Australia vs Netherlands Preview

The Netherlands are arguably the most inform European side at the World Cup. But due to the injury to Kevin Strootman, leading to the subsequent change in structure, many believed they may struggle to get past the group stage. That is why their 5-1 victory over Spain has been the biggest shock of the tournament so far - and one of the best World Cup matches in recent memory. It is difficult to analyse their performance against Spain and preview [...]

By | June 17th, 2014|Australian National Teams, Match Analysis|0 Comments

World Cup Analysis: Chile vs Australia

Despite losing 3-1 to Chile in Cuiaba, the Socceroos can take many positives from their second half performance. Teams Teams Socceroos manager Ange Postecoglou named an expected starting line-up, with Mark Bresciano fit to begin the match as the most advanced player in central midfield. With an emphasis on a high tempo and early crosses into ‘No.9’ Tim Cahill, Postecoglou selected Mathew Leckie and Tommy Oar to start on the wings. Arturo Vidal recovered in time from a [...]

By | June 14th, 2014|Australian National Teams, Match Analysis|0 Comments

Australia vs Chile Preview

Recent Form Chile have gained a lot of attention on the back of their international friendly’s against Germany and England. Despite losing 1-0 to Germany, their attacking style was widely praised. Despite the significant amount of analysis on their aggressive pressing and attacking game style, their has been little attention made to their surprising fragile defence. Despite the constant press coverage about Chile’s chances of toppling Spain and the Netherlands to get past the group stage, the reality is that [...]

By | June 13th, 2014|Australian National Teams, Match Analysis|3 Comments

Socceroos WC Preview – A Statistical Analysis

The Socceroos last three friendlies have given us a glimpse into the playing style that coach Ange Postecoglou is looking to implement. From these performances we can analyse key performance indicators (KPI’s) to see what areas could be crucial for Australia during the World Cup. Key: BP (Ball Possession), TRANS (Transition), SP (Set Piece), PA ENTRY (Penalty Area Entry), KZ ENTRY (Killing Zone Entry), REC (Recoveries), TKL (Tackles), INT (Intercepts).  The Importance of the Killing Zone The Killing [...]

By | June 12th, 2014|Australian National Teams, Match Analysis|0 Comments

To play without fear, you have to play forward

David Gallop today declared that Australia “had a choice to be brave or be cautious and we chose the former”. Bravery and fearlessness are two words that have become synonymous with the Socceroos during Ange Postecoglou’s short reign. In his nearly eight months since taking over, Postecoglou has been able to change the mentality of the team, and the message coming from the media and the fans, from one of being scared to one of being fearless when looking towards [...]

By | June 7th, 2014|Australian National Teams, Match Analysis|8 Comments
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