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Congrats Ozzies.......

............ on qualifying for the worldchampionships football in Germany (proficiat Guus!)


  • thank you thank you thank you, Australia is GOING OFF!!!!


    Guus Hiddink is a fooking genius, taking Popovic off after 35 minutes and a yellow card, and replacing him with a fired up Harry Kewell, was fantastic! The hosts of Australia's telecast, who are either exteremely knowledgable football people or very well spoken ex-players, had nothing but praise for Hiddink's tactical acumen. :)

    For the first time since 1974, we're in the World Cup!!!!!! :D:D:D

  • Being from a Greek background, I was in Athens when Greece won the Euro championship in 2004 and the basketball in 87. It was amazing, though nothing like the feeling I have now. I have never felt this elated. After playing club football in this country for 15 years (even playing against some of the guys in the national squad in my teens) and supporting football as a fan, this means the world to me. I really feel close to this side and what they have done. We Aussies CAN play football. Good Luck boys, I'm with you all the way!

    For the first time since the Amercias Cup win in the late 80's, the whole country stopped for this match, and the boys delivered for us. I'll be there in Germany in 2006 plastered in Green and Gold!

  • Enjoy:


    Great save
  • It was a HUGE effort from the Aussies to do that. We have some world-renowned players in Kewell, Viduka, Bresciano and (lately) Cahill, but we only played 2 meaningful matches every 4 years - the final World Cup qualifiers against South America's 5th placed team.

    No round-robin tourney against quality opposition. No tension filled warm up games. Little chance to get the squad together. No second chances. AND THEY FUCKING DELIVERED! :D

    Anyway, we're off to the Asian Confederation for the next World Cup, so hopefully we'll be getting the squad together far more regularly and finally get the chance to climb those world rankings by playing decent teams FAR more often. We're number 54, but watch for us to be in the Top 30 within 4 years. ;)

    Interestingly, Uruguay are number 17 on the current FIFA rankings, third-best of the South Americans only after Brazil (1) and Argentina (4).

    Makes it even more impressive, doesn't it? :D:D:D:angel:
  • You said it P1! They did it! It's 1am now and I'm going for a beer...:D

  • Have a good one Tas!

    One stat that still floors me - Brazil & Argentina have both NEVER won during World Cup qualifying in Montevideo :o ...

    ..... how the hell did little ol' Australia only go down 1-0 at the Estadio Centenario? :D

    Thank you Lord, you answered my prayers. :angel:

    Kewell & Cahill.

    [Edited on 16/11/2005 by MinardiP1]
  • Results of a Poll running on FoxSports at the moment. :hehe:


    How far can Australia progress at Germany 2006?

    Group stage - just celebrate the qualification - 21.57% 184 votes

    First knockout round - 28.83% 246 votes

    Quarter-finals - 20.28% 173 votes

    Semi-finals - 6.21% 53 votes

    Final - 1.4% 12 votes

    The Socceroos will win the whole darn thing - 21.68% 185 votes


    Hey, you can't fault the optimism!! :hehe::P

  • btw, there's a good 5 minute long highlights package available for streaming at foxsports.com.au if anyone wants to have a look!

    Just click on the main story reporting the result. :D
  • Congrats Aussies!

    I have always considered unfair that Oceania has never had one place reserved (especially since 1998, with 32 teams admitted), and also unfair that Australia had to play against the 5th of South America, rather than against the 5th of Asia, which would have been far more logical and fair. But you still made it, after 32 yrs., and I'm very happy that, for the first time after 1982 (All Blacks qualified) all the 5 continents are going to be represented.

    Good job, and I'm sure Australia can come back from Germany with at least 3 points in its Qualifying Round. If you get into a reasonable group (not with Brazil and Czech Republic or with Argentina and Portugal, but for example with England and South Korea) and if Viduka and Kewell get there at top condition, even a qualification to the eights could not be impossible!


    And congrats to Trinidad and Tobago as well, just won in Bahrein and made it for the 1st time to the World Cup!

    [Edited on 16/11/2005 by manlio27]
  • I was watching Kath & Kim, sorry, what happened?

    Oh, soccer.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
  • Bravo!!!!
    I was watching Kath & Kim, sorry, what happened?
    So, the good lady wife had charge of the remote?

    [Edited on 17/11/2005 by SuperRoo]
  • The day would soon arrive when I could not ignore the rash.

    I was obviously ill and so I called on Doctor Nash.

    This standard consultation would adjudicate my fate.

    I walked into his surgery and gave it to him straight:

    `Doc, I wonder if you might explain this allergy of mine,

    I get these pins and needles running up and down my spine.

    From there, across my body, i will suddenly extend

    -My neck will feel a shiver and the hairs will stand on end.

    And then there is the symptom that only a man can fear

    A choking in the throat, and the crying of a tear.'

    Well, the Doctor scratched his melon with a rather worried look.

    His furrowed brow suggested that the news to come was crook.

    'What is it Doc?' I motioned. 'Have I got a rare disease?

    I'm man enough to cop it sweet, so give it to me, please.'

    'I'm not too sure,' he answered, in a puzzled kind of way.

    'You've got some kind of fever, but it's hard for me to say.

    When is it that you feel this most peculiar condition?'

    I thought for just a moment, then I gave him my position:

    'I get it when I'm standing in an Anzac Day parade,

    And I get it when the anthem of our native land is played,

    And I get it when Meninga makes a Kiwi-crunching run,

    And when Border grits his teeth to score a really gutsy ton.

    I got it back in '91 when Farr-Jones held the Cup,

    And I got it when Japan was stormed by Better Loosen Up.

    I get it when Banjo takes me down the Snowy River,

    And Matilda sends me waltzing with a billy-boiling shiver.

    It hit me hard when Sydney was awarded the Games,

    And I get it when I see our farmers fighting for their names.

    It flattened me when Bertrand raised the boxing kangaroo,

    And when Perkins smashed the record, well, the rashes were true blue.

    So tell me, Doc,' I questioned. 'Am I really gonna die?'

    He broke into a smile before he looked me in the eye.

    As he fumbled with his stethoscope and pushed it out of reach,

    He wiped away a tear and then he gave me this stirring speech:

    'From the beaches here in Queensland to the sweeping shores of Broome,

    On the Harbour banks of Sydney where the waratah's in bloom.

    From Uluru at sunset to the Mighty Tasman Sea,

    In the Adelaide cathedrals, at the roaring MCG.

    From the Great Australian Bight up to the Gulf of Carpentaria,
    The medical profession call it "green and gold malaria".
    But forget about the text books, son, the truth I shouldn't hide.

    The rash that you've contracted here is "good old Aussie pride".

    I'm afraid that you were born with it and one thing is for sure -

    You'll die with it, young man, because there isn't any cure.

  • .....sniff..........

    On this lonely rock I stand
    a bloom of wattle in my hand
    the symbol of my native land
  • Trinidad & Tobago are also trained bij a Dutchman. Makes you wonder....

    ... what about a Dutch coach for the Australian cricketers ?? :hehe:
  • Ammended: This is bigger than anything I can remember in Australia. Go boys!
  • Apparently we've got a friendly lined up against the Netherlands next May, and one against Croatia too.

    And Greece are visiting in March......

    Suddenly we're popular! :hehe:
  • Well done Ozzie. You big pooftahs.

    (did anyone mention the rugby?)
  • Since Ireland and Scotland didn't make it, I'm mainly pulling for Italy. Though I always like an underdog making it, so I'll pull for the Ozzies too.
  • (did anyone mention the cricket?)
  • forza trinidad tobago
  • (did anyone mention chucking?)
  • i'm mainly for Italy.

    but hope australia do well despite my grudge.
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