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Restless natives | Australian football hears soccer’s ‘wooh, ooh, ooh’

Posted By John Turnbull On 18 November 2005 @ 21:34 In Regions | No Comments

Sydney | Qantas Airlines had a backstage role in Australia’s ultimate victory over Uruguay, in penalty kicks, at Telstra Stadium in the Wednesday World Cup qualifier. A charter with amenities such as massage and “relaxing videos [1]” allowed the Socceroos to travel from Montevideo in relative comfort. Uruguay, lacking Football Federation Australia’s resources, had to take a commercial flight.

Another serendipitous, Qantas-inspired moment occurred in the Aussies’ locker room following the Wednesday match, when John Travolta, in Sydney to shill for the koala-linked air carrier, personally blessed the Australian side. Australia players, led by goalie Zeljko Kalac, sang,

You’re the one that I want, wooh, ooh, ooh [2].

Sydney media added some perspective to the giddy aftermath. Tim Lane, writing in The Age, says that soccer must expand to the indigenous population [3], but Geoffrey Blainey said he was “less elated than [he] should have been [4]” in watching Australia’s qualification. Blainey fears that Australia Rules football will cede some of its hold on the public given soccer’s rapidly expanding resources (see Nov 13 [5]).

The once-powerful [Australian Rules] football teams in farming districts from the Wimmera to Tasmania’s north-west have declined dramatically. If Australia’s national soccer team performs well in the World Cup …, the publicity for soccer here will be voluminous.


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[1] relaxing videos: http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/11/16/sports/soccer.php

[2] You’re the one that I want, wooh, ooh, ooh: http://www.smh.com.au/news/football/when-dreams-reach-fever-pitch/2005/11/17/1132016928573.html

[3] soccer must expand to the indigenous population: http://www.theage.com.au/news/soccer/aboriginal-players-could-take-game-further/2005/11/18/1132016988472.html

[4] less elated than [he] should have been: http://www.theage.com.au/news/soccer/why-i-fear-for-our-own-beautiful-game/2005/11/18/1132016988451.html

[5] Nov 13: http://www.theglobalgame.com/blog/?p=115

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