Well what a game, what a tournament, what an event! Who said that Australia can’t play soccer?
Taking out the recent victory at the Asian Cup on 31st Jan 2015 was a spectacular event. And to be hosting the event in our own country made it even more amazing.
Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006 and 9 years later takes out first place. Out of 16 teams this is a great achievement for Australia and brings new life to Australian soccer as a whole.
In the world competition, namely the FIFA world cup Australia has not made it nearly as far however the world cup does include 209 countries and there are many stronger teams than us on a global scale. But saying that, with our continued momentum is it only a matter of time when we will be able to compete for the world cup victory?
Challenging I know, but have you noticed after every soccer event there seems to be an influx of new followers into the sport in Australia? Children want to follow their international idols and our multicultural nation helps us gain new talents from overseas.
We just need more kids growing up with soccer balls at their feet from an early age and they too can become as skilled as the Brazilians and other South American teams. They just seem to be naturally gifted. Check out these Brazilian beach jugglers:
I have never seen quite as much skill on Australian beaches of soccer ball juggling as Brazil. Even the youngsters are pros!
But then what about the Germans. Is it their strict training regime or the fact of German precision? Who knows but Australia can definitely take a few pages out of both of their books.
But before we get carried away planning on taking over the world, we need to appreciate the victory that has just taken place. Winning the Asian Cup is a tremendous achievement and to do so on our home turf is a fantastic display of our countries talents and determination. With this continued focus Australia can keep moving forward in our global ranking but for now lets celebrate the fact that we are the current Asian Cup champions!