From Germany to Brazil over South Africa the Mark Brescianos FIFA World Cup ™ has been a history of ample height and precious travel some lows. And now it looks to be over.
Which seems to be things the 34-year-old probably his fellow Socceroos veteran, Tim Cahill, connect and to watch their final against Spain from the sidelines. In Brescianos case, it's injuries, which tells his participation the midfielder to play FIFA, is: "it looks not so good.
"I'm very disappointed," he said. "I struggled with my back up to the World Cup, and we did everything possible to get it right. The medical staff was awesome and got me back on my feet. But if you have injuries, revealed other problems begin and it's hard to carry the games. I felt 100 percent against the Dutch, and things have been steadily progressing. We're going to try to do everything possible, yet but it looks like I might miss."
The realization that he has played in all probability after his last World Cup match, resulted in Bresciano assessment of his experiences. And during the tournament occasionally frustration and disappointment brought him has, the midfielder predominant feeling is one of gratitude.
"It was a great honor," he said. "Growing up, I don't think, I dreamed even in a World Championship to play, because Australia, at least never made the World Championships I was as a child. Only then you can play imagine at a World Cup, how much it meant. Now I had the opportunity to be represented my country in three different world cups. "It's the best dream I've ever had could have had."
Brescianos words there is a touching sincerity, and question as he reflects with pride me Australia's World Cup adventure. And although each edition has had its own unique properties and qualities, the midfielder did not hesitate to discovery be favorite.
"It would 2006", he said. "It was all the first time for us and emotions were flying everywhere. I was very excited to be there, and I didn't really know what to expect. The best moment of all was probably the game against Croatia, as Harry Kewell, that goal to equalize, knowing that we would go through to the next stage. But you know what? I've been watching rear do not always match. I'm pretty sure that I'm the one who crossed the ball into the box for the target. I'm not sure what happened - maybe there was a small scuffle in the field or something - but it landed on Harry's feet and he has it just gone."
That back and forth swinging Kewells right boat will be anchored in the Aussie football folklore has and but has played countless times - clearly not from Bresciano - in the years since. But while the Socceroos midfielder thinking about such magical moments not tired, is he as well it be interested to look at Ange expects Postecoglou, too bright a future.
He said: "appointment of an Aussie coach was a good thing, because personally, I think we lost the Aussie spirit in the team, with so many different coaches from different countries. [Since Postecoglous appointment] I think we found the right spirit and we're running and fighting. He's a very motivated person, and I see a great future for the Socceroos. We see that we develop good players and we have proved that we can compete against some of the best teams in the world in the last two games."
As well as hacks praise Postecoglou, Bresciano acknowledged a longtime colleague, aimed have once again illuminated the Aussies World Cup campaign a warm. By Cahill, he said: "I know very few players with the hunger he has. To you shoot as many goals as he has the desire and hunger before the gate - need, also in training. I think he very determined he does what in all. If he says he wants to do something, he would do it, and in a very special way. "Basically, what you see on the pitch he is off the pitch, the character is."
That future could be the same Bresciano and Australia - bright or not - will no doubt poorer without these two venerable veterans.