WCQ – Defensive analysis of Socceroos’ opponent: Iraq

CLICK HERE to read WCQ - Attacking analysis of Socceroos' opponent: Iraq   Note: The two matches analysed are Iraq’s last two “full strength” qualifiers, hence, the omission of their final group game against Vietnam, in which they fielded a weakened side. Since these games took place, Iraq have reappointed 2015 Asian Cup coach Radhi Shenaishil and veterans Mahmoud (10), Rehema (15), Shaker (14) and Sabri (22) have retired from international duty, while right back Jassim (13) and winger Faisal (16) were [...]

By | August 29th, 2016|Australian National Teams, Match Analysis|0 Comments

WCQ – Attacking analysis of Socceroos’ opponent: Iraq

When asked in a recent interview about the Socceroos’ detailed preparation, coach Ange Postecoglou said that, “The preparation is the same no matter who we play. We make sure we get eyes on our opponents in a live sense obviously and with video … Our scanning network is really good and our coaches make sure that our players have every bit of information they need.” On that note, it’s important that Australia’s curious football public is afforded an opportunity to [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|Australian National Teams, Match Analysis|0 Comments

Tajikistan 0-3 Australia: Midfield overloads create space out wide

Australia cemented their position at the top of Group B as they took all three points against Tajikistan in Dushanbe on Tuesday night. Ange Postecoglou’s side have taken maximum points from their first three games, including two difficult away trips to Central Asia, and now face arguably the toughest match of the stage, an away trip to Jordan in October. The Asian Champions again lined up in the 4-3-3 formation they have exclusively used since last year’s World Cup in Brazil. However, [...]

By | September 11th, 2015|Australian National Teams, Match Analysis|0 Comments

Asian Cup a fitting reward for Australian method and belief

The Socceroos made history by lifting the Asian Cup trophy on home soil after beating South Korea 2-1 in the final. They didn’t have it all their way, however, with South Korea pressing Australia in midfield to equalise in injury time to force the match to extra time. Teams South Korean boss Uli Stielike opted to make a surprise change in the middle of the park. Park Joo-ho and Ki Sung-yueng had been the only ever-present partnership in South Korea’s [...]

By | February 3rd, 2015|Australian National Teams, Match Analysis|2 Comments

Group A: Gulf in class sees South Korea and Australia progress

Australia’s fate in Group A was sealed on Saturday night as they lost 1-0 to South Korea who topped the group. This means the host nation qualify through the group as runners up while Oman’s win over Kuwait saw them finish in third spot. South Korea By beating Australia in Brisbane, South Korea finished first and secured a quarter-final clash against the second placed Group B side Uzbekistan. They progressed through the group by showing their adaptability although they weren't [...]

By | January 19th, 2015|Australian National Teams, Match Analysis|0 Comments
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