The 200% World Cup: No Up Side Down Under, For Australia


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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2 Responses

  1. Ian says:

    A good analytical summary Paul, thanks.

    Two nitpicky things: Australia didn’t qualify through COMNEBOL. Secondly, one of those 6-0 defeats came against Brazil, not Germany.

    I would also say that you’ve probably missed the main point of Postecoglou picking a young team – Australia knows we have no chance of getting through the group. But we want to win the Asian Cup (being held in Australia) in January. The team needed regeneration.

  2. Gary Andrews says:

    Certainly an interesting time to be a Australian football fan. Had they not been drawn into Group B I think most of the public would have seen progressing through the group stages as acceptable. As it is, the mood feels somewhere between delirious belief that it doesn’t matter and utter gloom that it’s all going wrong.

    The Socceroos are definitely a team in transition. There’s some promising young players like James Troisi and Adam Taggart who’ve had good seasons and a few decent players developing overseas.

    Largely, the most sensible thing Postecoglou can do is to blood youngsters, play with no fear and build a team for the 2015 Asian Cup.

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