Ryanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1146 times:
About bloody time too. Australia were good enough to be in the World Cup 4 years ago, instead of having to go through the farcically difficult qualification process that did its best to bar a place to Oceania. The Socceroos have some decent players, and are certainly a better team than some countries who go though (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Paraguay, Poland etc).
I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
Pacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2734 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1130 times:
I am from Oceania myself and I don't agree with this decision, an easier qualifying route perhaps but not an automatic place. The place taken has come from Europe (which I do agree with as they have too many).
I feel obliged to remind our Australian friends not to start their German lessons just yet. The last OFC team to qualify for the World Cup was New Zealand and the current OFC champion is also New Zealand. This is no gift for Australia (well known chokers on the big day) !