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ANGE POSTECOGLOU

Holger Osieck’s sacking in October 2013, following consecutive 6-0 thrashings by Brazil and France, saw Australia employ a domestic head coach for the first time since 2005. Postecoglou made his name at Brisbane Roar FC in Australia’s A-League, winning successive championships. He prefers a quick, possession-based style of play.

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Rarely does a FIFA World Cup mark the start of a national team’s rebuilding phase but that is exactly what Brazil 2014 will mean for Australia. Ange Postecoglou has been installed as head coach to transform the side, following the sacking of Holger Osieck, who successfully led Australia through qualifying. Australia were far from convincing, however, on their way to their third successive FIFA World Cup finals and needed a nervous 1-0 win over Iraq in Sydney to book a ticket.

Postecoglou’s brief is to mould the next generation of players and make the Socceroos a more attacking and proactive team ahead of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, which Australia will host in January. His side will face Spain, the Netherlands and Chile in Group B, which has ensured expectations in Australia are low, although Postecoglou has embraced the challenge, “It will be a fantastic experience and an opportunity to test ourselves against the very best in the world, “he said.

With the ‘golden generation’ form the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany on the way out, Australia fans will be keen to see how the likes of Matthew Leckie, Tom Rogi and Mitchell Langerak perform on the world stage. Defence will be critical for the Socceroos but Postecoglou likes to attack; so do not expect Australia to just park the bus.

Fixtures Group B

Chile
Cuiaba 14 June 2014

Netherlands
Porto Alegre 19 June 2014

Spain
Curitiba 24 june 2014

*Dates are AEST

Tournament History
Previous tournament: 3

2010 FIFA World Cup performance
Group stage

Best performance
Round of 16, 2006

How they qualified
Second, Asian Group B