Australia one of two weakest, says US coach
SMH online (www.smh.com.au) December 6, 2005 - 12:43PM
The Socceroos have been rated as one of the two weakest sides at next year's World Cup by United States head coach Bruce Arena.
Despite Australia having beaten world No. 18 Uruguay to qualify, Arena considered Australia and Trinidad and Tobago to be the easiest sides to beat in the event starting next June.
World No. 49 Australia are ranked higher than four other sides at the World Cup finals in Germany next year, with Ghana (50), Trinidad and Tobago (51), Togo (56) and Angola (62) all trailing.
"The last time around the easy games were China and Saudi Arabia," Arena said on the Sports Illustrated website.
"This time around you'd probably say Australia and Trinidad and Tobago are the weak ones."
"But Australia have basically all of its players in Europe, and Trinidad have a guy [in Dwight Yorke] who was arguably the top striker in soccer."
Arena has guided the United States to the quarter-finals at the 2002 World Cup and to eighth spot in the world rankings.
Ok, so Australia just got through to the cup for the first time in like 30 something years......
But i think the US should take us a bit more seriously!