Saturday, May 1, 2010

Socceroos Squad For 2010 World Cup

Just announced by Koops himself, the following is the 25-man squad Pim Verbeek should take to South Africa...

Mark Schwarzer (Fulham), Michael Petkovic (Sivasspor), Brad Jones (Middlesborough).

Luke Wilkshire (Dynamo Moscow), Lucas Neill (Galatasaray), Sasa Ognenovski (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma), Simon Colosimo (Melbourne Heart), Brett Emerton (Blackburn), Mark Milligan (JEF United), Jade North (Tromso), Scott Chipperfield (Basel).

Brett Holman (AZ Alkmaar), Dario Vidosic (MSV Duisburg), Tim Cahill (Everton), James Troisi (Kaiserispor), Mark Bresciano (Palermo), Vincenzo Grella (Blackburn), Nick Carle (Crystal Palace), Nathan Burns (Kerkyra), Rhys Williams (Middlesborough).

Harry Kewell (Galatasaray), Joel Griffiths (Beijing Gouan), Scott MacDonald (Middlesborough), Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus), Danny Allsopp (DC United).

I would also like to see a small selection of young up-and-coming players go to South Africa to train with the main squad, so that they can be part of, and gain from, the experience.  This is a kind of recognition of the young players' talents, and a consolation for not making the squad this time around.  I believe that these young players and the squad itself would benefit with them being there.

Guest Squad Players
 Bruce Djite (Diyarbakirspor), Tommy Oar (Brisbane Roar), Matthew Leckie (Adelaide United), Scott Jamieson (Adelaide United), Mitch Langerak (Melbourne Victory).

Competition for places is always stong, and the standard of players is much better than people often credit.  Apologies for anyone who didn't make the list.

World Cup prediction:  Australia to exit in the Round of 16.

Come on Aussies!!!


  1. Could 42 young blokes in yellow and black guernseys come too?

  2. Goal
    Michael Petkovic (FAIL), Brad Jones (FAIL).

    Sasa Ognenovski (FAIL), Simon Colosimo (FAIL), Mark Milligan (FAIL), Jade North (FAIL).
    Brett Holman (FAIL), Dario Vidosic (FAIL), James Troisi (FAIL), Nick Carle (FAIL), Nathan Burns (FAIL)

    Joel Griffiths (FAIL), Scott MacDonald (FAIL)


    i <3 Coops.

  3. And here I was thinking that people were going to have a go at me about naming Allsopp in the squad! I assume that you were okay with him in the team? Anything else you're unhappy with while we're on the subject? This needs a meeting with drinks, methinks...

  4. Having just learned that Verbeek is naming a squad of 27 players (that will be culled to 23 at some stage before the tournament) I now have the opportunity to correct two notable ommissions from my main list of 25: David Carney (Defender, FC Twente) and Nikita Rukavytsya (forward, KSV Roeselare). If I had my time over, I would have substituted Carney for Jade North...

    Ah! Decisions, decisions...