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Postecoglou salutes year of achievement

  • Postecoglou salutes year of achievement

From a banner year of achievement in Australian football, Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has plucked out a draw as a defining moment.

The Australian coach saw a nation's potential fulfilled in 2015, with victory in the Asian Cup and further strides on their route to the next World Cup.

Postecoglou was honoured too, named as the continent's best coach by the Asian Football Confederation.

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The 50-year-old boss said he didn't doubt the passage of time would see the Asian Cup win remembered well beyond a friendly played two months later.

But it's that 2-2 result with world champions Germany that Postecoglou nominated as a turning point for the Socceroos that would linger with the playing group.

"Being champions of your region is one thing but we wanted to gain respect beyond that," he told AAP.

"It wasn't that we got a draw, it was the manner that we got it.

"We played the world champions on their home soil and took the game to them.

"We scored two goals, could have had a couple more and didn't take a backwards step."

Postecoglou said he's noticed the difference in his squad since then.

"It gave the players a real belief that the way we play our football and our philosophy would serve us well as we build as a team," he said.

"And I got a lot of satisfaction from seeing the belief flow into the players and the staff."

Australia's rich rewards in 2015 are made more remarkable by the platform Postecoglou inherited.

In 2014, Australia made eight outings for just one win; against an understrength Saudi Arabia in London.

Over the past 12 months, Australia played 14 matches, winning 10 and losing just twice.

The well-loved boss isn't one for looking back but understands he's led the country to something special.

"Winning a major tournament at national team level is not an easy thing. You're lucky if you get a couple of cracks," he said.

"There aren't many coaches that win a major trophy and to be one of those, I take a lot of pride in that."

It makes sense then that departed FFA chairman Frank Lowy told Postecoglou he wanted the coach to be "old and grey" before he left the national team role.

Postecoglou said it was a humbling comment but he'd been involved in football long enough to know that long-term predictions could be futile.

"To coach your national team, it's not just another job and to Frank Lowy and David Gallop for giving me the opportunity, i'll be forever grateful," he said.

"How long it lasts, who knows.

"Most World Cup coaches do one cycle and I'm not looking beyond that, I'm not even looking beyond 2016.

"I've been around long enough to know things can change pretty quickly.

"My role and my job is to ensure that I keep improving our standing worldwide and the team becomes something the whole country can be proud of."

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