Ange Postecoglou is revelling within the Matildas’ success as Sam Kerr and her teammates plot to beat England of their Ladies’s World Cup semi-final.
The 2 sides meet in Sydney on Wednesday within the newest instalment of the international locations’ nice sporting rivalry.
Postecoglou, the previous Socceroos boss who’s now the brand new supervisor of English Premier League membership Tottenham, shall be tuned in from enemy territory in London and plans to take advantage of being surrounded by England followers.
“Speaking to individuals again residence, the entire nation’s received proper behind the Matildas and rightly so, they’ve been excellent,” Melbourne-raised Postecoglou instructed Optus Sport.
“A semi-final in opposition to the English … I’m glad I’m right here (in London).
“I’ll have the ability to rub it in just a few noses if the women stand up, which I’m certain they may.”
Postecoglou is one among many Australian sporting figures captivated by the Matildas’ surge to a primary World Cup semi-final look.
NBA celebrity Patty Mills and his Australia teammates have been impressed by the feats of Tony Gustavsson’s aspect.
The Boomers’ recreation in opposition to Brazil in Melbourne on Wednesday – a warm-up forward of the FIBA World Cup – has been introduced ahead greater than two hours to keep away from a conflict with the Matildas.
“The best way the women play with a lot coronary heart and keenness has been so inspiring to witness,” Mills mentioned.
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“Similar to the remainder of the nation, our Boomers staff have been locked in for every recreation, watching it as a staff and having fun with each a part of supporting and celebrating these unimaginable athletes.
“Supporting our fellow Australian athletes is essential, so shifting our recreation was a straightforward determination.”
The Boomers’ shift comes after final Saturday night time’s Carlton-Melbourne AFL contest was pushed again to accommodate the Matildas’ quarter-final in opposition to France.
Sports activities followers packed the MCG concourse and bars to observe Australia’s gripping 7-6 penalty shootout win on TV screens throughout the first quarter of the AFL match.
“It was superior and I don’t know if anybody was watching our recreation,” Demons premiership midfielder Angus Brayshaw mentioned.
“The group was giving us little updates alongside the way in which with how we (the Matildas) had been going and it was an superior method to combine what they’re doing, which is unimaginable.”
The Matildas have change into Australia’s largest tv scores hit in additional than twenty years, with a peak viewers of seven.2 million tuning in for the quarter-final.
The cultural phenomenon has empowered feminine athletes in different sports activities.
“It’s actually thrilling to be a girl enjoying sport proper now,” AFLW premiership participant Sinead Goldrick mentioned.
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