So Aussie fans aren`t a group of happy campers at the moment. Fave players out of the squad. Fave players injured. Or old. An uninspiring win against our cuzzie brothers from accross the tasman …
What is “failure” at the WC? Just being there is an achievement. Former bete noirs Uruguay and Iran aren`t going.
Is not going to the 2nd round “failure”? I don`t think so. Half the teams won`t be going to the 2nd round. Bit rough to label them all as failures.
A couple of tonkings? 5 – 0, 6 – 0, 10 – 0 … if, IF a team really reached above themselves to get to the WC, and they got put with 3 really tough teams, (depending on their play) they may get tonked like that but still walk away with their heads high – if they played to the best of their ability. OK that example is really strange, but it goes to the heart of the matter.
Failure in this setting is “not meeting expectations” – either in results, or style of play / execution.
ps. my bad – uruguay is at the big dance