Ange’s Next Gen Legacy

The hits and misses of his era

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Amid the roller­coaster of the last 12 months, it’s easy to for­get for­mer coach Ange Postecoglou was signed on a five-year deal to take Aus­tralia to the 2018 World Cup and be­yond…but his first key tar­get was re­gen­er­a­tion. With an age­ing squad reel­ing from shock­ing back-to-back 6-0 de­feats un­der Hol­ger Osieck – and given how lit­tle time Ange had be­fore get­ting on the plane to Brazil – re­sults at the 2014 World Cup be­came sec­ondary. Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia knew the side was com­ing from a long way back, and it seemed im­pos­si­ble for them to get through their (in­evitable) Group of Death against South Amer­i­can pow­er­house Chile and 2010 World Cup fi­nal­ists Spain and the Nether­lands. Aus­tralia went on to lose all three games and con­cede nine goals in Brazil but it was seen as a chance to in­vest in the na­tional team’s fu­ture. The squad Postecoglou selected for Brazil had al­most half the to­tal num­ber of in­ter­na­tional caps as the one which went to South Africa four years ear­lier, so he ticked the re-gen­er­a­tion box. But four years on, FourFourTwo thought it’s time to re­flect on the 2014 squad and an­a­lyse who were the hits and misses?

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