one thing that draws a lot of attention in Asia is how many aussie players are currently plying their trade in Europe. its an intimidating group. harry kewell, mark viduka, leeds … oh, wait up, it isn`t 2002 is it?
a quick look at 442`s aussies abroad list shows – it isn`t all as rosy as it seems …
the guys who start for their teams in leagues that people care about
lucas neill, timmy cahill, brett emerton, mark schwarzer, nick carle, harry kewell, michael petkovic, carl valeri, luke wilkshire, josh kennedy
guys who start for their teams in leagues that people don`t care about
danny invincible, matthew spiranovic, shane stefanutto, scott chipperfield, josip skoko, eddy bosnar, neil kilkenny,
guys who get some playing time
marco bresciano, vince grella (possibly), scott macdonald, richard garcia, bruce djite, james troisi, jason culina, brett holman, dario vidosic, michael beachamp
they ain`t playing
zeljko kalac, chris coyne, nathan burns, adrian leijer, dave carney, dave williams, mile sterjovski, brad jones, nathan coe, kasey wehrman, i was gonna include mark milligan … but that is just silly.
So what`s it all mean?
we have one genuinely kick arse player, timmy cahill. a couple of solid performers in emerton, schwarzer and neill, a couple of former kick arse players on the downside of their careers (kewell and viduka), and no-one else that asia should particularly feel scared of. iraq had the right idea. luckily for us, they couldn`t beat qatar when they had to.