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January 8, 2010

Future Trends – The socceroos in Asia

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 3:11 am

Slowly, gradually … Australia`s introduction to Asian football is influencing our way of doing things.

The days of relative international isolation (I`m gonna be arrogant and ignore the tonkings we gave to our former Oceania comrades, and, yes, the occasional loss to NZ) are over and we now have competitive football around the year, every year.

We now get to meet a group of countries we consider as our equals – the Japans, the South Koreas, the Saudi Arabias …

Countries we don`t rate, but still have a lot of trouble with – the Kuwaits, the Omans, the Bahrains …

And countries we don`t rate, but seem able to tonk.

The second group of countries has got my attention.  A larger group of players are being given more serious games.  I love it.  I also like how the AFC doesn`t care too much about FIFA dates.  I am glad that A-league guys have responsibility in serious matches.

Oh yeah, the future trends.

Downsizing.  Yeah, our players are very fit and work hard, but we usually get overrun when playing in the West Asian heat.  There is a place for smaller terrier type players in this kind of match.  Imagine someone like Mass Murdocca, but just more talented.  A guy like Jedinak might get shifted to centreback for this kind of game, when we take on smaller, mobile teams in hot weather.  Do you really need a traditional centreback like Moore against these opponents?

Conditioning over ability.  The euro guys who are currently on break are gonna get de-emphasised in the future methinks … they are more used to cold weather and don`t have the match fitness they need to get through a full match.  Expect these guys to get half a match rather a full match.

The continued growth of an Asian middle-tier of Aussie pros overseas.  The Asian player drain will continue.  And I think it will be good for the game in Oz.  Our player development has to improve, but I see opportunity, not crisis.  We will have a group of players who know all about the opposition – cos they are club teammates.

This could all not happen, but I think change is in the air, and it will continue.

ps.  other future trends …

The death of the beloved “aussie spirit” myth.  the idea that we can overcome a technical deficiency with our hard work is such a pathetic myth.  the idea that we work harder, or that we want to win more than the other team just seem silly to me.  yup, we really outworked those Kuwaitis, didn`t we.  Koreans?  Bunch of lazy bastards.

Fast centrebacks.  Back in the last A-league GF, Daniel Mullen of AU had initial responsibility at CB tailing a certain Mr Thompson.  A guy like Mullen could be a good fit for these games against smaller, fast, sharp attackers.  The Kuwaitis certainly saw our CBs as a weakness they could exploit, and it almost won them the game.

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