Off the back of win of the Asian Cup, the Socceroos are now firmly entrenched in the landscape of football.
Coming off the back of the golden age of football post the 2006 and 2010 World Cup’s many felt that the national team would slide into the obscurity which claimed its identity in the 1980’s and 90’s. However, it seems we’ve moved forward and are going into a new age of talent and capability.
With the likes of Mark Schwarzer, Lucas Neil, Mark Viduka, John Aloisi, Craig Moore, Brett Emerton, Harry Kewell, Brett Holman, Josh Kennedy, Josip Skoko and Vince Grella all retired in the past five years. It looked as though the experience lose was going to be too much to make up.
However, the loss of this experience coincided with the emergence of the A-league as an environment where talent can be developed. We’ve seen the likes of Tom Rogic, Awer Mabil, Alex Gersbach, Daniel De Silva, Ben Halloran and Mat Leckie all developing into viable European footballers on our own shores.
Whilst it is a fantastic sign that these young Australian talents are getting the opportunity to go overseas and forgo viable careers off the back of strong showings in the A-League, a level of hesitation needs to be taken. It’s completely unfair to assume that just because, they have made it to Europe means that they will be instant successes and that they’ll perform miracles at the national level.
This is the exact worry that Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has raised in the media as of late, going on Fox Sports Shootout program to try and keep such expectations under wraps.
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