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The Socceroos thread.

Ironbark

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I only watched the first half but it was a refreshingly fluid and forward moving performance for what I've been used to from the NT of late.

Suspect with nothing on the line Arnie took the opportunity to take some risks that he wouldn't when everything is on the line. The opportunity, hopefully, will lead to more entertaining football in the future.

Was keen as for Niz. His chances should only improve if he gets a decent overseas move
 

Allreet?

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Best result would be: Iran, Jordan, Oman, Palestine and Kuwait.

Worst result would be: Japan, Saudi, UAE, China, Indonesia (who are improving rapidly).

Mind you, if managed correctly, we have the cattle to beat any of them.
 

pjennings

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Best result would be: Iran, Jordan, Oman, Palestine and Kuwait.

Worst result would be: Japan, Saudi, UAE, China, Indonesia (who are improving rapidly).

Mind you, if managed correctly, we have the cattle to beat any of them.
Simply put - if we don't qualify directly I would be disappointed. I know the AFC as a whole is improving - but that is more that the lesser teams are improving. The top teams really are not improving. But there is no longer an easy game in the AFC.

We need to be disciplined against the lower pots and take maximum points. The pot 3 teams are likely to drop points against the lower pots. That needs to be our point of difference together with taking points of Pot 1.
 

Allreet?

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Simply put - if we don't qualify directly I would be disappointed. I know the AFC as a whole is improving - but that is more that the lesser teams are improving. The top teams really are not improving. But there is no longer an easy game in the AFC.

We need to be disciplined against the lower pots and take maximum points. The pot 3 teams are likely to drop points against the lower pots. That needs to be our point of difference together with taking points of Pot 1.
I think we will qualify directly this time.

The competition for places is immense - so many good options - when you consider the number of good uns who didn't play last night (like Silvera, McGree, G Kuol) and the youngsters coming through (esp Farrell, Balard, Brook, Teague, Nieuwenhof).

We're in the best shape we've probably been ... ever.

Now you watch FA f**k it up somehow.
 

JoyfulPenguin

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Refs and linesmen had a shocker. Annoyed that Niz didn't get some minutes.
He was at least in the camp, that means something to Arnie. Even in dead rubbers Arnie seems to value the commitment, why Vuka went to the World Cup instead of Langerak and Behich and King have some how managed caps this cycle.
 

pjennings

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Next round

Thursday, 5 September 2024BahrainH
Tuesday, 10 September 2024IndonesiaA
Thursday, 10 October 2024ChinaH
Tuesday, 15 October 2024JapanA
Thursday, 14 November 2024Saudi ArabiaH
Tuesday, 19 November 2024BahrainA
Thursday, 20 March 2025IndonesiaH
Tuesday, 25 March 2025ChinaA
Thursday, 5 June 2025JapanH
Tuesday, 10 June 2025Saudi ArabiaA
 

Melange

Well-Known Member
Don't forget Arnie is at the helm, anything can happen.

I think our record against the Saudis isn't that great. Is it just the top 2 going through?
 

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