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Why is Jason Cummings called the Cumdog? Explaining Socceroo’s nickname and why he’s playing for Australia at World Cup 2022

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The Socceroos fifth-straight World Cup appearance has seen a cult-figure named in their final squad for Qatar. 

Striker Jason Cummings, otherwise known as the Cumdog, has taken Australia by storm over the past 12 months. 

The 27-year-old has been scoring for fun since moving to the A-League Men with Central Coast Mariners and found the back of the net on his international debut in September. 

Cummings is a colourful character on and off the pitch with his eye-catching nickname set to turn a few heads in Qatar. 

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Why is Jason Cummings called the Cumdog?

As you’d expect, Cummings’ nickname has a unique origin story and one that isn’t too surprising when you get to know the man a bit better. 

“I got that nickname…it was my wrestling nickname,” Cummings said via a Q+A conducted on the Socceroos Instagram page in September, 2022. 

“I wrestled some guy called Grado, he was a wrestler in Scotland, and he came in when I was at Hibs.

“He came in and he was giving it the big one so I chucked on the spandex, put ‘Cumdog’ on the chest and I battered him.

“The rest was history. Everyone’s called me Cumdog since then but now I’m in Australia, everyone is calling me the Cumdingo. So the Cumdog or Cumdingo, no problem.” 

Based on his explanation, Cummings has been known as the Cumdog for at least five years by this point and it’s a nickname that seems to have stuck. 

Who is Jason Cummings?

OK, so now you know the nickname, it’s time to get to know Cummings himself. 

The attacker was born in Scotland and made his senior debut for Hibernian in 2013 as an 18-year-old. 

In 2017, Cummings secured a move to Nottingham Forest, who were in the Championship at the time, after scoring 71 goals from 150 appearances for Hibs. 

After 17 appearances and just four goals, the forward was loaned out to Rangers, Peterborough and Luton Town before moving permanently to Shrewsbury Town in League One. 

It was here in early 2020 that Cummings first burst onto headlines in Australia as he scored twice in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in the FA Cup. 

The following season, Cummings joined Dundee United back in Scotland before deciding to move Down Under and joining Central Coast Mariners in early 2022. 

The forward went on to score 13 goals across 27 appearances for the Aussie club to book his place in Qatar with the Socceroos. 

Why is Jason Cummings playing for Australia?

As mentioned, Cummings was born and raised in Scotland and even made his international debut for the nation in 2017 against the Netherlands. 

The 27-year-old, however, fell out of favour in that side and was eligible to play for Australia through his mother who was born in Perth and is a dual citizen. 

Cummings had been in the sights of coach Graham Arnold since 2019 with his move to Australia and good form with the Mariners ensuring he was handed his first call-up in September 2022 – just in time for the World Cup. 

“I was a bit lost for words for once,” Cummings said after his first Socceroos selection. 

“I was over the moon, just really excited. A really proud moment for me and my family.

“It was a goal of mine especially when I came to play in Australia to try and get a call-up but just buzzing.”

Will Jason Cummings start for the Socceroos at the World Cup?

Cummings has just one cap for Australia heading into the Qatar tournament. 

That one appearance was as a substitute in a friendly against Australia but he did manage score during that cameo. 

Cummings is a fan favourite on and off the pitch, with his hold-up play on it seeing many Socceroos supporters wanting him to start for the team at the World Cup. 

As things stand, Jamie Maclaren or Mitch Duke are more likely to lead the line against France, with Maclaren scoring more frequently at club level and Duke a firm favourite of Arnold’s for his aerial presence. 

Cummings could be used as an impact substitute when Australia are chasing a game and could even come in as a starter should his fellow strikers fail to make their mark. 


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