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A-League 2010-2011 Grand Final

An extraordinary, "you couldn't have scripted it" match, with the best team all season somehow coming back from 2-0 down with minutes to go in extra time and win on penalties.

For some reason we had a trial match kicking off around the same time as the final. Not a good idea. Anyway, when we finished it was 0-0 after about 75 minutes. We headed for the pub and I listened on the car radio to the tension as Brisbane just couldn't force a winner in the final couple of minutes.

Australia vs Japan

An absolute classic match that will only add to the intensity of the Japan-Australia rivalry. The two best teams at the competition played a match worthy of a final. Unfortunately the result did not go Australia'a way, with Japan claiming a record fourth title in the 1-0 extra-time win.

The first half belonged to Australia. We continued as we had in the semi-final, with purposeful attack and resolute defence. Japan barely got a look in and had just a couple of passages of play where they were able to hold possession and build an attack.

Australia vs Uzbekistan

The Socceroos celebrated Australia Day with one of their most, if not their most comprehensive performance ever. The 6-0 annihilation of Uzbekistan was emphatic, they dominated all aspects of the game and earnt themselves a spot in the final.

Australia vs Iraq

I'm not a big fan of Kewell these days, but credit where credit's due, his late goal was very well taken and put us into the semi-finals. A huge result after our disappointing exit in 2007.

Australia and Iraq have some history now, with both sides recording some key wins. Significantly, Australia's performance improved over their last match. It needed to, but in the end, they probably deserved the win. Iraq had its moments and played very well, but Australia created more chances and edged Iraq in performance.

Australia vs Bahrain

A scrappy match on a wet pitch, but we did enough to win and finish top of the group - objective achieved. However, neither our coach nor our captain sugar-coated it, we'll need to do better in our next match against Iraq.

Bahrain needed the win and were more adventurous as a result. The first half was roughly even, with both sides creating good chances. Jedinak scored his second goal in two games in the first half to give us a very valuable lead.

Republic of Korea vs Australia

The key match up of our group finished 1-1. Overall, not a bad result for us, but we might have been able to win had we not been so wasteful. The key concern out of the match is three injuries.

Obviously a much tougher opponent than India and a very close battle. We wasted several chances early on and then went 0-1 down to a well-taken goal (on the back of some poor marking). We battled well in the second half to earn the equaliser. Not the prettiest of goals, but you take them. We had some chances to win too, as did South Korea, but we might have had the best of it.

Australia vs India

Our opening match at the finals. It's important to get off to a good start (cf: WC 2006 and 2010) and we do, comfortably accounting for football minnows, India, 4-0.

This was a positive match: we won, scored 4, conceded 0, no injuries and no yellow cards. Almost perfect on paper. Our standard of play is important too though and we were a little scratchy. Our first half was quite good. Our performance tapered off a little in the second half though. Understandable given the scoreline at the time and the quality of the opposition. We'll need to lift for our next match.

Asian Cup Finals

The big news is that Australia has been confirmed as host for the 2015 Asian Cup Finals. It feels like such an anti-climax after our embarrassing showing in the World Cup bid. However it is big news. It's tempting to put down the bid as we were the only entrant. But many countries pulled out when we announced we were bidding, so this is actually a strong point. It will be a big tournament and an excellent chance to build up some football capital. (It still feels like second prize though, doesn't it.)

U.A.E. vs Australia

The first friendly for 2011, doubling as a practice match for the Asian Cup Finals. We fielded a mix of first-choice players and second-stringers. All up, an okay performance for a team that needs to gel. However, we'll definitely need to lift if we want to do well at the finals.

Our World Cup Bid Presentation

Our world cup hosting bid is in and we live in hope, but it's not looking good. We'll find out soon enough. The final presentation included a cheesy video about a kangaroo that steals the World Cup and brings it to Australia. If you look closely you can see me for about half a second!

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