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December 22, 2009

Aussie Football – the need for a new dream

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 12:48 am

Yeah, yeah, more from “Inverting the Pyramid” …

Legendary Soviet coach Lobanovskyi – paraphrased, cos I am lazy, Once you have reached a dream, it isn`t a dream anymore.

Hence the hangover after reaching the World Cup finals after 32 years.  Being there again doesn`t have the same resonance as getting there after 32 years.  It couldn`t.

So we are now in the slow, painful process of figuring out where to from here.  Time for a new dream.

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2 Comments »

  1. I think this is much more to do with access. 4 million Australians watched John Aloisi score a pen and get us through in 2005 – a record for free-to-air I think. In 2009 400,000 watched us get through – a record for Fox Sports in Oz – oh dear.

    A-League being on Fox means most kids have no idea qualifications are going on. Finals will be on SBS and SBS radio – SBS refused an offer from ABC for radio national coverage.

    Kids don’t get to see the A-league at all.

    Comment by john — December 22, 2009 @ 8:34 am

  2. I think we`ll have to disagree.

    Even amongst the football mad – adults who follow the sport, got fox to watch games (or had it already and watch games every week), the people who read about soccer on the interwebs … the SAME excitement wasn`t there.

    going back to the WC a second time just isn`t the same. That excitement – having never had WC finals participation in your lifetime – well, we have now.

    Whilst talent levels go up and down (and without Dukes you could argue that the team is less talented), matching prior achievements will feel like treading water for a lot of people.

    ps. If we get through the Asian Cup qualifying – there is a very good chance to get our hands on a nice shiny trophy, and bragging rights over the neighbours.

    Comment by notyalcsdrawkcab — December 22, 2009 @ 10:02 am


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