Remember when Besart Berisha arrived in the Hyundai A-League five years ago?
Few really knew much about him – except of course Ange Postecoglou, who had an inkling the forward might just fit into life at his Brisbane Roar side.
In 2011 Postecoglou worked his magic, sold the vision to bring the then-unknown Albanian international to Suncorp. There wasn’t much fanfare from the local media who took a wait-and-see approach to their new acquisition.
For Australia’s lone openly gay Olympian, being able to play on the international stage in Rio as an out athlete was a mission accomplished.
“Being an ‘out’ athlete at the Olympics is an important opportunity to live my truth while competing at the highest level in sport,” said Michelle Heyman, who plays for Australia’s women’s soccer team, the Matildas.
Shirt sales don’t pay off transfer fees, image rights are more important than ‘war chests’ and clubs are more likely to use an agent than a fax machine to seal a deal
As Ange Postecoglou explained this week, no-one watches more football than him.
The Caltex Socceroos boss observes leagues and players far and wide, both online and live.
It’s all part of a meticulous scouting and analysis of Australian players and opposition by the national team’s coaching staff.
So, when Postecoglou says we need to talk up our players and league, you can take his word for it.
Football Federation Australia today welcomed the announcement that the NSW Government has provided a new $4 million fund to deliver better community facilities for local football clubs across NSW driven from the success of the 2015 Asian Cup Tournament.