Tuesday, June 21, 2005


No. 7 is proud of the fact that "his man", John Aloisi, has shown his worth for the Australia national team during the Confederations Cup campaign so far.

For a long time now, I have wanted Australia national team head coach Frank Farina to give Spanish-based Osasuna striker John Aloisi a proper chance to prove his worth on the international stage, and that has finally happened in the Confederations Cup in Germany.

Farina has preferred to play Viduka and Kewell as a forward partnership or Viduka up front as a lone striker for a long time now, giving the 29-year-old only fleeting chances now and again, along with other fledgling players, which has hardly allowed him to properly stake a place in the starting eleven.

The reason why Aloisi has been pushed out of Farina's plans for a long time is puzzling, considering he has a record of 21 goals in 34 international caps, compared to the three goals in 25 caps by Viduka (Australia's very own "Emile Heskey") and the five goals in 17 caps by Kewell (Australia’s very own “no-show”).

You would think that having a much more superior record than the first choice forwards is very good for the resume and enough to justify a regular place in the starting eleven, but Farina has rarely taken any notice, for reasons unexplained, although the six-footer was hampered by injury earlier in Farina's reign.

At any rate, what Aloisi really needed was a run of matches in the starting eleven, and so you could probably imagine my delight at his playing a part in Australia's Confederations Cup campaign, thanks to the absence of injured Kewell and the need to ease Viduka back into the starting eleven after months of injury.

An even sweeter sight was seeing the ex-Portsmouth and ex-Coventry player take the first two matches in his grasp by scoring two goals against host nation Germany and then another two goals against South American giants Argentina.

With four goals in two matches in this tournament already, Farina should already have made up his mind that Aloisi has booked his place for the World Cup qualifying two-leg playoff against the South American fifth-placed team in November.


At Tuesday, June 21, 2005 11:08:00 pm, Anonymous Eddie said...

You'd think so wouldn't you. Ten bucks says he barely makes the bench and the useless buzzard Zdrilic will start.


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