Australia were crowned as the Asian Cup winners in January 2015 and they are rewarded for their excellent performance is the involvement in the FIFA Confederations cup 2017.
The event will be the precursor to the World Cup 2018 and it will be held in Russia. Australia’s manager Ange Postecoglou believes that taking part in this competition is a great reward for all those hard work put into winning the Asian Cup. Australia were at crossroads after the World Cup 2014 that saw them fare very poorly against the top teams. They have, however, recovered sufficiently to dominate once again under the management ofPostecoglou.
The former Brisbane Roar’s manager has suffered just one defeat in the last six matches. These are not just any other friendly matches, but important World Cup qualification deciding encounters. The 2-0 defeat against Jordan is the only sour note for Australia during this period. The Confederations cup is only 500 days away and the official emblem was recently revealed. Winners of the Confederations Cup do not always gone to win the World Cup, but doing well in this tournament is a priority for all participating teams since it provides them with knowledge of competitors like Mexico and Chile.
“Firstly, the Confederations Cup is a great reward for the players and everyone who was involved in our Asian Cup victory. To play in the Confederations Cup against the champions of the other six Confederations, Germany and Russia will be a great experience for the players.The Confederations Cup has always been a prestigious event, but over time it has grown into a fantastic tournament where some of the biggest nations in world football come together for a meaningful competition 12 months out from the World Cup,” said Postecoglou. The national team’s next match is against Tajikistan.