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Football follower since our 1974 Socceroos competed at a 16 team world Cup A League follower for 15 years Sydney FC member for 14 years Macarthur FC member for 2 years

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Great summary – and less cost would encourage more indigenous players and we need to have more in our game. Adam Goodes and others should have played football and gone to a World Cup.

World Cup qualification is great, but what Australia does next is more important

Rumour of Roswell to Sydney? Does Secret Scout know anything about it? I rate him as a player, but he could break down at any moment.

Sydney FC’s bitter break-up with Milos Ninkovic

Dominance is an interesting term. If we’re going out to play football – does the inference of the code rely on the state you live in? Playing football in WA, SA, Victoria means AFL. Playing football in NSW and Qld means league. Union shouldn’t even get a thought anywhere. But the most played sport is football, so shouldn’t the assumption be that we are playing football (soccer)!

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

If calling it soccer brought back all the followers of NSL who may have been lost to us when we changed to the A League then I’ll gladly call the game soccer. It would be nice if those issues could be fixed so easily. Hopefully our new leadership is really starting to bridge that gap.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

Top 40 out of 200 or more teams = top 25%. I reckon that’s better than pedestrian. In cricket we’re back at number 1, but with only 10 nations that’s only top 10%. And once our batters face a quality bowling attack in difficult conditions that ranking will slip! If we look at IRL rankings our rugby league team is ranked number 4 behind Tonga, but we are one place better than Papua New Guinea. I don’t have much faith in that IRL ranking system though as it reckons 47 countries play league and includes great league nations such as Brazil, Chile and the USA! And then there’s AFL – we are number 1 in the world – we’ve kept that ranking for a while now!

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

I prefer to call it football, but don’t care if soccer is used. In the end it’s a great game, however, it always was and still is football. It hasn’t changed. Association football was being played before another football came along in a place in England called Rugby (rugby football). League is only called “football” because it broke away from rugby football (rugby union). Soccer is just a slang name for the game as rugger is for union, but soccer became more common. The organisation that runs football – FIFA. The organisations that run rugby league – IRL, ARL and NRL. And I hope that didn’t sound/read like a lecture and you probably knew all that anyway!

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

And even better – Garang Kuol has signed on with CCM for 2 more years. He should get a few more spectators through the gate and viewers watching as he is a rising star.

Every overseas-based Socceroo should be an A-League guest player

Your team has always been full of former Sydney FC players. When we pass over our weaker players both squads improve!
Janjetovic, Cole, Antonis, Santalab, – the list goes on.

Sydney FC’s bitter break-up with Milos Ninkovic

He probably took Melbourne City from 4000 or so at that time to 6 or 7000, so that’s a big increase. He would have had more impact at another club like Sydney, CCM or The Wanderers.

Every overseas-based Socceroo should be an A-League guest player

The more ideas that get thrown around the better. We certainly need to attract supporters and viewers. I know I’d love to see the guest stints you mentioned and I enjoyed seeing Lucas Neil play about 3 games for Sydney a few years ago. It would also be nice to get some guest commentators on Channel 10 and Paramount – Schwarzer, Cahill, etc.

Every overseas-based Socceroo should be an A-League guest player

He was a wonderful player and always appeared to be an absolute gentleman. He would have been an excellent impact player for Sydney for 1 more season before transitioning into coaching youth. We must not lose him to the A League – his skills need to be tapped into so we can develop future Socceroos. As a Sydney FC supporter I say thanks and I wish you and your family all the best. No matter who he plays for this season, there is no way anyone could boo him – he’s been too good a player and person. A true star and legend of sport generally in Australia.

Sydney FC’s bitter break-up with Milos Ninkovic

Their new signing Gabriel Clear could be a good one too and Jack Rodwell looks a committed and passionate player, who has a lot of skill as well. Another striker and a big name marquee might get those numbers back at the ground.

Is Oliver Bozanic the circuit breaker that makes this Wanderers rebuild different?

An interesting summary of Perth. Thanks Secret Scout – a good read. I hope Perth can turn it around and it would be good to see a young coach do well. They also have some committed people behind the scenes as well. Great to see the Keoghs support Australian football.

Perth preparing for a Glory-ious return in season 2022-23

He had a great finish to the year. I did think he was younger than 30.

Qualifying for five straight World Cups is a great achievement, but now it's time to plan for the future

I was disappointed to hear that as now we won’t be at the Olympic Games next year. I was wondering if there were players in the Socceroos’ squad that should have been with the U23s such as Tilio and Stensess, who didn’t play for the Socceroos. I felt Garang Kuol should have been with the Socceroos, so if he wasn’t there he should have been with the U23s. I’m not sure about Cam Devlin’s age as he would have been a great choice, too. Perhaps the squad could have been better, but Japan and Saudi Arabia as well as other Asian countries obviously place a higher value and put more effort and money into youth development. We are still a country that probably punches above its weight given our lack of funding for junior development. We also need to find and develop more indigenous talent – we need to get them before AFL does!

Qualifying for five straight World Cups is a great achievement, but now it's time to plan for the future

He is a great advocate for Australian football. I also loved his answer to the water bottle question. That answer was a pointed response to the quality of football journalism.

Qualifying for five straight World Cups is a great achievement, but now it's time to plan for the future

It may have come in useful at McDonald’s a few years ago if those stories are true!

Qualifying for five straight World Cups is a great achievement, but now it's time to plan for the future

Garang Kuol, Jason Cummins, Cam Devlin, Tom Rogic, Josh Risdon, Jake Brimmer – there’s a few more.
Great idea for an article.

Qualifying for five straight World Cups is a great achievement, but now it's time to plan for the future

Interesting thoughts – You’re right the standard of the A League and the Socceroos is good. As I have said before, the problem with football is it’s a truly global game so there is greatness outside our country we are compared to.

The team traits that got Australia past Peru

Why? I love reading about football on the Roar and I have just discovered 3 today. And they needed to be discovered!

The team traits that got Australia past Peru

Great article Secret Scout – hopefully they develop and hopefully a few A League gemd come out way.

Fiji’s football youth revolution is on

I agree with using an amount of this present money to help this team get to the round of 16 (which would really supercharge football), but if we “bank” on future money, let’s use this for our future – youth.

Qualifying for five straight World Cups is a great achievement, but now it's time to plan for the future

A good article and nice to look for positives. Making a World Cup is already a very good achievement. Yes, we could win a game or games – after all no one expected us to beat Peru.

What are Australia's chances in the World Cup?

Our team will be battle hardened for this World Cup and players that were used will improve. Our U23s have done quite well and our academies are producing more players. There is quite a bit to be positive about. We have all written previously that making this World Cup should not paper over the cracks – much work needs to be done. The AIS worked well before as a finishing school for players, let’s have it again and ramp it up. This is someone else’s idea from The Roar – FFA can expand the A League and add Canberra. The FFA can then buy top young players such as Kye Rowles, Joel King, Garang Kuol, etc as well as producing/scouting Canberra players. Place these players on decent 3 year contracts, bring in a couple of marquee players and a marquee coach like Bielsa and now you have this finishing school playing weekly in the A League. That should supercharge some players for our national football team.

Qualifying for five straight World Cups is a great achievement, but now it's time to plan for the future

I don’t have any tears or lecture anyone, but I’d prefer to and naturally use football to describe the game I follow.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

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