Socceroos Tim Cahill at the conclusion of of Australia's 2010 World Cup campaign.

Australia's Tim Cahill celebrates after the World Cup group D soccer match between Australia and Serbia at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, South Africa, Wednesday, June 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

It’s a real shame that the Socceroos’ gallant victory over Serbia was a mere sidebar on a historic day as Julia Gillard became our first female Prime Minister. As the Socceroos exited the 2010 World Cup with their heads held high, Kevin Rudd’s exit tears upstaged Lucas Neill’s.

With Australia’s focus inevitably on the leadership change within the Labor Party and Rudd’s demise, the Socceroos were bumped back to the back pages.

It’s not what they needed.

Their battle for redemption was overshadowed in the Ghana match by the controversy surrounding Harry Kewell’s red card and the subsequent penalty, while the rousing win against Serbia was overshadowed by politics.

Their campaign was deflated by the heavy defeat to Germany; both in terms of their ability to progress and limiting the bandwagon support back home.

Following the defeat viewing figures plunged and sadly that will be the lasting image many people may have of the 2010 World Cup campaign.

But as we know the Socceroos’ turn around was as drastic as Rudd’s demise.

The record books show they matched their 2006 haul of a win, draw and loss. But let’s not forget the manner in which they fought back into contention from the opening defeat, with a squad weaker than the 2006 version (certainly in terms of strikers), in a tougher group with a coach tactically less adept, and with the limitations of suspensions to two of our most important attacking options for our two most important games.

These factors make for an impressive campaign for the 2010 Socceroos, despite not reaching the final 16 as they did in 2006.

While pride was the overwhelming emotion after the match, there was also anger at what could have been had it not been for the defeat to Germany. It’s the inescapable reality we must face up to and, as I wrote earlier in the week, it should be remembered as an example of the attitude the Socceroos must never take into another game, no matter the perceived strength of the opponent.

Verbeek will now exit stage left with his tactical misjudgements and approach to the Germany game damaging his
legacy on Australian football.

Any damage done to the Socceroos brand as a result of the Germany defeat is likely to disappear with him, having become a much-maligned figure in his final days.

His comments to the Dutch press, which lead to Craig Foster’s latest outburst on last night’s SBS World Cup coverage, show yet again the lack of faith he had in his bench – something that was ultimately proved wrong.

And this is the focus for us now – the next generation of Socceroos.

The likes of Carney, Wilkshire, Cahill and co are still young enough for another campaign.

But with Craig Moore (34), Scott Chipperfield (34), Mark Schwarzer (37) and Harry Kewell (31 but with a groin approaching 71) unlikely to make it to 2014, attention must turn to the second tier Socceroos.

Some of them are already exerting their influence.

Carl Valeri’s impressive and steady performances in South Africa, especially in contrast with Vince Grella’s struggles, make him a guaranteed starter.

Melbourne Heart’s Michael Beauchamp is likely to replace Moore in the centre-back role (if the next Socceroos coach is more sympathetic to the A-League), with Rhys Williams also looming in the shadow for that role.

Brett Holman, the undisputed golden boy of the 2010 campaign with his goals against New Zealand (at the MCG farewell match), Ghana and Serbia, will help us plug the striker shortage and will hopefully be given more license to go forward in a more attacking Socceroos team under the next coach.

With the likes of Nikita Rukavytsya, Richard Garcia, Mark Milligan, Mile Jedinak and Dario Vidošić on the brink of the starting eleven, and Shane Lowry, James Holland, Tommy Oar, Mathew Leckie and Ben Kantarovski with the potential to develop exponentially over the coming years, the next generation of Socceroos doesn’t look as bleak as many fear.

And let’s not forget the multitude of young Aussies scattered around Europe and emerging through the A-League and national youth league.

Beyond the golden generation, there is a nucleus of a team to build around as attention turns to January’s Asian Cup and qualifying for Brazil 2014.

But, as we’ve seen so clearly at this World Cup, they need a coach who can utilise these options to the best of their ability.

As Craig Foster argues, it’s one of the biggest decisions the FFA face in a crucial year for the code.

With the A-League set to kick-off in August, with the Melbourne Heart debuting and attention on the struggles of earlier expansion franchises in North Queensland and the Gold Coast, the FFA will be hoping for some sort of boost from the World Cup euphoria.

In December we discover if our bid for the 2022 World Cup is successful just as the new Socceroos coach prepares for the Asian Cup a month later.

Let’s hope the Socceroos can build on the momentum they showed in the final group match in Asia because, in case you missed it while watching Julia take the Lodge, they played bloody well, leaving us to ask what could have been with a Round of 16 clash against the beatable USA and a quarter-final match against Asian rivals South Korea or our old nemesis Uruguay.

Across the Tasman there has been so much political upheaval to overshadow the exploits of the All Whites, who can hold their heads high after exiting the tournament undefeated following a 0-0 draw with Paraguay.

Finishing a point above the defending champions Italy, as well as holding them to a draw, is a remarkable achievement, and full credit to Ricki Herbert and co.

As for Italy, the defending champs when out swinging in a remarkable match against Slovakia but were too impotent throughout the rest of the tournament, undoubtedly hamstrung by the absence of Andrea Pirlo.

They won’t be missed based on their earlier performances.

There is a great line doing the rounds on the Internet which says this World Cup is developing a lot like World War Two – France surrender early, USA leave it late to get going, and Germany and England fight it out.

Now we can add Italy providing nothing meaningful to the battle with a limp attack.

As for Australia, it was a spirited campaign that did much for showcasing Aussie grit on the world stage.

It’s just a shame about that early German blitzkrieg in Durban.

Re-live the thrilling climax to Group F as it happened with Tony Tannous’ detailed analysis HERE.

Adrian Musolino
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Adrian Musolino is editor of V8X Magazine, and has written as an expert on The Roar since 2008, cementing himself as a key writer who can see the big picture in sport. He freelances on other forms of motorsport, football, cycling and more.

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  • June 25th 2010 @ 6:31am
    Marshall said | June 25th 2010 @ 6:31am | ! Report

    Socceroos games were on at worst possible time too. Two 4:30ams and the serbia game was a weekday. Real shame we didn’t get a 9:30 game, especially for Serbia.

    • June 25th 2010 @ 7:33am
      punter said | June 25th 2010 @ 7:33am | ! Report

      There were no 9.30pm games for the final matches in any group.

  • Roar Guru

    June 25th 2010 @ 7:52am
    Mister Football said | June 25th 2010 @ 7:52am | ! Report

    It’s just a game.

    No big deal.

    LIfe goes on.

    All the best to Julia.

    • June 25th 2010 @ 8:27am
      punter said | June 25th 2010 @ 8:27am | ! Report

      Life does go on.

      But the fun all begins as we head to the 2nd round, the cream comes to the top.

    • June 25th 2010 @ 9:51am
      whiskeymac said | June 25th 2010 @ 9:51am | ! Report

      Mister F – you referring to politics or football ? =)

  • June 25th 2010 @ 8:05am
    The Special One said | June 25th 2010 @ 8:05am | ! Report

    I Wonder how Kevin Rudd’s demotion affects the World Cup bid.

    He was the main driver of it in the labor party and along with kate ellis was the face of it. It will be interesting to see how labor treat it now.

    As for Italy, Lippi gets what he deserves, he was told on many occassions that his squad was over the hill yet he didnt listen.

    He even criticized “the special one’s” coaching ability. Yet who won the Champions League Lippi and who is on the way home ?

    • Roar Guru

      June 25th 2010 @ 8:08am
      Mister Football said | June 25th 2010 @ 8:08am | ! Report

      Julia Gillard is a bullies fan first, second and third.

      She has the same fondnes for soccer as your average Australian.

      • June 25th 2010 @ 9:52am
        whiskeymac said | June 25th 2010 @ 9:52am | ! Report

        by average you mean below standard or mean?

      • June 25th 2010 @ 9:53am
        Art Sapphire said | June 25th 2010 @ 9:53am | ! Report

        Your contempt for football in Australia continues unabated, MF. Its laughable.

        Nice to see the Azzurri bow out. Imagine that, finishing below the Kiwis.

      • June 25th 2010 @ 10:27am
        punter said | June 25th 2010 @ 10:27am | ! Report

        She would like to play full forward, which means she doesn’t know the game very well.

        Unless it’s me, I live in NSW & like the average person north of Murray knows little about Aussie rules.

      • Roar Guru

        June 25th 2010 @ 7:52pm
        Mister Football said | June 25th 2010 @ 7:52pm | ! Report

        Speaking of our illustrious new leader, I just noticed some mentions she’s getting in the overseas media.

        LA Times:,0,889242.story

        Typical of Gillard’s style was her tart reply just last month when asked if she would replace Rudd. She said she was more likely to be picked to play for the Western Bulldogs, an Australian Rules football team

        and in Germany:

        Sie hat Humor. Auf die Frage eines Reporters, ob sie nun am Sonntag für die Bulldogs stürmen werde, antwortete sie: “Ich kann Ihnen verraten, dass ich per SMS eine Einladung dazu von (Bulldogs-Star) Jason Akermanis erhalten habe – aber das ist eine Rolle, die ich nicht spielen werde.”

        Loose translation: She has humour for a Westie. She reckons she can do a better torp than Jason Akermanis, both feet too.

        It’s good to see Australian sport being mentioned in a positive light overseas.

    • June 25th 2010 @ 10:04am
      Farqwar said | June 25th 2010 @ 10:04am | ! Report

      I think any Prime Minister would realise the diplomatic power of football, regardless of what their favourite sport is.

      • June 25th 2010 @ 4:41pm
        Alders said | June 25th 2010 @ 4:41pm | ! Report

        Haha you can’t be serious. It is a game. Just a game. That is all.

        • June 25th 2010 @ 5:10pm
          MVDave said | June 25th 2010 @ 5:10pm | ! Report

          Maybe to you Alders…although you do seem to spend a great deal of time on the football blogs, but some take it a little more seriously…

          From that BBC article;

          “President Sarkozy held a government meeting on Wednesday to discuss what went wrong after Les Bleus finished bottom of their group.

          “The head of state asked the ministers to ensure that those responsible learn the lessons of this disaster quickly,” Sarkozy’s office said in a statement, implying that football officials could resign. “He also asked the ministers to ensure that no financial reward is given.”

          Prime Minister Francois Fillon, sports minister Roselyne Bachelot and junior sports minister Rama Yade joined Sarkozy to discuss how a country that won the World Cup in 1998 and reached the final in 2006 could only finish bottom of their group in 2010, with only one point and a single goal.”

          Yep just a game.

          As the famous Liverpool manager Bill Shankly is credited with saying… “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”

          • June 25th 2010 @ 5:59pm
            alders said | June 25th 2010 @ 5:59pm | ! Report

            Yes, just a game.

            Please tell me that you are intelligent enough to realise that this is just political popularism. Furthermore, In France the government does have a significant involvement with their national sporting sides and the regulation of national sporting competitions.

            Just a game.

          • June 25th 2010 @ 8:20pm
            Alders said | June 25th 2010 @ 8:20pm | ! Report

            As for the Liverpool quote I am sure I could find a similar quote for Star Wars.

            • June 26th 2010 @ 2:28pm
              Chris K said | June 26th 2010 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

              You clearly haven’t been to South America

    • June 25th 2010 @ 10:42am
      AGO74 said | June 25th 2010 @ 10:42am | ! Report

      No change. Kate Ellis doesn’t strike me as knowing much about any sport bar AFL but she’s handled it as well as you can hope for. Both sides of politics support it and the vast majority of FIFA’s voting delegates wouldn’t even know who Kevin Rudd is.

  • June 25th 2010 @ 8:19am
    James D said | June 25th 2010 @ 8:19am | ! Report

    Poor socceroos… because of Julia and Kev they can not be praised on the front pages for being heroes and showing pride in the jersey after a poor performance… Any other sport in this country (ANY) has a team that goes backwards at a tournament and the media and people have a field day ripping them to shreds (wallabies, kangaroos, Cricketers, lawn bowls, AFL anyone) but bloody soccer gets a free run. Im glad i don’t have to hear it for 4 years. Thanks Julia and Kev. Showing pride in the jersey pfft… Saia Faingaa is in tears after his first game as a wallaby cause he is that moved by being selected and playing and no one writes articles about him “showing pride” in the jersey.

    • June 25th 2010 @ 8:23am
      punter said | June 25th 2010 @ 8:23am | ! Report

      That is because the World cup is on, not the Rugby World cup or Cricket world cup, this the World cup.
      I was there on sat night & Faingaa played well, but what a boring 2nd half.

      • June 25th 2010 @ 8:33am
        James D said | June 25th 2010 @ 8:33am | ! Report

        Yes i am aware it is the world cup and this has nothing to do with Faingaa i was referring to an interview he had after the game where he was so proud to be a wallaby he was in tears and instead for a win a loss and a draw the socceroos are heroes in the media – it annoys me that no matter what they do they get a free ride and yet everyother sport that had a team performed worse than last time would be ridiculed.

        • June 25th 2010 @ 9:36am
          Al said | June 25th 2010 @ 9:36am | ! Report

          The Aussies were ridiculed, they were savaged after the Germany game, the way they turned their campaign around with a stirring display against the best African side with only ten men for the majority and a victory against one of the strongest teams from Europe is why they’re getting praised. Their performance specifically against the Serbs is consistent with the never say die Aussie attitude. They had little hope in reaching the next round yet they came mighty close, other teams and countries would have just keeled over (the French).
          Australia is also not a powerhouse in world football, we aren’t beating up on 3rd world countries playing cricket, or small pacific island nations in rugby union, this is a sport played by the entire planet and we aren’t even close to the top so to come out fighting the way we did at the end shows more of the Australian character than any sledging Australian cricket team or some Aussie Rules “international rules” team ever has.

          • June 25th 2010 @ 9:55pm
            Alders said | June 25th 2010 @ 9:55pm | ! Report

            Rice is eaten around the globe but it doesn’t mean it is the best food in the world.

            • June 26th 2010 @ 2:31pm
              Chris K said | June 26th 2010 @ 2:31pm | ! Report

              invalid point

            • June 27th 2010 @ 10:39pm
              Alders said | June 27th 2010 @ 10:39pm | ! Report

              Would you like to explain how?

        • June 25th 2010 @ 10:46am
          punter said | June 25th 2010 @ 10:46am | ! Report

          You must’ve been the most disappointing man in Australia after the Rugby WC final in 2003.
          Yes I was disappointed not to win, but I knew that without Eales & Horan, add to the fact Larkham & Gregan were no longer at the height of their powers, but I knew Australia was not as strong as we were in 1999.
          After the beatings we got from the Kiwis in the Tri-nations that year I didn’t hold much hope, but to beat NZ in the semi & then take England to extra time I was very proud.

          But according to your judgement, we performed worse than last time & hence needed to be ridiculed.

    • June 25th 2010 @ 8:27am
      The Special One said | June 25th 2010 @ 8:27am | ! Report

      James D,

      From what I heard the media did tear Australia apart after the first game.

      Its how you respond that matters, which the socceroos did.

      • June 25th 2010 @ 8:29am
        James D said | June 25th 2010 @ 8:29am | ! Report

        And they responded by not progressing in the tournament (doing worse than last time) – and instead showing pride in the jersey.

        • Roar Guru

          June 25th 2010 @ 8:47am
          AndyRoo said | June 25th 2010 @ 8:47am | ! Report

          They responded by taking 4 points from 6 from their next game and bar an unlucky red card would have probably have taken 6 and be in the next round.

          Also it’s only the Rugby Media and fans that slate the Wallabies like crazy. The rest of us are much more fair on them and gave them a tick for beating England in the first test while you guys cried about scrums.

          Edit: Next year when the Wallabies play their first world cup in a tv friendly time since 2003 you will see the bandwagon in full force.

          • June 25th 2010 @ 8:55am
            James D said | June 25th 2010 @ 8:55am | ! Report

            But they DIDNT take 6 points and are not in the next round. Thats the thing that gets me!

            “They played well and shoulda won!” NO they were not good enough and did not deserve to go through…

            But they were proud to be there…….

            • June 25th 2010 @ 9:12am
              The Special One said | June 25th 2010 @ 9:12am | ! Report

              Look at Italy and France, both finalists 4 years ago, this time around reduced to abject failure.

              If that doesnt show you how hard it is to perform at a Football World Cup, i dont know what does.

              No one is pretending the socceroos are ever going to win a world cup unlike a cricket or rugby one where Australia should be always up there.

              If the wallabies perform badly they would deserve more scorn than the socceroos.

            • June 25th 2010 @ 9:13am
              Farqwar said | June 25th 2010 @ 9:13am | ! Report

              Beating Serbia would be the equivalent of beating the All Blacks in Rugby. It’s just that their are 15 other teams at that level and a handful of better teams that have no equivalent in Rugby.

              When was the last time the Wallabies beat NZ or SA or played an entertaining game of Rugby?

            • Roar Guru

              June 25th 2010 @ 9:18am
              AndyRoo said | June 25th 2010 @ 9:18am | ! Report

              Some of us actually watch the games and don’t just read the scores JamesD that’s why we are proud of them. They also got the same amount of points as last time (despite two send offs) but the cards didn’t fall their way.

              If the Wallabies got a man sent off in the 19th minute and held on for a draw against say France I would be proud of them whilst unless your an absolute hypocrite you would consider them losers.

            • June 25th 2010 @ 9:29am
              Mega said | June 25th 2010 @ 9:29am | ! Report

              James D, it’s because people realise how difficult the World Cup is. No disrespect to the other codes but the competition is nothing compared to football. We realise how challenging it actually is and how well Australia are doing considering the limitations on us – poor domestic league, country in which most of the best athletes play other football codes, etc.

            • June 25th 2010 @ 11:55am
              Socboy said | June 25th 2010 @ 11:55am | ! Report

              While I can see what most here are saying I can see what james is saying.

              New Zealand also beat Serbia although pre world cup so kind of puts Serbia into perspective maybe their ranking belies their true abilities.

              Ghana ranked 12 places lower than the Socceroos they should have won this game short and simple. But hey a draw is better than a loss.

              All in all after all the hype pre world cup it is hard to see how this team can be classed as heroes?
              The team of 2006 now they can be classed as Heroes they achieved something special and were robbed against Italy.

              My summation of the Socceroos WC 2010

              Failed miserably against Germany (Serbia beat these guys)

              Ghana – While a good effort to draw with 10 men Australia should still have been able to win this match but didn’t, no point blaming soft red cards.

              Serbia- A little too late lets get real here, and how big an achievement is it really especially when you take into consideration Serbia were also beaten by the 78th ranked team in the world?

            • June 25th 2010 @ 12:03pm
              Farqwar said | June 25th 2010 @ 12:03pm | ! Report

              Well what exactly did the kiwi’s do to be treated as heroes? Defended well for 3 games.

              Drawing to Italy wasn’t much of an achievement in hindsight, everyones doing it. Some are even beating them.

            • June 25th 2010 @ 12:15pm
              punter said | June 25th 2010 @ 12:15pm | ! Report

              Scoboy, heroes maybe not but with their heads held high.

              Any team that losses 4-0 in their first game & even ardent football fans like myself was thinking this is going to be ugly, we are going come home with the tail between our legs & the anti-sokka people were out in their droves, but to turn it around & nearly qualifying, drawing a game with a man down & winning the other was a good comeback.

            • June 25th 2010 @ 12:18pm
              Socboy said | June 25th 2010 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

              Seems someones had a bit too much salt on their weet-bix this morning

              NZ ranked 78th in the world

              Drew with the current world Champions ranked 5th in the world, Drew with Paraguay ranked 31st and Slovakia 34th

              All this after no one gave them a chance, the world expected them to get thrashed in every single match and they didn’t.

              The rest of the world can respect it for the the phenomenal achievement it was pity there are negative people like yourself who can’t.

              Seems someones had a bit too much salt on their weet bix this morning

            • June 25th 2010 @ 12:24pm
              Socboy said | June 25th 2010 @ 12:24pm | ! Report

              They can look people in the eye yes for sure, but they still have to shoulder much of the responsibility for the campaign that did not go as planned.
              They did well to save face in the end but they have the talent to have done so much better.

            • June 25th 2010 @ 12:29pm
              Farqwar said | June 25th 2010 @ 12:29pm | ! Report

              I thought it was a remarkable achievement for the All Whites and I am very happy for what it will do for football in NZ and the region.

              But with the exception of the first game I think the Aussies did well also. We took the game to Ghana(with 10 men) and Serbia and they were exciting matches. We are a good team but our skill levels are below that of Serbia and probably Ghana. We would have also earnt respect around the world.

              So if you are going to find negatives about the Aussies then I can do the same about the Kiwi’s.

              Why would I put salt on my Weet-Bix?

            • June 25th 2010 @ 12:42pm
              Socboy said | June 25th 2010 @ 12:42pm | ! Report

              It’s hard to find too many negatives really considering they exceeded all expectations.
              Amazing that even though they have done much better than anyone could have imagined people like you still try to find negatives.

              Yes maybe they could have played better so you say.

              But reality is it’s people like yourself who could not for a minute even fathom the All Whites drawing against the likes of Slovakia let alone Italy.

              It’s all beer and gravy for NZ football right now the same can not be said of the Socceroos.

              Australia saved face for sure and can take a lot of heart from that but reality is they dug a deep hole in that first match where they really let themselves down, it was always going to be a hard road to come back from and one we all know now they were just incapable of doing in the end.

              The Socceroos left for SA with high hopes of Qualifying for the next round and this is clearly evident in the threads here I would suggest you go back and read through them. Use the search tool.

              Is it the fact that maybe the fans expected too much in Australia’s case or maybe the world didn’t expect enough of the All Whites

            • June 25th 2010 @ 1:00pm
              Farqwar said | June 25th 2010 @ 1:00pm | ! Report

              Most Aussie fans would have been hoping for a win and a draw. It was a tough group and betting indicated that the Aussies were the least favourite. They did well, goal difference in the first game killed us. We beat Serbia and outplayed Ghana with 10 men, it was a good effort, take your blinkers off.

              If you get to the World Cup you gotta be ready to play, you can’t just use the, “we’re just little old NZ” line forever. As I said, I think NZ did quite well and can be proud. But I think the Aussies can be just as proud.

            • June 25th 2010 @ 2:36pm
              punter said | June 25th 2010 @ 2:36pm | ! Report

              Scoboy, firstly lets deal with New Zealand, they have exceeded everyone’s expectation, together with Slovakia they have been the biggest & surprise package in this WC. Well done NZ, as good a jump as Australia in 06.

              As for Australia if you told me before the WC, we will have 1 win, 1 draw & 1 lost, I would have taken that, no we did not exceed, hoping the the 4pts plus a favourable lost to Germany may have seen us thru. But this
              was a tough group we could have very easily ended up with nil pts.
              After the performance in Australia against NZ & the 2 warm up matches in Sth Africa & then a 4-0 drubbing, nil pts was what we were looking at, so to come back & win & draw, I think well done boys, you made us proud. This team is not as good as the Socceroos 06 team, but the fighting spirit after the first game was huge.

            • Roar Guru

              June 25th 2010 @ 2:47pm
              ItsCalledFootball said | June 25th 2010 @ 2:47pm | ! Report

              The Socceroos and All Whites should be proud of what they achieved in the WC and as Foster says, we shouldn’t fear anyone in world football and just play to the best of our abilities and strenghts.

            • June 25th 2010 @ 2:55pm
              Simon Smith said | June 25th 2010 @ 2:55pm | ! Report

              Scoboy, NZ defended for its 3 games and offered nothing technically of note that anyone could learn from.

              Australia at least played FOOTBALL in a technical sense in its last 2 games. NZ offered nothing of note that a kid could learn from.

              The next 4 years are going to be hell for you guys. Trust us, we won’t be helping you guys out this time around.

  • June 25th 2010 @ 9:18am
    Eamonn Flanagan said | June 25th 2010 @ 9:18am | ! Report

    Wow we crashed out of the World Cup and immediately change the PM…that’s taking football a tad too serious.

    • Roar Guru

      June 25th 2010 @ 9:20am
      AndyRoo said | June 25th 2010 @ 9:20am | ! Report

      If we don’t make it out of the group stage of the Asian cup, Gillard can pack her bags too.

    • June 25th 2010 @ 9:28am
      Farqwar said | June 25th 2010 @ 9:28am | ! Report

      I think it’s time we got an overseas Prime Minister.

      • June 25th 2010 @ 9:39am
        Al said | June 25th 2010 @ 9:39am | ! Report

        Not from the Netherlands!

      • June 25th 2010 @ 9:59am
        Farqwar said | June 25th 2010 @ 9:59am | ! Report

        South American politicians have a lot of flair!

    • Roar Guru

      June 25th 2010 @ 11:29am
      ItsCalledFootball said | June 25th 2010 @ 11:29am | ! Report

      Fantastic the way Demetriou orchestrated the demise of Kevin Rudd to keep the World Cup and the Socceroos off the front page of the newspapers.

      • June 25th 2010 @ 7:45pm
        BigAl said | June 25th 2010 @ 7:45pm | ! Report

        True . . . sooooo true ! – the man’s an evil genius.

  • June 25th 2010 @ 9:31am
    Mega said | June 25th 2010 @ 9:31am | ! Report

    Disappointed cause we could have beaten the USA then South Korea/Uruguay and reached the semi!

    • June 25th 2010 @ 9:35am
      Harvey the Scouser said | June 25th 2010 @ 9:35am | ! Report

      coodabeen champeens of the world

      • June 25th 2010 @ 10:53am
        AGO74 said | June 25th 2010 @ 10:53am | ! Report

        Mega – it was a great opportunity but we don’t get it because we weren’t good enough. There was no guarantee we’d have beaten the USA who tonked us recently and IMO have been good in this tournament (and more unlucky than us with two perfectly good goals disallowed). As nice it would be for Ghana to win from an African perspective, I’d like to see the USA go through as they have played with spirit and endeavour whilst Ghana have been extremely negative and not true to their real capability. Like a lot of the African nations actually coached by supposedly superior Euro coaches.

        Strange this Socceroos team. In many ways we’ve played worse than 4 years ago and yes we’ve failed to qualify, yet we’ve got the same outcome as in Germany (1 win, 1 draw, 1 loss) in arguably a tougher group. Anyway, I’m glad we at least came back after the disaster that was Durban and restored pride. Hopefully the lessons of Durban will be heeded by FFA and the new coach.

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