Hey Look! The Socceroos are in Newcastle.

Sorry to mix the sporting metaphors, but as they say in golf circles; your drive for show, and putt for dough.

It’s ‘putt for dough’ time in the Asian Cup, as the Semi-Finals get underway tonight, when the South Koreans meet Iraq and Australia play the United Araba Emirates in Newcastle tomorrow night.

Hamish Neal previews the state of play in his ‘Spanning the Cup’ writings;

A notable stat is that three of the four finals coaches are managing their home nation. Only German mentor Stielike would not be considered a local with Shenaishil and Ali born in Baghdad and Dubai respectively with Socceroos boss Postecoglou Greek-born but raised in Australia from the age of five. This is perhaps a salient lesson for the nations in the confederation which insist on a foreign coach. Yes that can bring new ideas, but if you team largely plays in the domestic competition then local knowledge counts. Moreover if your coaches go an experience overseas coaching and return all the better for it.

You can read Hamish’s full preview here 

 

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