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Real Football

June 16th, 2006 · No Comments · AFL, FIFA World Cup, Football (Soccer)

With the recent success of the Australian Soccer team the debate has raged in Melbourne about the future of each game. In the home of Australian Rules, the World Game of Football has hijacked the sporting news.

However, although it is hard to see now, I am sure the staunch local AFL support will hold strong and given a few weeks after the World Cup has come and gone the AFL will be back into the headlines.

Rob at the MCG, a passionate football supporter

In the background through, Soccer will have been given a kick start, and the seed that is planted may take a few years but the world popularity of the game, the high ethnic population in Melbourne, and the high participation rate of soccer at the junior level, will all combine to make soccer and real challenger to the AFL.

Related Pages: soccer, Football World Cup, AFL


World Stage Comeback

June 13th, 2006 · No Comments · FIFA World Cup, Football (Soccer)

Socceroos win at German World CupAustralia are back on the world Football stage, winning their first ever match in the World Cup. The game started at 11pm Melbourne time, which was not too late, made easier by a mid-afternoon power nap in preparation. The game was played at Kaiserslauternin Stadium in 30 degree heat, and despite Australia’s dominance for much of the game looked like it was going to fall Japan’s way. Japan were awarded a lucky goal in the first half when one of Japan’s strikers blocked the Australia goalkeeper Schwarzer and should have been penalised. The score remained at 1-0 until less than 10 minutes to go in the match, at a time when most viewers would had given up on the Socceroos, as I had. I was thinking that a draw would be our best chance, and considering the situation that would not be too bad a result. Finally the Australians’ pressure up front paid off, with Tim Cahill slotting one through to draw level with Japan at the 84th minute. A short time later he put Australia ahead with his second goal, a well placed kick into the corner of the net. To make it Australia’s day, in the final minutes John Aloisi scored a third goal for Australia after some aggressive forward play to make it 3-1. It was a fantastic comeback. It was the first win for Australia in a World Cup game, actually the first time they had ever scored a goal at the World Cup. After that performance, I don’t think it will be our last. If luck goes our way, we may even be able to upset the Brazilians, our next match.

Related Pages: soccer, Football World Cup, Tim Cahill profile, Australia at the WC, Japan at the WC


Dutch Drubbing?

June 5th, 2006 · No Comments · FIFA World Cup, Football (Soccer)

Australia played a match against the Netherlands last night – a warm up game for each team before the tournament starts next week. I stayed up to watch it (starting at 10.30pm). It was a tightly marked game, and Australia did not seem as comfortable as they have appeared in their last couple of internationals – and rightly so as the Dutch team are ranked third in the world. Australia went one down in the first half, and tiredness caught up with me and I did not stay up for the second half. I woke expecting to hear of a 3-0 loss, but was pleasantly surprised to hear it ended up 1-1, with Australia playing one short for most of the second half. It is a good result leading up the the World Cup games – they have shown they deserve their place in the finals. Hopefully I can adjust my internal clock and be able to stay up and watch the games when they are on. Win or lose, I think most Australian just want to be a part of it and show the world we are good enough to be there.

Related Pages: soccer, Football World Cup, Holland at the WC, Australia at the WC


Socceroos v Greece

May 26th, 2006 · No Comments · FIFA World Cup, Football (Soccer)

Last night the Australian Soccer team, the Socceroos, took on the Greek national team in a friendly. It is unbelievable the hype that surrounded this game – I can’t imagine how it can get much bigger for the World Cup games next month. It is not surprising the interest in this game – the promoters found the right opponents for Australia in Greece as Melbourne has one of the highest populations of Greeks outside of Greece itself. I couldn’t get tickets to the match as I was a bit slow – they all sold out in a couple of hours, and had to watch on TV. Australia played quality football, beating Greece 1-0 – indicating that they deserve to be at the World Cup. The game was played at the home of Cricket and AFL – the MCG. These other sporting codes must be concerned about the interest in soccer/football. After the World Cup undoubtedly more and more people will be playing and watching the game, which has to impact of the figures of the other codes. I am happy watching any sport played at an elite level, though I am particularly happy to watch Australia playing and winning.

Related Pages: soccer, Football World Cup, Australia at the WC


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