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‘Transitional’ Socceroos’ 2-0 loss to Belgium

  • September 5th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Belgium v Australia - International FriendlyThe ‘new look’ Australian football side have had a fifth in-a-row defeat in Belgium, beaten comfortably by the up and coming Red Devils 2-0.

The Socceroos team traded well for well over a decade using nationals drawn out of the Premier League and European league teams, famously getting into the top 16 at the 2006 World Cup, to be bumped out by the eventual winners Italy.

The strategy did not offer much depth, and while use of top internationals has continued, some of the leading names were displaced as this year’s World Cup approached in Brazil.

New doctrine, to cultivate a legion of new players by World Cup time in 2018, also includes more internatonalisation of the domestic A League, pushing up the standard in that recruiting ground.

Michael Lynch, senior sports writer on the Melbourne Age, saw the game played in Liege on Thursday:

‘World Cup quarter-finalists Belgium eased to a 2-0 victory over a new-look Australian side featuring several players making their first appearances for the national team in an international friendly in Liege early this morning …

‘Australia will try to get back on the winning track in London next week, when it plays Saudi Arabia as part of its preparation for next year’s Asian Cup.

‘Australia began in the combative, competitive, in-your-face style which has been a hallmark of Ange Postecoglou’s short reign in the manager’s seat. It was enough to give them hope – for a short while, at least – that they might be able to get something out of this game.

‘But the gulf in class between a nation ranked number five in the world and a team in transition quickly became evident as the hosts exerted themselves and took control of a game in which anything other result than a home win would have been a surprise.’

Michael Lynch, Socceroos easily beaten by Belgium in friendly, The Age, Melbourne, 5.9.14., (5.9.14).

Australia (Socceroos Home), Sydney, Socceroos lose to classy Belgium, 5.9.14., (5.9.14).


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