Even after only three games in charge, Ange Postecoglou’s footballing footprint is clearly imprinted upon the new-look Socceroos.
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.
Tim Cahill’s headed goal from a corner made a 1-0 win over Costa Rica a ‘typical Socceroos’ result, but there were wider, more significant changes to the side’s overall style of play.
Brazil scored three goals in each half for a comprehensive victory.
Australia took the lead through Jamie MacLaren but failed to win for the third consecutive match.
El Salvador secured a historic win, the first ever for their country in an 11-a-side FIFA tournament.
Australia played well for the majority of the game, but Carlos Restrep’s helter-skelter changes at 1-0 down helped his side draw level.
Even without the context of a war-torn nation, Iraq would be hugely difficult to summarise – not only have they experienced great turmoil with their coaches, with Vladimir Petkovic seemingly on the cusp of the sack for failing to secure to qualification only months after Zico was fired, but they’ve also lost their two most […]
Neither Australia nor Jordan have played particularly revolutionary football during this World Cup qualification campaign.
Australia’s task for qualifying for the World Cup was effectively about how they could perform against two different types of opponents.
This is the sixth time Australia has played Japan since that famous first clash in Kaiserslautern at the 2006 World Cup, but never has there been such a disparity in their fortunes.
Mile Jedinak has firmly established himself as the heartbeat of Ian Holloway’s Crystal Palace