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    A war of words erupted between Socceroos past and present as goal-scoring hero Archie Thompson took aim at critics labelling the Australian squad too old.

    Thompson scored an 84th-minute winner in Australia’s 2-1 victory over Iraq on Wednesday morning (AEDT) which breathed life into the Socceroos’ flagging 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

    It was the 33-year-old A-League star’s third goal in as many qualifiers, and he used it as a platform to hit out at those calling for the ageing Socceroo squad to be given a makeover.

    Thompson was one of five over-30s – including fellow goal-scorer Tim Cahill (32) and skipper Lucas Neill (34) – to take the field against Iraq, while 32-year-old Marco Bresciano was an unused substitute.

    “Who keeps telling me I’m old?” demanded Thompson when interviewed on the field post-match.

    “Who keeps telling me I shouldn’t be in the Socceroos?

    “Who keeps telling all us old boys we shouldn’t be part of the Socceroos?

    “Maybe we’ve been lacking a little bit in the last (few) games – hopefully this will shut a few mouths.”

    Former Socceroo-turned-football analyst Robbie Slater, who has been vocal in his call for some young blood to be given a chance in the national squad, fired back.

    “To come and say that all they seem to cop is criticism and they’re too old, well Archie, sorry, we (the Socceroos) are too old,” Slater said on Fox Sports.

    “And we’re not going to sit here on panels and other stations or on radio or people who write in papers and sit here and blow wind up people’s backsides and saying that everything is perfect. It’s not.

    “We have an ageing team and that’s fact.

    “We’re not saying that everyone’s bad players – we don’t criticise when they’re not to be criticised.

    “But we’re not going to sit here and watch performance after performance after performance and watch the Socceroos go down in everybody’s minds in this country and sit back and say nothing.”

    Slater would no doubt have been happy with the performance of 20-year-old winger Tommy Oar, who came off the bench to provide the pin-point cross for Thompson’s match-winning header.

    Matthew Spiranovic (24) was also rock solid in central defence after being handed a start in place of injured regular Sasa Ognenovski, while 23-year-old Austrian-based midfielder James Holland was also given a chance off the bench late in the game.

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    • October 18th 2012 @ 5:37am
      Johnno said | October 18th 2012 @ 5:37am | ! Report

      Robbie Slater is 100% right the current socceroos are old the evidence is all there in the Birth Certificates.
      And as Bozza backed Robbie SLater up , if you can’t take the heat in the kitchen get out of the kitchen.
      Well plaid players they have to expect scrutiny for average performances , this is not a sunday picnic, or a game of park football with your mates, this is pro football where winning is everything , and losing is unacceptable or poor performance,

      No longer golden generation more like ancient generation this class of 2006. Mark Swarcher is 40 born in 1972. The fact a 40 year old goal keeper in your national team has no one challenging him or breathing down his neck is a big big worry depth wise.

      He is the same age as Bozza and Spider both born in 1972 . They are 3 years older than Viduks lol remember him. He feels along time ago now Viduks. Viduks was born in 1975. And still no one has stepped up and replaced him. Some will say Arhcie Thompson, I say please.

      Archie Thompson is also part of dad’s army. He is born in December 1978. Almost 34. Could never cut it Europe after many attempts, form memory he didn’t make the world cup squad of 2006 , he played in 1 of the legs the 1st leg in Montevideo in 2005 but got dropped by Hiddink in sydney.

      Lucas Neil 34 bron in 1978. Emerton and Kewell both born in 1978. Tim Cahill will be 33 in December
      Culina is born in 80 is 32. Vinny Grella is 33 . Sash is 34 .
      David Carney and Brosque are not young either , neither is Bresciano who is 32 or 33. Luke WIlkishere is no rookie either.

      So all in all it is hardly a young team dad’s army big time. Can’t see this lot making any impact at Brazil 2014, best teams are balance of youth and experience. The team of 2006 was perfectly balanced and had so many players at the peak of there careers and also 2010 but not this team . Most of this team is on the decline big time, and this is shown by how few are playing in top leagues now.

      And our Olyroos are sadly even more awful than our socceroos now. There Olympic qualifying campaign was as miserable as it gets. We barley scored a goal in qualifiers from memory was a truly awful and horrific campaign, so hardly gives much confidence going forwad. And our FIFA world ranking has dropped to about 34 too. We from memory were in the top 20 as high as 16 or 17 for a while or top 25 defiantly eg 22 or 23. .

      Portugal 91 semis, Barcelona 92 semis, Confeds cup 97 runners up, World cup 2006 2nd round and unlucky not to beat the champs Italy could of made the semis as we only had to beat a very average and out of form Ukraine, and 2010 good team just 1 bad match and tough red card on Harry Kewell and goal difference meant we could tog pastiest round just as we were hitting form . All these memories feel along way away now for this golden generation and aussy soccer.

      • October 18th 2012 @ 7:19am
        Johnno said | October 18th 2012 @ 7:19am | ! Report

        And too add to that to show the signs of an ageing team. I wouldn’t be surprised if more of the socceroos have read the book 50 shades of Gray, than have done the Gangnam dance.

      • October 18th 2012 @ 7:44am
        Realfootball said | October 18th 2012 @ 7:44am | ! Report

        The Olyroos didn’t score a single goal. Anywhere else on the planet Vidmar would have been moved on, and yet he’s still there (having previously guided Adelaide to the wooden spoon), and also the assistant coach to our dire Socceroos. Is there a link there? I think so.

        Vidmar must have incriminating photographs of someone high up, because there is no other explanation for his continued tenure.

        • October 18th 2012 @ 8:13am
          Kasey said | October 18th 2012 @ 8:13am | ! Report

          The thing I’m most concerned with is the attitude of the Socceroos, this: How dare you criticise us?Bunker attitude
          ie: “No matter what dross we serve up the public should blow wind up our @rses and big us up!” attitude.
          No.
          We are maturing as a football nation and if we can make an argument as fans/punditry supported by facts then we are entitled to voice our thoughts. The argument being made is regarding regeneration and the future of the Socceroos looking toward 2015 and it is supported by facts like the ages of the team and the lack of opportunities given to the young bucks in the national team sphere of influence. It’s a straw man argument the players use to say we are not supporting them as individuals and as a team. That deflects attention from the facts.The facts are there and laid bare in the birth certificates of the players. I challenge any bitching and moaning Socceroo to name one outfield player anywhere in the world who got better at 35 than he was at 28.

          • October 18th 2012 @ 8:58am
            Disco said | October 18th 2012 @ 8:58am | ! Report

            Exemplified by the ever-on-the-defensive, past-it-years ago captain.

            • October 18th 2012 @ 10:32am
              Kasey said | October 18th 2012 @ 10:32am | ! Report

              What does it say about the esteem with which our captain is held by the football loving public that quite a few of us are beyond pleased that he is suspended for the next WCQ….Now that his hand has been forced I am super keen to see who Holger brings in to replace Neill – I don’t think we have any Friendlies between now and March 2013[ WCQ @ home: Oman in Sydney?].
              Who do we have as a CB that is over 30 and a decent footballer? Og-monster(d.o.b. 3 April 1979) fits the bill. taking bets now that Sasa will get the gig:(

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                October 18th 2012 @ 12:28pm
                AndyRoo said | October 18th 2012 @ 12:28pm | ! Report

                November 14 in Korea….. I will be there 🙂

                There are also qualifiers for the East Asian Championship around December or so. That will probably feature mostly A league players. Although it could also be full of the guys not getting a game in Europe….. so nearly full strength then 🙂

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            October 18th 2012 @ 9:12am
            Philip Coates said | October 18th 2012 @ 9:12am | ! Report

            It’s one thing for a club to have a bunker mentality against say the governing body, or an aggressive press who are hounding you night and day (eg a John Therry scenario) but judging by Archie’s (and Neill’s) comments, the Aus national team are seemingly developing a bunker mentality against a reasonably supportive press and even against there own supporters, like me, who have every right to state the obvious and that is , the team is a little old and too many players are playing in easy leagues and not at an elite football level. If you bunker down against your own supporters, rather than face reality and deal with the issues openly, you soon end up playing in half empty stadiums.

        • October 18th 2012 @ 8:36am
          Mals said | October 18th 2012 @ 8:36am | ! Report

          Goat photos? 😉

      • October 19th 2012 @ 10:21am
        nachos supreme said | October 19th 2012 @ 10:21am | ! Report

        Johnno,
        Regarding Thompson, last I checked Belgium is in Europe? He managed to score a goal every other game there over 187 appearances for Lierse.
        He was also a part of the 06 WC squad. He didn’t get any playing minutes but he was a member of that squad.
        Sure he’s not my cup of tea either and I agree that he’s not the answer but let’s get it right if we’re going to bag a bloke.

    • October 18th 2012 @ 7:28am
      Punter said | October 18th 2012 @ 7:28am | ! Report

      Not too often I agree with Slater, but this time I do, certain players are past their use by date!!! Lucas Neill has perform great things for this country, but he’s not played a decent game for Australia for some time now. There is a reason why he is playing in the middle east instead of Europe.

      • October 18th 2012 @ 1:27pm
        Mals said | October 18th 2012 @ 1:27pm | ! Report

        I thought he is without a club now?

    • October 18th 2012 @ 8:17am
      Lucan said | October 18th 2012 @ 8:17am | ! Report

      Thompson is a good footballer, but a tool in the media.

      Have we all forgotten the way he behaved in the media when MV played hardball on his PSV transfer?

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        October 18th 2012 @ 8:54am
        Philip Coates said | October 18th 2012 @ 8:54am | ! Report

        Agreed. Archie has a habit of talking without thinking. They should keep him well away from the cameras and microphones.

        • October 18th 2012 @ 3:47pm
          Nathan of Perth said | October 18th 2012 @ 3:47pm | ! Report

          Put him in a glass case that says “Break Only In Case Of Football”

          • October 23rd 2012 @ 2:45pm
            mahonjt said | October 23rd 2012 @ 2:45pm | ! Report

            LOL – too true! I dont mind that he is insane, what I also don’t mind is him having a pot at unamed critics f his age when having finaly been givn a decent run – he is knocking them in for fun… I have a much bigger problem with the comments of our keeper in recent months frankly.

      • October 18th 2012 @ 1:01pm
        Pete #205 said | October 18th 2012 @ 1:01pm | ! Report

        Or the way he…

    • October 18th 2012 @ 9:05am
      stu said | October 18th 2012 @ 9:05am | ! Report

      I hope the comments of the football punters get back to the management and older members of the national team. Thank you for your efforts but time waits for no man.

    • October 18th 2012 @ 9:07am
      jamesb said | October 18th 2012 @ 9:07am | ! Report

      Slater is spot on. If some of our older players are sensitive to criticism, than they should retire.

      Some of these older players are still living off 2006 World Cup. 2006 is now 6 years ago.

      Surely we have a better defender than a 34 year old. Surely we have a goalkeeper we can rely on rather than a 40 year old.

      I understand football in this country has been through some tough times in the last couple of years, but surely Australian football has other options other than a 34 year defender, and a 40 year old goalkeeper.

    • October 18th 2012 @ 9:27am
      c said | October 18th 2012 @ 9:27am | ! Report

      It is a balance between short term job security for the current coach and admin versus achieving long term gains for the future of the team

      The current bosses need the results now and they are best achieved by the current mix of players but what is forgone is developing the future players

      The prime reason for this predicament is the shallow depth of the pool of players’ in aus

      The hal will address this imbalance over time

      Go the world game

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