The Day Of The Doctor

The 50th anniversary special was a pure delight. It had everything a fan could want and more.

Australia vs Costa Rica

There has been some upheaval in the Socceroos since our last match. Osieck is gone and Postecoglou is in the hot seat. A fresh approach has been promised and a rebuilding of the Socceroos for the World Cup finals and the Asian Cup (and even beyond). There has been a lot of debate about who should be captain, with Neill retaining the job for this match. A few older players have been dropped and legendary goalkeeper, Schwarzer, announcing his retirement and some younger players have been given their chance.

The Night Of The Doctor

Not a full episode, but one of the brief mini-episodes (or prequels) that have become fashionable. I don't normally record these, but this one is very special and contains stunning new information. In a huge surprise, Paul McGann is back as the 8th Doctor, we see his regeneration and we find out the truth behind the unknown Doctor from the previous episode.

France vs Australia

A second humiliation in a little over a month. The situation looks dire for the World Cup next year (and even the Asian Cup in 2015). Our team simply cannot compete against quality opposition at the moment. Our failure to regenerate our team under Verbeek and Osieck cannot be ignored any longer. It's hard to see Osieck doing that and the calls for his head will be loud and long. (UPDATE: Osieck has been sacked by Gallop.)

Brazil vs Australia

Brazil handed us an absolute football lesson in the early hours of the morning. Osieck described it as a "valuable lesson", but it was hard to see much value there. We were outpaced and outplayed by a younger, superior team. Brazil has completely regenerated their team since the last time we played them. We haven't. There will be calls for Osieck's head after this and demands for new blood. We've got so much work to do in the next nine months.

Australia vs China

A high scoring, but ultimately fruitless match, as Australia went down 3-4. We finished the tournament with a single point from three matches. From that point of view it was disappointing. On the plus side, many young players were given their opportunity. It will be interesting to see what sort of squad Osieck looks to build for Rio 2014.

Japan vs Australia

Our second match saw an improvement. We fought back from 0-2 down to level the scores with some good play, only to concede shortly after and eventually go down 2-3. A better effort.

Republic of Korea vs. Australia

With World Cup qualification sealed, this tournament was an opportunity to be experimental. Osieck used newcomers and A-League players and came away with a 0-0 draw. Not a bad result, and by all accounts, we were lucky, having been thoroughly outplayed.

Australia vs Iraq

Far from a comfortable win, this was an extremely tense match. In bitterly cold and wet conditions, the Socceroos triumphed 1-0 against a valiant Iraq side to claim their place at Brazil 2014.

Australia vs Jordan

Despite all the pressure and an opponent with a lot to play for, the Socceroos were a revelation, thumped Jordan and took a giant step towards qualification.

Nothing less than a win would do for the Socceroos. For Jordan, a win would be a big step towards 2nd spot. There was everything to play for, and while the Socceroos and their fans were confident, particularly after last week, we'd all seen the Socceroos stumble against Oman a couple of months ago.

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