Former Socceroo Mark Bresciano believes some of Pim Verbeek’s decisions against Germany in the 2010 FIFA World Cup were “poor.”
Bresciano admits not featuring in Australia’s opening match against Germany “left a bitter taste in [his] mouth.”
The 4-0 loss to Germany proved to be detrimental to Australia’s chances of progressing out of the group stage with the team ultimately being denied the opportunity due to a poor goal difference.
“I just thought some of [Verbeek’s] decisions were poor in leaving certain players out of that game considering it was our most important game,” Bresciano said.
2010 was the first time the World Cup had ever been to Africa and Bresciano believes the atmosphere did not feel right.
“I didn’t even classify it as a World Cup, it didn’t even feel like one,” Bresciano said.
Despite Australia not progressing out of the group stage, Bresciano told FNR_Football Nation Radio he is still proud of how the squad performed.
“A lot of people saw it as a failure but we didn’t do too badly considering we had a new coach and a different team to 2006,” Bresciano said.
Bresciano was also involved in the 2014 World Cup squad which finished bottom of their group under then new head coach Ange Postecoglou.
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