Thought it apt to start the buildup to 2010 as the first qualifyers are now in.
We lovers of football know, its a long road. A road that as a proud AUSSIE become considerably shorter on the weekend.
Proud to announce that Australia became the 1st country to qualify for the World Cup playing against Qatar in Doha.
Australia are rejoicing after securing qualification for successive FIFA World Cups™ for the first time, even if the response is far more muted than
that which greeted the heart-stopping triumph against Uruguay four years ago.
Australia will now compete in South Africa 2010 with a vastly experienced and cohesive line-up, many of whom featured at Germany 2006 when the
Socceroos surprised many onlookers by progressing to the knockout stage only to narrowly fall at the hands of eventual champions Italy.
Yes the Italians robbed us and got a penalty from a fake fall where Lucas Neal didn't even touch the player...aarrggg still smarting
As Im also a Croatia fan (dual citizen so kinda schizo if we end up in same draw like last time)...we drew with Ukraine on the weekend
Lets see who gets in from here, and what draws we all end up with. Celeberate your countries wins and commiserate losses here.
I am sorry to say but Aussie football fans do not have have a clue about being robbed is all about when you are at a world cup.
I know their team could have just made it many times but they kept facing a South American side in the playoffs which I think is wrong because that is
another part of the world and all different zones around the world should have at least one team. Now I think the rules have changed no doubt so
Australia may get through without playing the SAmericans.
As for Italy, how many times do they getting robbed? Even at Italia 90' they had many goals disallowed and then they went to penalties and home and
Then USA 94' again who else has to put up with Italy losing another final on penalties having Zola sent off for no reason against Nigeria. Then the
98' world cup against France losing on penalties, 2002 was a complete scandle, goals in every match disallowed and of course against Korea a joke of
At least in 2006 Italy got some luck back, they made it far more interesting than had Australia gone through even if they had a player sent off
wrongly once again. It completed Italy's bad run for making up of being robbed so many times, I doubt the Australians will even get that far to know
how it feels like.
After a 3-0 victory over Italy, a crushing 4-1 victory over France and a 1-3 loss against Russia, we have to fix something. It was very sad that
Boulahrouz lost his baby girl days before the match against Russia, otherwise I am pretty sure it would have ended up differently.
Anyhow, the team has only grown and has already qualified for the WC. I just keep my fingers crossed that Van der Sar comes back for the WC. There's
quite a chance he will.
Tomorrow there will be a friendly between Holland and England in Amsterdam. 8.45 pm CET
I hate saying it because there have been so many false dawns but I genuinely think England are in with a hell of a chance.
Ivory Coast 33/1
South Africa 66/1
Czech Republic 100/1
Republic of Korea 125/1
Republic of Ireland 150/1
Democratic People's Republic of Korea 350/1
Northern Ireland 1000/1
I think Italy are a value bet at present.
As an aside, just what is the point of tonight's friendly against Holland?
The season hasn't even started!
My only regret is that I couldn't get to The Dam, unlike a lot of my mates.
I'm not jealous!!!
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