It’s now or never for the Socceroos.
When a youngster comes along with such gifted technical ability, and composure to perform on the big stage, don’t pass him up.
Daniel Arzani has established himself as one of the next big things on the Australian football scene. The 19-year old has taken his game to another level in 2018, stamping his mark as a Melbourne City regular. This form doesn’t go unnoticed, especially when you have a football IQ like Iran manager Carlos Queiroz.
According to Australian newspaper – The Herald Sun, the former Real Madrid manager has suggested his interest in selecting the dangerous attacker to play for Iran. Arzani would be eligible for the Iranian national team as his parents are of Iranian heritage.
National football federations worldwide are often faced with a similar dilemma. FIFA rules state that a player cannot change from his respective national team after making an appearance (a cap). Go check-out our list of players who could have played for Australia. ⬇⬇⬇⬇
It would be a kick in the teeth for Australian football if we were to lose a player who has played for Australia at youth level since 2014.
One thing Australian fans shouldn’t do, is make comments like this….
— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) January 30, 2018
Arzani has made it clear that he would love to play for Australia. At the same time, he hasn’t been selected which means he could still pledge his allegiance to Iran.
Now try and think like a teenager for a second. You’re an aspiring footballer with hopes to make it big overseas. The World Cup is approaching in six months with Australia and Iran both qualified. Both are both knocking on the door but no-one has opened it yet.
There’s no doubt football is one of the most unpredictable sports in the World. One minute everything can be going well, the next you could be left hanging out to dry (I won’t go into specifics).
If Iran approach Arzani before Australia and he decides to play under the former Madrid coach at the World Cup, we can only blame ourselves.
Let’s not let an unbelievable talent leave our shores.
Notable players that could have represented Australia but didn’t:
- Christian Vieri – Born in Italy, raised in Australia. (former Italian international)
- Ivan Ergic – Born in Croatia, raised in Australia. (former Serbian international + over 200 caps for FC Basel)
- Georgios Samaras – Born in Greece, father was born in Australia. (Greece international + former Man City)
- Ki Sung-Yeung – Moved to Australia at age of 13. He’s now the Captain of South Korea and plays for Swansea City
Graeme Rutjes – Born in Sydney, (former Dutch international)
Josip Šimunić – Born in Canberra, (former Croatian international – over 100 caps)
- Avraam Papadopoulos – Born in Melbourne, (current Greek international + playing for Brisbane Roar)