SYDNEY: Australia’s Socceroos have finally booted their “inferiority complex” into touch after winning a first Asian Cup, coach Ange Postecoglou said as he unveiled a bold blueprint for the future.
Australian football awoke to a new dawn—and a few hangovers — the morning after Saturday’s nail-biting 2-1 victory over South Korea in the final in Sydney.
“I doubt there will be an Aussie going to sleep too easily tonight after watching that game,” said Postecoglou after delivering Australia’s first silverware since they defected to the Asian confederation in 2006.
“If I’d said 14 months ago we’d be sitting in this position, people wouldn’t have believed me. But this is not where it ends for us. It’s the beginning, I’m not putting any limits on it. We want to go to the next World Cup to make an impact, not just to be there.”Australia did it the hard way against a Korean side desperate to end an Asian Cup title drought stretching back to 1960, substitute James Troisi smashing home a dramatic extra-time winner to trigger pandemonium among a crowd of 76,000 at Stadium Australia.
“It’s all about leaving watermarks and we’ve left a pretty high one now,” said Postecoglou, who survived calls for the chop after gutting a Socceroos side living off glorious failures from years past and blooding a raft of new players.
“Whatever we do from now on we want to be better. When I took the job I said it was important that we shed ourselves of this inferiority complex that Australian footballers can only do certain things and only play in a certain way.