A-League season has Osieck sweating as Socceroos dream of Brazil

Australian national team coach Holger Osieck admits the end of the A-League season is not ideal for his plans moving forward.

Australian national team coach Holger Osieck admits the end of the A-League season is not ideal for his plans moving forward.

The Aussie domestic league finishes at the end of April when the playoffs wrap up leaving more than a month between that and the 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Japan on June 4, Jordan on June 11 and Iraq on June 18 – an issue that really irks the German tactician after selecting six A-League players in his squad for the March 26 clash with Oman.

“My major concern is how do we fill the space between the end of the A-League and the upcoming qualifiers in June,” he said.

“The break in the A-League is way too long and it’s about time people really reconsider and restructure the A-League dates. Right now it is definitely not very acceptable.”

He added: “People have to learn that despite the importance of the A-League, football is an international game and the Socceroos combine the entire country.

“They have to be number one here and everything that is possible to accommodate the team, in order to make people happy, has to be done.

“I mean the A-League, in all fairness, it’s a club business, club interests, you have your supporters they follow your team but the Socceroos are followed by all Australians.”

 
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