Australia coach says European soccer has been “hard to watch”

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Australia’s national soccer coach Ange Postecoglou says he has been finding European soccer “hard to watch” while scouting for Socceroos

Australia coach says European soccer has been “hard to watch”

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS WHITE FLASHES TO SEPARATE SOUNDBITES

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1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN SOCCER COACH ANGE POSTECOGLOU SAYING:

“Trust me, you know, watch some football from Europe and it’s hard to watch. It’s very poor in standard. And I’m not just talking about the UK. I’ve just come back from Europe and I won’t mention the clubs but I saw a couple of first-division games, seriously and I could have walked out at half-time. That’s not a knock on them, that’s paying credit to the level of our competition. A player does well in our competition, he’s got to be a good footballer.”

2. WHITE FLASH

3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN SOCCER COACH ANGE POSTECOGLOU SAYING:

“The only surprise is that was he wasn’t picked up by a Premier League club, but, that’s OK. I’m sure that will happen at some point. Maybe he’ll get Huddersfield up and they’ll sign him.

“No, it’s no surprise to me. As I said, if anything I think he’s got more in him, they haven’t seen his goals yet, he’ll start scoring a few as well.”

4. POSTECOGLU LEAVING

STORY: Australia’s national soccer coach Ange Postecoglou is finding scouting his Socceroos a bit of a bore because of the poor quality of some of the soccer in the European leagues where they play.

With only one player in the 23-man squad he named on Tuesday (September 20) based in Australia for two World Cup qualifiers next month, Postecoglou is forced to spend time on the road watching matches in Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Austria.

It is an experience that sometimes compares highly unfavourably with Australia’s A-League, he said.

“Trust me, you know, watch some football from Europe and it’s hard to watch. It’s very poor in standard. And I’m not just talking about the UK. I’ve just come back from Europe and I won’t mention the clubs but I saw a couple of first-division games, seriously and I could have walked out at half-time. That’s not a knock on them, that’s paying credit to the level of our competition. A player does well in our competition, he’s got to be a good footballer,” the 51-year-old told a news conference in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Postecoglou has long maintained that Australia has an unnecessary inferiority complex when it comes to soccer and has little time for those who think the Socceroos should count themselves lucky just to get to World Cups and the like.

The same clearly goes for the domestic A-League, where Postecoglou spent most of a successful club coaching career before landing the Australia job in October 2013.

Aaron Mooy’s early success on loan from Manchester City at English second tier club Huddersfield, who are currently leading their division, should have surprised no one given his outstanding form with Melbourne City in the A-League last season, he said.

“The only surprise is that was he wasn’t picked up by a Premier League club, but, that’s OK. I’m sure that will happen at some point. Maybe he’ll get Huddersfield up and they’ll sign him. No, it’s no surprise to me. As I said, if anything I think he’s got more in him, they haven’t seen his goals yet, he’ll start scoring a few as well,” Postecoglou said.

The Socceroos travel to Saudi Arabia on October 6 followed by a home game against Japan on October 11.

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