Formation changes but Tim Cahill still the man for the Socceroos

Never before has the success of a major international tournament relied so heavily on the success of a nation ranked 100 in the world. When the Socceroos take to the field against Kuwait in a day’s time, for many, it is time to click into gear. Interspersed between some sloppy defending and drops in intensity has been some fantastic displays of football. Those displays – such as the first half against Ecuador or the 50 minutes against the Netherlands at [...]

By | January 8th, 2015|Australian National Teams, Match Analysis|1 Comment

Analysis of Australia’s Attacking Pattern

Statistics don’t always tell the whole story but they can be a useful way of demonstrating a pattern. One telling statistic to emerge from Australia’s international fixtures against Belgium and Saudi Arabia is that, excluding Tim Cahill, no Socceroo has scored from open play during Ange Postecoglou’s reign as manager. Of the 11 goals scored since Postecoglou’s appointment in October 2013, seven have been scored by Cahill, five of those from open play, with the remaining four coming from set [...]

By | September 10th, 2014|Australian National Teams, Match Analysis|3 Comments

World Cup Analysis: Australia vs Spain

In the Group B dead rubber, Spain put three unanswered goals past an inferior Australian side. Like with Australia’s match against the Netherlands, pressing was a major component – but instead of Australia having the upper hand, this match was characterised by Spain’s numerical advantage in the middle of the park as well as their intelligent use of structured pressing to regain possession. Teams Teams With Tim Cahill suspended and Mark Bresciano not fit to start the match, [...]

By | June 25th, 2014|Australian National Teams, Match Analysis|1 Comment

Australia vs Spain Preview

It is hard to believe that anyone could have seen this coming. Not that the defending World Cup winners have been knocked out at the group stage, but that many Australians now honestly believe that the Socceroos could get a result against Spain - and with good reason. Formation Spain will undoubtedly line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, however determining which players will feature in the starting XI is almost impossible to predict. For the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi, [...]

By | June 22nd, 2014|Australian National Teams, Match Analysis|0 Comments

World Cup Analysis: Australia vs the Netherlands

The Netherlands defeated Australia 3-2 in an enthralling second group match encounter. Australia's first half pressing system was a key element to the match - nullifying their opponents, who took the lead against the run of play. Teams Teams Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal made no changes to the side that shocked the world with their 5-1 dismantling of Spain. Despite rumours of a switch to a more traditional 4-3-3, the Netherlands kept faith in the 3-4-1-2 formation [...]

By | June 20th, 2014|Australian National Teams, Match Analysis|3 Comments
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