Soccernoos - The Paper Round

by Ari Charilaou on Jun 02, 2014

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In the lead up to and during to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Ari Charilaou will be scanning the Aussie media and bringing you all the Socceroos news.

Australian fans and media are waiting in anticipation as Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou prepares to announce his final 23 man squad.

In the Sydney Morning Herald Michael Cockerill writes on the similarities between the geography of Australia and The Socceroos base camp in Vitoria. Cockerill describes Vitoria as ‘a home away from home’ while native Gelcimar Freire speaks about the excitement of and sincerity of the towns people and discusses Brazilian Football.

Ray Gatt has written in The Australian about the Socceroos positive attacking mindset going into the world cup. Although he stresses the injury clouds that loom over coach Ange Postecoglou.

Defensive Midfielder Mark Milligan also agrees with Postecoglou’s attacking mentality but warns that we need to be strong on both sides of the park. ““Look, it (attacking) won’t be suicidal, but we need to be strong on both fronts, attack and defense,” Milligan said after the Socceroos completed their first training session in Brazil since arriving on Wednesday night.

In the Herald Sun David Davutovic reports from Vitoria on Bailey Wright and Luke Wilkshire’s opportunity against a local Brazilian side Parana Clube. Tim Cahill is currently being rested while Ivan Franjic recovers from a knee injury at training running laps.

This game is an opportunity for some of the players on the Socceroos fringes to stake their claim and prove their spot in the side.

The ABC’s Dean Bilton writes about how the Socceroos can draw inspiration from previous underdog ‘rocky’ stories. He discusses the world cup and its unpredictability, going into the history of previous underdog wins in World Cups.

Australia have done it once before in 2006, who says they can’t prove the world wrong again?

The Daily Telegraph writes about how Tim Cahill is feeling a sense of De Ja Vu from 2006 going into this world cup. The positive comments made by Cahill are a compliment to Ange Postecoglou’s managing style.

“At training every time he asked to take the bib off and give it to someone else you thought you weren’t starting and that’s the feeling I’ve got back and it’s the feeling that this team needed — that you’re not a guarantee regardless of who you are,” said Cahill.

Langerak is also another player who described himself as feeling anxious about the squad. Every player is now fighting for survival while Bresciano tries to get back from an injury cloud.

Finally The West Australian speaks with Sportsbet public relations manager Shaun Anderson on how the odds are totally against Australia. Also noting that the Australian public have no confidence in the betting world, with only 260 backing the Aussies to win. The biggest bet on Australia to win is $200 dollars while punters don’t believe Australia will even score a goal in Brazil.

As a fan we hope that our boys prove them wrong.

Ari Charilaou