A defiant Ange Postecoglou has sworn not to be “pushed into the shadows of Australian Football” after the Socceroos failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 last night.
Australia beat Thailand 2-1, while Saudi Arabia beat Japan 1-0, meaning Japan and Saudi Arabia will directly qualify for the World Cup.
However our campaign isn’t over just yet.
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The Socceroos will face Syria on October 5th and 10th, reports say the second fixture is likely to be played in Brisbane but the Football Federation Australia has not confirmed this.
If they win the match, they’ll travel to North or Central America for a two legged final eliminator against a country from that region.
Australia’s coach, Ange Postecoglou, has come under fire for the style and substance of the team’s performance against Japan and Thailand.
There have been calls from commentators for the coach or the system to be replaced, but Postecoglou is backing his style.
“People can have their judgement on me, but I won’t be pushed into the shadows of Australian Football history like others,” he said.
“I’ve survived much worse than this, if anything it motivates me because I want Australian Football to stay on the right path.”
The former Brisbane Roar coach came under fire, after swapping the much used formation in Australian football, the 4-3-3, for a topical 3-4-3 set up.
“My whole conviction is making sure we play a certain kind of way and have a certain approach to stack up against the best,” he said.