Australia National Team
The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa is just around the corner. While a wide range of incredible sports teams is set to take the world stage, the Australia national team is one of the most popular in the upcoming contest. Why is this? Part of this is due to the long absence of Australia from the world forum of soccer – 32 years to be exact. However, Australia ended their dry spell back in 2006, when they reached the knockout stages of the championships. Today, the Australian team is poise to perform quite well.
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Actually, the Australia national team overcame some of the best teams in the Asian division to rank top in Group 1. They were also one of the earliest confirmed teams for the 2010 World Cup. This is a testament to the skill of the players and the strategy of Coach Pim Verbeek. The team was even able to beat Japan in Group 1, leading the entire section.
Players to watch for on the Australia national team in the 2010 World Cup include Tim Cahill, the midfield player renowned for his ability to deflect the ball and return it to the opposing team’s side of the field. Harry Kewell is also another player to watch in the upcoming playoffs, while Brett Emerton is yet another powerful player. Jason Culina and Vince Grella, Lucas Neill and Mark Schwarzer (goalkeeper) are also essential to the team’s hopes of success.
After only two appearances in the world championships, Australia is now making up for lost chances by being one of the strongest teams in the World Cup 2010. Of course, Pim Verbeek’s strategies have played a vital role in this climb to the upper echelons. Verbeek coached under Guus Hiddink before emerging to show his own prowess as a skilled soccer coach.
The Australia national team is dedicated to reaching the semi-finals and plans to go all out to go beyond, as well. If any team has a chance of success with such a plan, it certainly seems to be Australia, as they have determination, dedication and some of the best players and coaching found in the world of modern soccer.
Of course, the fact that three of the team (Schwarzer, Emerton and Cahill) also hold national records in the sport is certainly a blessing for this team. Only time will tell if the Australian team has what it takes to overcome the best of the world.