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    • CommentAuthordmt1997325
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2018

    by Christian Edwards

    SYDNEY , May 26 (Xinhua)-- With just weeks before its anticipated Rio kick-off, Australia is doing its best to catch World Cup football-fever.

    However, with this week's under-manned South African warm-up, a painful loss by the Matilda's in Japan and an underwhelming response to pre-tournament marketing, the beautiful game is struggling to turn heads Down Under.

    Monday night's pre-World Cup friendly in Sydney has been fighting an uphill battle since the game was announced in January.

    Confusion reigns over the fixture and the rude unavailability of players from two of South Africa's most prominent clubs cheap nike air max 2019 shoes , the famous Kaizer Chiefs and the Orlando Pirates, is likely to leave the previous World Cup holders and their passion for long loud plastic trumpets in footballing limbo.

    After failing to reach the finals for Brazil, the South Africans (the Bafana Bafana) will be fielding a depleted and unmotivated team, exactly the wrong kind of warm-up match the battle-lacking Australians and their uncharismatic coach Ange Postecoglou's need at ANZ Stadium.

    In Vietnam, the Australians lost an opportunity to push the game back in the spotlight when cheap nike air max 2019 , even after a notable second half fightback, the defending champions went down 1-0 to Japan in the Asian Cup women's football final on Sunday.

    More underwhelming has been the local response to World Cup marketing. The World Cup song has been ignored almost as much as the Socceroo's posters.

    But more galling for Australian soccer fans are the slogans pinned to the official bus.

    The Australian team are reportedly shaking their heads at the predictably lame: "Socceroos: hopping our way into history!".