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Socceroos reach World Cup

The Socceroos secured a place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after a goalless draw against Qatar on Sunday morning.

The Socceroos only needed a draw to make sure that the worst position they could finish in the group would be second which secures a spot at the World Cup finals.

In the same group, Japan also secured a place at the finals after beating Uzbekistan with a lone first half goal.

Now Japan and Australia will use the remaining matches to decide who will win the group and the teams play each other next week here in Melbourne.

The Socceroos reaching the World Cup is very good news for the local game and I think that will help raise the profile of football in Australia even further.

I also liked the straight forward way of qualifying compared to going through South America as happened for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

I have watched all the qualifying matches that the Socceroos have played and I think they will need to raise their game to go beyond the group stage.

The good thing is that there is a still a lot of time - a year actually - to prepare for the World Cup and the coach Pim Verbeek will need to fine tune the team to make the team better than it is at the moment.

Meanwhile its going to be good watching the last two matches of qualifying knowing that a place has already been secured at the finals and it could be a chance to try some fringe players.

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