forward Jamie Maclaren – who credits pilates for his longevity in the game – appears in the clip stretching, while Ryan works on his upper body strength.

Craig Goodwin, who has been a standout performer in the Middle East, said the Socceroos are not afraid of Denmark, who must win to advance from the group stage at the expense of Australia.

“We don’t want to be here just to experience the World Cup,” he said. “We want to go as far as possible and do our best.

“We believe we can qualify for the knockout stage and get a result against Denmark.”

The kick-off at the Al Janoub stadium is given at 2 a.m. on Thursday (AEDT).

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