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Australia: Time to bring back Hiddink?

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Holger Osieck has been under intense pressure since Australia's awful 6-0 loss to Brazil in a friendly match just under a month ago.

Any external, neutral football fan would think a team such as Australia going up against Brazil and losing 6-0 is not a bad thing technically, but in actual fact it's a lot more than a unpleasant wake up call, and many are calling for the German manager's head.

It's not the best performance from a side who does rather well across the board in Asian football and qualifies for the World Cup for the third time in a row, in a rather difficult pool consisting of Japan and Iraq.

As well as this, Australia has an ageing football team, which is not good, as most international teams have a mixture of young and old. Australia's mostly older players feature in the first team which is a disturbing fact, since they have a lot of bright talent.

The likes of Tommy Oar, Robbie Kruse, Connor Pain, Jesse Makarounas, Terry Antonis, Nicholas Ansell, Michael Zullo, Tom Rogic, Jackson Irvine and Mitch Langerak should all be given more consideration by the manager. However the same veterans are called up time after time which costs us against big nations because our back four cannot keep up with the young and agile players.

The crucial World Cup qualifier against Iraq - which led Australia to gain their World Cup place at home - should have been an easier match for the side, who still had quality in veterans like Brett Holman and Tim Cahill.

However after poor finishing and a lacking performance in getting the ball up the field and creating chances, many - even Jason Culina - are agreeing that there is no real footballing philosophy with Osieck, and Australian national football is starting to trace backwards rather than going forwards.

With Guus Hiddink however, there was a lot more flare and potential as Australia cruised through qualifications and were able to rest easy as their World Cup dreams were realised once again.

Which is why many are pushing to axe Osieck and re-instate Hiddink, who could bring back the excitement to the Australian side and potentially help them go past the group stages, which they were unable to do in South Africa, pooled with the likes of Germany, who could be potential candidates for the elusive trophy.

Hiddink is rumoured to be to be open for a move to Australia to take the helm for his fourth World Cup, and Australian pundits and fans alike would be more than delighted to see him come in and give direction to a team that looks long lost without any purpose.

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