It's time to celebrate as the Socceroos are going to their second World Cup in a row.
It is the best 0-0 draw you will ever watch, qualification for a second World Cup in a row. South Africa and all its magic moments to come; a grandiloquent occasion like no other awaits us all; and we are only 368 short days away.
A whole year to think and talk about it, a whole year to think of teams the Socceroos could face; England would be tasty, payback against Italy would be great and full of redemption.
The game had almost went to script Tim Cahill’s overhead kick mirrored the one he did against Chelsea however the post received the brunt of the forceful shot rather than the back of the net. His barnstorming shot in the second half was just as brutal in power.
Also in the second half Josh Kennedy tried an audacious chip from outside the box but for once Jesus didn’t produce a miracle instead the excellent Qatar goal keeper saved, and he did that the whole game thwarting the Socceroos on numerous occasions.
For once Qatar gave the Socceroos limited space and where enthusiastic when challenging for second balls.
Harry Kewell looked fit and cut, he was gambolling past defenders with acceleration and trickery like he was 18. Two great runs in the first half where not rewarded with a goal and a blistering right foot shot from outside the box brought the best out of the Qatar keeper.
What price would you pay to see a fit and hungry Harry Kewell at the World Cup in South Africa?
The boy wonder ran on one leg in Germany 2006 and was still influential.
During interviews when Harry injured he would say that to make a full recovery from injuries it take s the same amount of time as you were out before you can get back to what you where.
Well the news that Harry Kewell’s new coach next season at Galatasaray will be ex Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard get's this scribe thinking that another season like the last and Australia and the World should expect a special performance by Harry Kewell.
That includes all the players. Most of the current Socceroos first team are in the prime of their careers. They already have a World Cup experience behind them. The players first will be looking to achieve a smiler feat as they did in Germany 2006.
It wasn’t the leading story on some mainstream news agencies in the morning, but when the World Cup comes around in June next year, those who are ignorant to the achievement will be on the bandwagon as the whole country will join in the Socceroos journey at South Africa 2010.
The Australian football fraternity will be expecting Australia to perform well at South Africa 2010; those with sanguine temperaments will hoping to go one better and get to the quarter finals; while the delusional and insane will be thinking, lets win this damn thing!
Con Stamocostas, Goal.com