Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Just How Lucky Can the Socceroos Get?

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Just How Lucky Can the Socceroos Get?

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IT'S been just over a month since Ange Postecoglou took the reins from Holger Osieck as Socceroos coach.

Now, instead of preparing for Melbourne Victory's game with the Newcastle Jets on Sunday, the 49-year-old is in Bahia, Brazil waiting for the release of the 2014 World Cup draw.

By early tomorrow morning, Australian time, Postecoglou and the rest of the country's football fans will know just who the Socceroos will line up against in next year's finals.

Of course, to win the World Cup you have to beat the best at some stage during the competition, but avoiding the better sides until the knockout stages would be the best-case scenario for the Socceroos.

Even the most ardent Australian football fan would not believe the Socceroos could win the World Cup, but what they would want is to go as far in the competition as possible.

To do that, Australia would need a favourable draw and now that the four pots of teams have been sorted out by World Cup organisers, Postecoglou and Co now know which teams the Socceroos cannot face.

As for the ones they will line up against, that is purely down to the luck of the draw. To quote a line from Clint Eastwood's character Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry .... do you feel lucky Ange?

Australia is in pot three, which consists of the Asian qualifiers as well the sides from the CONCACAF qualifying group.

While the Socceroos will not face any of those teams, they will definitely be drawn against one of the top eight seeds -- the leading teams in the October FIFA rankings, who are all in pot one. Pot two features five African teams, as well as the remaining non-seeded South Americans Chile and Ecuador.

The European teams make up pot four with teams including Holland, Italy, or England -- all a possible match-up for Australia.

Obviously Postecoglou will be hoping to avoid the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Germany from the seeded teams and he might even be hoping that Greece, Bosnia, Croatia and even England will be picked to face the Socceroos too. …

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