Australia v Paraguay 7 Oct 06
Another match showing the limitations of the national team. For far too long the bandwagon has rolled along, making the uninitiated think the Soccerroos are the best side in the universe. We struggle to break down massed defences, as shown in the Kuwaiti match as well. Perhaps Graham Arnold isn't good enough, as some suggest, but I think he is quite adequate for the job right now leading to the Asian Cup. The squad simply isn't as good as made out. A genius took us into the last 16 of the World Cup and Grosso's antics notwithstanding, could have gone even further.
But it's time to get over it. Junior world cup results lately indicate the pool of talent is a little bit drier today. The lack of a junior and/or reserve league in Australia has negative long term implications. We have quality midfielders but need to quickly find yound defenders and strikers who can step up-Patrick Kisnorbo in particular needs a call up. Let's see what he can do.