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As Mile Jedinak slotted his free kick past Ron-Robert Ziegler to take Australia 2-1 up against Germany last week, he wheeled away towards the Socceroos bench in celebration. There waiting for him was Chris Ikonomidis, rushing off his feet to congratulate his new skipper.
As the Asian Champions met the World Champions on Wednesday night in Kaiserslautern, few could have predicted the dominance the Socceroos would impress on the match.
For the first time in A-League history a little known rule was forced to emerge on the weekend, in order to determine the result of Wellington Phoenix’s visit to Brisbane Roar.
If this week’s media reports are to be believed, free-to-air A-League rights are up for grabs, which could spark a fierce bidding war for Australia’s fastest growing sport.
On Sunday, Wellington Phoenix jumped to first place in the A-League with a 2-1 victory over Perth Glory. It has been an astonishing rise for a club that was on its knees in 2011 when former owner Terry Serepisos declared bankruptcy.
While Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos are testing themselves against Germany and Macedonia in two weeks’ time, an arguably more important tournament will be taking place on the other side of the world.