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Jun 24, 2014

World Cup: the upside to three straight losses

Australia lost all of its World Cup matches and is on the plane home -- but Aussie freelance writer Django Merope Synge, who's in Rio for the tournament, has drunk the Kool Aid and sees the positives.

Well that’s that, then. Australia’s World Cup campaign is officially over for another four years with a 3-0 thrashing by Spain early this morning (AEST). But as the usual SBS talking heads weigh in on our performance at Brazil 2014, one thing’s been clear from the very beginning: winning even one match was never one of our objectives here.

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  1. Don

    I saw bits of the Chile game and with Better (honest) refereeing and without blatant cheating like pushing in te back (unpenalised)., I think Aust could/should have won.

    but even watching that bit was enough to convince me that I have no time to watch a game where the top is so thoroughly entrenched corruption & privilege, the referees take their lead from that and are likewise corrupt (remembering that many of these referees come from countries where wages are extremely low), lack adequate knowledge & experience, and/or are biased, and the players also blatantly CHEAT. when for example a player actually say flat out “so I cheat. so what?” does it for me.

    how can you watch a game when it has all come about through corruption & cheating?

    Not me.

  2. mikeb

    Australian soccor embracing the ANZAC tradition – celebrating defeat.

  3. Gavin Moodie

    Its proponents can start by calling the game its accepted name in Australia – soccer.

  4. AR

    Does that mean that T & radio progs can resume normal broadcasting?

  5. The Pav

    Lets not gloss over the facts
    1) The current happy feelings are because the expectations were so low that they manged not to plumb them
    2) They conceded THREE goals a game and were lucky it wan’t more
    3) We only got into the finals becasue the zone we are in is so weak. When there was a true qualifying test we repeeatedly failed. Australia didn’t really deserve to be there and the results prove it
    4) Of the three goals scored one was a lucky in off, one was a very soft penalty and possibly should not have been given and theb thrird was a freak from Cahill who never did it in the past and will never do it again

  6. Phen

    Its been a fantastic World Cup so far, and the fact that Australia hasn’t been embarrassed (as was reasonably expected) just makes it more so.

  7. dr felonious

    Has been a good World Cup. Has the potential to be a great World Cup – maybe the greatest. I love it how the level of competition is evening out. What soccer really needs is for a Costa Rica, Mexico, USA or some other (not the usual suspect) country to win it. A result like that would prove that soccer is on the level. FIFA also needs to follow up by taking another look at the Qatar World Cup.

    Sure we are not a real contender, but we sent the youngest team and we can have legitimate hopes for better next time – although I worry that Tim Cahills don’t grow on trees.

  8. fractious

    Phen, dr felonious, agreed. I’ve enjoyed just about every match I’ve managed to see so far, and the first two involving Australia (vs Chile and vs Holland) have been right up there with the best. I disagree with the OP’s (rather cliched) summation of the match against Chile – were it not for the fact we gave the match way in the first 20 mins or so the result would have been quite different. The Australian team made lots of errors in that match, many of them naive (giving Valdivia that much room was just mad), and it’s true that – aside from Chaill – they lack the clinical finishing that marks out BRazil, Argentina, Holland, Germany etc. All that said, the most encouraging things have been (apart from the fixture with Spain) their determination and the willingnes to play open football (no more tiki-taka, thanks be). And what this article fails to remind everyone of is that Postecoglou hasn’t had this team for very long – it takes years to build teams like Germany, Brazil and so on, not 6 months. I also like Postecoglou’s attitude – he can be a bit dour, but he’s also humble enough to admit where mistakes were made and where improvements can be sought.

    Their performance against Spain was a bit of a bummer; notwithstanding that, the experience of playing against the big guns will, along with Postecoglou’s coaching, help what is a young and inexperienced team make good.

    PS if the KO rounds turn out as good as (almost all) the group matches, it will be one of the best WC’s I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a few).

  9. Superdry

    I fell in love with the soceroos concept As a young kid watching Australia in ’97 against Iran at the mcg. They have a key advantage in that for me, they seem to inspire more passion than any other national team. They have done well for me to be competitive considering I didn’t even expect a goal. Bring on 2018!

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