Aussie Analysis: Australia's Best Goalless Draw Ever

It's time to celebrate as the Socceroos are going to their second World Cup in a row, writes Con Stamocostas.

It was the best 0-0 draw you will ever watch. South Africa 2010 and all its magic moments to come - a grandiloquent occasion like no other awaits us all, and we are only 368 short days away.

A whole year to think and talk about it, a whole year to think of teams the Socceroos could face; England would be tasty, payback against Italy would be great.

The game almost went to script, Tim Cahill’s overhead kick mirrored the one he did against Chelsea; however, the post received the brunt of the forceful shot rather than the back of the net. His barnstorming shot in the second half was just as brutal.

Also in the second half, Josh Kennedy tried an audacious chip from outside the box, but for once 'Jesus' didn’t produce a miracle. Instead, the excellent Qatar goalkeeper saved, thwarting the Socceroos as he did all game long.

Harry Kewell looked fit and cut. He was gamboling past defenders with acceleration and trickery like he was 18. Two great runs in the first half were not rewarded with a goal and a blistering right-foot shot from outside the box brought the best out of the Qatari 'keeper.

What price would you pay to see a fit and hungry Harry at the World Cup? The boy wonder ran on one leg in Germany 2006 and was still hugely influential.

During interviews when Harry was injured he would say that to make a full recovery from injuries it takes the same amount of time as you were out before you can get back to what you were.

The news that Kewell’s new coach next season at Galatasaray will be ex-Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard gets this scribe thinking that another season like the last and Australia and the world should expect a special performance by the former Liverpool and Leeds United winger.

That includes all the players. Most of the current Socceroos first team are in the prime of their careers. They already have World Cup experience behind them. The players first will be looking to achieve a similar feat as they did in Germany 2006.

It wasn’t the leading story on some mainstream news agencies in the morning, but when the World Cup comes around in June next year, those who are ignorant to the achievement will be on the bandwagon as the whole country will join in the Socceroos journey in South Africa.

The Australian football fraternity will be expecting a strong performance in 2010. Those of sanguine temperament will be hoping to go one better and get to the quarter-finals; the delusional and insane will be thinking, "Let's win this damn thing!"

Con Stamocostas,