sabato 12 ottobre 2013

Holger Osieck sacked

Australia coach Holger Osieck has been sacked after the Socceroos slumped to an embarrassing 6-0 friendly defeat in France. It followed another 6-0 defeat against Brazil. Two 6-0 defeats was unacceptable and enough for FFA to fire Osieck. That ended Osieck’s regime in charge of the Socceroos. His overall record is 23 wins, 10 draws and 11 defeats. Osieck’s position was under review months before sealing World Cup qualification. He has come under criticism during his tenure as Socceroos manager, with his tactics and Australia's early results in the qualifying stages providing scrutiny. Did he deserve the fire? Is true that the Socceroos have only won twice against Jordan and Iraq in 10 games. The 6-0 defeats to Brazil and France must to be added to the the poor showings against China and Romania. The run of poor performances in this 2013 is what cost the German his job. On the other hand, Osieck has achieve somethings for Australian football. Frank Lowy appointed him following the 2010 World Cup poor performance. Osieck  objectives was a strong showing at the 2011 Asian Cup and qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and he reached both. In the Asian Cup, Socceroos reach the final just to lose against Japan, a better team at this time. Then, the Socceroos did qualify to the 2014 World Cup, although Osieck qualified the team through a 1-0 loss to Oman in the first round of qualification and second place in a final group stage featuring Japan, Jordan, Oman and Iraq. But it was not inappropriate to say latest performances was unacceptable. Osieck had troubles with a roster where youngsters such as Tomi Juric, Adam Taggart or Joshua Brilliante are yet far from the playing level of 2006 generation. The goal to go deep into the knockout stage of a World Cup is unrealistic right now. The A-League is progressing well but the level is still low. Young players are going to develop their talent overseas. But they do it going to new markets as UAE that can provide better money. So Australia's presence in high level leagues as EPL hit a new low while Australian players opt to reach popular fields of J-League or K-League instead of heading west in Europe to play in the best leagues. Socceroos assistant Aurelio Vidmar will act as interim coach for next friendly game against Canada while FFA is looking for a new coach. The new manager will have just eight months at his disposal to prepare the squad for Brazil

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