five things to know about Australia, the future rival of the blues in Qatar

Australia validated their 2022 World Cup ticket on Monday evening, following their penalty shootout victory over Peru (0-0, 5-4 record). Here are five things to know about Qatar’s first blue rival in Qatar.

While France was mistreated by Croatia at the Stade de France, Australia and Peru fought Monday night with a ticket to the World Cup in Qatar at stake. A duel won by the Soccer players in penalties that will complete group D. The one of the champions of the world.

Fifth consecutive participation

If Australia had to go through the play-offs again, like in 2018, to enter the World Cup, Australian players are starting to become regular guests. In fact, they will be competing in their fifth consecutive World Cup since the epic of their golden generation in 2006 (eight finals lost to Italy, future world champion), led by Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell, John Aloisi, Mark Viduka and Lucas Neill.

Australia’s latest World Cup appearances:

  • 2006: 1/8 final
  • 2010: Group (Germany, Ghana, Serbia)
  • 2014: Group (Netherlands, Chile, Spain)
  • 2018: group (FranceDenmark, Peru)

A nation under reconstruction

Since the retirement of Tim Cahill and Mile Jedinak in 2018, Australia has been in the midst of rebuilding and is looking to install several leaders within the selection. Directed by Australian legend Graham Arnold on the bench since 2018, the Soccer players they have won 19 of their last 31 matches, with only six losses recorded.

In search of stability, Australia can count on a few young people to see Nathaniel Atkinson (23 / Heart of Midlothian), Harry Souttar (23 / Stoke City), Connor Metcalfe (22 / St. Pauli), Riley McGree (22 / Middlesbrough) and Kye Rowles (23 / Heart of Midlothian).

Connor Metcalfe at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. AI / Reuters / Panoramic

An attack-oriented formation

To validate his ticket, coach Graham Arnold changed his system from a classic 4-4-2 to a 4-1-4-1 with a supposed offensive philosophy. On Monday, against Peru, he lined up Leckie, Irvine, Hrustic and Boyle on offense with Mitchell Duke in front.

Let’s see in the coming months if Arnold maintains this new formation worked largely in the framework of the dams. But with the return of his attacking player Tom Rogic, the Celtic Glasgow player, there is no doubt that he will continue the experience of total football.

Managers in European clubs

Several senior players play in the big European Championships, which allows them to bring the necessary experience for the good development of a World Cup. Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, who worked for Arsenal and Valencia, now plays for Real Sociedad. Ajdin Hrustic was a great architect of the good season of Frankfurt marked by the trophy of the Conference of the Europa League. Brandon Borrello wore the colors of Kaiserslautern, Freiburg and Düsseldorf in Germany. While Awer Mabil played in the League, in Cadiz this season. Not to mention the Franco-Australian Denis Genreau from Toulouse.

Ajdin Hrustic, author of a remarkable season with Frankfurt. MOHAMMED DABBOUS / REUTERS

The beginnings of the championship

Founded only in 2004, the A-League is a fairly young league that is beginning a slow but capital development under the auspices of the City Group (an emirate group that also owns Manchester City) that bought the Melbourne City club. Over the course of several seasons, many expansions have been made to add several new Australian clubs.

In 2020, football experts concluded that League A was entering a new era of crisis, due to a significant lack of competitiveness and that total reforms needed to be made to improve the league, including the introduction of the promotion system and descent. In response, League A officials announced in May 2021 that the league would align with the national match schedule to avoid conflicts with FIFA days, as well as the introduction of the national transfer system and frameworks for FIFA. national club licenses.

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