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Wake up Australia!

Postby Stuckey Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:04 pm

Authorities continue to pay scant regard to the role football plays in forging deeper ties with our Asian neighbours.




Two weeks ago I visited a market near the city of Erbil in northern Iraq looking for a replica shirt of the local club side that I’d spent the previous days covering for SBS.

Nestled in amongst the yellow strip – yellow of different hues, to be fair – of Erbil and the ever-present Real Madrid and Barcelona fakes I stumbled across, of all things, an Adelaide United shirt.

It was an AFC Champions League strip complete with a giant Coopers advert (a product that may struggle to crack the tricky Iraq market) and the No. 10 on the front.

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Looking at the reverse side, expecting to see Vidosic, there was another surprise as "Podolski" was emblazoned below the collar, but despite the "No. 10 identity crisis" the very fact there was a shirt from Adelaide in Iraq at all was a demonstration of the power of football throughout the continent.
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A fantastic article on Australia's desire to be more involved in Asia but ignoring one of the best pathways of football to do it. But Australian Football still has their part to play by embracing more Asian players in the HAL.
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Re: Wake up Australia!

Postby EdDog Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:18 pm

Well I'm not sure how much a coincidence it was by WSW choosing Ono over Ballack but I think it was a great move in the end. Surely would be good for A-League rep in Asia.

Also Brisbane (i think) signed a young Japanese guy who seems pretty good.
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Re: Wake up Australia!

Postby Stuckey Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:34 am

Personally I can't see much point going with young Asian hopefulls. Much like Shin if they were that good we would have to pay shitloads for them and I can't see a HAL club shelling out $200,000 on a hopefull.
I'd rather sell us (with Asian players only) sign bigger names like Ono or maybe Endo to get the rep of the HAL higher in Asia. But as the article suggests success in the ACL (or at least in MVFC's case playing in it a fair bit) is the largest catalyst to gaining fame in Asia.
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Re: Wake up Australia!

Postby Interloper Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:01 pm

Shin was looking 100% better in his 2nd season. Personally I consider his departure to be the first sign of the rot setting in.
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Re: Wake up Australia!

Postby General Ashnak Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:34 am

So do I, he actually had potential but there was no desire to develop it.
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Re: Wake up Australia!

Postby sevengoals Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:41 pm

When did we play in baby blue?
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Re: Wake up Australia!

Postby EdDog Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:02 am

Lol the only thing close I can think of his some of Hugene's kits have been colours similar to this.

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