Proud of our Socceroos
THE Socceroos may have bowed out of the World Cup in the first round, but they have done the country proud, according to football fanatic Joe Scholl.
Mr Scholl, the Uki Pythons coach, decked out his Murwillumbah laundromat in the national colours and complemented the decorations with a green wig he has worn around town since the tournament started.
Mr Scholl was just as disappointed as the rest of Australia’s football fans with the Socceroos’ opening performance against Germany, but said the games against Ghana and Serbia restored faith.
“I don’t think the Socceroos would have any great problem with what they have achieved,” he said.
“I am proud of the team, they have done really, really well.”
“I will still be wearing yellow and green wig ... the (decorations) will stay up to the end of the World Cup.”
The Australian team lost its place in the competition despite securing a hard-fought 2-1 win against Serbia in the early hours of yesterday morning.
A courageous 1-all draw with Ghana, in which Australia played the majority with 10 players, after Harry Kewell was sent off, won back much of the support the Socceroos lost after an insipid display in a 4-0 loss to Germany.
The Socceroos ended on equal points to Ghana in their group, but the poor goal differential sent the side packing.
“You just can’t play with 10 men from the 20 minute mark, you just can’t do that.
“I bet Harry Kewell is feeling a bit sick at the moment.
“Maybe with him on the park we could have scored a couple more goals,” Scholl said of the Ghana match.
And he was still lamenting coach Pim Verbeek’s tactics against Germany.
“We should have had some attack in our game against Germany.”
Scholl said most of his customers were happy with how the Australian team’s performance.