It’s a match, so assuming the Olyroos beat Argentina that would secure a spot on the podium in two weeks’ time is a prime example of a fool’s 24-carat gold.
However, after so many ‘just one game’ moments where the Australian teams failed, the response was drawn from the black coals to a familiar sick, uncomfortable feeling.
So why not bask in the sunshine of victory, for a fleeting moment?
Beating Argentina is different and deserves a response by points.
Above all, it gives hope and is not the false kind.
Next is Spain. A Spain rife with Euro 2020 semi-finalists but Argentina’s results and performances – mirroring each other’s excellence – reveal a deeper meaning in and of themselves.
90 minutes in Sapporo pleases those who know what A League can be. What Australian football could become if a clear direction was given to an area that has fallen dramatically in the A League era: development.
The players were still sweaty and happy on the pitch last night when FA boss James Johnson hit send a status shared on social media; The number of minutes played by young players in the A League this season is twice as high as in the previous two seasons.
10 of the 15 who contributed to Argentina’s win were heavily featured in the A League last season, confirming the feeling that Covid and its logistical challenges have created a unique opportunity for the players. Young players in their backyard play and play often! Final!
So many of the teams in the national youth teams over the past decade have made it to the qualifying tournaments, or the fact that they made it through and stomped on day one due to lack of competition time. fight.
If you want to go to the central half of the earth, one can point to the time when the A League was announced in November 2004 as the key moment, when the teams were formed, not the clubs. Youth is an overthinking. No more. Every club has an academy, the seeds of which have taken time to settle over the last 5 years and have finally sprouted.
If anything, last night was of little help to the relationship between the FA and A League clubs, teams in the brave new independent world will want to make sure it flourishes before the national team achieved glory. A good demarcation is to make differentiated priorities.
For example, Macarthur FC woke up this morning with a player at Denis Genreau worth far more than he was 24 hours ago. That may sound simple and presumptuous, but for many scouts and agents, it’s a lot easier to trust your eyes at a major tournament than to trust word of mouth on the inside. across the globe in the backwaters of Australia. The Australian match-connected staff watched the second half with their phones on charge, batteries drained due to communications received from abroad.
Graham Arnold decided to bring Genreau and Connor Metcalfe into the Socceroos World Cup qualifiers in June to rank against Macarthur and Melbourne City. The logical reactions to the call to the throne were a surprise and both were integral to their team’s championship goal.
The comeback is that two players last night hit the ground on the world stage in a way that set the pitch on fire.
Another path was forced to come to Marco Tilio. The City of Melbourne let him go when injuries hit this season. Tilio, once having to go with his small stature, did not hide at any time. Get the latest late call updates to Olyroos. And now look.
Many people these days, including you indeed, won’t stop watching Tilio take the road, ripping off a top barrel for a famous win.
Those are the moments that make the stress to get to the Olympics worthwhile. It’s a big task, helped by development-level turmoil in the A League era until recently. This whole process is full of potential problems, for your own good.
Of course, a club will cause a club to lose a player they are developing for national goals in matches, a big problem in Australia when he is off schedule with Asian football. At the beginning of 2019, qualifying for this Olympics happened in the middle of the A League season and it caused disruption for clubs. However, performing at international youth level has produced senior national team players. Graham Arnold tells anyone who will listen before the Olympics: 87% of the Olyroos have become the Socceroos. We’ve missed London 2012 and Rio 2016, disasters that make qualifying for Qatar 2022 unlikely.
More relevant to clubs, performing at both senior and youth levels is the gold standard proven way to enhance a country’s reputation in the major European market. As it stands, Australia’s reputation for producing players requires a microscope to appreciate it properly. The best.
Fame increases, everyone, at every level in the game prospers.
This is a lot of thought, perhaps overthinking, for just one game.
Spain on Sunday will be better than Argentina, who come into the Olympics with a better squad than the 2008 gold medal winners Messi, Aguero, Lavezzi, Di Maria, Riquelme, Mascherano, etc.
So this is not done.
It’s just gratification when young Australian players are given the opportunity as an outcome that only benefits Australian football in the long run.
It’s been a long, bloody ride, but a lot more enjoyable when you don’t have to struggle every step of the way.
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