Fiji Time: 5:20 PM on Wednesday 25 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Postecoglou: Any team can be beaten

Aap
Thursday, May 29, 2014

SYDNEY - Ange Postecoglou refuses to accept that it's mission impossible.

"Any team can be beaten on their day," the Australian coach says.

"And that is obviously our intent."

Postecoglou and his Socceroos are travelling to Brazil and the World Cup ranked as underdogs.

The Australians are ranked 59th in the world — the lowest of any competing nation in soccer's showpiece.

Some pundits believe Australia will be lucky to score a goal, let alone scrape a point against Chile, the Netherlands and reigning champions Spain.

But that doesn't bother the unflappable Postecoglou, who has embarked on a regeneration of the Australian side.

He's planted the seeds. But he's uncertain just when they will flower.

Postecoglou is adamant Australia can't keep relying on Tim Cahill, aged 34, new captain Mile Jedinak, 29, and midfielder Mark Bresciano, 34.

Instead, he's looking to establish the talent of players such as Tommy Oar, Matthew Leckie, James Holland and Jason Davidson — with just 40 internationals between them — to usher in generation next.

"We need to get games into these guys," Postecoglou says.

"They have got to get up to 15, 20, 25 caps.

"And you can see they're starting to grow into it."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62450.6055
JPY 52.949449.9494
GBP 0.32420.3162
EUR 0.42680.4148
NZD 0.71190.6789
AUD 0.66510.6401
USD 0.47760.4606

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 25th May 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Hayne, Ryan miss out
  2. Heroes welcomed by excited crowd
  3. Hayne, Ryan, nowhere in sight
  4. Kicking and screaming in the jungle
  5. Vodafone Fiji 7s heroes have arrived
  6. Heroes back home
  7. FNPF money by deception: woman charged
  8. Welcome home boys
  9. Fiji offers help
  10. Police probe death

Top Stories this Week

  1. A costly 'blunder' Saturday (21 May)
  2. Woman fronts court over FNPF cheques Thursday (19 May)
  3. Son crushed to death, parents seek answers Tuesday (24 May)
  4. Where to after Rio Thursday (19 May)
  5. Ryan gutted Tuesday (24 May)
  6. 7s taboo Friday (20 May)
  7. Hayne's Rio barrier Monday (23 May)
  8. Senior citizen's alleged murder angers police Saturday (21 May)
  9. Ryan eyes Olympics gold Saturday (21 May)
  10. Family, friends bid farewell to navy officer Sunday (22 May)