Soccer/Football 12 October 2017

A good DARK day for the Socceroos”

Big Jim takes a look at the Socceroos performance against Syria…read more

What a performance from the Socceroos against the world football powerhouse Syria. I hope you can read the sarcasm in my voice. If what we served up over these two games is our best then we don’t deserve to go to Russia next year.

The performance in Malaysia was OK but the performance on home soil was nothing short of pathetic. If Cahill didn’t find the back of the net for his second goal late in extra time we were going to penalties. Our entire 4 year campaign to make it to the World Cup would have come down to a coin flip. Here are a few of my concerns or questions and remember I am far from a football/soccer expert this is merely an observation of a sports fan.

  • Why has Cahill been left out of this team for the majority of this World Cup campaign? I know he is 38 and past his best, but I don’t care if he is in a wheelchair. He knows how to get the ball in the back of the net!
  • Why do we keep picking players that are based in Europe but aren’t getting game time? Wouldn’t it be better to pick players who are match fit. It should be made clear to players that if they want to play for the National team then they might have to take less money and play in squads where they are automatic starters.
  • What has happened to the European training squads? The team looks like they never play together. Maybe because they don’t.
  • Would a squad of mainly A league players with a few of our European based BEST have made a better charge at this World Cup? If we don’t make the World Cup then we should look at this for next time around. It would be a massive shot in the arm for the A League and to be truthful I can’t imagine (at this point in time) that they would do any worse than the current mob.

I understand that we don’t have the quality of players we have had in the past. Having said that we have a very good path to World Cups now. Outside of Japan there is NO reason why we shouldn’t clearly be the second best team in Asia.

Well, we better improve quickly as Panama or Honduras will have its way with the Socceroos unless we find our MOJO. If we make the World Cup then we should back off, let Ange do his thing and then assess after Russia. If we don’t get a ticket to Russia then the whole Socceroo system should be stripped bare and we should start again.

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