Postecoglou takes bad news on FIFA draw and runs with it

SO there you have it.

The Socceroos have been drawn in the so-called 'group of death' at next year's World Cup finals.

Coach Ange Postecoglou could have carried on a like a sook complaining about the fact his team would likely get smashed by champions Spain, finalists from 2010, the Netherlands and world-ranked No.15 Chile in Group B in Brazil.

But instead of whinging, Postecoglou embraced the draw and is looking forward to pitting his wits against Vincente Del Bosque, Louis van Gaal and Jorge Sampaoli.

And so he should be. Of course, the former Melbourne Victory mentor could not really do anything else but get excited about playing three of the world's top sides.

He could hardly have come out on Saturday morning and said "Oh no, we are going to get smashed and not going to win a game and we will be back before the postcards".

He had to talk it up and so too did the Socceroos players - and why wouldn't they?

Some might never get the chance to take on the best players in the world on the biggest stage again.

They have to take the challenge on with passion and excitement otherwise come the end of June next year Australia will more than likely end up bottom of its group with no points, having been well beaten by three classy teams.

Deep down Postecoglou and his players might well be thinking and fearing the worst anyway, but publicly they have all said the right things.

There is no point in saying what might have been possible if we had drawn Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria as Argentina did.

It is what it is and there is no point in talking negative.

I for one cannot wait for June 13 in Cuiaba when the Socceroos take on Chile in their first game.

Anything can happen between now and then. The first game of the group stage is traditionally a tight affair, so if the Socceroos can maybe pinch a point or better aginst the Chileans, then who knows.

Of course it will be tough against Chile, the form South American side.

Alexis Sanchez of Barcelona and Arturo Vidal of Juventus are two of the best strikers in the world and to see them play against the Socceroos will be magnificent - as a player it is something you can only dream about.

And this is just the entree.

Australia's second game is against the Dutch, with Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben up with the best in the world on their day.

Finally World Cup holder Spain will be the Socceroos last group game in Curitiba - a mouthwatering prospect.

To see the likes of Andres Iniesta, Cesc Farbrigas, Fernando Torres and Xavi play against the Australians will be something to behold.

Realistically most people would only forecast one outcome at next year's finals, with the Socceroos likely to be on the plane home after the group stages.

But it could have been worse - the Socceroos might not have even been in the tournament in the first place.

Rio is all about carnivals, so let's hope we get a carnival of football next year and the Socceroos can stay in it for as long as possible. We can only dream.

Group B

June 13 Salvador, 2000: Spain v Holland

June 13 Cuiaba, 2300: Chile v Australia

June 18 Rio de Janeiro, 2300: Spain v Chile

June 18 Porto Alegre, 1700: Australia v Holland

June 23 Curitiba, 1700: Australia v Spain

June 23 Sao Paulo, 1700: Holland v Chile

Topics:  ange postecoglou brazil 2014 fifa opinion phil dillon socceroos

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