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The Socceroos have qualified for their fourth World Cup, but only just, and it was more of a test than many people would have liked, with the side finishing second behind Japan.

No one can argue that the team lacked creativity on occasion, sometimes hopelessly playing long balls towards Tim Cahill, particularly when Mark Bresciano was injured.

Imagine if the Socceroos had another player like Bresciano, who could play that killer pass to almost perfection, or pull off a bit of brilliance like Harry Kewell.

The Socceroos do have a young gun by the name of Tommy Oar, who has been absolutely brilliant at times, but at other times very ordinary. He needs to mature a bit more, and his role in Brazil could be more that of an impact player.

I believe the answer to this problem is a man who played professionally in Germany for 10 years, and in fact, was born there.

That man is Brisbane Roar’s playmaker Thomas Broich. In 2014, Broich should be eligible for Australian citizenship, although he played for Germany’s U-21 side and two games for Germany B, and should he choose to join the Socceroos, would be a great addition.

Broich is a player who was once dubbed ‘Germany’s next big thing’ and a ‘bearer of hope’ for Germany’s national side, along with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski.

Therefore, as soon as he becomes eligible, Holger Osieck should beg if needed for Broich to play for the national team, as his passing game could be just what the Socceroos need.

One could list the multiple reasons why Broich is world class and deserving of a spot, but all you have to do is look him up on YouTube, or watch the documentary about him titled ‘Tom meet Zizou’.

Broich at least deserves a shot, even if he will be 33 by the time the World Cup arrives. He’s definitely earned it.

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  • July 23rd 2013 @ 4:53am
    Matthew Skellett said | July 23rd 2013 @ 4:53am | ! Report

    Does he fall within FIFA eligibility rules? Does he want to play for Australia ? Im assuming (due to his non/selection/appearance for the Albanian national side ) that Berisha wants to qualify/play for Australia as well so will Fifa look kindly on these issues in 2014 ? The conundrum awaits 🙂

    • July 23rd 2013 @ 5:13pm
      YNWA13 said | July 23rd 2013 @ 5:13pm | ! Report

      I think Broich does if they lodge an appeal and he expresses his desire to play for the roos(which I think he will) I don’t think Besart Bersiha is eligible because hes made 17 apperances, and I think he is on a break from the side?

      • July 23rd 2013 @ 6:19pm
        Roar addict said | July 23rd 2013 @ 6:19pm | ! Report

        Good points!

    • July 24th 2013 @ 10:39am
      Michael said | July 24th 2013 @ 10:39am | ! Report

      what about boschart!

    • July 24th 2013 @ 11:11am
      Matt said | July 24th 2013 @ 11:11am | ! Report

      NO WAY! bersiha could play, broich is my pick

  • Roar Guru

    July 23rd 2013 @ 8:36am
    Fussball ist unser leben said | July 23rd 2013 @ 8:36am | ! Report

    Based on my reading of the FIFA Statutes, the earliest that Thomas Broich can be eligible to play for AUS – if he adopts AUS citizenship – is in May 2015 … by which time Thomas will be 34 yrs old (some wags may suggest this is the prime demographic for the AUS NT!) and well after WC2014 & AsianCup2015.

    Since Thomas Broich has no genealogical association with AUS, he will have to rely on Article 7(d): “Acquisition of a new nationality”, which requires the player changing nationality to live continuously for at least 5 years after reaching the age of 18 in the country where he wishes to play for the national team.

    • Roar Guru

      July 23rd 2013 @ 11:24am
      Griffo said | July 23rd 2013 @ 11:24am | ! Report

      Yep, that’s my reading of it too…

    • July 23rd 2013 @ 3:50pm
      Roar addict said | July 23rd 2013 @ 3:50pm | ! Report

      He has shown commitment and there are exeptions, surely if they (socceroos) lodged an appeal it would get granted

    • July 23rd 2013 @ 10:58pm
      Ben said | July 23rd 2013 @ 10:58pm | ! Report

      That’s a black and white ruling, there are some grey areas should all 3 parties agree, first Holger, Thomas and than Fifa. I don’t think it should be a problem. I think Broich should get his Aust Citizenship in 2014 because he moved here 2010. 🙂

  • July 23rd 2013 @ 8:58am
    vinnie said | July 23rd 2013 @ 8:58am | ! Report

    yeah lets build a national team out of imports, is this how desperate we have become?

    Ridiculous article, especially where you say we have Tommy Oar but hes ordinary at times, so the solution is to import and naturalise players?

    this is not club football, this is the national team.

    • Roar Guru

      July 23rd 2013 @ 9:55am
      Fussball ist unser leben said | July 23rd 2013 @ 9:55am | ! Report


      The AUS nation has been built by the blood, sweat & commitment of immigrants – people, who left the country of birth to seek a better life in Australia.

      Are you also against migrants coming to Australia?

      Why can’t someone migrate to AUS, adopt AUS citizenship & embrace his new home by playing for the National Team?

      FIFA’s “5-year continuous residency rule” means the player has to show real commitment to his new country before he plays for the National Team.

      • July 23rd 2013 @ 10:19am
        Towser said | July 23rd 2013 @ 10:19am | ! Report

        Agree Fussball. I for one would have been more than highly offended after taking out citizenship if I had confronted an “Aussie born” only mentality for the Socceroos.
        So would in fact 80% of the 1974 Socceroos in West Germany for the World Cup.
        Also who could forget the 1997 drop down the pit shaft against Iran when that naturalized “Aussie” Milan Ivanovic should have been brought on by that Overseas coach “Cockney Tel”(Overseas coaches next out ?) or started even & maybe we had have been at a World Cup earlier than 2006.
        “Good enough” is the only words applicable to being qualified to play for the Socceroos whether your young old,naturalized,quaker or piker.

        • July 23rd 2013 @ 10:42am
          Franko said | July 23rd 2013 @ 10:42am | ! Report

          Interesting you should mention Milan Ivanovic, he didn’t move to Australia until he was 29 and went on to play 59 times for the Socceroos!
          He moved here for the 89 season and played his first match for the Socceroos in 1991.

        • July 23rd 2013 @ 1:27pm
          nickoldschool said | July 23rd 2013 @ 1:27pm | ! Report

          +1 Towser, good post.

          Tbh I think it’s illegal to have an ‘Aussie born only’ policy and that some associations would take the FFA to court if they had one like this (same with most nations I would think.)

          I think some ppl, maybe like vinnie, are scared that Oz would become a team with 2/3 of its players born and raised overseas and I understand that. But in all honesty, I have never seen nations putting on the pitch a team with mostly imports. Coming from a country with many immigrants myself, what we see is that it’s mostly people who arrived in the country at a young age (or who are descendants of migrants) who play for the nation, not opportunists who arrived in their mid- twenties.

          So cases like Broich would be the exception rather than the rule. And I don’t see why we should say no to a guy if he is good enough to play for the country he has chosen and has settled in for quite a few years. Nothing wrong with that IMO.

      • July 23rd 2013 @ 11:57am
        vinnie said | July 23rd 2013 @ 11:57am | ! Report

        hell no im not against migrants coming to this country!

        you hypocrites always bag and put down other countries for naturalising players just to improve their national team.

        and we are heading down the same path.

        i welcome Traore , Broich, and Berisha becoming australian citizens because we can offer them a quality of life no other country can match, but they should play for their country of origin, not take the place of a current socceroos.

        • July 23rd 2013 @ 12:19pm
          Towser said | July 23rd 2013 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

          Dont know who you are indicating is a hypocrite, but I find your comments as an immigrant hypocritical & thats being polite.
          On one hand you welcome Broich,Traore(Berisha cant play for Australia) as a citizen yet deny them full citizens rights by stating that they cant play for the Socceroos if they pass the FIFA rulings.
          Pretty pointless becoming a citizen if your only a half arsed one.

          • July 23rd 2013 @ 12:29pm
            vinnie said | July 23rd 2013 @ 12:29pm | ! Report

            yeah Towser i knew that one was coming, ohwell makes me a hypocrite,

            i must be the only one that feels sorry for all the current up and coming socceroo players, look out cos a new wave of socceroos are on the way, rejects for their own country so become naturalised and play for our national team.

            • July 23rd 2013 @ 12:41pm
              Millsy9 said | July 23rd 2013 @ 12:41pm | ! Report

              If a player calls Australia their home they should be able to represent it, could be a master stroke!

            • July 23rd 2013 @ 1:18pm
              Towser said | July 23rd 2013 @ 1:18pm | ! Report

              Course yer did Vinnie.
              Reminds me of a scenario played out not long ago in our local main street. For years there had been a local Aussie(read Anglo/Celtic) baker as the sole baker in the street. open 5 days & Saturday morning.
              Across the road(literally) a new Vietnamese baker dared to start trading.
              Immediately the origonal baker starts putting mini Australian flags in the window on top of his cakes.
              Now I didn’t ask the Vietnamese family running the new shop if they were citizens ,but I presumed they were.
              They worked their butts off 7 days a week, open when “Genuine Aussie ” was in front of the TV having dinner & were a bit cheaper with at least an equal product.
              Within a year the “Genuine Aussie” baker had closed down & guess what,the new baker’s family that took over were Vietnamese.
              Then it became a real bake off each one trying to outdo each other,,who benefited us the customers.
              The new shop became bigger & better with a broader range of cakes forcing the one across the road to compete.
              Now as I see it “Genuine Aussie” family could have also worked their butts off to compete ,but they didn’t, putting little Aussie flags on top of your cakes means jacksh*t in terms of how good you are at being a baker.

            • July 23rd 2013 @ 1:50pm
              Franko said | July 23rd 2013 @ 1:50pm | ! Report

              Nice anecdote Towser, I enjoyed reading it. Please be aware, this post is so far off topic it’s not funny.
              One the one hand I say good on the Vietnamese baker for working so hard, he is providing a valuable service to the community and has made a good living for himself, it’s to be commended.
              On the other, it makes it very difficult for any small business owner to compete, unless they want to work 7 days a week, with all the hours god sends them. If I open a bakery nearby, in order to make a living, I’ll need to give away Saturday morning sport with the kids, family lunches on Sundays etc. and for what? In the end it’s either work 7 days a week, or work for bakers delight.

              In France, as I’m sure nickoldschool can testify, every baker is part of what is essentially a union. When you join you are given a month, I think it’s either July or August. When that month comes up, it’s your turn for 4 weeks holiday. It works because, the guy on the same street as you has his holiday on the other month. So basically in Paris half of the bakeries are open during the summer months, the bakers get a break and we get our bread. Imagine the uproar if you tried to tell people here when they could and could not open. Imagine telling that Vietnamese baker you open Sundays from Jan to Jun and Saturdays Jul to Dec, alternating with the Aussie, my god.

              Incidentally, this is basically how former Adelaide United owner Nick Bianco made his start in construction, working Saturdays when nobody else did. Now…

              Anyway, it’s food (baguettes?) for thought.

            • July 23rd 2013 @ 3:18pm
              nickoldschool said | July 23rd 2013 @ 3:18pm | ! Report

              Tbh never heard about that Franko! Maybe ithey are more part of a sort of association rather than union which has a political connotation? I left in 1999 it might have changed! I know that bakeries or other small shops have what we can call tacit agreements with other shopkeepers and try not to compete against each other. The enemies being the super or even hypermarkets you have in France. Or maybe you were referring to ‘groupements’ of bakers, I.e. franchises who am sure have this kind of agreement.

              For whats worth my parents had a delicatessen or fine food shop in Paris then in the country until recently so I grew up with that and I know they had this kind of agreement with other shopkeepers.

              Anyway, back to football or sports in general. I think many ‘late’ immigrants make great citizens and I actually love the fact they often give it all (sorry to bring an ‘eggball’ anecdote here but when I hear the saffa born guys now playing rugby for France who say they felt so proud to even learn the anthem I think they have every right to represent their new country. same for Rathbone in oz.). I think the Oz coach would be smart enough to see who is an opportunist or not and if a new Aussie is good enough to wear the socceroo jersey and have the right mindset, he is more than welcome.

      • July 23rd 2013 @ 12:46pm
        Redmund said | July 23rd 2013 @ 12:46pm | ! Report

        I too am with Fussball.

        I say we take it a step further – lets lobby the government to have football classed as being seen as a “benefit to Australia” – fast-tracking citizenship processes. This is what the ACB achieved for Pakistan born spinbowler Fawad Ahmed, and has been done for numerous Australian Olympic, ParaOlympic and tennis athletes.

        Then we can scout developing countries for impoverished, technically gifted young footballers. This last WC campaign illustrated starkly that we need to think out of the box in this respect!

        • Roar Guru

          July 23rd 2013 @ 12:58pm
          Fussball ist unser leben said | July 23rd 2013 @ 12:58pm | ! Report

          “This is what the ACB achieved for Pakistan born spinbowler Fawad Ahmed, and has been done for numerous Australian Olympic, ParaOlympic and tennis athletes”

          FIFA requires the new citizen to live continuously in the new country for 5 yrs after the age of 18.

          Is this what happened with the Cricketer & Olympic athletes, to whom you refer?

          The AUS citizenship is just 1 piece of the puzzle. FIFA has further rules that must be satisfied.

    • July 23rd 2013 @ 3:33pm
      Liam said | July 23rd 2013 @ 3:33pm | ! Report

      I think he’s more than good enough! Oar has been average at times to be fair

  • July 23rd 2013 @ 9:13am
    Qantas supports Australian Football said | July 23rd 2013 @ 9:13am | ! Report

    Too late for Broich to play for the Roos now. He should’ve applied for citizenship after his first year in the A-League.. I would have been the first to congratulate him on becoming a Roo..

    • July 23rd 2013 @ 4:18pm
      Djamel said | July 23rd 2013 @ 4:18pm | ! Report

      Its not too late! Look at gigs he’s nearly 40! Thomas signed a long term deal, good article! if its possible? go for it?

  • July 23rd 2013 @ 10:16am
    Ian said | July 23rd 2013 @ 10:16am | ! Report

    I love the idea, being an unashamed admirer of broich, have the dvd (which was quite the football documentary) and being a brisbane roar fan too, though i don’t think it would happen. thomas once answered this question about being a citizen and in true thought provoking style, his answer centred on being ingrained in the culture, so to speak, of your new country and its not just strapping on a boot. conversely he obviously enjoys the australian lifestyle and he got his football mojo back coming to australia so he no doubt has great affection for australia. that he was one of the roar players who re-signed for those long contracts last year backs that up too. i think he signed until the 2015-16 season. on the 5 year rule, he arrived mid 2010 or so so it would be mid 2015 before that rule would come into play.

    for matthew skellet, on berisha not playing for albania, my memory tells me he didn’t play as he needed a break or some other reason, not because of any desire (or not) playing for australia. but i’m not 100% on that.

  • July 23rd 2013 @ 10:30am
    Stu said | July 23rd 2013 @ 10:30am | ! Report

    Berisha has been capped 17 times by Albania – there’s no way he can even play for Australia. The very notion is almost as ridiculous as Broich playing for Australia. A quality player, no doubt. But do we really need another footballer the wrong side of 30 turning out for us? No.

    • July 23rd 2013 @ 3:02pm
      Great idea said | July 23rd 2013 @ 3:02pm | ! Report

      I don’t think age matters that much now days! He is class, and players are playing well into their mid 30’s, he’s signed with roar until 2017 so he shows his commitment to playing as long as possible and to Australia.

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