What the World Cup means for Australia

ANZ Stadium has welcomed a record crowd of nearly 25,000 to watch the World Cups opening matches.

The event drew more than 25 million viewers worldwide and marked a record for Australian football with an average audience of over 18 million people.

Australia won the final against Italy in the opening game on Sunday night.

But the match itself was marred by controversy after it was revealed that the host nation’s most famous football player, former Socceroo David Beckham, had refused to shake hands with the crowd.

The AFL and A-League had already announced a ban on player-to-player handshake between players.

In the end, the match was postponed until Monday, and Beckham refused to be interviewed by reporters.