LISTEN TO JOSIP SKOKO DISCUSS HIS EXPERIENCE DURING THE 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP
Former Socceroo Josip Skoko believes the Socceroos “genuinely believed [they] could go all the way” in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Skoko told Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio’s Football Extra Australia were “not there to make up the numbers” and had the belief they could progress deep into the tournament.
Skoko revealed how there was a high level of confidence in the squad due to having many established players in European leagues.
“We really did think we had the quality to match it with the best,” Skoko said.
Skoko was also critical of then manager Guus Hiddink, who he believes should have adopted more of an attacking mindset against Italy in the Round of 16 knockout match.
“If we had a go and threw everything at Italy, I think it would have been different,” Skoko said.
Italy were reduced to ten men after defender Marco Materazzi was sent off, something Skoko believes
Hiddink did not take advantage of.
“[Hiddink] prepared us and drilled us well but when the time came we had nothing to lose. Italy were down to ten men and we had a lot of players on the bench who were very attacking,” Skoko said.
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