Ange Postecoglou has never been one to shirk a challenge, and with 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification now looming as his latest giant hurdle, the Australian Socceroos head coach is methodically focusing on claiming that exalted prize.
Buoyed by the Socceroos’ recent 2-0 victory over UAE in Sydney, Postecoglou is now plotting Australia’s next crucial tussle with Saudi Arabia in Adelaide on June 8, after which the team will head to Japan for a vital showdown with the Samurai Blue on August 31.
Since being appointed to the top job in late 2013, Postecoglou has unapologetically changed the face of the sport in Australia, with an emphasis on rewarding talented young players who share his belief that Australia’s future as a football nation holds no bounds.
He has never been afraid to test new playing strategies in the face of questions sometimes asked by the game’s more traditional observers.
Two years ago, Postecoglou masterminded Australia’s greatest ever triumph when the Socceroos claimed the Asian Cup in front of 75,000 delirious fans at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.
The achievement earned Postecoglou the Asian Football Federation’s coach of the year and the Socceroos the best team in Asia crown in 2015.
Born in Athens and migrating to Australia with his parents when he was a toddler, Postecoglou’s impressive grounding as a premiership-winning player and coach made him the ideal choice to take charge of the Socceroos at a critical period in the code’s history. His record to date has easily justified that choice.
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