Faces of Soccer: Australia – a letter to the nationwide workforce

Faces of Football: Australia - a letter to the national team

Pricey Australian nationwide workforce,

Right here we’re, the 2022 FIFA World Cup is upon us, and as soon as once more, Australian soccer will take its rightful seat at soccer’s most unique desk. 

In opposition to all odds, Australia have been capable of faucet into its Aussie DNA, evoke the By no means Say By no means angle and play in a method that may make every of the late Johnny Warren and Les Murray proud, to qualify for this 12 months’s showpiece occasion. I for one can’t wait till we kick off our marketing campaign in opposition to France on 22 November.  

I’ve been extraordinarily privileged to witness lots of this workforce’s iconic moments in our latest historical past. 

I used to be there when Josh Kennedy rose above Iraq’s defence within the 83rd minute to go the ball into the again of the online, sending Australia to Brazil in 2014. I used to be there when Massimo Luongo and James Troisi have been on the scoresheet in opposition to South Korea for Australia to win the AFC Asian Cup on dwelling soil. I used to be there for the Mile Jedinak masterclass in opposition to Honduras within the 2018 FIFA World Cup intercontinental playoff in Sydney. 

And most lately, I used to be there in Qatar, with you, once we defeated the UAE and Peru to qualify for our fifth consecutive males’s FIFA World Cup. Australian soccer has a wealthy and proud historical past, and your performances all through June in Qatar undoubtedly added one other chapter to our ever-evolving story. You may be remembered as the newest group of footballers to encourage a nation to imagine that Australia does should be recognised amongst soccer’s elite.

Moments after Australia beat Peru on penalties following Andrew Redmayne’s goalkeeping heroics, my thoughts instantly turned to how I used to be going to help Australia throughout the World Cup. After which it dawned on me, I wanted to get myself again to Qatar in 5 months time to attend my first ever males’s World Cup. 

Quick ahead to November 2022, ultimate preparations are underway, and I will likely be on a aircraft from Sydney with a whole bunch of different Socceroos followers to help the workforce in its quest for World Cup glory very quickly. 

Soccer has the flexibility to unite the world, and the Socceroos have the flexibility to unite our nation but once more. Constructed on the foundations of respect, multiculturalism, equality and equity, the Socceroos and Matildas embody all the traits that made me fall in love with soccer. 

Now it’s time for the world to see what Australian soccer stands for. I’ve completely little question that whatever the outcomes, you, the Socceroos, will do Australian soccer extraordinarily proud in Qatar. So preserve a watch out for me, that loopy fan within the stands who went ballistic in Qatar when Ajdin Hrustic volleyed dwelling late within the knockout qualifier in opposition to UAE to safe a playoff in opposition to Peru, as I will likely be within the Al Janoub Stadium for every of our group stage matches cheering the boys on each step of the way in which!

As a proud fan, and proud Australian, I want to want the workforce all the easiest in its quest for World Cup Glory on the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. 

Finest needs,

Adrian

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