Soccer-Socceros create a perfect platform for the growth of the Australian game – Behich

Aziz Behich believes Australia’s World Cup campaign has created the perfect opportunity for football to take a huge step forward in a country where it often struggles to gain exposure in a crowded market.

The fullback, who came close to a late equalizer in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Argentina that ended Australia’s interest in the Qatar tournament, said it was time for others to capitalize on the interest generated by their run to the last 16. “This should be a huge springboard for football in Australia to move forward,” Behich told reporters on Sunday.

“I hope we have inspired the next generation coming through to know that it is possible to match the best in the world, even as an Australian…” This is the perfect time for Australian football to step forward and gain more recognition. At home.”

Behich said the Socceroos felt they had shown they were a good footballing team, not just physically and hardworking, as they took wins over Tunisia and Denmark to finish on points with group winners France. “We achieved something no other Socceroos team has achieved: we kept a clean sheet, we scored in every game of a World Cup and… we only lost to France and Argentina,” says the 31-year-old. added.

“We’ve done our part and the other part to grow the game, that part is out of our hands.” Behich gave Argentina defender Lisandro Martinez a “terrific tackle” to stop his mazy late run into the box on Saturday, but said coming so close to equalizing had made the loss more difficult.

“I thought we deserved more last night, the way we pulled away, it hurt, it hurt a lot. I couldn’t be more proud of the team myself, but it was just hard to take in, when that final whistle blew ,” he said. “We had chances in the end, but that’s football and we left everything behind on that pitch.”

Behich paid tribute to the environment coach Graham Arnold and his staff created at team camp, saying, at least on the playing side, there was a lot of promise. “The young guys who have come to this camp have been incredible,” he added.

“I’m proud of them, they’ve done well, they didn’t fit into this environment. The future looks bright and hopefully this is another step forward for Australian football.”

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