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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 @ 10:34am
    Franko said | July 23rd 2013 @ 10:34am | ! Report

    I have been waiting to see that DVD Ian, almost got a download once but the seeds all vanished!

    It did really well in German cinemas and I imagine gave a lot of exposure to Brisbane Roar. What a signing he has been.

    • July 23rd 2013 @ 12:10pm
      Ian said | July 23rd 2013 @ 12:10pm | ! Report

      Its well worth viewing. Yes the footage of inside the Brisbane Roar football club compared to some of the German clubs he played for was quite a comparison. And it was great seeing highlights of the 2011 A-League GF at the end of the dvd and footage of Brisbane and QLD.
      I’ve read a couple of articles where it mentioned German football fans, and when they hear of the A-League they ask about Broich. The All Stars Man U game was telecast on a German tv channel too.
      On the dvd – you can buy it at Suncorp Stadium during the season, unless you want to save your $30.

  • July 23rd 2013 @ 11:30am
    Mojca Zupanic said | July 23rd 2013 @ 11:30am | ! Report

    I think if Osieck should pick him FIFA would decide if he can play or not? Oar has been average at time and needs to mature GO BROICH!

  • July 23rd 2013 @ 11:31am
    Mojca Zupanic said | July 23rd 2013 @ 11:31am | ! Report

    Broich has said Australia is like a second home and what if bresc is injured?

  • Roar Guru

    July 23rd 2013 @ 11:48am
    TheMagnificent11 said | July 23rd 2013 @ 11:48am | ! Report

    He’s not eligible to play for Australia because he wasn’t an Australia citizen when he played for the various German youth team. The rules are very clear about this.

    Mikel Arteta is in the same boat with England.

    Henrique or Cassio can play for Australia because they haven’t played at youth level for their country of birth.

    • July 23rd 2013 @ 12:00pm
      vinnie said | July 23rd 2013 @ 12:00pm | ! Report

      Amen to that!

      thank gosh we have FIFA to control this, look at what happens to rugby league and cricket. what a shambles

      aussies are always the first country to bag England Qatar for naturalising players for the sake of results!

      • Roar Guru

        July 23rd 2013 @ 12:47pm
        TheMagnificent11 said | July 23rd 2013 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

        “thank gosh we have FIFA to control this”…can’t remember the last time I heard that. Seems like they haven’t got much right in the last 5 years.

        As for the rule, Tim Cahill was the precedent. Used to be that once you played for a country at youth level you were bound to it. Australia got it changed citing that Cahill was an Aussie citizen when he played for American Somoa at youth level.

        The idea of the rule is not to punish for not seeing the big picture when they play youth football for one country when the are eligible to play for others.

    • Roar Guru

      July 23rd 2013 @ 5:34pm
      Fussball ist unser leben said | July 23rd 2013 @ 5:34pm | ! Report


      You’ve identified a very important FIFA rule.

      So, this also means Adama Traoré would never be able to play for AUS, since he has represented CIV at u17, u19 & u20 level.

      • July 24th 2013 @ 9:15am
        Ian said | July 24th 2013 @ 9:15am | ! Report

        on another article where the conversation went to traore playing for australia another poster put in a comment about playing at under 21s for a country makes that player inelgible to play for another country UNLESS they held a passport for the other country at the time they played under 21s. they had quoted the fifa rules.
        perhaps that is one to look up.
        i don’t know how that works in with the 5 year rule that has been quoted above.
        maybe the 5 year rule comes into play so to speak after 5 years if a player is trying to play for a 2nd country where they weren’t a citizen to begin with when they played for the other country.

        • July 24th 2013 @ 10:38am
          Michael said | July 24th 2013 @ 10:38am | ! Report

          I think once he gets his passport he should be able? I also think germane (heart player) wants to play and should be eligble too

        • Roar Guru

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

          It is a bit grey if you ask me – the rules talk about “A” internationals for the senior men’s team (ie: not friendlies, not U23/Olympic team, not U21, not U20)…

          …and there is a difference between having dual passports at birth (best example I can think of is Ersan Gülüm for Australia/Turkey), and moving to another country and in time taking up citizenship when you don’t have that passport in the first place (either immigrating, refugee resettlement…) – whether you play in youth teams or not for your birth country.

          So the rules talk on one hand about being capped and ellegibility for the senior national team, but also about the scenario of changing nationality and ellegibility for your adopted country.

          The current rules stemmed from Sepp Blatter’s (infamous?) comment on not wanting to see a world cup where teams were composed of ex-patriot Brazilians – hence the ellegibility for your adopted country only after you have lived there continuously for 5 years after your 18th birthday, you gain citizenship, and you have not played in an ‘A’ international for your original country’s senior team.

          So Gülüm, still uncapped by Turkey AFAIK and having played for U23 Australia, can still play for Australia or Turkey, while Traore, having played U21 level for Côte d’Ivoire holding no passport for Australia, can be ellegible for Australia senior men’s team after living here continuously for 5 years, gains an Aussie passport, and plays better than all the other of his (future) Aussie compatriots and gets selected – as long as he doesn’t play for Côte d’Ivoire on a WCQ or continental qualifier.

          • July 24th 2013 @ 2:17pm
            Dan_32 said | July 24th 2013 @ 2:17pm | ! Report

            I think holger oseick needs another push to try and get Gulum before turkey do and also Adama Traore, We NEED players like this! personally, I think Traore will choose Australia over CIV. (hopefully)

          • July 24th 2013 @ 2:18pm
            Dan_32 said | July 24th 2013 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

            Also, I believe Connor Pain has a dual Australia and Hong Kong passport, having not yet been capped at Australia at senior level (although picked recently) could HK nab him?

  • July 23rd 2013 @ 12:38pm
    Millsy9 said | July 23rd 2013 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

    Great idea! not shutting out young socceroos, just giving them more time to mature because some aren’t ready as of yet, its better to guide them then push them right..?

  • July 23rd 2013 @ 1:07pm
    Tomm Steele said | July 23rd 2013 @ 1:07pm | ! Report

    No one can deny that he is arguably the best player the HAL has ever seen, it would also be a huge boost for the A-league and I think its do able, Worth a shot for sure! Think out side the box holger…

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