World Cup 2014: Chile scouting report

Australia and Chile meet at the World Cup forty-two years after their first clash. Background While Chile qualified for that 1974 tournament by virtue of the Soviet Union forfeiting the play-off, they did things rather differently for Brazil. Initially struggling under the more pragmatic reign of Claudio Borghi, they recorded a six-match unbeaten run when he was replaced … Continue reading World Cup 2014: Chile scouting report

World Cup 2014: Socceroos preview

Even after only three games in charge, Ange Postecoglou's footballing footprint is clearly imprinted upon the new-look Socceroos. Background His predecessor, Holger Osieck, was hugely unpopular for two primary reasons. Firstly, his unsophisticated, unpopular, almost classically-British tactics centred around crossing from deep and set-pieces, and secondly, the lack of genuine squad regeneration, as Osieck had a clear preference for the … Continue reading World Cup 2014: Socceroos preview

Analysing Australia’s three opponents in Group B at the 2014 World Cup

Australia's draw for the 2014 World Cup places them in the widely accepted 'Group of Death', alongside the two finalists from 2010 and the exciting, up and coming 'dark horses', Chile. Spain Along with their recent success on the international stage, the defending World and European champions have a clear and discernible approach, hoarding possession … Continue reading Analysing Australia’s three opponents in Group B at the 2014 World Cup