The Socceroos cannot afford to miss out on the World Cup

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    At ANZ Stadium tonight, Australia will need all the support they can get if they are to finish Syria off and progress through to the last stage of qualification.

    Let’s be honest though, it really shouldn’t of come down to this, where we find ourselves having to play four extra matches to qualify for Russia. It just wasn’t in the script. Australia are champions of Asia and were expected by the majority to walk into next year’s biggest sporting event automatically with no difficulties.

    But yet, we find ourselves in this unwanted situation but now must put the past behind us and move forward to this crucial second leg against the Syrians.

    Losing is not an option by the end of the night. It can’t be. Over the many years of growing this game in this country from developing the old NSL, to establishing the A-League and then qualifying for our first World Cup in 32 years and repeating that success with another two World Cup campaigns has taken so much hard work and commitment from too many to name.

    Not qualifying for Russia would result in us taking two steps backwards and would mean being able to promote the game in this country would be knocked back significantly.

    Financially, the FFA will heavily feel the negative effects of not being at the World Cup, as that extra income would be helpful towards expanding not just the A-League, but also our young grassroots set up.

    Ange Postecoglou Football Australia Socceroos 2017

    (AAP Image/Matt Roberts)

    In saying all of this, what can be done tomorrow night to make sure the green and gold progress to the next round?

    Firstly, the back three that Ange Postecoglou has tried to implement has simply not worked at all. In order to successfully adopt a three-man defence, you need to have three quality centre-backs who understand how to play with each other. At the moment, Trent Sainsbury is our only central defender who can be seen as top notch. Then again, he isn’t playing regular football, which is a point I will raise later on.

    When I watched the Syrians in the first leg, I saw passion and a bit of grit that allowed them to stay in the game and come up with a crucial goal. Australians are known for their ‘never say die’ attitude, but watching the Socceroos is frustrating because I know they have more energy and desire within them to show that on the pitch.

    I’m not saying they don’t care or don’t try, but it could be that extra determination and heart that could prove to be the difference.

    Ah yes, that classic case of Ange’s players not playing regular football. I wrote about this a month or so ago and got heavily criticised for it, but nothing has proven me wrong. Most people with half a football brain can see it, and it isn’t hard to.

    Sainsbury is only one who has not been getting game time for his respective club, as others such as Matthew Jurman, Matthew Spiranovic, Brad Smith, Josh Risdon, Jamie Maclaren, Adam Taggart, Jackson Irvine and others that have not been mentioned but are still able to make the squad.

    Nonetheless, me must get behind our Socceroos and finish the job in Sydney. Failure to complete this task, and this country could potentially miss out on future World Cups.

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    • October 10th 2017 @ 7:39am
      peeeko said | October 10th 2017 @ 7:39am | ! Report

      really nervous about the game tonight but i think you over state the problems of not qualifying

      • October 10th 2017 @ 7:58am
        Fadida said | October 10th 2017 @ 7:58am | ! Report

        Agree. I’m not sure how not qualifying will effect future WC’s.

        The a-league will continue on regardless too

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          October 10th 2017 @ 8:16am
          andresilva10 said | October 10th 2017 @ 8:16am | ! Report

          Because if we’re struggling to qualify for this World Cup, then we’ll struggle in the future with a lot of Asian countries significantly improving, and it comes to the quality being produced.
          The gap between the A-league and the NPL is too big and so very few youngsters get the chance to develop. The NSL was bringing up the likes of Bresciano, Cahill, Grella, Emerton etc etc. as their was no pressure. A-league is more of a results based business so coaches can’t rely much on youth

          • October 10th 2017 @ 8:27am
            jamesb said | October 10th 2017 @ 8:27am | ! Report

            “Because if we’re struggling to qualify for this World Cup, then we’ll struggle in the future with a lot of Asian countries significantly improving”

            But there will be a 48 team world cup from 2026 onwards. Asian countries are improving, but if Australia don’t qualify for a 48 team world cup, then that would be disastrous for the game in this country.

          • October 10th 2017 @ 8:35am
            Fadida said | October 10th 2017 @ 8:35am | ! Report

            That makes no sense at all Christan. Apply this logic to all teams who miss out and you’ll realise why

          • October 10th 2017 @ 4:26pm
            pauli said | October 10th 2017 @ 4:26pm | ! Report

            I thought it was more to do with seeding for qualifiers.

    • October 10th 2017 @ 8:01am
      WOOTOO said | October 10th 2017 @ 8:01am | ! Report

      Good morning christian. the following perfectly sums up why we are involved in the playoffs tonight instead of booking tickets for Russia 2018.

      “Let’s be honest though, it really shouldn’t of come down to this, where we find ourselves having to play four extra matches to qualify for Russia. It just wasn’t in the script. Australia are champions of Asia and were expected by the majority to walk into next year’s biggest sporting event automatically with no difficulties.”

      I mean, seriously “walk into next year’s biggest sporting event automatically with no difficulties”?

      We need to stop underestimating our opponents in Asia and dismissing them as physically smaller, playing at minnow clubs and lacking big names. We won the Asian Cup in 2015. So what? It means sweet **** all for the World Cup. This is not the Confederations Cup.

      Do we expect our opponents to bow down and roll down the red carpet for us towards Russia? Based on what results? Winning one continental championship? Arrogance or stupidity?

      Do you really believe qualifying through Asia is that easy? You do realise two teams are playing on the pitch and it’s not just Australia wanting to win.

      Anyone who follows Asian football is well aware the quality of football is improving exponentially across the continent. Our U20 and U17 have failed to qualify for the World Cup recently, however Iran and Japan handsomely won their opening games (and Iraq drew with Mexico) at the U17 World Cup this week.

    • October 10th 2017 @ 8:02am
      Fadida said | October 10th 2017 @ 8:02am | ! Report

      He’s not changing the back 3, no matter what. We’re also going to attack, no matter what the score.

      Expect us to go 1-0 up, keep attacking, concede and then go behind, Syria picking us off on the counter. Cue widespread panic and the game ending with Kruse on his knees, pleading to who knows what for who knows what.

      • October 10th 2017 @ 12:55pm
        Joe said | October 10th 2017 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

        Exactly Fadida… thats how i see it… 1 goal up .. all out assault … haklf a dozen misses… a goal from Syria on teh counter… a foul and pentaly awarded to Syria (thats not even close to being a penalty)… they score… we all cry

    • October 10th 2017 @ 8:15am
      deliah said | October 10th 2017 @ 8:15am | ! Report

      Mate, do you honestly believe we just need to ‘show up’ at these games and qualify for Russia? You honestly have no idea about World Cup qualification and football in Asia if you think we should qualify with no difficulties and not even consider the possibility of going through the playoffs.

      Japan needs no introduction. Saudi Arabia have won the Asian Cup four times, qualified for the World Cup four times. We have always struggled against Thailand. These countries are no amateurs.

      You are talking as our players are plying their trade PSG, Chelsea or Real Madrid. Why are we expected to qualify automatically? Be honest, 90% of our players are in second division of Germany and England with a few scattered across Asia and Australia.

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        October 10th 2017 @ 12:35pm
        andresilva10 said | October 10th 2017 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

        You seriously think Australia should be coming third in their group behind Saudi Arabia? With all due respect to them, we should be much stronger than them. It’s just disappointing

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          October 10th 2017 @ 12:56pm
          spruce moose said | October 10th 2017 @ 12:56pm | ! Report

          Should we?

          Why is that Christian?

          Saudi Arabia is bigger in terms of population, has a much more established a bigger professional league, football is the national sport in Saudi Arabia, football does not have to compete with 3 other football codes in Saudi Arabia either, so has a significantly larger player pool to pick from.

          Explain to us all, why should Australia by default be much stronger than Saudi Arabia?

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            October 10th 2017 @ 2:16pm
            andresilva10 said | October 10th 2017 @ 2:16pm | ! Report

            Have you seen the talent they have been producing?

            The production of Australian players hasn’t been great recently but it is still miles ahead of Saudi Arabia…

        • October 10th 2017 @ 4:11pm
          morebeer said | October 10th 2017 @ 4:11pm | ! Report

          “You seriously think Australia should be coming third in their group behind Saudi Arabia?”

          You have no idea mate.

    • October 10th 2017 @ 8:50am
      Waz said | October 10th 2017 @ 8:50am | ! Report

      Football can afford not to reach the World Cup; in fact there’s some merit that we will learn more by not qualifying this time than actually qualifying.

      But putting that aside, things like A league expansion are not funded by the FFA they’re funded by private owners and the tv contract – there’s more than enough of both to ensure expansion can continue without the Socceroos qualifying.

      But let’s hope this is a mute point, the WC is a lesser event for us all if we’re not actually there.

    • October 10th 2017 @ 9:28am
      me too said | October 10th 2017 @ 9:28am | ! Report

      meh, we’ve got the matildas – unlike this mob a highly talented and well coached team that plays with a never say die attitude and has the technical ability to play to it’s game plan. Like most australian sporting teams (and a not too long past soccerroos) it plays above its weight. This mob has lost its way due to a stubborn driver who tries to drive his corrolla like a ferrari.

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