At the Club World Cup that just ended, a club named Yangen Sports went viral just because this club is composed of grassroots players, which is what we usually call amateur players. The performance of this amateur team in this World Cup is not simple. They almost eliminated the host Dohasad in the first round, but unfortunately lost in the overtime, but also created the history of grassroots football. Become the first amateur team that has reached the World Cup and scored goals!
Yangen Sports comes from an island country called New Caledonia in Oceania, with less than 300,000 people, and the town where Yangen Sports is located is only 2,500 people. But this grass-roots team, which is even more village than the Bundesliga team "Huo Village", stood out in the Oceania Champions Cup and won a World Cup. Why is an island country amateur club able to participate in the world's top club events? This is to say Australia's "out of the sea".
In 2005, Australia applied to leave the Oceania Football Association to join the AFC in order to qualify for the World Cup. Australia received strong support from Japan and South Korea at the time and joined the East Asia region. Japan and South Korea are strong teams and are not afraid of competition, which is considered a good thing. But other Asian countries are miserable, especially the West Asian countries. They are the biggest victims of Australia's "out of the sea" and have been robbed of a lot of honors (World Cup and Asian Cup). And our national football has been affected very little, because strength is not at a level (women ’s football is more affected).
Although at the national team level, Australia has indeed benefited from "out of the sea", but at the club level, the Australian team has not taken much advantage in the competition with Asian teams. In the AFC Champions League, the Australian Super League team faces the China, Japan and South Korea teams, and the gap in strength is obvious. They are all typical "one round games". Western Sydney, which won the AFC Champions League in 2014, is not only controversial but also considered the weakest champion team in the history of the AFC Champions League.
Speaking of returning to Oceania football, New Zealand football has become the biggest beneficiary of Australia's successful "out of the sea", and Auckland City has continuously made the World Cup finals, but it has not escaped the bottom. In fact, New Zealand's football league is very weak, otherwise the island team will not be replaced. Now New Zealand football also wants to learn from Australia as "out of the ocean", but this time the AFC said nothing (the basketball side has joined Asia like Australia).
Now Australia has been "eliminated" from the East Asian Football Association and has joined the closer Southeast Asian Football Association, but recently their youth team has also been abused by Southeast Asian teams. The next World Cup is about to be reformed. There will be many more participating teams, but Australian teams may never have the opportunity to participate. With their strength, they have made breakthroughs from the group stage. I do n’t know if Australia has He did not regret the decision he made to "go abroad".